We have a great story to tell at the University of Idaho – a story that’s getting noticed on a national stage.
Already ranked in the top 6% of all public universities, U.S. News and World Report released rankings this week that placed us among the Top 50 “Best Value” schools in the country and as the highest-ranked public institution in the West in that category.
The 2021 U.S. News rankings give the University of Idaho even more of which to be proud. We rose 42 spots to No. 37 in the Best Value rankings compared to a year ago, and are No. 3 among all public universities, behind only the University of North Carolina and University of Virginia.
A high Best Value ranking doesn’t mean we’re cheap. The top two schools on the list are Harvard and Princeton. The ranking looks at our academic quality related to our price and financial aid picture. It helps that we are able to offer $30 million in scholarships and waivers each year, including to the more than 50 Vandal Promise scholars who are getting up to $5,000 each in need-based aid thanks to generous donor support.
The University of Idaho also improved its ranking as a top 100 public university in the U.S. News Best Colleges category – moving up six slots to No. 83 for 2021. We’re a top National University and appear on several of the magazine’s specialty lists, including “Best Colleges for Veterans” and as a top performer for social mobility. The magazine singled out our undergraduate business, engineering and computer science programs for accolades.