University of Idaho

University of Idaho
University of Idaho
University of Idaho Seal
Motto A Legacy of Leading
Established January 30, 1889
Type Public Land Grant
& Flagship University
Endowment $210.3 million[1]
President M. Duane Nellis - (2009- )
Students 12,302 (all campuses)[2]
11,180 (Moscow)
Undergraduates 9,330 (Moscow)
Postgraduates 1,850 (Moscow)[3]
Location Moscow, Idaho, U.S.
46°43′33″N 117°00′38″W / 46.72583°N 117.01056°W / 46.72583; -117.01056Coordinates: 46°43′33″N 117°00′38″W / 46.72583°N 117.01056°W / 46.72583; -117.01056
Campus Rural,
1585 acres (6.4 km²)

Silver & Gold

(& unofficial black) -     
Sports Vandals
Mascot Joe Vandal
Affiliations Western Athletic
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Universityof Idaho is located in Idaho
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University of Idaho, in Moscow, Idaho, USA

The University of Idaho (officially abbreviated UI, but commonly referred to as the U of I) is the State of Idaho's flagship and oldest public university, located in the rural city of Moscow in Latah County in the northern portion of the state. UI is the state's land-grant and primary research university and enrolls more national merit scholars than all other institutions in the state combined.[4][5] The University of Idaho was the state's sole university for 71 years, until 1963, and hosts the state's only law school, established in 1909 and accredited by the ABA in 1925.

The university was formed by the territorial legislature of Idaho on January 30, 1889, and 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. The university presently has an enrollment exceeding 12,000, with over 11,000 on the Moscow campus. The university offers 142 degree programs, from accountancy to wildlife resources, including bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and specialists' degrees. Certificates of completion are offered in 30 areas of study.

As a rural land-grant university, UI has the largest campus in the state, located in the rolling hills of the Palouse region at an elevation of 2600 feet (792 m) above sea level.[6] The school is home to the Idaho Vandals, who compete on the Division I FBS (formerly I-A) level. The land-grant institution for the state of Washington, WSU, is located eight miles (13 km) west in Pullman.

In addition to the main campus in Moscow, the UI has branch campuses in Coeur d'Alene, Boise, Twin Falls, and Idaho Falls. It also operates a research park in Post Falls [7] and dozens of extension offices statewide.


History - timeline

On January 30, 1889, Governor Edward Stevenson of the Idaho Territory signed the territorial legislature's Council Bill No. 20, which officially established the UI as the upcoming state's land-grant institution. Nearly four years later, the university opened for classes on October 3, 1892.[8]

  • 1889 - Beta Sigma established as first sorority [9]
  • 1896 - first four undergraduate degrees awarded - (photo)
  • 1898 - first graduate degree awarded
    • UI Alumni Association established
  • 1899 - UI opens first summer school in Northwest - June 21 - (photo)
  • 1901 - College of Agriculture established
    • original Engineering Building opens (originally Applied Science, then Mines, then Engineering) - (photo-1) - (photo-2)
      - demolished in 1951 (unsafe), on site of present Niccolls Building (Home Economics, opened 1952)
  • 1902 - Ridenbaugh Hall completed - (photo-1) - (photo-2)
    • Department of Domestic Science (later Home Economics) established; first in Pacific Northwest - June 11
  • 1904–present Art & Architecture South building completed; originally a gymnasium & armory - (photo)
    became Women's Gym in 1928, remodeled for A&A in 1976
  • 1905 - First National Greek organization in Idaho (Kappa Sigma), arrives on September 30, 1905
  • 1906 - original Admin. Building (photo-1) (photo-2) burns down - March 30 - (photo) - remains later dynamited - (photo)
    • Metallurgical Lab completed, became Mines (1950), Psychology (1961), A&A (2001) - Pine St. - (photo-left) - (photo-right)
    • Assay Building completed - (later Geology), 1955-84 gallery & museum, demolished in 1984 for Life Sciences North (Gibb Hall)
  • 1907 - Morrill Hall completed - (photo-1) - (photo-2) - financed with insurance funds from destroyed Admin bldg.
    - (originally for Agriculture, then Forestry in 1950) - Idaho Ave @ Pine St.
    • College of Engineering established in cooperation with the College of Mines[10]
    • construction of new Administration Building begins
  • 1908 - Olmstead Brothers develop master plan for UI campus
    • greenhouses established at current site - 6th St. & Stadium Dr.
  • 1909 - new Administration Building opens (Tudor Gothic) - (later photo)
  • 1910 - Arboretum begun by Charles H. Shattuck, head of forestry department - (photo)
  • 1911 - Theodore Roosevelt spoke at the new Ad. Bldg on April 9, 1911 - (photo-1) - (photo-2) on a platform built of Palouse wheat
    • College of Engineering formally established - October 27[10]
  • 1912 - North wing of Admin. Building completed - (photo-1) - (photo-2) - (photo-3) - (photo-4)
    includes auditorium - (first two floors)
  • 1916 - South wing of Admin. Building initially completed, extended in 1936 for library
  • 1920 - School of Education established - June 7
    • Lindley Hall (first dormitory) opens in September - occupied site east of Life Sciences North (Gibb Hall),
      SW corner of Idaho & Ash; condemned in 1971, demolished in 1973[11]
  • 1922 - UI joins Pacific Coast Conference - member until mid-1959 when PCC disbands
  • 1923 - current Continuing Education Bldg completed; originally Forney Hall (women's dorm) - (photo-1) - (photo-2)
  • 1924 - current Life Sciences South building completed, originally "Science Building" - (photo) - (photo-left)
  • 1927 - current Alumni Center completed, originally Hays Hall (women's dorm) - (photo)
    • current steam plant bldg completed - NE corner of 6th & Line St.
  • 1928 - Memorial Gymnasium completed - honors state's World War I service - (photo-1) - (photo-2) - (photo-3)
  • 1930 - fourth floor added to Morrill Hall
  • 1936 - Student Union Building (SUB) established after purchase of Blue Bucket Inn - (photo - 1924 constr.) - (photo - 1950 add'n)
    • Student Health Center completed, originally "Infirmary" - (photo)
    • Neale Stadium completed - (earthen horseshoe - wood bleachers) (photo-1) - (photo-2), exact site of Kibbie Dome
    • Brink Hall opened; originally Willis Sweet Hall (men's dorm), then Faculty Office Complex (FOC) East, until renamed in 1982.
    • south wing (1916) of Admin. Building (1909) extended for library expansion - (UI Library completed in 1957)
    • UI Golf Course opens (9 holes) - second 9 holes added in 1968 (5 holes at NW, 4 at E)
  • 1938 - Eleanor Roosevelt speaks at Memorial Gym - March 26
    • Phinney Hall completed; originally Chrisman Hall (men's dorm) - (photo); FOC West until 1982.
  • 1942 - Gauss ME Laboratory completed - SE corner of 6th & Line St.
    - (orig. Kirtley Lab #1: Charles Kirtley was first UI engineering graduate, in first class of 1896 (photo))
    • Food Research Bldg completed - (orig. Dairy bldg, photo), west side of Morrill Hall, NE corner Line St. & Idaho Ave.
  • 1945 - student radio station KUOI-FM (89.3 MHz) goes on the air - November
  • 1948 - inaugural Borah Symposium[12] on foreign policy
  • 1949 - new Engineering Building (classrooms) completed - renamed for Alan Janssen, Dean of Engineering, in 1951[10]
  • 1950 - Agricultural Science building completed
    • Johnson EE Laboratory completed - (originally Kirtley Lab #2)
    • Administration Building Annex completed, later incorporated into Albertson (2002)
  • 1951 - Music building completed - (photo) - (renamed for Lionel Hampton in 1987) -
    • original Mines, then Engineering Building, (1901) is demolished (unsafe) - (current site of Niccolls (Home Economics))
  • 1952 - Home Economics building completed - (now Niccolls), on site of old Engineering Bldg. (1901–51)
    • new "I" water tower is installed (photo) 500,000 US gallons (1,900 m3)
      - old tower (1916) (photo) at 60,000 US gallons (230 m3) is relocated to the UI farm
  • 1954 - boxing dropped as a varsity sport - (national co-champs with Gonzaga in 1950)
  • 1955 - Gault-Upham Halls (men's dorms) dedicated - October 15
  • 1956 - Gault Hall arson - 3 fatalities, 4th floor - October 19 - (photo)
    • Arsonist was reporter for UI student newspaper Argonaut, responsible for other campus fires:
      convicted, paroled in 1968, & died in 1980.
  • 1957 - UI Library completed - (photo) - dedicated Nov 2 - on former site of tennis courts - (library was housed in S. wing of Ad. Bldg)
    • Park Village Apts. completed (married & graduate housing) - 3rd & Home St. - demolished 2002
  • 1958 - Two Vandals selected in top 50 of 1958 NFL Draft: Jerry Kramer (39th) & Wayne Walker (45th)
  • 1959 - Pacific Coast Conference disbands in spring; UI independent for 4 years[citation needed]
  • 1961 - College of Mines building completed - (photo) - north of Morrill Hall
  • 1963 - Wallace Complex dormitories (two S.wings, 4 floors each) & cafeteria completed
    • UI joins the new Big Sky Conference as a charter member,
      - retains university (later Division I) status for football with its non-conference schedule (all D-I) through 1977.[citation needed]
    • - campus radio station KUID-FM (91.7 MHz) goes on the air
  • 1964 - Physical Sciences building completed - (renamed for Malcolm Renfrew in 1985)
  • 1965 - University Classroom Center (UCC) completed, east of library - closed 2003
    - reconfigured as Teaching & Learning Center, reopened 2005
    • Third wing (NE, 6 floors) of Wallace Complex dormitory completed
    • campus KUID-TV (Ch.12) goes on the air - Idaho Public Television takes over station in 1982
    • visitor information center opens at north entrance - (current police substation) - 3rd & Line St.
  • 1966 - Art & Architecture (North) building completed
  • 1967 - President's Residence (S. side of Shattuck Arboretum) completed
    • Wallace Complex dormitory's fourth & final wing (NW, 6 floors) completed[13]
    • St. Augustine's Catholic Center opens - February - east of SUB[14]
  • 1968 - Buchanan Engineering Laboratory (BEL) completed - (CE, ChE, AgE, EE)
    • inaugural annual UI jazz festival - February - (renamed Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival in 1985)
    • second nine holes at ASUI Golf Course added[15] (5 holes @ NW, 4 @ E)
  • 1969 - College of Education building completed - built on infield of MacLean baseball field
    - new baseball field, Guy Wicks Field, was built NW of Wallace dorms during construction.
    • Theophilus Tower (12-floor dormitory) completed[16] (twin tower was cancelled)
    • Golf course's new clubhouse is completed[17]
    • Neale Stadium is condemned before football season; destroyed by arson after the season in November,
      - UI played its two Palouse home games at WSU's Rogers Field
    • UI Wilderness Research Center established at Taylor Ranch field station,
      located in the Idaho Primitive Area (now the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness)
  • 1970 - Swim Center & Women's Gymnasium (P.E. Building) completed - (former right field of MacLean Field (baseball))
  • 1971 - College of Forestry Building completed (Natural Resources - 2000) - SW corner of 6th & Line St.
    • addition to Agricultural Science Building (1950) is completed
    • new concrete football stadium opens October 9 with natural grass field, enclosed in 1975 to become Kibbie Dome
  • 1972 - Tartan Turf, similar to AstroTurf, installed in outdoor football stadium
    • Skiing is dropped as a varsity sport
  • 1973 - College of Law Building completed, renamed "Menard" in 1984 - (photo)
    • Lindley Hall (first dormitory - 1920) is demolished, was condemned in 1971
  • 1974 - Hartung Theater opens in April - originally the "Performing Arts Center"[18]
  • 1975 - new "Idaho Stadium" enclosed; becomes the Kibbie Dome - September
    • arched roof and vertical end-walls completed for football home opener vs. Idaho State - September 27
    • first basketball games in Kibbie Dome - December
  • 1978 - UI descends to the new Division I-AA (with Big Sky moving up to I-AA from Division II).
    • alumnus Don Monson hired as head coach of basketball team
  • 1980 - Baseball is dropped as a varsity sport, after over 80 years
    • follows other Big Sky schools, attributable to Title IX requirements
  • 1982 - men's basketball team advances to NCAA Sweet Sixteen in March, finishes at 27-3.
  • 1983 - Agricultural Engineering building completed - (renamed "J.W. Martin" - 1990s) - 6th St. & Perimeter Rd.
  • 1984 - KUID-FM (91.7 MHz) funding is cut by state legislature - acquired by KWSU & renamed KRFA[19]
    • Lionel Hampton's first appearance at the UI Jazz Festival - February[20]
    • Assay Building (1906) demolished in 1984 for Life Sciences North (Gibb Hall)
  • 1985 - women's swimming dropped as a varsity sport (returns in 2004)
  • 1986 - Life Sciences North building completed - (renamed "Gibb" in 1993)
    • men's swimming dropped as a varsity sport
  • 1987 - The School of Music is named after Lionel Hampton, becomes the Lionel Hampton School of Music
  • 1989 - Elisabeth Zinser becomes 14th UI president; first female university president in state history
    • new UI Bookstore completed, on former parking lot east of Student Union Building (SUB)
  • 1990 - original Tartan Turf of Kibbie Dome is replaced after 18 years
    • Business Technology Incubator building completed - March - Sweet Ave. & S. Main St.
    • campus post office station moved from library (lower NW corner) to new UI Bookstore building
  • 1992 - UI receives its own zip code: 83844 - November
  • 1993 - UI Library (1957) expanded by 50%, completed in fall - dedicated April 1994
    • Life Sciences North renamed for Richard D. Gibb, former UI president (1977–89)
  • 1995 - College of Mines & Earth Resources' McClure Hall dedicated - September
  • 1996 - UI joins Big West Conference for athletics, returns to Division I-A after 18 years - July
    • outdoor track stadium named for new Olympic decathlon champion Dan O'Brien - September
    • Engineering/Physics building dedicated - October 4
  • 1998 - Vandal football team wins first Division I-A conference title and bowl game - (photo - town parade)
    • women's soccer added as a varsity sport - fall
  • 1999 - renovation of Gauss-Johnson engineering labs completed - November
  • 2000 - Idaho Commons opens January 10, dedicated April 7 - east of UCC (now TLC)
    • College of Forestry, Wildlife, & Range Sciences (FWR) is renamed - becomes College of Natural Resources (CNR)
    • A doctored promotional photograph, where the faces of two minority students replaced the faces of white students, was found and removed from the website.[21]
  • 2001 - Cowan Spectrum debuts for basketball - February - an enclosed configuration for basketball in Kibbie Dome
    • Big West drops football after 2000 - UI becomes a "football only" member in Sun Belt for four seasons (2001–04)
    • College of Agriculture is renamed - becomes College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS)
    • Agriculture Biotechnology Laboratory dedicated - October 28
    • East entrance to campus completed - Sweet Ave. @ S. Main Street
  • 2002 - Student Recreation Center - April - north of Theophilus Tower dorm; formerly the site of maintenance buildings.
    • Budget crisis forces reorganization of colleges - July 1
      • Letters & Science splits into College of Science and College of Letters, Arts, & Social Science (CLASS).
      • College of Mines & Earth Resources is eliminated, programs moved to either Science or Engineering
    • J.A. Albertson building completed (College of Business & Economics) - dedicated October 24
      directly west of Admin. Building, incorporated Admin. Annex (1950)
    • Park Village Apts. demolished (married & graduate housing - 1957) - 3rd & Home St.
  • 2003 - Living Learning Community - first 5 of 8 dormitories completed west of Line St., east of Theophilus Tower
    • Gault-Upham dormitory (1955) is demolished, site now an open area west of Living Learning Community
  • 2004 - Vandal Athletic Center - March 19, dedicated April 30 - enhancement of Kibbie Dome's East End Addition (1982).
    • women's swimming reintroduced in fall - (orig. 1972-85) - Title IX balance for additional football scholarships in Div I-A
    • final three units of Living Learning Center completed - former Gault-Upham dormitory (1955–2003) becomes open area
  • 2005 - UI joins the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) for all sports - July 1
    • infilled SprinTurf installed on varsity practice fields east of Kibbie Dome - August - replaced limited-use natural grass;
      - two fields, each 75 yards (69 m) in length with a goal post, lighting, & fencing; now available for intramurals and recreation.
    • Teaching & Learning Center opens, formerly the University Classroom Center (1965–2003)
  • 2007 - Kibbie Dome installs infilled "Real Grass Pro" - August - similar to FieldTurf, replaced the 1990 AstroTurf
  • 2009 - first phase of safety improvements for Kibbie Dome; west wall is replaced (wood to non-flammable translucent) and field-level exits are added.
  • 2010 - first chilled water tank constructed at golf course, SW corner of Nez Perce Drive and Perimeter Road.
    • 90 feet (27 m) in height, volume of 2,000,000 US gallons (7,600 m3)[22]
  • 2011 - Navy ROTC building (1942) damaged by accidental fire in June; razed in August [23]
    • second phase of safety improvements to Kibbie Dome; east wall is replaced to match west wall (2009);
      new press box built above north grandstand, former press box above south grandstand is converted to premium seating (Litehouse Center)
    • Dan O'Brien Track Stadium undergoes major renovation in preparation for hosting the WAC championships in spring 2012


UI has one of the most scenic campuses in the western U.S.. The master plan for the UI campus was originally designed in 1908 by the Olmsted Brothers of Massachusetts, the sons of Frederick Law Olmsted; their landscape architecture firm designed the U.S. Capitol grounds, Central Park in New York City, and many other notable college campuses, particularly in the West. The Palouse region has rolling hills with rivers and lakes, with mountains nearby, offering a wide variety of recreational opportunities.

The original Administration building (1899, shown here) burned to the ground on March 30, 1906. It was replaced in 1909 by the brick Collegiate Gothic structure which exists today.
Administration Building (reconstructed 1909)

According to the UI Facts Books, the Moscow campus is an 1,585 acres (6.41 km2) including 253 buildings with a replacement value of $812 million, 10 miles (16 km), 49 acres (20 ha) of parking lots, 1.22 miles (1.96 km) of bike paths, 22 computer labs, an 18-hole golf course on 150 acres (61 ha), 80 acres (32 ha) of arboreta, and 860 acres (3.5 km2) of farms.

There are several distinctive areas on campus.

Administration Building

The east-facing Administration Building, with its 80-foot (24 m) clock tower and Collegiate Gothic-style structure, was built from 1907–09 and has become an icon of the university. The building holds classrooms, an auditorium, and administrative offices, including the offices of the President and Provost. Multiple expansions were made, with the north wing added in 1912, the south wing in 1916 (extended in 1936 for the library), and the functional annex in 1950, incorporated into the Albertson addition of 2002. The UI library was housed in the Admin. building until 1957, when the Library building was completed.

The original Administration Building, with a single tall spire reaching to 163 feet (50 m), was constructed through the decade of the 1890s and ultimately finished in 1899. Unfortunately, it was reduced to embers in late March 1906 (photo). Arson was suspected, but never proven. After the fire, there was debate whether to rebuild from the remains or start from scratch; the remaining structure (photo) was eventually deemed infeasible to recover and was demolished with dynamite (photo). The original building's steps were saved and currently climb the small hill immediately southeast of the south wing.

In the meantime, classes were held at various sites in Moscow; the Carnegie library, the Methodist church, and local lodge halls. Insurance policies paid $135,000, but the new building cost twice that. To appease the state legislature, the UI Regents decided to build Morrill Hall first, use it for classrooms, and finance the new administration building over three years.

The new Admin. building was designed by prominent Boise architect John E. Tourtellotte. He designed the state's Roman Revival capitol building in Boise and other buildings, both public and private. Tourtellotte modeled the new UI structure after the venerable Hampton Court Palace in England, and construction began in 1907.[24]

The 1909 Administration Building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978, at age 69.[25] Two years out of office, former U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt spoke outside the main east entrance of the new building on April 9, 1911, on a platform built of Palouse wheat (photo).

Hello Walk

Hello Walk

"Hello Walk" is one of the best-known and traveled pathways on the Idaho campus. But more than being surrounded by trees and grass, it navigates through a rich history of statues, landmarks and traditions. It includes Presidential Grove, where historical figures, such as Teddy Roosevelt and his wife, planted trees; the Spanish War memorial statue who had his hands cut off but reconstructed by a handless sculptor and Administration Lawn that was designed by the same brothers who designed Central Park in New York City.

The walk was named after Alfred Upham, the president of the university in the 1920s. Upham insisted on saying "hello" to all those he passed on his walk from his house — on the site now occupied by the Campus Christian Center — to his office in the Administration Building. He requested that this act of kindness be required of all students and faculty on campus, which is how the walk acquired its name.[citation needed]

Hello Walk is still used, but the hellos that used to be mandatory are now not often vocalized to strangers.[26]

Idaho Commons

The Idaho Candlewalk Commons, completed on January 10, 2000, is the heart of campus and contains a food court, bookstore, copy center, bagel and coffee shop (Einstein's Bagels), Credit Union, and convenience store. Additionally, there is study space, wireless internet, laptop checkout, and many student services such as the offices of the Associated Students of the University of Idaho (ASUI), Academics Assistance, the University of Idaho Writing Center, and Student Support.

With the completion of the Teaching and Learning Center (TLC) at the beginning of the fall semester of 2005, the second phase, the Commons gained classrooms and completed the vision of a common area where students could learn, study, relax and get university services all in one place.

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, laptops available for check-out, a student computer lab, and a movie theater. This SUB wa the primary student area until the Commons was opened in 2000. The SUB was originally the Blue Bucket Inn, purchased by the UI in 1936. The UI Bookstore, built in 1989 on a former parking lot, is located directly across the street to the east, formery adjacent to the south.

ASUI-Kibbie Activity Center

The west wall of the Kibbie Dome,
following the 2009 renovation

UI's multi-purpose "Kibbie Dome" is the home to Vandal athletics; it is the venue for football, basketball, tennis, and indoor track & field. Its Trus-Dek roof system, constructed in 1975, uses natural wood arches to span 400 feet (122 m) at a height of 150 feet (45 m) over the field's hashmarks. Built when Idaho was a member of the Big Sky Conference, the Kibbie Dome is the smallest stadium (as of December 2010) in Division I FBS football.

Previously on this site was Neale Stadium, which opened in 1936 as an earthen horseshoe with wooden sideline grandstands. After 32 seasons, its bleachers were condemned for structural inadequacies in the summer of 1969. After an idle 1969 season, it was destroyed (by suspected arson) on November 22, 1969. After two years away at nearby Rogers Field in Pullman, the new outdoor "Idaho Stadium" opened on October 9, 1971, with concrete grandstands; the Vandal football team responded with a victory over Idaho State, an 8-3 season and the Big Sky title.

Tartan Turf, similar to AstroTurf, was installed in 1972; the arched roof and vertical end-walls were completed in time for the 1975 football home opener on September 27, enclosing the stadium to become the Kibbie Dome. The seating capacity is 16,000 for football games, 7,000 for basketball games (in a configuration known as the "Cowan Spectrum" since 2001), and 7,500 for concerts. Its innovative roof won the Outstanding Structural Engineering Achievement award from the ASCE in 1976.

The original Tartan Turf was replaced with AstroTurf in 1990 and lasted until 2007, when it was replaced with "Real Grass Pro," an infilled synthetic turf (similar to FieldTurf). In 2009, the Kibbie Dome began a multi-phase renovation with millions of dollars of improvements, primarily for safety.[27] The primary change was the entire west wall; its aged dry plywood panels were replaced with non-flammable translucent plastic (upper) and opaque aluminum (lower). New field-level exits were also installed. The east wall was replaced in 2011 and a new press box was built above the north grandstand; the former press box area above the south grandstand was converted to premium seating (Litehouse Center).

UI Golf Course

The UI Golf Course was established in 1933 on the southwest edge of campus, and opened as nine holes in 1936. It was expanded to 18 holes in 1968 and its current clubhouse was built in 1969. Due to its demanding rolling terrain and southwesterly summer winds, the par-72 course's moderate length of 6637 yards (6069 m) from the back tees yields a challenging slope of 135 with a scratch rating of 72.4.[28]

Arboretum and Botanical Garden

North entrance to the University of Idaho Arboretum and Botanical Garden

Referred to as "Tree City" or "The Arb" by UI students, the Arboretum is a 65-acre (26 ha) site adjacent to the golf course which features display gardens, ponds, and a variety of trees and plants from Asia, Europe, and North America.

The original Shattuck Arboretum was conceived in 1910 by Charles H. Shattuck, the head of the forestry department. His efforts gradually turned a treeless slope southwest of the Administration Building into a dense forest grove. The aboretum was named for Shattuck in 1933, two years after his death. Until the late 1960s, this area provided the background for left & center field of the MacLean baseball field, whose infield was displaced by the construction of the new College of Education buildings, which were completed in 1968.

The newer portion of the arboretum complex is south of the Shattuck area, in the valley below the president's residence (1967), along the eastern edge of the campus' 18-hole golf course.[29]

Student Recreation Center

Opened in April 2002, the 85,000-square-foot (7,900 m2) Student Recreation Center boasts a 55 foot (17 m) freestanding climbing wall, as well as a weight training area, cardio, 6,000 square feet (557 m2) of climbing area, jogging track, and two full-size gyms. The planned Phase Two of the project includes adding a swimming pool, but has been delayed due to funding problems.

The recreation center is located north of the Theophilus Tower dormitory, an area which formerly housed maintenance buildings.

UI Library

The UI Library is the state's largest, with more than 1.4 million books, periodicals, government documents, maps, videorecordings, and special collections. Included are those for Sir Walter Scott, and many famous Idahoans, including Ezra Pound, Vardis Fisher, Frank Bruce Robinson, and Carol Ryrie Brink of Moscow.

Directly north of the Memorial Gymnasium and built on the former site of tennis courts, the library opened in 1957, relocating from the south wing of the Administration Building. The UI post office station was formerly housed in its lower northwest corner; it was moved to the new UI bookstore in 1990. The UI Library was expanded by 50% in the early 1990s and rededicated in 1994.

Memorial Gymnasium

Memorial Gym Tower

The Tudor Gothic-style Memorial Gymnasium is another UI icon, known for its whimisical athletic gargoyles perched along the brick building's ledges. The multi-purpose "Mem Gym" has a modest seating capacity of only 1,500. Opened in 1928 to honor the Idaho citizens who died in World War I (1917–18), the heavily buttressed structure was designed by the chairman of the university's architecture department, David C. Lang[30]

Memorial Gym was the primary venue for men's basketball until the Kibbie Dome was enclosed in September 1975. The women's team hosted its home games in the gym until 2001, when the Cowan Spectrum (inside the Kibbie Dome) was completed. The gym is still in active use today as the home court for the women's volleyball team, and several early season basketball games. It is also used extensively for intramurals and open recreation, as well as for ROTC.[31][citation needed]

The MacLean baseball field was located directly south of the Memorial Gym, until its infield was displaced by the construction of the College of Education building in the mid-1960s. The catcher and batter faced southwest (towards the pitcher's mound); the right field line was just south of the gym, running east-west. The background of left and center field was the Shattuck Arboretum. The new baseball field (Guy Wicks Field) was relocated northwest, to the vast intramural fields near the Moscow-Pullman Highway, northwest of the Wallace Complex dormitories. The batter and catcher now faced southeast, toward campus, an unorthodox configuration resulting in a difficult sun field for the left side of the defense (the recommended alignment is east-northeast). Due to Title IX, varsity baseball was dropped following the 1980 season, but continued for a while as a club sport. The outfield is now the home turf of the women's soccer venue. MacLean was also the venue for football until the opening of Neale Stadium in 1936.

The swim center and physical education building (formerly known as the "Women's Gym"), which both opened in 1970, are adjacent to the south side of the gym.

In 1977, the Memorial Gymnasium was added to the National Register of Historic Places after only 49 years.[25]

Under the Elms

Rare Camperdown elms line the walkway between the Music building, Child Development Center and Administration Building. These "upside-down" trees have been on campus for over 80 years and are among few of their kind in the Northwest. The weeping branches and knotty trunk are formed by being grafted upwards.

Steam Plant

Built in 1926, the steam plant provides heat to UI buildings from a single location. Originally designed to burn oil, the plant was later modified to burn waste wood chips leftover from local sawmills. The use of wood has significantly reduced the emissions of the plant, as well as cut costs to heat the campus. The plant is shut down twice a year for cleaning and maintenance. As a side benefit of the heat generation, the steam pipes are routed underneath campus walkways and provide clean (and ice free) walkways throughout the north Idaho winter.[32]

Student life

UI is a rural, residential campus, with four residence hall communities to choose from on campus, as well as 27 housed fraternities and sororities. On campus residence is currently required for freshmen, and many other upperclassmen choose to live on campus in the Greek system or the residence halls.

Apartments on campus are available for families, married couples, graduate students, law students, and non-traditional students. The "Law Cluster" is a group of apartments reserved for law students, allowing for a community close to campus for law students, facilitating study groups.


East entrance to campus (built 2001)
at Sweet Ave. & S. Main St.

All students are permitted to have cars on campus, which is also served by public transportation. The nearest airport, Pullman-Moscow Regional, is 5 miles (8.0 km) west, east of Pullman. Other nearby airports are Lewiston (34 miles (55 km) south), and Spokane International, 90 miles (140 km) north. The nearest passenger train station (Amtrak) is in Spokane, and the nearest bus station is in downtown Moscow.[citation needed]

Student organizations

Many students participate in a wide variety of clubs and organizations. Clubs range anywhere from the sports to faith based, and everything in between. Palousafest is a fair that brings clubs and students together, and is a way for students to find out more about how to get involved with extracurricular activities. The fair is usually the weekend just before the fall semester starts. The prominent literary journal Fugue is published at the university.

Samantha Perez will follow her boyfriend Stephen Parrott as student body president for the 2011-2012 school year.[33]

Fraternity and Sorority Life

The University of Idaho is home to 17 housed fraternities, 10 housed sororities, and 7 multicultural Greek organizations that make up more than 20% of the student population, and over 44% of the students who live on campus (around 1,800 students). This fraternity and sorority community is unique in that it's one of the few that allow freshmen to move in first semester as a living option, as opposed to waiting until second semester or sophomore year. This system works very well for the University and the students, with the Greeks having the highest GPA for 9 consecutive semesters as of Spring 2011.

Housed Sororities - 10

(Panhellenic Council)

Housed Fraternities - 17

(Interfraternity Council)

Multicultural Greeks - 7

(Multicultural Greek Council)


Moscow is a college town of about 21,700 residents.[34] It is located in the rolling hills of the Palouse region of north central Idaho.
The UI campus is adjacent to the southwest side of town; most stores, restaurants, and bars are within easy walking distance.

Degrees & Colleges

From 1896 through spring 2010, the University of Idaho has granted 79,056 bachelor's degrees, 21,157 master's degrees, 2,631 doctoral degrees, 237 honorary degrees, 1,120 specialist degrees, and 3,553 law degrees.[34]

The university is organized into ten colleges; two are exclusively for graduate students (Law & Graduate Studies).

In July 2002, the College of Letters & Science was split into two separate colleges: the College of Science and the College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences (CLASS). Concurrently, the College of Mines and Earth Resources was discontinued; its programs were split between the College of Engineering and the new College of Science.

  • College of Agricultural and Life Sciences - (renamed 2001, formerly Agriculture)
  • College of Art and Architecture
  • 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 - (2002, formed after split of Letters and Science)
  • College of Natural Resources - (renamed 2000, formerly Forestry, Wildlife, & Range Sciences)
  • College of Science - (2002, formed after split of Letters and Science, and dissolution of Mines and Earth Resources)


Moscow enrollment (fall 2010)

  • Total - 11,180
    • Undergraduate - 9,330
    • Graduate - 1,850
      • includes Law - 349
  • Resident - 7,779
  • Non-resident - 3,401

Enrollment by college

  • Agricultural and Life Sciences: 1,250
  • Art and Architecture: 843
  • Business and Economics: 1,270
  • Education: 1,763
  • Engineering: 1,764
  • Graduate Studies: 115
  • Law: 349
  • Letters, Arts and Social Sciences: 3,420
  • Natural Resources: 737
  • Non-Degree: 716
  • Science: 1,016

Student demographics

  • Students enrolled from all 44 Idaho counties, 50 states and 73 countries
  • 489 international students
  • Student population is 54.3 percent male and 45.7 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 high school GPA of 3.0 and higher
  • 20% had high school GPA of 2.0 - 2.99



  • Associated Students University of Idaho (ASUI)
  • ASUI Center for Volunteerism and Social Action
  • Stellar Sportsmanship
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Environmental Club
  • Film
  • Fraternities & Sororities
  • Graduate & Professional Student Association (GPSA)
  • Jazz band
  • Lacrosse Club
  • Logger Sports Club
  • Literary Magazine
  • Marching band
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Opera
  • Radio Station (KUOI 89.3 FM)
  • Rugby Sports Clubs (Men's and Women's)
  • Student Activities, Leadership, and Volunteer Programs
  • Student Newspaper
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Technology
  • Television station
  • Vandal Friday
  • W7UQ Amateur Radio Club


University rankings (overall)
Forbes[35] 154
U.S. News & World Report[36] 160
Washington Monthly[37] 99
  • The University of Idaho is ranked 99th in the country among national universities in the 2011 edition of Washington Monthly's College Rankings.[38]
  • U.S. News & World Report ranks UI 85th among the nation's best public universities and 160th among the best national universities.[39]
  • The University of Idaho is included in the 2011 edition of Princeton Review's "Best 373 Colleges" and the 2008 list of Kiplinger’s 100 Best Values in Public Colleges. The Princeton Review also ranks U-Idaho as one of the nation’s top 286 environmentally responsible colleges.[5]
  • Forbes ranks UI at 154th among national research universities.[40]
  • The University of Idaho is ranked in the top 30 in the nation as "a great university to hit the books and backcountry" by Outside magazine.[5]
  • Offers the first-in-the-nation doctorate degree in athletic training.[5]
  • Named by the Corporation for National and Community Service to the 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service efforts—more than 3,800 students volunteered more than 150,000 hours to community and service-learning. This is the fifth consecutive year Idaho has earned this highest federal recognition for its commitment to service-learning and civic engagement.[5]

  • University of Idaho Master of Architecture program is internationally Accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, and Also National Architectural Accrediting Board.[41]

Fight song

Go, Vandals, Go is the official fight song of the University of Idaho.

The song was originally written by J.M. "Morey" O'Donnell, a freshman at Idaho who later became a prominent attorney in the state. He submitted it for a contest held by the school's student government to choose a new fight song. Previously, the Vandals had used a variation of On, Wisconsin' as its fight song.

Most fight songs are hard to sing because of the fast beat used to make them sound spirited. However, O'Donnell wrote the song almost entirely with whole notes and half notes to make it easy for a large football crowd to sing. He also added a heavy drumbeat to carry the spirit.

For many years, it has been cited as one of the top fight songs in the United States. For example, 2002, Norm Maves, Jr. of The (Portland) Oregonian described it as "the once and future king of college fight songs, with a fanfare lead-in that could motivate a successful infantry charge."

Go Vandals

Came a tribe from the North brave and bold,
Bearing banners of silver and gold,
Tried and true to subdue all their foes,
Go Vandals! Go mighty Vandals!

Go Vandals go,
Fight on with hearts brave and bold,
Foes will fall before your silver and your gold,
The victory cannot be withheld from thee,
So, all bear down for Idaho,
Come on old Vandals, go!

Idaho, Idaho, Go! Go! Go!

The victory cannot be withheld from thee,
So, all bear down for Idaho,
Come on old Vandals, go!
Let's go!

Notable alumni

See also

  • List of forestry universities and colleges


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