Located in Moscow, Idaho, the University of Idaho (U of I) enrolls approximately 12,000 students (2019). Moscow has been named the "Best College Town"  in Idaho by CollegeSnacks​, one of the "Top 100 Places to Live in the U.S." by ​Livability, and ranked the "Most Beautiful Campus in Idaho" by Travel and Leisure, MSN, and Buzzfeed​.  The U of I is Idaho's largest research university, with two thirds of undergraduate students participating in research projects. They have 16 D1 sports teams in the Big Sky conference, more than 260 clubs and activities, study abroad opportunities, and vibrant Greek chapters. 

Located in Pullman, Washington, Washington State University (WSU) enrolls approximately 20,000 students. WSU Pullman has been ranked among the safest campuses in the nation by the National Council for Home Safety and Security. WSU offers 101 undergraduate majors, 79 master's degree programs, 65 doctoral degree programs, and 3 professional degree programs (medicine, pharmacy, and veterinary medicine). There are over 560 study abroad programs, including opportunities on all seven continents., over 260 registered student organizations, 66 national fraternity and sorority chapters, 9 D1 womens' sports teams and 6 mens' in the Pac-12 conference, as well as over 6,000 students participating in intramural sports. 

Located in Lewiston, Idaho, Lewis Clark State College (LCSC) enrolls approximately 4,000 students. LCSC offers 57 baccalaureate majors, 37 associate majors, 48 one-to-two year certificates, and 50 minors. LCSC has the lowest tuition among public four year institutions in Idaho, and is the Idaho leader in online education. There are over 50 student-led organizations, and 6 men's and 6 women's NAIA sports teams that compete in the CCC conference.