University of Idaho

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The University of Idaho is a land-grant university formed by the Territorial Legislature of Idaho in 1889, located in Moscow, Idaho. The university opened its doors on October 3, 1892 with an initial class of 40 students. The first graduating class in 1896 contained two men and two women. Today, the university has an enrollment of over 12,000. The university offers 154 degree programs, from agribusiness to zoology, including bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and specialists' degrees. Certificates of completion are offered in 16 areas of study.

The University of Idaho has one of the most scenic campuses in the United States. The campus was originally designed by Frederick Law Olmsted (the Olmsted family firm); The same firm that designed the U.S. Capitol grounds and Central Park in New York City. The campus is the largest in size in the state of Idaho.

University of Idaho

UI Seal

MottoFrom here you can go anywhere!
Established 1889
School type Public
President Tim White
Location Moscow, Idaho, ID, USA
Enrollment 12,824
Faculty 847
Budget US $322,370,600
Campus Suburban, 1,585 acres (6.4 km²)
Sports teams Vandals


For a more complete timeline, visit Historical Timeline of the University of Idaho

  • January 30, 1889 - Governor Stevenson signs Territorial Legislature's Council Bill No. 20 establishing the University of Idaho
  • October 3, 1892 - University opens for classes
Idaho Gem, the world's first cloned equid
  • 1895 - Idaho legislature makes first appropriation of operating funds ($15,000) to the University
  • 1898 First graduate degree awarded
  • June 21, 1899 - UI opens first summer school in Pacific Northwest
  • 1901 - College of Agriculture opens
  • June 11, 1902 - Department of Domestic Science (later Home Economics) established, first in Pacific Northwest
  • March 30, 1906 - Administration building fire
  • 1909 - New Administration building opens
  • April 9, 1911 - Theodore Roosevelt is first U.S. President to visit campus
  • June 7, 1920 - School of Education established
  • March 26, 1938 - Eleanor Roosevelt speaks at Memorial Gym
  • November 2, 1957 - Library dedicated
  • November 1993 - University receives its own zip code
  • July 1, 2002 - Budget crisis forces reogranization; Letters and Science split, Mines and Art & Architecture merge into new colleges
  • October 24, 2002 - Albertson building dedicated
  • May 4, 2003 - Idaho Gem, the first cloned member of horse family is born


According to the UI Fact Book, the Moscow, Idaho campus is an astonishing 1,585 acres (6.4 km²) including 253 buildings with a replacement value of $812 million, 10 miles (16 km) of streets, 49 acres (198,000 m²) of parking lots, 1.22 miles (2 km) of bike paths, 22 computer labs, 150 acre (607,000 m²) golf course, 80 acres (324,000 m²) of arboreta, and 860 acres (3.5 km²) of farms.

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University of Idaho Library
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Administration Building

There are several distinctive areas on campus.

Idaho Commons
The Idaho Commons is the heart of campus, with lots of study space, wireless connectivity and many services. You'll find a huge food court, coffee shop, bookstore, copy center, bank and convenience store. The offices of the Associates Students of the University of Idaho, Academics Assistance and Student Support are all located here.

Student Union Building
The Student Union Building houses Financial Aid, Admissions, New Student Services, the Registrar's Office, the office of the Graduate & Professional Student Association(GPSA) and student meeting rooms. There is also wireless access and a student computer lab. The UI Bookstore is located directly across the street.

Kibbie-ASUI Activity Center
UI's multi-purpose "Kibbie Dome" is home to Vandal Athletics and special events. Both football and basketball are played here. It won the 1976 America's Outstanding Structural Engineering Achievement award from the American Society of Civil Engineers.

  • 17,000 bleacher seating
  • 7,000 basketball arena seating (called the Cowan Spectrum)
  • 7,500 concert seating

Arboretum and Botanical Garden
This 65 acre (263,000 m²) site features display gardens, ponds and a variety of trees and plants from Asia, Europe and North America.

Student Recreation Center
The 85,000 square feet (8,000 m²) Student Recreation Center boasts a 55 foot (17 m) freestanding climbing wall, the tallest at any college in the U.S. A huge weight training area, cardio, jogging track and two full size gyms.

UI Library
It is the state's largest library, with more than 2.5 million books, periodicals, government documents and special collections. University of Idaho Library

Hello Walk
UI's Hello Walk perpetuates a tradition of friendliness that dates from the 1920's. Students today still greet each other with a "hello" on this walkway across the Administration Lawn.

Administration building
The collegiate Gothic-style Administration Building with its 80 foot (24 m) clock tower is a UI icon. In addition to many classrooms, the offices of the President and Provost are located here.

Memorial Gym
Memorial Gym is another UI icon known for its gargoyles perched along the building's ledges. The original home of Vandal Athletics, the facility is still in use today, with the swim center and physical education buildings adjacent.

Under the Elms
Rare Camperdown elms line the walkway between the Music building, Child Development Center and Administration Building. The trees have been on campus for 84 years and are among few of their kind in the Northwest. The Camperdown elm stands out because of its unusual shape. Their weeping branches and knotty trunk are formed by being grafted upwards.

Student life

Campus housing

  • Coed housing
  • Men's housing
  • Women's housing
  • Apartments for married students
  • Apartments for single students
  • Cooperative housing
  • Fraternity/sorority housing
  • Special housing for disabled students
  • Special housing for international students

All students are permitted to have cars on campus. Public transportation also serves the campus. The nearest airports are in Pullman, Washington 5 miles (8 km) and Spokane, Washington 90 miles (145 km), the nearest passenger train station is in Spokane, Washington 90 miles (145 km), the nearest bus station is in Moscow, Idaho.

Student employment
School employment is available, with approximately 35% of undergraduates working on campus during the 2003 to 2004 academic year. The average amount undergraduates may expect to earn per year from part-time on-campus work is $2,340.

Campus events
The most popular cultural and campus events are the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, Palousafest, and Football.

Moscow, Idaho is a college town of about 21,000 residents. It is located in the rolling hills of the Palouse region of North Central Idaho. Moscow, Idaho surrounds the University of Idaho campus and most stores and restaurants are within easy walking distance.


Since 1894, the University of Idaho has granted 66,348 Bachelor's Degrees, 17,120 Master's Degrees, 224 Honorary Degrees, 774 Specialist Degrees, 2,865 Law Degrees, and 1983 Doctorate Degrees. The University is organized into nine colleges.

Aerial view of campus
  • College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
  • College of Business and Economics
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Graduate Studies
  • College of Law
  • College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences
  • College of Natural Resources
  • College of Science

Note: The Idaho State Board of Education recently voted (in Oct. 2005) to reinstate the University of Idaho's College of Art and Architechure


154 undergraduate majors are offered, with a variety of emphases in many. UI also offers 71 master's programs and 25 doctoral degrees, and is home to the state of Idaho's only law school. For a list of majors, click this link Major Finder


Moscow enrollment

  • Undergraduate - 8,723
  • Graduate - 1,836
  • Law - 302
  • Resident - 8,040
  • Non-resident - 3,401

Enrollment by college

  • Agricultural and Life Sciences - 1,011
  • Business and Economics - 1,205
  • Education - 2,096
  • Engineering - 1,789
  • Law - 302
  • Letters, Arts and Social Sciences - 3,862
  • Natural Resources - 751
  • Science - 773

Student demographics

  • Students enrolled from all 44 Idaho counties, 50 states and 92 countries
  • 645 international students
  • Student population is 54.2 percent male and 45.8 percent female
  • 69% In-state students
  • 31% Out-of-state students
  • 2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
  • 3% Asian/Pacific Islander
  • 1% African American/Non-Hispanic
  • 5% Hispanic
  • 84% White/Non-Hispanic
  • 1% Non-Resident Alien
  • 4% Race/ethnicity unreported
  • 80% had h.s. GPA of 3.0 and higher
  • 20% had h.s. GPA of 2.0 - 2.99


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University of Idaho Water Tower

The school's colors are silver and gold. Its sports teams are nicknamed the Vandals, and they participate in the NCAA's Division I, in the Western Athletic Conference for all sports. The athletic program offers Football, Men's and Women's Basketball, Men's and Women's Cross-Country, Men's and Women's Golf, Men's and Women's Indoor and Outdoor Track, Men's and Women's Tennis, and Women's Volleyball, Soccer, and Swimming.

University of Idaho hosts numerous facilities for the athletic program. The "Kibbie Dome" is home to the department offices, locker rooms, weight room, and the training facililties. The 17,000 seating capacity arena is the place for football and men’s and women's basketball games. Historic Memorial Gymnasium is the home for Idaho volleyball and men's and women's basketball exhibition games. The Kibbie Dome's indoor facilities offer track & field and tennis a place to practice and compete with the five-lane, 290 meter track and nine tennis courts. The university’s 18-hole championship golf course and numerous outdoor tennis courts complete the facility picture.

University of Idaho has a major rivalry with Washington State University, a school whose campus is located only a few miles to the west. It also has a major in-state rivalry with Boise State University.

Olympic Bronze medallist in the men´s shot put, Joachim B. Olsen competed for the Vandals from 1999 to 2003.


  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Film
  • Fraternities
  • Graduate & Professional Student Association (GPSA) website
  • Jazz band
  • Literary Magazine
  • Marching band
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Opera
  • Radio station
  • Sororities
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station


  • Yahoo! Internet Life magazine listed UI as among the top 13 of 200 most wired universities in the country.
  • Kiplinger magazine ranks the University of Idaho among the top 50 best values in public universities.
  • UI is consistently listed in such publications as How to Get an Ivy League Education at a State University and in America's 100 Best College Buys.
  • One of the 77 Best Value Colleges in the United States according to the Princeton Review. The ranking is based on data about academics, college costs and financial aid and includes information from both college administrators and students.
  • U.S. World & News Report magazine ranks UI in its top category of national universities having the widest range of undergraduate and graduate majors.
  • Intel ranked UI 33rd on its list of the 100 "Most Wired College Campuses." An advanced campus network provides the freedom to wirelessly connect to the Internet in all academic buildings on campus.
  • Consumers Digest magazine ranked UI 24th on its list of "Top 50 Best Values for Public Colleges and Universities." UI was the only Idaho university to be ranked in the survey.
  • Outside magazine listed UI 29th on its list of Top 40 colleges offering the best in outdoor adventure.


The following individuals have held the office of President of the University of Idaho.

James H. Forney, Acting 1891–1892
Franklin B. Gault 1892–1898
Joseph P. Blanton 1898–1900
James Alexander MacLean 1900–1913
Melvin A. Brannon 1914–1917
Ernest H. Lindley 1917–1920
Alfred H. Upham 1920–1928
Frederick J. Kelly 1928–1930
Mervin G. Neale 1930–1937
Harrison C. Dale 1937–1946
Jesse E. Buchanan 1946–1954
Donald R. Theophilus 1954–1965
Ernest W. Hartung 1965–1977
Richard D. Gibb 1977–1989
Elisabeth A. Zinser 1989–1995
Thomas O. Bell, Acting 1995–1996
Robert A. Hoover 1996–2003
Gary G. Michael, Interim 2003–2004
Timothy P. White 2004–

Famous alumni

Bill Fagerbakke (voice of Patrick in the animated series SpongeBob SquarePants) holding his Annie Award for Best Voice Acting in a TV Production

External links

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