College of Southern Idaho
Twin Falls, ID, USA

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College of Southern Idaho
3.55 Average Rating

Dave from Boise, ID

a current student here
5 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
This is a two year college, but all the courses are exactly what you will find at any other University for getting your prerequisites done. I find that all of the instructors are very well qualified for their positions and have earned their professor titles. That is from the perspective of a student interested in health care, but I am sure that students pursuing technical certificates can say the same thing about their programs.
Am enjoying being here
Twin Falls is a small town. If you can get past that then your good for coming to CSI. The college has plenty to do during the school year. This includes drama productions, comedians, musical talent, dinners, trips to basketball games. Also the athletics at CSI are top notch and it is always exciting to follow them.
Bang for the buck
This is the best deal around. Your going to be paying very little for the small college with a big college feel. This is definitly an economic depression buster as we've seen from our rise in tuition by 1000 students since last year! Everyone is signing up to attend classes and go back to school.
Tips for prospective students
Take a close look at this college because it could really end up helping you like its helped me.
Great for these types of students
If you like the small town feel and being able to easily get involved this college is for you. If your pursuing a degree that's going to take a long time and want to save a few thousand dollars in the beginning two years of your college education this college is for you. Lastly, if you want to be able to drive your car freshman year this college is for you.
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Kendra from Nampa, ID

accepted here and planning to attend soon
4 people found this review useful
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Will learn a lot
When I went to the campus, I got to sit in on a class! The teacher was so fun and I learned a lot in a very short period of time! The tour was great! They really care about their students!
Will enjoy being here
Freshmen do not have to live on campus. Although I am going to, I like that there's always that freedom. My cousin attends there and loves it! Plus it's the perfect distance from home! I'm excited to be joining their excellent sports program as well!
Bang for the buck
$3,500 a year?! That is the best deal ever! I think I will have about $200 to pay after FAFSA and scholarships, if even that! That's a lot better than $15,000 I was planning on spending for C of I.
Tips for prospective students
Since I am one myself, I would just say to keep your options open and wait for the college that when you go, you have a good feeling about! Sit in on a class, visit the dorms, talk to people! That's how you're going to know that a university is right for you.
Great for these types of students
ANY! For low income families, for students who are desperately trying to get scholarships, but can't, or for students who want a fun, cheap, close college to attend. Students who want to be easily involved and have great classmates, this college is for you!
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Matthew from Twin Falls, ID

a current student here
4 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
I am learning a ton, the school is very wide open and easy to navigate. The campus offers a wide variety of classes for multiple degree's whether you are going here for a Transferable Degree or trying to find a degree that will stay with you for the rest of your career, this is definitely the place to go.
Am enjoying being here
Very beautiful campus, every teacher has a open door policy including the president of the college. It is easy to get involved in club activities and visit games and other events. There is a event almost every night for students to attend (most of them free) and involve students in a wide array of activities. The clubs have flexible meeting times around people's schedules and if a person cannot make it, no worry as the advisers are always willing to get with students after club hours.
Bang for the buck
Cheapest in Idaho, and they provide great benefits at no extra cost like giving students 500 pages for print each semester and copy cards. Also (like mentioned above) they provide events at little or no charge to students almost every night).
Tips for prospective students
Always try to get to your teachers after their classes and not wait until six o'clock in the day, usually they are gone by then.

Also, as it is important to many, the College of Southern Idaho General Scholarship form on the College of Southern Idaho website is for students enrolling and re-enrolling in the college. The form is a general one and the scholarship center at the college fills out multiple scholarship applications for students given the information provided in the form. It is always a good idea to fill out this application for scholarships as it is for more than just one. All the scholarship money you do not use for tuition during your semesters at the college is given back to you to use on books or whatever you need for school.
Great for these types of students
Students that work part time (or full time depending on your dedication) and want to go to school cheaply without draining your wallet. Check us out, the College of Southern Idaho is one of the best in the state!
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Houda from Twin Falls, ID

a current student here
3 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
The College of Southern Idaho serves as a perfect stepping stone for preparing students for college. There is plenty of opportunity for students to engage in clubs and council as well as events. Another great plus is the welcoming environment it gives to diverse cultures.
Tips for prospective students
For future students I highly recommend getting involved in a club or council on campus. It will not only help you in building an outstanding resume as well as other future successes, but also make your time more enjoyable on campus.
Academic Rigor
My favorite part about CSI is the ultimate one to one contact you receive from professors. At the College of Southern Idaho students are never looked at as another number. Also, the tutoring center is staffed with the friendliest of students who are extremely eager to help students in need towards success.
Dorm Life
I love the Dorm life at CSI mainly because it allows for an opportunity to build close friendships and bonds with peers. The close relationships almost make it feel as though you never left home. In addition the RA's are very welcoming and understanding.
Food and Dining
If you are looking to have the best breakfast and lunch you have ever had, CSI's cafeteria is the place for you. I love that they have a buffet style format, because it keeps you from being limited to food.
What to do for fun
For fun I love to attend Program Board's events. They always put in so much effort to make sure that students have fun on campus and they always do a great job. Their dances are always a huge turn out.
Bang for the buck
I highly recommend always being in the Student Union building from eleven in the morning to one in the afternoon. There is always an event going on and many opportunities for students. To add on, a lot of times food and other free items are provided for students.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
Every year the Diversity council hosts a day of the dead. This event is by far on of my favorites because it is always packed. There is face painting, dancing, music, and not to mention the exquisite food.
Great for these types of students
If you are an outdoors fanatic, the outdoor rec at CSI is something that might draw your interest. They have plenty of events that involve being one with nature, sustainability, and so many outdoor sports and activities.
Clubs and Activities
I personally am a student who is a part of the CSI student senate, so I may have a biased opinion, but I honestly believe that joining this council has opened so many door for me. I am more aware of upcoming events happening on campus and I am able to make friendships so easily. The best part is that you actually get paid as well.
Greek Life
I don't believe that CSI does have a Greek Life due to being a community college. However, it may become a possibility in the future. It most likely depends on the campus funds.
Campus Safety
From my experience as a young lady, the College of Southern Idaho is very safe. I am a student who spends late nights on campus doing school work and I have never encountered a problem walking to my car at night. Also, campus security is awesome to respond quickly. I recommend keeping their phone number saved in case of emergency.
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Celia from Boise, ID

accepted here and planning to attend soon
3 people found this review useful
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Will learn a lot
I will be learning alot for Culinary Arts. How to do many things with food and create works of art with food.
Will enjoy being here
I will enjoy learning new things and going to school to get a degree to have a better job.
Bang for the buck
Tuition is only $119 a credit.
Tips for prospective students
The tuition is cheaper than any other school. I am actully enrolled at College of Western Idaho but the College of Southern Idaho is connected with CWI.
Great for these types of students
Great for Low income families.
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Mark from Twin Falls, ID

a current student here
2 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
With an awesome faculty who cares and is dedicated to helping you succeed in a friendly environment the College of Southern Idaho is a wonderful place to start your college career. They will help you get your associates degree in your field of choice as well as help you get ready to transfer to a university of your choice. It really is a great place to go to school!
Tips for prospective students
First off apply early. Those who apply for scholarships early tend to get more.
Second, get to know your professors on a personal bases. With an average of 21 students to 1 professor there is no excuse not to. They are always willing to help and will often go out of their way to assist you in obtaining scholarships, do well in class, and understand the material.
Academic Rigor
The faculty at the College of Southern Idaho cares more about you receiving an education than meeting requirements or mandates. That said they are more than happy to help you make the grade you need and will go out of their way for you if asked. The material they teach is on the point and they will often apply it to real life applications. They are very good at preparing you to go onto a four year university and eventually into the real world.
Dorm Life
Due to the fact that most people who attend the College of Southern Idaho attend from home there is only one dorm on campus. They always have some activity going on in the dorms though.
Food and Dining
The cooks at the College of Southern Idaho has great cooks! They always have enough food at a reasonable price that tastes wonderful! However there isn't a lot of food selection. But this can be augmented by going out on the town where there is a lot more choices.
What to do for fun
There is a lot to do for fun when you are attending the College of Southern Idaho! Whether you are running in a marathon, base jumping, kayaking, attending a rodeo, hiking the canyon, seeing one of the many beautiful waterfalls in the area, such as the Shoshone Falls, going to a planetarium show, star gazing at the Herrett Museum, or just participating in the local clubs and activities, there is always something to do!
Bang for the buck
The College of Southern Idaho is very inexpensive to begin with for a college. But on top of that they provide a great quality education and are more than happy to assist students to obtain scholarships and if needed student loans. There is usually enough programs and opportunities though that if you apply yourself and participate you can get all of your expenses paid through scholarships and work opportunities.
The College of Southern Idaho is primarily for those who have never had any college experience and for those who are working on obtaining their associates degrees or are wanting to learn a trade such as welding, aquaculture, auto-mechanics, and manufacturing.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
There is a giant bell tower in the middle of campus, as well as a rose garden in the center, and the Harriet Museum with it's planetarium shows and observatory! That's really cool. As well as every year they hold a Great Pumpkin 5K Run and build a corn maze!
Great for these types of students
The College of Southern Idaho is great for anyone who is wanting to apply to any Idaho four year universities as the College of Southern Idaho designs their Associate programs to make a smooth transition into one of those Idaho four year universities. But they have been, as they have with me, more than willing to help adjust some of the requirements to assist you into getting into the University of your Choice.

The College of Southern Idaho is also great school for anyone who is wanting to go into law enforcement and nursing programs or obtain their associates degree in Engineering (any discipline), Music or any of the other fine arts, English, Biology, and any other field. They also are greatly known for their trade school programs such as welding, aquaculture, auto-mechanics, and manufacturing.

Clubs and Activities
The clubs and actives on campus are so much fun! From gaming with the Social Geeks, to attending a baseball or basketball game, to riding Rodeo, to the colleges' large ropes course, to attending the latest movie release with friends, there is always something to do. They have activities every month that range from hikes and kayaking to skiing and snowboarding. With all the plays and productions going on as well in the Fine Arts building on top of that there is always something to do.

As for the clubs there is a club for everyone. From the long-boarding club. to the Agricultural club there is a club to join. Recently I helped design and build a trebuchet to launch pumpkins with the STEM club! There is so much you can do!
Greek Life
Due to the fact that the College of Southern Idaho is a community college, there really isn't much of a Greek life here in any respect.
Campus Safety
The College of Southern Idaho is a very safe place to attend school. Our campus security is always on top of it. They take their job very seriously. With a National Guard office and a Law Enforcement Program as well on campus some students are even trained on how to react in an emergency situation. As well as the people who attend the College of Southern Idaho look after one another. It is a very safe place to attend school.
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Ashley from ID

a current student here
2 people found this review useful
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Tips for prospective students
Definitely apply early for FAFSA and any other scholarships and financial aid. Always talk to an adviser for any questions you may have. Have fun and enjoy everything to the fullest.
Academic Rigor
Many of the courses are difficult. At times,there seems to be a lot of assigned work. However, even though some classes are challenging, the professors help in any way possible.
Dorm Life
There are no dorms, however you can rent apartments that are within walking distance of the campus, which is quite convenient,. The rooms are tiny and cozy too. Also, the cost of living there is very fair.
Food and Dining
Food is a bit expensive, but there are lunch plans available. There are also two floors to choose from, one of them being a buffet. There are also many restaurants that students can drive to.
What to do for fun
If you are the athletic type, this college offers many sports and fitness classes. There are numerous clubs and activities that one can join. The campus also provides free movie and bowling nights, which is loads of fun.
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Millie from Kimberly, ID

a current student here
2 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
I think it's a great and friendly community. They have lots of fun activities for students to attend. The college is small enough that there have been lots of opportunities for one on one teaching and learning experiences for me.
Tips for prospective students
Make sure you have housing figured out and financial aid before the semester starts. Also, make sure to take the time to sit down with a counselor and talk about your educational path so that you can be taking classes that will help you achieve your goals.
Academic Rigor
It's not too tough but it's challenging enough that you are learning a lot.
Food and Dining
Fun places for college kids to eat out and it's not too terribly expensive!
What to do for fun
We are right on the canyon so there is lots of rock climbing, water activities, hiking, etc. We are also close to Sun Valley and other Ski mountains. There is always lots to do outdoors.
Bang for the buck
Very smart to attend CSI because the tuition is not nearly as expensive as other places and they offer quite a bit of technical programs and other things.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
I'm not sure of any. I do know that there is always people handing out free donuts to students :)
Great for these types of students
For anyone on a budget but still wanting to have a great educational experience.
Clubs and Activities
There are lots of clubs and activities. It seems they are always putting something on for students to attend.
Greek Life
It's a small community college so there is no Frats or Sororities on campus.
Campus Safety
You will always see security patrolling. I feel very safe here at CSI.
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Cody from Filer, ID

a current student here
2 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
csi has an amazing health sciences program. the staff for the health sciences are great at getting the students where they need to be both academically and professionally, so that when they enter the professional world, they will start off strong. students in these programs will get top of the line education for their desired career pathways.
Tips for prospective students
this is a great college to springboard into bachelor degrees and up. the different programs here are definitely top of the line, and some rank among the best in the nation. i recommend starting early on your prerequisites and hitting the books hard. this college will prepare you for anything you are headed into, be it a four year college or the professional realm.
Academic Rigor
the program i am currently taken is extremely difficult. however, the difficulty is offset by the extreme welcome of the staff who assist in teaching the program. all of our questions are guaranteed to be answered in a great way, and our instructors are always there for us for any needs that may arise.
Dorm Life
i haven't stayed in the dorms, as i live just 7 miles off of campus, so i can't offer anything of use here.
Food and Dining
the food and dining at the college is excellent. they have a great central meal area at the student union building, and the culinary arts students have days where they cook lunch, and for a price, we can dine on their culinary delights! campus is also within reach of quite a few great restaurants, offering anything from fast food to sit down dining. the range of foods available is great, and the area can off something to somebody of all tastes.
What to do for fun
being a student of a very rigorous program, my free time is extremely valuable. the campus offers a variety of things to do for fun, including disc golf, free movie nights at the local movie theater, and free bowling nights at the local bowling alley. if this isn't enough, twin falls has a great deal of golf courses, a laser tag arena, and many nice parks to just walk about in. the area around twin also offers paintball arenas, hunting and fishing spots, boating access, skiing, snowboarding, fishing, the list is endless!
Bang for the buck
the college of southern idaho is a decently priced college, and the teaching is very well worth the money. i have learned above and beyond what i have expected at this school, and it is well worth the money i have paid to attend.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
our campus does have a small creek that runs through it, as well as a disc golf course on the campus itself! i am not sure if those are quite unusual though...
Great for these types of students
csi is great for students who want to springboard into a four year college, as well as for those who want to get to work right away. it has a small school feel, and has a great list of programs to choose from. csi does seem to cater more to those who wish to chose either a technical major or a health major though.
Clubs and Activities
there seems to be a club on campus for everybody, no matter who you are. the clubs are extremely involved with the workings of the school and help to make csi a phenomenal place to study and learn. these clubs also help promote various activities, such as dances and fundraisers, all to help somebody in need. they are very active, and it is a great sight to see.
Greek Life
the college of southern idaho doesn't have any fraternities or sororities that i know of.
Campus Safety
the campus is constantly patrolled by security guards. they are great at helping any student in need, and keep the campus a fun and safe place. i have not had any problem with crime or vandalism while i have been attending this school.
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Imelda from Paul, ID

accepted here and planning to attend soon
2 people found this review useful
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Will learn a lot
I plan to learn a lot in this college to be able to turn into someting big.
Will enjoy being here
Many say this college is fun and easy I think I will enjoy it here. It is not that far from home and will enjoy the freedom that the college provides.
Bang for the buck
They are affordable to take classes here but try to get either a grant or a scholarship.
Tips for prospective students
This college will help you take classes that are in you choice of career and will send all transcrips to the college of your choice.
Great for these types of students
Anyone can get into this college they have almost all the the career fields of your choice.
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