The Best Online Colleges in Idaho

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Working professionals can earn a degree without having to give up their jobs, and parents can pursue a college education without having to leave their homes.

In addition, distance learning provides students with all the academic benefits of a traditional college experience. Transcripts and diplomas usually do not distinguish between online and on-campus courses, and online programs follow the same curricula as in-person programs. Distance learners also save money on room, board, and other campus fees.

Although Idahoans can take distance learning courses at any online school in the U.S., enrolling at a university or college close to home allows students to visit campus, access on–site student services, and participate in college community events. There aren’t as many online schools in Idaho as in larger states, but there are still many distance learning options. Due to the religious landscape of the state, there are several Christian online colleges in Idaho. In addition to scripture–based education, students at these schools can obtain online degrees in subjects like marriage and family studies, Christian ministry, spiritual leadership, and theology.

Top Online Colleges in Idaho 2020

#1 University of Idaho Moscow, ID
#2 Northwest Nazarene University Nampa, ID
#3 Brigham Young University - Idaho Rexburg, ID
#4 Lewis-Clark State College Lewiston, ID
#5 Boise State University Boise, ID

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Lewis-Clark State College 

Lewiston, ID

About this school

Renowned for its education, criminal justice, nursing and technical programs, the college has been around since 1893. It serves over 4,000 students and offers more than 80 degree programs in total. The college began as a teacher training school, but when World War II reared its head, the school expanded into nursing to help with the war effort. In 1951, the school closed but reopened in 1955 to alleviate the rising need for teachers once again. In 1971, the college finally became Lewis–Clark State College, the last institution in the country to move past being a normal school.

Lewis–Clark State College offers several associate and baccalaureate degrees online. Associate degrees include web design and nursing, while baccalaureate degree options include education and interdisciplinary studies.

Resources online students have access to include an online writing lab and an online library with access to a scholarly article database and librarian live chat.

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Boise State University 

Boise, ID

About this school

Boise State University first opened its doors in 1932, thanks to the Episcopal Church. It obtained the ability to award baccalaureate and master’s degrees in 1965 and has grown into one of the largest universities in Idaho at 175 acres and approximately 20,000 students in attendance. The school now offers over 200 degree programs in more than 190 disciplines spanning seven academic colleges.

Boise State University provides online baccalaureate, master and doctoral programs. Online baccalaureate degrees include nursing and imaging sciences. Online master’s degree options include business administration and social work, while online doctoral degree offerings include nursing and educational technology.

Online student resources include online academic advising, undergraduate tutoring, an online writing center, disability services, technical support, health and wellness resources, career services, veteran’s services and an online library with access to graduate, undergraduate and video databases.

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We selected the online schools in Idaho based on the quality of their programs, types of courses and degrees offered, and faculty strengths, as well as school awards, rankings, and reputation, including a strong reputation for online degree programs.

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