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Overview
Founded in 2007, College of Western Idaho is in a rural area that is a just a few miles from an urban area. It is in the Boise City ID area.
Highlights
Undergraduate program with the highest reported starting salary (): Communication
Largest undergraduate program (214): General Studies
Address
5500 East Opportunity Drive
Nampa, ID 83687
cwi.edu
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Institutional Control
College of Western Idaho is a public organization.
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Accreditation
Accreditation provides important oversight over a school's instructional practices and institutional stability.
College of Western Idaho holds an accreditation from one of the seven regional accreditors, which should ensure that credits earned transfer easily to other schools.
Accreditation History
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (Accredited January 12, 2012 - present)
  • The next accreditation review is scheduled for January 30, 2024.
Undergraduate Students
Not all students attend their first college full time to completion. While some schools are focused on those that population, many schools focus on transfer and or part time students. What types of of student does this school support.
Full-time first-time students
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Admissions
Open Admissions
College of Western Idaho is an open admissions school and accepts any student who applies.
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Admissions Details
Here are some important dates and little tidbits. Please double-check this information on the College of Western Idaho's webpage for the most up-to-date and accurate answers! We update this information with each school's annual reporting, but information can change unexpectedly. Select any item to view the details.
Admissions Criteria & Qualifications
Admissions Criteria & Qualifications
College of Western Idaho lists the following admissions priorities and requirements:
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Not Considered: class rank, character/personal qualities, first generation, geographical residence, academic GPA, interview, racial/ethnic status, level of applicant's interest, recommendation(s), religious affiliation/commitment, rigor of secondary school record, state residency, talent/ability, standardized test scores, application essay, alumni/ae relation, volunteer work, extracurricular activities, and work experience
A high school diploma or GED is required, and an international baccalaureate is accepted.
Application Fee & Common App
Application Fee & Common App
College of Western Idaho has an undergraduate application fee of $0. We did not find College of Western Idaho on the Common Application site. Keep in mind that it never hurts to inquire with an Admissions office to see whether they might be willing to waive your application fee.
Freshman application dates
Freshman application dates
College of Western Idaho has a rolling admissions policy without deadlines.
Transfer application information
Transfer application information
College of Western Idaho has a rolling transfer admissions policy without deadlines. Transfer students can begin studies in fall, spring or summer.
Credits accepted from new students
Credits accepted from new students
College of Western Idaho accepts the following credits:
  • Transfer credits from accredited institutions
  • CLEP subject for transfers
  • DSST/DANTES for transfers
  • ACE recommendations for credit
  • Open admission (school accepts any student who applies)
  • Dual credit (college credit earned while in high school)
  • Credit for life experiences
  • Advanced placement (AP) credits
Programs
College of Western Idaho program offerings
What award level are you pursuing?
Associate's Degree
Select a degree to see the details, or use the sankey below to explore the options.
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Costs
Undergraduate out-of-state costs
Here's a quick summary of costs to attend College of Western Idaho. You will find the most up-to-date information at their website for admissions. The costs below are for out-of-state students, and you can switch by clicking the other button.
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Charge
Annual tuition
Estimated books and supplies
Miscellaneous (living off campus)
Miscellaneous (living with family)
Off-campus room and board
Per-credit charges
Cost
$7,344
$1,536
$4,984
$2,856
$5,688
$306
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Net price: the best estimate for the cost to attend
Most schools publish tuition rates that give them room to offer both scholarships and financial aid where applicable. Your best estimate of what might pay is to see what others with similar family incomes have paid. A more tailored and accurate estimate is available at this school's net price calculator.
Understanding net price

With their net price calculators, many colleges and universities give an idea of what merit-based aid might accompany need-based aid. For schools that share such data, we also provide financial aid data in the Finanical Aid sections.

There are some caveats to consider when using the net price estimates:

  • The net price calculation is weighted by this school's proportion of students living on- and off-campus and this school's estimate of off-campus costs, which may cause the net price methodology be a bit inconsistent from school to school.
  • Parental income and student financial aid eligibility is sometimes more complicated than the simple family income number reported here.
  • The net price calculation for all students is inclusive of students who received any institutional or government aid, but at the family income levels the net price only considers the tuition paid by those who qualified for federal aid.

You can get a little better guess at what you would pay by using this school's net price calculator.

Percentage of students receiving any aid
The donut, based on 776 full-time first-time degree seeking students at College of Western Idaho, shows the percentage of those who received any financial aid (including merit-based scholarships), subdivided by family income.
73%
Aid type and family income
Federal: $0-30K
Federal: $30K-48K
Federal: $48K-75K
Federal: $75K-110K
Federal: Above $110K
Only institutional
Net price by family income
All Incomes
Let's look over the past few years at what in-state freshmen who received any financial aid actually paid for tuition, fees, books, and living expenses on average, and how that compares to the in-state tuition usually paid for other public universities in your context group.
20112012201320142015201620172018$0$10,000$20,000$30,000$40,000$50,000
Chart explanation
College of Western Idaho
On the blue curve, we see how the net annual cost to attend College of Western Idaho has changed over the years.
Context Schools
The shading shows the spread of the net price for the context schools. The dark shading shows the middle 50% of context schools, and the light shading shows all but the smallest and largest 10%.
Customize your context group using the gear at the top of the page!
Find your net price estimate: cwi.edu/net-price-calculator...
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Historic Annual Costs
See how this school's published costs have changed over the years, and how their cost trends compare with other public schools.
Published costs may have little to do with what you actually pay

It's important to remember that a school's published costs may not be indicative of what it will actually cost to attend. Time magazine wrote about this in their article Yes, you can get a college to cut its tuition price. Nonetheless, this inflation-adjusted look at the historic annual costs for tuition, fees, books, and supplies can give you an idea of the costs you might expect in the coming years. Comparing the total costs inclusive of room and board (if applicable) with the annual net price estimates in the previous tab will help you determine the financial aid package to expect.

Private and public universities' charges are difficult to compare due to the in-state and out-of-state price differences of public universities, and therefore we only compare College of Western Idaho to other public schools within your chosen context group.

Choose the type of costs
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Undergraduate tuition, fees, books, and supplies over time
20122013201420152016201720182019$0$5,000$10,000$15,000$20,000$25,000
Chart explanation
College of Western Idaho
On the blue curve, we see how the published annual cost to attend College of Western Idaho has changed over the years.
Context Schools
The shading shows the spread of the annual cost for the context schools. The dark shading shows the middle 50% of context schools, and the light shading shows all but the smallest and largest 10%.
Customize your context group using the gear at the top of the page!
Financial Aid
Financial aid overview

Understanding the rules and process that determine who gets financial aid can be intimidating. Here are some quick links to help:

  • Visit College of Western Idaho's Net Price Calculator for the most accurate estimate of your anticipated costs. Every school publishes a Net Price Calculator that does its best to give you a fair estimate of what you might expect to pay. Many calculators consider your high school record as part of the calculation. This will be far more accurate than any of the averages or published tuition values that you see here.
  • FederalStudentAid, a government site that will walk you through the federal financial aid process. There are a number of kinds of student loans and other aid, and this site can walk you through all of the choices you will need to make.

Required Forms

FAFSA

Loan Programs

Federal Direct PLUS

Federal Direct Subsidized Stafford

Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford

Need-based Scholarships Available

Federal Pell Grants

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants

Private scholarships/grants

Institutional scholarships/grants

Undergraduate Outcomes
Graduation Rate
Approximately 54% of undergraduate students were full-time with about 38% of them attending college for the first time. In the last reporting year, 20% of students, including those who were part-time or transfer students, received a degree within 8 years.
20%
Time to complete
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8 years
Context: Graduation rate
These numbers reflect eight-year graduation rates for all degrees at the colleges and universities in your chosen context group. This reporting is for undergraduate students inclusive of transfer students and full/part-time students.
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Are students graduating on time?
Let us tell you all about low graduation rates!

Across the country, graduation rates are surprisingly low. In fact, Forbes Magazine suggests that they are unacceptably low. However, from another point of view, sometimes graduation rates simply reflect the relative preparation of the students who enter. Colleges with a mission to help people coming from less advantaged backgrounds, such as first-generation and low-income students, may have low graduation rates despite relatively strong outcomes for students who face many obstacles to success. Without the context provided in these views of completion rates, it can be tricky to separate predatory schools that take financial advantage of under-prepared students from those that are actively seeking to encourage and help those students.

For the consumer choosing a school, once you have narrowed your list to those schools that you can afford and that seem likely to admit you, consider the outcome measures in this section and choose the specific measures that best describe your plans. Very simply, schools with high graduation rates and high loan repayment rates will likely give you the best opportunity to succeed.

Context: the impact of wealth and transfer status on degree completion
We took a close look lagging success for students with financial need in a case study. Here's a chance to compare schools based on student successes with a better appreciation of how circumstances may impact success. One word of caution: the statistics for some categories may consist of only a handful of students -- see the details by hovering or long-pressing on the bars.
Full-time first-time students
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Full-time first-time students
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Percentage with Pell Grants
65%
Years after enrolling.
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Full-time first-time students who received an award within 8 years after enrolling
19%21%20%0%50%100%Non-PellPellAll
Context and trends: Repayment Rate
How much progress do you think you'll be able to make towards paying down your college loans seven years after leaving school? In our research, we discovered that a surprisingly large number of students don't default on their loans, but also aren't making progress in paying down their principal amount. The percentages here count alumni who have decreased their loan amounts by at least $1.
Years after leaving school.
3
2015201620%40%60%80%Former students with decreased loan principal
Chart explanation
College of Western Idaho
On the blue curve, we see the percentage of alumni from College of Western Idaho who have successfully reduced their federal school loans by at least $1 by the date shown, which is 3 years after leaving the school.
Context Schools
The shading shows the spread of the loan repayment rate for the context schools. The dark shading shows the middle 50% of context schools, and the light shading shows all but the smallest and largest 10%.
Customize your context group using the gear at the top of the page!
Context and trends: are the loan default rates as small as possible?
The default rate is the percentage of students who are already delinquent on their loans within three years of leaving the school. If a school has a high default rate, that sends an alarm out that the students' educations are not sufficient to earn enough to repay those loans. Read below for details on the typical loan burden, and keep in mind that a low default rate may be more important than loan amounts in predicting your future success.
201420152016201720180%5%10%15%20%25%Former students with loan payment failure
Chart explanation
College of Western Idaho
On the blue curve, we see the percentage of alumni from College of Western Idaho who have defaulted on their federal school loans within 3 years ending on the date shown.
Context Schools
The shading shows the spread of the 3-year loan default rate for the context schools. The dark shading shows the middle 50% of context schools, and the light shading shows all but the smallest and largest 10%.
Customize your context group using the gear at the top of the page!
Loan burden
At College of Western Idaho, 39% of full-time degree-seeking freshmen receive federal student loans, averaging $4,009 each in just the freshman year. We have much more details about the full loan burden students experience in our Cost and Financial Aid Section.
Context: Percentage of freshmen with federal loans
39%0%20%40%60%80%100%
Context: Average freshman federal loan amount
$4,009$2,000$4,000$6,000$8,000$10,000
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Classroom Experience
Student attention at College of Western Idaho
Schools are required to report the ratio of students per instructor, but look for a small number of students for every full-time instructor as your best indicator of personal attention and a modern well-integrated curriculum.
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Full-time and long-term instructors at College of Western Idaho
Full-time faculty are mostly likely to be on campus and available for interaction, and to craft up-to-date courses and programs. College of Western Idaho has 35% full-time instructors, and 68% of the context schools have a higher percentage of full-time instructors. Faculty with multi-year contracts provide additional stability and commitment to the school and its students.Within the full-time instructors at College of Western Idaho, none have multi-year employment contracts. Of the context schools, only 31% have instructors with multi-year contracts.
Full-time instructors
35%
Long-term instructors
0%
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Faculty Diversity
Here's an opportunity to explore the faculty's diversity. For many schools, attracting a diverse teaching faculty can be a challenge. It's important to judge their success with the reality check of what their peer schools have accomplished.
Number of full-time instructors
The chart shows male instructors to the left, and female to the right, with the races/origins included along the bars. Select the context graph to see how this diversity profile compares to the schools that interest you.
Not ReportedAsianHispanicPacific IslanderBlackWhite020406080Men020406080Women
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Campus Safety
Crime at College of Western Idaho
Check out the number of disciplinary actions (implemented within the school) and arrests (implemented by law enforcement external to the school)
Disciplinary Actions
20190
Liquor Violations
Drug Violations
Weapon Possessions
Arrests
2018201901
Liquor Violations
Drug Violations
Weapon Possessions
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Context: Disciplinary Actions
Average number of disciplinary violoations at College of Western Idaho as a percentage of students compared to all of the schools in the comparison group.
0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.2%0.4%0.6%0.8%Weapon PossessionsDrug ViolationsLiquor Violations
Context: Arrests
Average number of arrests at College of Western Idaho as a percentage of students compared to all of the schools in the comparison group.
0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%0.02%0.04%0.06%0.08%Weapon PossessionsDrug ViolationsLiquor Violations
Criminal Offenses
20122014201620182020012
Burglaries/Robberies
Sex Offenses
Vehicle Thefts
Aggrevated Assaults
Context: Criminal Offenses
Average number of criminal offenses at College of Western Idaho as a percentage of students compared to all of the schools in the comparison group.
0.003%0.003%0.000%0.000%0.000%0.020%0.040%0.060%0.080%0.100%0.120%Aggrevated AssaultsVehicle TheftsSex OffensesBurglaries/Robberies
Housing
No Student Housing Available
This school does not report any housing for students.
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Activities and Services
Activities offered
  • Student newspaper
Special academic opportunities
  • Cooperative program
  • Credit for advanced placement
  • English as a Second Language program
  • Honors Program
  • Internships
  • Orientation program
  • Part-time degree programs
  • Remediation available
  • Services for learning disabilities
  • Summer session
Undergraduate services offered
  • Remedial services
  • Academic/career counseling services
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Programs for Veterans
If you are a veteran, it's worth digging around to find a military-friendly campus. We think this article about how colleges might help veterans might be a good starting point for questions to ask the Admissions office before you choose to attend. It's also good to be aware that many for-profit schools are behaving as predators, hungry for GI Bill dollars. Watching out for those schools is no different for veterans than for all students: judge very critically using our "Student Satisfaction and Success" tab for undergraduate programs. We wish we had the same data to support graduate programs; however, we think the undergraduate data is a good starting point for judging overall quality.
  • Credit for Military Training
  • Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families
  • Recognized student veteran organization
  • Yellow Ribbon Program
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Student Body
Study Types
About 27% of students are full-time. About 14% of students take all of their courses via distance education, while another 23% take some courses online.
Full-time
27%
Online classes
37%
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Context: Student body size
College of Western Idaho enrolled 20,998 students over the past academic year. The the student body size is larger than 95% of the context schools.
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Undergraduate student gender
Is the gender balance of College of Western Idaho students important to you? You can see the breakdown in this donut chart.
Gender
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Undergraduate student race/origin
College of Western Idaho reports that 25% of students are minority, which is less than 70% of the context schools. This school's 0.6% of international students is near the middle proportion of international students within the context schools.
Race/Origin
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Not Reported
International
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Context: Gender Balance
It is very difficult for many types of schools to achieve a gender balance, and this context is valuable in evaluating the balance at College of Western Idaho.
43%57%0%20%40%60%80%100%MenWomen
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Context: Percentage of women
With 57% women students, College of Western Idaho has a lower percentage of women than 68% of context schools.
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Context: Student race/origin
Here is how College of Western Idaho compares to the rest of the context group in terms of diversity in the student race and origin.
2%72%18%2%1%0%2%3%1%0%20%40%60%80%100%Pacific IslanderInternationalAmerican IndianMultiracialBlackAsianNot ReportedHispanicWhite
Freshman residences

A high proportion of international and out-of-state students speaks to reputation and offers an opportunity for diverse interactions in and out of class.

Freshman residence
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Student age distribution
The age distribution at a school can tell you a lot about its mission. If you're looking for a traditional undergraduate experience, you may prefer to see students who are mostly younger than 25 (lighter shades), but if you want support as a returning student, a large number of students 25 and older (darker shades) may better suit your needs.
Age range
Under 18
18-19
20-21
22-24
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30-34
35-39
40-49
50-64
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School Finances
College of Western Idaho: What its budget can tell you about classroom quality
Where a school spends and collects its money can suggest a lot about the educational experience it offers. The tabs below offer a look at spending that is important for the quality of your experience if you attend.
Instructional spending
Student services spending
Context and trends: Instructional expenditures per student
Instructional expenses are primarily the salary and benefits paid to the heart of a school: its full-time instructors. High expenditures in this area suggest care in hiring enough highly qualified full-time faculty to provide personal attention and up-to-date subject-area excellence.
2009201020112012201320142015201620172018$0$2,000$4,000$6,000$8,000$10,000$12,000
Chart explanation
College of Western Idaho
On the blue curve, we see how the instructional expenses per student at College of Western Idaho have changed over the years.
Context Schools
The shading shows the spread of the instructional expenses per student for the context schools. The dark shading shows the middle 50% of context schools, and the light shading shows all but the smallest and largest 10%.
All values have been adjusted for inflation. Customize your context group using the gear at the top of the page!
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Does incoming revenue consistently cover expenses?

College of Western Idaho is a public school. Along with private not-for-profit schools, publicly-controlled schools do not have the goal of annual profit, but they do want to have healthy finances with adequate revenue to meet all expenses. On the other hand, private for-profit schools have creating a profit for shareholders as an annual goal.

Total revenue and expenses by category
We divided revenue and expenses for College of Western Idaho into categories to give some insight to what may have influenced peaks and ditches in the chart above. The purple shades correspond most directly to student education. The blue shades, auxiliary expenses and revenue, are often related to room and board. We show investment gains and losses in apricot.
2009201020112012201320142015201620172018$0$50M$100M$150MRevenue$0$50M$100M$150MExpense
Investment gains
Auxiliary revenue
Tuition and fees revenue
Government appropriations etc.
Private and capital gifts
Educational sales revenue
Other revenue
Investment losses
Auxilliary expenses
Instructional expenses
Student services expenses
Academic support expenses
Institutional support expenses
Public service expenses
Other expenses
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The power of a large endowment
Related to the previous question of whether the annual revenue stream is stable is the question, "How deep are this school's pockets?" For many schools, a major source of annual income is investment growth. Schools with large endowments have a built-in revenue stream, although you'll see in the accompanying graphs that this revenue stream is highly dependent on the nation's economy. You can choose how to examine the depth of College of Western Idaho's resources by selecting from the buttons below.
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Net Assets
Total Endowment
Endowment Growth Rate
Net Assets Per Student

Here we examine assets at College of Western Idaho in context, and it seems most fair to adjust for the size of the institution. We examine the assets per full-time-equivalent student so that we level the playing field for size.

There's a catch to these assets, though. Many gifts to a school's endowment have strings attached; the money is restricted to a specific purpose. Assets shown in green below are unrestricted, and are very important to a school's ability to meet its financial obligations. Some assets are the land and buildings that a school must have in order to function, and these may appear as green (unrestricted assets) but are nonetheless less helpful in meeting annual financial commitments. This look at assets is only a piece of the puzzle as we decide if a school is stable.

$0$2,000$4,000$6,000$8,000$10,000200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018
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Unrestricted net assets
Context: 2019 net assets per student
$16,841-$20,000$0$20,000$40,000$60,000