College of Western Idaho
MS 3000, P.O. Box 3010, Nampa, ID 83653
Nampa, ID 83653
(208) 562-3000

The College of Western Idaho was established in Nampa, Idaho, in 2007. The Idaho legislature raised funds for a community college in 2007 considering that Boise was the last metropolitan area in the country without a community college. Funds from the Albertson Foundation and the creation of CWI’s first Board of Trustees by the Idaho State Board of Education launched the College of Western Idaho. The institution opened its main campus in Boise State University’s former West Campus. The two-year, public institution serves a student population of 8,077 and has a student-to-faculty ratio of 22 to 1.

Programs Offered

The College of Western Idaho offers several certificate and associate degree programs to prepare its students for the workforce or for four-year university transfer. Certificate and associate degree programs available through the College of Western Idaho include: administrative support, advanced EMT, agriculture science, applied accounting, auto body, biology, computer essentials, dental assisting, early childhood education, electronics technology, and English. The College of Western Idaho also offers partially- and fully-online programs. Online programs offered through the College of Western Idaho include: anthropology, biology, communication, criminal justice, defensive driving, physical education, history, liberal arts, nursing, and political science. The College of Western Idaho also offers adult basic education programs.


The National Center for Education Statistics does not report any accreditation data for the College of Western Idaho.


Admissions to the College of Western Idaho requires applicants to complete and submit an application online, submit a $25 application fee, and submit an official accredited high school transcript, GED transcript, or official 6th or 7th semester home school transcript. Students must also submit a COMPASS placement test or copies of ACT, SAT, or Accuplacer scores in order for the College of Western Idaho to place students in the appropriate math or English courses. Applicants must attend an orientation, advising, and registration group session, purchase books, and pay tuition after admission acceptance. College or university transcripts may be accepted for transfer credit.


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