Undergraduate Admissions

Before students may take classes at Idaho State University, they must be admitted as either a degree seeking or non-degree seeking student. To apply for admission, a person must submit a completed application for admission and submit a $50 non-refundable application fee.  ACT and SAT scores are currently waived for admission but are still used for scholarship and course placement purposes. Degree seeking students must also provide official high school/college transcripts to the ISU Admissions Office:

Office of Admissions
921 S 8th Ave. Stop 8270
Pocatello, ID 83209-8270
(208) 282-2475

http://www.isu.edu/future/
email: admissions@isu.edu

Admission Process

The following information applies to undergraduate students applying for admission to academic programs. For students seeking information regarding admission to Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs, contact the College of Technology. Graduate students should refer to the Graduate Catalog. Doctor of Pharmacy students should refer to the College of Pharmacy. International Students should refer to the International Programs Office.

Idaho State University welcomes all students of good character who provide evidence of suitable preparation for work at the college level. The Office of Admissions encourages future students to reach their educational dreams by providing exceptional service and personal support through the exploration, application, acceptance, transfer, orientation, and initial enrollment process. Future students are welcome to contact the Office of Admissions for information regarding the application process, or they may visit our web page at www.isu.edu/future.

The Office of Admissions notifies students of admission decisions within 14 days of receiving their completed application. Decisions may be delayed if documentation is incomplete upon submission. Students may be admitted with an in-progress transcript. However, the university reserves the right to restrict registration for the term following admission if all required documents, including final transcripts, are not submitted.

Failure to list and submit transcripts from all schools attended, or submission of inaccurate information, is considered fraud and is cause for refusal of admission or dismissal from Idaho State University. All required documentation must be received prior to admission.

When to Apply

To allow appropriate time for evaluation and admission decisions, all applications and documentation should be submitted to the Office of Admission by the application deadline (see below). Applications may be accepted after this deadline, but an admission decision cannot be guaranteed prior to the beginning of the ensuing semester.

Semester Freshmen Applicants Transfer Applicants International Applicants
Fall August 1 August 1 May 1
Spring December 1 December 1 November 1
Summer Contact Admissions Rolling Applications not accepted

Definitions

Admission Decision Definitions

Students are admitted to Idaho State University with a status of Assured Admission or Conditional Admission.

  1. Assured Admission - The applicant has satisfied the full complement of admission requirements.
  2. Conditional Admission - The applicant has satisfied most of the admission requirements. Conditional Admission is not a probationary status. Students conditionally accepted are considered for scholarships and have the rights and privileges granted to all students.

Idaho State University has different application processes and requirements for the following groups of students:

  1. Freshmen - Students who have not enrolled in any college or university after graduating from high school (or receiving a GED).
    1. Note: Students who have been enrolled in an early college or dual/concurrent enrollment program while still classified as high school students are considered freshmen, as long as they do not attend a post-secondary institution before attending Idaho State University.
  2. Transfer Students - Students who have 14 or more attempted and/or in-progress credit at any college or university after graduating from high school (or receiving a GED) prior to enrolling at Idaho State University. Students who have fewer than 14 credits are classified as a New Freshman.
  3. Career and Technical - Students who plan on enrolling in a career and technical program through the College of Technology. For students seeking information regarding admission to career and technical programs, contact the College of Technology.
  4. Former - Students who have been admitted and enrolled at ISU previously but have not enrolled in classes for the past 8 semesters (including summers).
  5. Post Baccalaureate - Students who have a bachelor’s degree or are in the process of completing their bachelor’s degree. Students can be admitted with an in-progress transcript with the bachelor’s degree not posted; once the degree is posted, the applicant is required to provide a final transcript with the degree posted. 
  6. Non-Degree - Students who are attending ISU without intention of seeking a degree. These students are limited to 7 credits a semester and do not qualify for financial aid.
  7. Early College - Qualified high school students may enroll at Idaho State University through the Early College Program as a dual credit student. High school students meeting the necessary requirements will be allowed to enroll as non-degree seeking students.
  8. International - Refer to International Programs Office processes.

Citizenship status clarifications:

  1. Dual Citizen - Students who have citizenship in the United States and another country are required to meet the admission requirements for their student application type. Applicants need to submit appropriate documentation demonstrating their dual citizenship. If they were educated in a foreign country, they will also be required to provide proof of English proficiency (see English Proficiency Requirements).
  2. DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) - Undocumented applicants who come to the U.S. as children. Applicants need to submit appropriate documentation demonstrating their DACA status.

Official Transcripts:

Official transcripts must come directly from the issuing institution. Transcripts by fax or email are permitted only when sent within the State of Idaho (from Idaho high schools or colleges). Transcripts may also be accepted as official if sent through secure e-transcript services or mailed in a sealed envelope directly from the issuing institution. Transcripts will not be accepted directly from a student.

New Freshmen

Application Steps for New Freshmen

  1. Submit the Undergraduate Application. The form is online at http://www.isu.edu/apply/.
  2. Pay the $50 non-refundable application fee.
  3. Submit official ACT and/or SAT scores (students 21 years or older are exempt from submitting ACT/SAT scores).  ACT and SAT scores are currently waived for admission but are still used for scholarship purposes.
  4. Submit an official high school transcript or GED test scores. Official transcripts must be mailed in a sealed envelope to Idaho State University directly from the awarding institution. Official transcripts by fax or email are permitted only when sent within the State of Idaho (from Idaho high schools or colleges). Transcripts may also be accepted as official if sent through secure e-transcript services directly from the issuing institution. Transcripts will not be accepted directly from a student.
  5. Submit official transcripts to ISU for any non-ISU college credits for dual enrollment.
  6. After high school graduation, submit an official copy of the final high school transcript, with your graduation date.  Official transcripts must come directly from the awarding institution.  

High School Graduates

High School graduates who will be under the age of 17 at the start of the term they've applied for are required to petition for admission. Students from Idaho will be evaluated for completion of the Idaho State Board of Education core upon receipt of a final high school transcript with the graduation date posted.

Idaho State Board of Education College Entrance Core Requirements

Department # Semesters
English (Composition, Literature) 8
Mathematics (Applied Math I, Applied Math II, Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Analytic Geometry, Calculus, Statistics, Trigonometry; at least 4 semesters must be taken during grades 10 through 12) 6
Natural Science (Anatomy, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Geology, Physiology, Physical Science, Physics, Zoology. Selected applied science courses may count for up to 2 semesters. At least 2 semesters must be for courses which include a laboratory science experience.) 6
Social Science (American Government, Geography, U.S. History, World History. Economics, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology) 5
Humanities/Foreign Language (Literature, History, Philosophy, Foreign Language, and related study of 2 or more of the traditional humanities disciplines) 2
Other college prep (Speech, Studio/Performing Arts (Art, Dance, Drama, Music), additional Foreign Language. Up to 2 semesters of approved vocational courses may apply; consult your high school counselor) 3

Assured Admission Requirements:

  1. Completed New Undergraduate Application;
  2. $50 nonrefundable application fee;
  3. A 2.50 or better cumulative (unweighted) grade point average;
  4. Completion of the Idaho State Board of Education high school core requirements;

Applicants who meet the above criteria for GPA but lack up to two core high school classes will be granted Conditional Admission.

*ACT and SAT scores are currently waived for admission but are still used for scholarship and course placement purposes.

Conditional Admission Requirements:

  1. Completed Undergraduate Application and paid the $50 nonrefundable application fee;
  2. A 2.25 or better cumulative (unweighted) grade point average;

*ACT and SAT scores are currently waived for admission but are still used for scholarship and course placement purposes.

Home School Students

Assured Admission Requirements:

  1. Completed Undergraduate Application;
  2. $50 non-refundable application fee;
  3. A 2.50 or better cumulative (unweighted) grade point average;
  4. Home School Transcript or list of coursework;

*ACT and SAT scores are currently waived for admission but are still used for scholarship and course placement purposes.

Conditional Admission Requirements:

  1. Completed Undergraduate Application;
  2. $50 non-refundable application fee;
  3. A 2.25 or better cumulative (unweighted) grade point average;
  4. Home School Transcript or list of coursework;

*ACT and SAT scores are currently waived for admission but are still used for scholarship and course placement purposes.

GED Applicants

GED Applicants Younger than 17 Years of Age - GED students younger than 17 years of age must petition with the Admission Committee to be considered for admission.

GED Applicants (GED Taken in 2014 or later)

Assured Admission Requirements:

  1. Completed Undergraduate Application;
  2. $50 non-refundable application fee;
  3. Passing GED scores with a minimum 170 score on each test and a total of 680 or higher;

*ACT and SAT scores are currently waived for admission but are still used for scholarship and course placement purposes.

Conditional Admission Requirements:

  1. Completed Undergraduate Application;
  2. $50 non-refundable application fee;
  3. Passing GED scores with a minimum 160 score on each test and a total of 640 or higher;

*ACT and SAT scores are currently waived for admission but are still used for scholarship and course placement purposes.

GED Applicants (GED taken between 2002 through 2013)

Admission Requirements:

  1. Completed Undergraduate Application;
  2. $50 non-refundable application fee;
  3. Passing GED scores with a minimum 410 score on each test and an average of 450 or above; 

*ACT and SAT scores are currently waived for admission but are still used for scholarship and course placement purposes.

GED Applicants (GED Taken earlier than 2002)

Admission Requirements:

  1. Completed Undergraduate Application;
  2. $50 non-refundable application fee;
  3. Passing GED scores with a minimum of 41 on each test and a total of 45 or higher;

Transfer Students

Applicants who have 14 or more attempted and/or in-progress credits at any college or university after graduating from high school (or receiving a GED) prior to enrolling at Idaho State University. Students who have completed less than 14 credits after high school are classified as New Freshmen, but are still required to submit college transcripts as they are part of the academic record.

Application Steps for Transfer Students:

  1. Submit the Undergraduate Application. The form is online at http://www.isu.edu/apply/.
  2. Pay the $50 non-refundable application fee.
  3. Submit an official transcript from each college previously attended, whether accredited or unaccredited, to Idaho State University. Official transcripts must be mailed in a sealed envelope to Idaho State University by the awarding institution. Official transcripts by fax or email are permitted only when sent within the State of Idaho (from Idaho high schools or colleges). Transcripts may also be accepted as official if sent through secure e-transcript services directly from the issuing institution. Transcripts will not be accepted directly from a student. 
    1. Students who have earned Military Service credit through Military training modules reported on the Joint Service Transcript or a regionally accredited Military school must provide ISU with an official transcript. For more information about receiving college bearing credit from their Joint Service Transcript (JST), go to Credit for Military Service.
  4. If applying in mid-semester while attending elsewhere, applicants must submit an in-progress college transcript indicating grades earned through the most recently completed semester. Once they have completed the term, they will need to submit their final college transcript.
  5. If applicants apply for admission and do not have 14 or more attempted credit hours (academic or technical) from an accredited university, they are considered a New student and will need to submit:
    1. their final high school transcript;
    2. Final, official transcript(s) from each college attended or an in-progress transcript if currently attending.

Assured Admission Requirements:

  1. Completed Undergraduate Application;
  2. $50 non-refundable application fee;
  3. 2.0 or better cumulative grade point average;
  4. Submission of final, official transcript(s) from each college attended or in-progress transcript if currently attending.

Applicants with less than a 2.0 cumulative transfer GPA from previous college work will be reviewed by the Director of Admissions and may be required to submit a petition to the Admission Petition Committee (see Admission by Petition).

Transfer Credit Evaluation

Please visit https://isu.edu/registrar/transfer-credit-process/ for information about transfer credit evaluation.

Other Applicants

Former Students

Application Steps for Former Students:

Students who have been admitted and enrolled in classes previously but have NOT enrolled in classes at Idaho State University for 8 semesters (including summers) are required to re-apply and submit the following to the Office of Admissions:

  1. Submit the Undergraduate Application. The form is online at http://www.isu.edu/apply/.
  2. Pay the $50 non-refundable application fee.
  3. Submit all official documentation:
    1. Resubmit all official transcripts from any college attended prior to enrolling at Idaho State University if the transcript is older than three years;
    2. Submit official transcripts from any college attended since last enrolled at Idaho State University;
    3. Submit high school transcript or GED score transcript, if applicable; and/or
    4. Submit ACT/SAT scores, if applicable.

Assured Admission Requirements:

  1. Completed Undergraduate Application and paid the $50 non-refundable application fee;
  2. 2.0 or better cumulative grade point average; and
  3. Submission of final, official transcript(s) from each college attended or an in-progress transcript if currently attending.

Non-Degree Seeking Students

A person (16 years or older) may apply as a non-degree seeking student if he/she does not wish to attend for degree work but to pursue studies for personal reasons. Such a student may register for up to 7 credits per semester unless he or she is enrolled in the Early College Program. 

Non-degree seeking students are NOT eligible for federal financial aid.

Early College Program/High School Dual Credit

Qualified high school students may enroll at Idaho State University through the Early College Program as a dual credit student. Dual credit allows high school students the opportunity to earn college credit while concurrently enrolled in high school courses. Students can take these courses at their high school, taught by a high school instructor who has been approved as an Idaho State University adjunct faculty member, or at an ISU campus.

High school students must complete the following:

  1. Early College Program Application available online at https://www.isu.edu/apply/; and
  2. Submit a permission form with a high school official's signature, parent, and student written signatures.

High school students meeting the necessary requirements (minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and 16 years old or completed half of their high school graduation requirements or a recommendation from a school official) are enrolled as non-degree seeking students. 

If high school students wish to take courses on campus through the Early College Program, they must complete an On-Campus Registration request and Liability Waiver through the Early College Program office. High school students may enroll in any class offered through Idaho State University for which they have met the prerequisites, but are limited to 1000 and 2000 level courses and specific course offerings on campus. 

In order to participate in the Early College Program, a student must be enrolled as a high school student for the entire Idaho State University course length. High school students are NOT eligible to receive federal financial aid for their dual credit courses.

For additional information, class availability, or for help with registration, contact the Early College Program at (208) 282-6067 or visit http://www.isu.edu/ecp/.

Admission by Petition

Applicants who do not meet conditional admission standards may be asked to provide additional information to the Admission Petition Committee. 

Applicants who wish to petition must submit the following to the Office of Admissions:

  1. Admission petition form explaining why they believe they can be successful at Idaho State University and documenting their special circumstances;
  2. Current test scores (ACT, SAT, and/or ALEKS). Test scores are considered current if taken within 12 months; and
  3. Letters of support from counselors, teachers, etc. are encouraged.

Admission petitions are reviewed by the Admission Petition Committee chaired by a representative of the Office of Admissions. The committee consists of at least five other members representing faculty, First Year Transition, Office of the Registrar, the Athletics Department, Disability Services, College of Technology, TRiO Student Services, or START program. Completed petitions are usually reviewed within one month.

The Admission Petition Committee may give recommendations to the applicant; such as courses to take and/or services to use.

Re-Applying for Admission - Applicants not meeting requirements to be granted conditional admission have the opportunity to re-apply to the university after they complete the recommendations of the admission petition committee, if given. This may include completing 14 or more transferable semester hours (credits) with a 2.0 cumulative GPA at a regionally accredited college or university or completing the START program. An applicant may choose to complete either of these, even if not recommended by the admission petition committee.

Admission Deferment Policy

Admitted Freshmen students who decide to delay their enrollment at ISU in order to perform voluntary service (church mission, U.S. military, or other government or non-profit agency) may submit a one-time request to defer their admission to a future semester that is up to six subsequent semesters (not including the summer semesters) after the semester they were offered admission (example: A student admitted for the Fall 2022 semester could request a deferment up to and including the Fall 2024 semester. See the table below for deadlines for additional semesters). This deferment assumes that the student:

  • will remain a first-time freshman upon enrollment;
  • will enroll at ISU as a first-time freshman upon return from the volunteer service; and
  • will not enroll at another post-secondary institution prior to enrollment at ISU.

The Admission Deferment Request form (available at https://www.isu.edu/admissions/defer/) must be submitted to the Office of Admissions by August 1 before the fall semester for which the student has been admitted, or December 1 for the Spring semester. The deferment guarantees admission to ISU but not necessarily admission to a particular academic major and/or program of study. More details on the Admission Deferment Policy can be found at https://www.isu.edu/admissions/defer/.

Session Admitted: Fall 2022
Can defer admission until: Fall 2025
Deadline for ISU to receive Admissions Deferment Request Form: 8/1/2022

Session Admitted: Spring 2023
Can defer admission until: Spring 2026
Deadline for ISU to receive Admissions Deferment Request Form: 12/1/2022

Students Who were Admitted but did not Enroll

Students accepted for admission to Idaho State University who do not attend their first semester will be allowed to enroll the next academic term (not including summer) without reapplying, but they will need to request a semester change with an Admissions employee. Admission is granted for a two (2) term time frame unless the applicant files the Admission Deferment Form. If students do not attend the semester they applied for or request a semester change for the following semester, the students will have to reapply in order to attend. 

Students with Behavioral Problems

Whenever an applicant for admission or a student (regardless of the program of study or whether full-time or part-time) exhibits behavior that poses a substantial threat to himself/herself or other members of the university community or is disruptive of the educational processes, said student or applicant will be subjected to a special screening process. This process has been formulated as a result of recommendations of a committee of the faculty and students of this institution and will apply to any admission or readmission request. In the event that the conduct or behavior of the individual or any other member of the university community is disruptive of the educational process of the institution, these procedures shall apply whether the cause of the condition is medical, psychiatric, behavioral, otherwise, or a combination of the above.