Through public resources and the generosity of our citizens, the University of Idaho continues to educate the next generation of Idaho’s leaders. However, public dollars alone will not allow us to build upon the legacy of this outstanding university. With your help, the University community will raise dollars in support of students, faculty, programs and facilities.
Idaho continues to attract many of the best and brightest graduating seniors in the state. Students from all 50 states and more than 70 countries choose the University of Idaho for the opportunities we offer. The University of Idaho provides nearly $22 million in scholarships and $85 million in financial aid each year. Sixty-five percent of the student body receives help with tuition, fees and other expenses. Still, our resources fall short of the need. The high cost of a college education remains a concern for the families of most of our students, and many worry about leaving college with large debts.
Research conducted at the University of Idaho has an impact that is both local and global. We are home to many outstanding teachers and scholars committed to the success of their students. Our professors advance the science, develop the technology, exhibit the art, write the books and win the awards that mark them among the best in their fields. Each outstanding teacher adds to the University’s achievements and reputation and enhances the entire institution. That means our 11,500 undergraduate and graduate students gain meaningful research experiences while they’re here—whether it’s on a pioneering dairy in southern Idaho or on a clean water project in Kenya. Recent state appropriations have helped us to become more competitive in our faculty salaries, but we remain on the low end of the salary scale when compared to peer institutions.
Strong Programs for Students
The work of the University’s nine colleges is often expressed through programs, initiatives and institutes of research and scholarship. We can point with pride to groundbreaking programs across the University that are making a difference to families, businesses and communities. The Virtual Technology and Design Center in the College of Art and Architecture, for instance, is designing practical, real-world uses for virtual computer technology. The Barker Trading Program gives business students hands-on experience with commodity trading and risk management by investing real money in financial markets. These programs and others like them offer a vehicle for inquiry, collaboration and learning and strengthen the academic vigor of the University.
The University of Idaho campus is distinguished by a mix of historic buildings and newer architecture in a lush natural setting. We have buildings, extension offices and learning centers throughout the state as well. Now, the time has come to renovate some of our older and most marketable structures, including the iconic Kibbie Dome and the Lionel Hampton School of Music Performance Hall, as well as to build new facilities in Moscow, Boise and learning centers throughout the state to better meet the needs of our students and faculty.