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University of Idaho Admissions Counselor Melina Prieto

Melina Prieto

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Phone: 208-670-0796
Melina Prieto
Undergraduate Admissions
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 4253
Moscow ID 83844-4253
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Southwestern Washington


Psychology with a minor in Spanish, University of Idaho


Burley, Idaho


The best thing about the University of Idaho:
There is such a range of opportunities available for students. With so many opportunities, I was able to challenge myself physically (working out at the Student Recreation Center), mentally (Psychology/Spanish classes), emotionally (my relationships in my sorority), and spiritually (growing in my faith).

Why did YOU choose the University of Idaho?
There are several tangible reasons: its variety of academic programs, its vibrant campus life, and its unique location in Moscow. But any Vandal will tell you that the true answer to this question is not a particular quality but an intangible feeling that you are part of a great loyal family and community.

Favorite campus activity:
As an undergraduate student, I was a part of the University of Idaho Jazz Choir. I always looked forward to rehearsals and performing at our concerts. My most memorable moments are from the Holiday Concert in December and the Jazz Festival in February. Singing with over 200 students is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Favorite local activity:
The Farmer’s Market during the summer months is a must. A few parking lots near the town square are blocked off and reserved for use by locals. Usually available are many kinds of fresh produce, homemade jams and honey, and small crafts. Don’t forget the food for sale. Yummy breakfast burritos from Patty’s kitchen. And it's all top off with live music in the square.

Advice for your students:
The best advice I have for prospective students is to take ownership and responsibility of your college search, applications and decision. Making all the decisions will help with the transition into college life. Also find a college or university that best fits your personality and where you as a student and young adult will be able to thrive and learn. I think it is important to remember to choose a place that you will be able to confidently make friends, grow as a student and call that institution your second home.