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About COGS

The College of Graduate Studies was formally organized in 1925 (then designated as the Graduate School), but the university has awarded advanced degrees since 1898. The Graduate College encompasses all graduate programs of the university.

As the graduate degree-granting college for the University of Idaho, the College of Graduate Studies combines nationally competitive academic and research opportunities – the kind you’d expect at a large metro institution – with the small town, hands-on approach that will jump start your research and your career.

Located just minutes from the forests, rivers and lakes of northern Idaho, you can easily enjoy the area’s outstanding recreational activities through the university’s award winning Outdoor Program.

Our accomplishments:
  • Recognition: Recognized by Forbes magazine as among the "Top 25 Value Colleges" in the nation.
  • Distinctive: Our unique geography, right-sized residential campus, and dedicated faculty provide aspiring leaders with the skills and abilities to challenge themselves and learn by doing.
  • Leadership: Won the National Medal of the Arts for the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, bestowed for the first time in the nation to a public university.
  • Research: USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture $20 million grant for leading research to better understand and plan for changing climate in the Pacific Northwest.
  • Engagement: Global outreach, sustainability, Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria research.
  • Leadership: Picked to guide a network of nine Idaho colleges and universities in the largest bio-medical research project in Idaho's history.
  • Economic Impact: Our students, faculty, staff and alumni provide connections to communities, businesses and people which improve the quality of life around the world and generate $1 billion to Idaho's economy or nearly 2 percent of the state's economy.

You may see the current organizational structure of COGS here.

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