Business Schools in Idaho

Spanning the northwestern limit of the American Rockies, a good portion of the Columbia Plateau, and the Snake River Plain, Idaho is a land of soaring mountains, undulating hills, and pristine farmland. Admitted to the union in 1890 as the 43rd state, it is the 14th largest by area but 12th least populated, with over 1.7 million people. Idaho is popularly associated with potatoes, and the state indeed produces over one-third of the nation’s spuds and many other agricultural products. However, its economy is much more modern than many might expect: science and technology is now its largest single sector and responsible for over 70% of its exports.

Idaho is a pretty small and remote state, so it unsurprisingly has relatively few business school options: data from the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) shows nine public and non-profit schools that grant undergraduate business degrees in the state, of which five are accredited. Choosing an accredited school assures you that the program you select has clear objectives and produces quality outcomes while adhering to national and international standards. Accredited schools also typically offer a richer educational experience by providing interaction with real businesses.

All of the schools in this article have been accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), and International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE). They are all public or non-profit and regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

In this article, you will find the critical data you need to help you choose the Idaho business school that best suits your unique needs, based on various key factors, including tuition, financial aid, entrance exam scores, acceptance rates, and more. The sections that follow describe undergraduate programs and job prospects for business school graduates in Idaho.


Undergraduate Business Schools in Idaho

Idaho’s business schools are mostly very inexpensive. Four of the schools have tuition figures below $8,000, and these also offer financial aid very close to their tuition numbers, which means finances need not prevent you from getting the education you are after. The fifth school, Northwest Nazarene University, is quite a bit higher than the others at $28,650, with the maximum financial aid of around $16,800. This is still not a particularly expensive school, but it clearly costs quite a bit more than the others.

We have acceptance rates for three of our schools, all of which are high or very high: 76% at the University of Idaho, 95% at Northwest Nazarene University, and 97% at Lewis-Clark State College. Graduation rates for undergraduate business degrees in Idaho are slightly on the low side, with an overall average of 40%. The best graduation rate, 56%, is at the University of Idaho, while the lowest, 27%, can be found at Lewis-Clark State College.

The table below shows you all the essential data you need about undergraduate business schools in Idaho, including annual in-state tuition costs, average aid per student, acceptance rates, SAT and ACT score ranges of accepted students, and graduation rates. Click any column header to sort the table based on its contents.

SchoolCityTuitionAidMedian SATMedian ACTAccept. RateGrad. Rate
Boise State UniversityBoise$7,080$7,055915-115020-2639%
Idaho State UniversityPocatello$6,956$5,85428%
Lewis-Clark State CollegeLewiston$6,120$5,611820-103018-2397%27%
Northwest Nazarene UniversityNampa$28,650$16,8181000-124021-2795%49%
University of IdahoMoscow$7,232$7,289930-117021-2776%56%

Job Outlook for Business School Graduates in Idaho

From 2016 to 2026, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data predicts total growth of at least 5% in 32 of 37 business and management occupations across the US. The highest growth will be for market analysts and marketing specialists, at 22.8% over ten years, with financial managers coming in second at 18.7%.

Idaho has had strong employment figures for most of the last two decades. Its current rate is very low at 2.9%, compared to a national average of 4%. About 45,830 people were employed in Idaho’s business and management sector in 2016, though figures for CEOs were not available. The largest subgroup was general and operations managers at 12,490, well ahead of all other categories.

According to BLS data, Idaho ranked 37th among the 50 states and the District of Columbia for the overall average annual wage across all occupations in 2016 at $51,807, a little below the national average of $57,617. Business and management occupations had a weighted average annual salary of around $76,540 that same year. Again, CEO figures are not included in this number, so the actual average is higher. Idaho is one of the few states where CEOs are not the highest-paid category; that honor goes here to architectural and engineering managers. Most management positions fell between $70,000 and $110,000. The lowest-paid of the groups was tax preparers at $35,740.

Occupation TitleBLS.gov
Code
2016
Total
Employment
Idaho
Mean
Hourly
Wage
Idaho
Mean
Annual
Wage
Idaho
National
Growth
2016-26
Accountants and Auditors13-20113,960$31$64,6408.0%
Administrative Services Managers11-30111,140$35$72,1209.1%
Advertising and Promotions Managers11-2011130$31$64,7605.8%
Architectural and Engineering Managers11-90411,140$60$124,4607.4%
Budget Analysts13-2031140$34$70,49010.4%
Business Operations Specialists13-11992,820$32$67,22010.1%
Chief Executives11-1011**$48$99,87011.9%
Compensation and Benefits Managers11-311180$42$87,1300.187
Compensation, and Benefits Specialists13-1141260$28$57,8205.6%
Compliance Officers13-10411,220$28$58,3505.0%
Construction Managers11-90211,300$39$81,6508.9%
Cost Estimators13-10511,170$28$57,59010.3%
Credit Analysts13-2041250$29$61,01011.4%
Credit Counselors13-207140$22$46,1805.5%
Financial Analysts13-2051450$36$74,1504.9%
Financial Examiners13-2061120$38$79,1508.2%
Financial Managers11-30312,370$47$97,96010.6%
General and Operations Managers11-102112,490$38$79,4007.1%
Human Resources Managers11-3121710$41$84,450-7.8%
Human Resources Specialists13-10711,680$30$62,3806.9%
Information Systems Managers11-30211,260$51$105,66012.0%
Insurance Underwriters13-2053160$32$66,26010.2%
Labor Relations Specialists13-1075170$25$52,5408.5%
Loan Officers13-20722,580$32$66,66011.5%
Logisticians13-1081500$35$73,19022.8%
Management Analysts13-11112,460$39$81,4708.8%
Market Analysts and Marketing Specialists13-11611,560$26$54,60010.0%
Marketing Managers11-2021890$52$108,2406.5%
Meeting and Event Planners13-1121360$18$38,2508.4%
Public Relations and Fundraising Managers11-2031280$39$81,89010.8%
Purchasing Managers11-3061310$44$90,650-5.2%
Sales Managers11-20221,800$51$105,9109.8%
Tax Examiners and Revenue Agents13-2081300$25$51,32013.9%
Tax Preparers13-2082520$17$35,74011.5%
Training and Development Managers11-3131110$37$77,330-0.6%
Training and Development Specialists13-11511,100$28$57,84010.8%

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References:
1. National Center for Education Statistics:https://nces.ed.gov/
2. AACSB, Best Business Schools:https://bestbizschools.aacsb.edu/aacsb-accredited
3. ACBSP, Business Schools:https://www.acbsp.org/page/accreditation
4. IACBE, Business Schools:https://iacbe.org/accreditation/
5. US Bureau of Labor Statistics – Occupational Outlook Handbook, Business and Financial Occupations: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/home.htm
6. US Bureau of Labor Statistics – Employment and Wage Estimates Idaho: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_id.htm
7. US News & World Report, 2018 Best Business Schools: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-business-schools