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Founded in 1901 as the Academy of Idaho, Idaho State University (ISU) attained four-year status as an accredited college in 1947. A continual desire for progress and growth has led ISU to win the outstanding reputation it has today.

The Business and Technology Center, located in the ISU Business and Research Park, resulted from a desire to develop and provide an incubator for diversified entrepreneurial opportunities, thus encouraging creative research, technological development and applied business innovation. This has proven to enhance the creation of area jobs. New business ventures benefit from the support and guidance available as they mold and shape their budding ideas for new projects.

Never an institution to rest on its laurels, Idaho State University is extending opportunities for artistic creativity, scientific accomplishment, technological innovation and public service far beyond its main campus in Pocatello.

The degrees available to ISU students range from certificate programs through associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. During the last decade, ISU has come into its own in groundbreaking research and is today a Carnegie-classified doctoral research institution. Faculty and students at all levels and in all disciplines conduct impressive research and provide service to the local community and beyond.

ISU is the state-designated leader in the education of healthcare professionals, training caregivers to serve rural and urban populations alike. The Kasiska College of Health Professions operates medical and dental residency programs, as well as a family medicine center that serves local residents. There are highly regarded programs in pharmacy, education, business, engineering and technology as well. The College of Arts and Sciences, ISU’s largest college, stands strong in support of diverse academic disciplines. Idahoans statewide can choose from enrichment courses, professional continuing education, or degree programs.

ISU is home to the Idaho Accelerator Center, among the largest linear-accelerator centers in the nation dedicated to applied nuclear-science research. While attracting researchers from the Idaho National Laboratory and throughout the world, this facility and other ISU research centers provide valuable experience to students.

The landmark $34 million L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center is the region’s cultural showpiece. Its world-class facilities include two innovative theatres, a state-of-the-art grand concert hall, a central rotunda and modern offices and classrooms. The centrally located $43.5 million Rendezvous Complex, which opened in 2007, is ISU’s new social, residential and educational hub.

Idaho State University boasts the nation’s first domed stadium on a college or university campus. Holt Arena is home to Bengal athletics, but it is also the venue for major agricultural expos, trade shows, the Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo, concerts and more.

The Pocatello campus includes the Idaho Museum of Natural History, a state museum that holds permanent collections of Idaho artifacts as well as rotating exhibits of current interest. The museum conducts an array of educational programs for patrons of all ages.

ISU, the community of Pocatello and the state of Idaho have built a long history of accomplishments together. The future promises even more.

Making full use of available advanced technology, Idaho State University offers more than 6,000 credit hours via distance learning courses at ISU outreach centers statewide. In addition to the main campus, ISU has centers in the major cities of Idaho Falls, Twin Falls and Boise, as well as a number of smaller communities.

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Besides its nationally recognized programs in the healthcare professions, business and pharmacy, ISU has made a name for itself in the fields of teacher education, engineering and technology. Students can choose from 285 certificate and degree programs, including doctoral degrees.The Idaho Accelerator Center is a state-of-the-art facility for nuclear and physics research. By creating partnerships among scientists and engineers within the government, university and private sectors, advances and practical applications in the nuclear and radiation sciences can be made. Idaho State University is an integral component of the new Center for Advanced Energy Studies, a public-private partnership in Idaho Falls, headquarters for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory.

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