125th Anniversary

125th Anniversary

Idaho's Founding University

The University of Idaho was founded in 1889 to fulfill the land-grant university mission: opening the doors of higher education to the citizens of Idaho. Since then, the University of Idaho has grown into one of the top research institutions in the United States of America, becoming an engine for international educational innovation and economic growth.

Today, the university is home to nearly 12,000 students and more than 2,400 faculty and staff, including over 700 international students from 72 countries. UI students can choose from over 100 study abroad destinations and through the internationalization of our curriculum, both our international and American students are learning skills that will affect the entire world. Never forgetting its roots and traditions, Idaho’s only national research university continues to help generations of students create new legacies of leading.

Throughout 125 years of groundbreaking, international research in fields ranging from agriculture and forestry to the social sciences, STEM education and law, we've not only changed lives around the world, we've inspired futures.