This year our state was recognized for its “outstanding innovations in state education policy” when it received the 2019 Frank Newman Award for State Innovation from the Education Commission of the States. This national award was in recognition of several innovations. Our signature Direct Admissions program automatically admits all graduating high school seniors either to six, or all eight of our higher education institutions. Apply Idaho, a groundbreaking single system-wide online
application, enables students to apply to one or more of those institutions free of charge—a streamlined process that takes just minutes. Changing cultural misconceptions about college, and demystifying the college admissions and application processes are hallmarks of these programs.