University of Idaho

The University of Idaho ( UI official abbreviation, more commonly nicknamed U of I ) is the oldest state university in the U.S. state of Idaho. It lies in the north of the state in the city of Moscow. With more than 11,000 students make up almost half of the population of Moscow.

The campus of the university, in terms of area is the largest in Idaho, one of the finest in the western United States. It is located in the rolling hills of the Palouse region and was designed by the Olmstead Brothers, sons of the landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted (including designers of New York's Central Park and around the United States Capitol ).

The University has been awarded the Juneau Icefield Research Program, exploring the glaciers of southern Alaska since 1947.


The university was officially founded on January 30, 1889 by signing of the law by Edward Stevenson, the governor of the Idaho Territory. Nearly four years later, on October 3rd, 1892, opened the university.

Organizational structure

At the University, there are ten organizational units:

  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Arts and Architecture
  • Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Natural Resources
  • Natural sciences
  • Education
  • Law
  • Economics
  • Graduate Studies


The University of Idaho is part of the Western Athletic Conference. The sports teams of the University of Idaho Vandals hot.

Known graduates

  • Jeffrey Shears Ashby - Astronaut
  • Mark Felt - former U.S. agent
  • Jerry Kramer - American Football Player
  • Dan O'Brien - Athlete ( decathlon )
  • Joachim Olsen - Athlete ( shot put )
  • Sarah Palin - politician, governor of Alaska
  • Edward Elmer Smith - Author
  • Patrick Venzke - German Football Player