Boise State University

Boise, ID

Boise State is a public institution. It was founded as a junior college in 1932, became a four-year institution in 1965, joined the state system in 1969 and gained university status in 1974. Its 110-acre campus is located in downtown Boise.

Website: www.boisestate.edu/

Public
Co-ed
20,767
Undergraduate
Students
(55.7%) 11,568 Women
(44.3%) 9,199 Men
3,387
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate
82% of 8,330 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
No
Early Decision Offered
No
Regular Admission Deadline
Rolling

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
3.45
SAT Math
Not reported
SAT EBRW
Not reported
ACT Composite
23 average
20-26 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
In-state: $21,378
Out-of-state: $37,460
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $7,694
Out-of-state: $23,776
Room and Board
$8,994
Average Percent of Need Met
62%
Average Freshman Award
$11,233
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$27,974
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
757
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 11% of classes
10-19 students: 22% of classes
20-29 students: 32% of classes
30-39 students: 15% of classes
40-49 students: 8% of classes
50-99 students: 8% of classes
Over 100 students: 4% of classes
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Campus Life

Boise Population
214,237
Nearest Metropolitan Area
 
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are given priority consideration for housing
Students in College Housing
31% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Buster Bronco
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.4% American Indian/Alaskan Native
2.3% Asian
1.6% Black/African-American
13.7% Hispanic/Latino
4.5% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.4% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
74.6% White
2.4% Unknown
International Students
1.9% from 58 countries
First-Year Students Returning
80.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
Not reported
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Moderately Difficult: More than 75% of freshmen were in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT I or over 18 on the ACT; about 85% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma required and GED is accepted
High School Program
College preparatory program is recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English   8
Mathematics   6
Science   6
Foreign Language   2
Social Studies   5
History    
Academic Electives   3

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Required for some May 15
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT    
SAT Subject Tests Only  
SAT Essay Component Policy Not Reported
ACT Writing Test Policy Accepted with or without writing component
ACT Writing Test Policy SAT: Not used
ACT: Not used

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
1910 University Drive
City, State, Zip
Boise, ID 83725-0399
Phone
(208) 426-1000 x1
Fax
 
E-mail
bsuinfo@boisestate.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
Rolling
Application Fee
$50
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
Rolling
Accept Offer of Admission
Not reported
Waiting List Used
No
Defer Admission
Student cannot defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
No
Early Decision Deadline
 
Early Decision Notification
 
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
 
Early Action Notification
 

Application Form

Common Application
Not accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
 
Letters of Recommendation
 
Other
 
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
82% of 8,330 applicants were admitted
Women
79% of 3,776 applicants were admitted
Men
84% of 4,554 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
4,444 (65%) of 6,808 admitted students enrolled
Women
2,529 (84%) of 3,001 admitted students enrolled
Men
1,915 (50%) of 3,807 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
 
Early Action Admission Rate
 
Students Offered Wait List
 
Students Accepting Wait List Position
 
Students Admitted From Wait List
 

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
3.45
3.75 and Above
23%
3.50 - 3.74
24%
3.25 - 3.49
22%
3.00 - 3.24
18%
2.50 - 2.99
12%
2.00 - 2.49
1%

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
Not reported
Score of 700 - 800
Not reported
Score of 600 - 700
Not reported
Score of 500 - 600
Not reported
Score of 400 - 500
Not reported
Score of 300 - 400
Not reported
Score of 200 - 300
Not reported
SAT EBRW
Not reported
Score of 700 - 800
Not reported
Score of 600 - 700
Not reported
Score of 500 - 600
Not reported
Score of 400 - 500
Not reported
Score of 300 - 400
Not reported
Score of 200 - 300
Not reported

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
23 average
20-26 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
6%
Score of 24 - 29
37%
Score of 18 - 23
49%
Score of 12 - 17
8%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
Top tenth: 15%
Top quarter: 39%
Top half: 75%
National Merit Scholar
Not reported
Valedictorian
Not reported
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
In-state: $21,378
Out-of-state: $37,460
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $7,694
Out-of-state: $23,776
Room and Board
$8,994
Books and Supplies
$1,200
Other Expenses
$3,490
Payment Plans
Installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
Priority deadline February 15
Final deadline June 30
Award Notification
On a rolling basis beginning March 15
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal Methodology
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 001616
Free

Profile of 2017 - 18 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
1,634 (64.7%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
1,619 (99.1%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
1,548 (95.6%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
296 (19.1%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
62%
Average Award
$11,233
Need-Based Gift
Received by 996 (64.3%) of aid recipients, average amount $5,975
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 937 (60.5%) of aid recipients, average amount $3,461
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 101 (6.5%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
141 (5.6%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $2,895

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
7,424 (60.1%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
7,332 (98.8%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
7,054 (96.2%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
990 (14.0%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
58%
Average Award
$10,136
Need-Based Gift
Received by 4,991 (70.8%) of aid recipients, average amount $5,750
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 4,895 (69.4%) of aid recipients, average amount $4,486
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 208 (2.9%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
311 (2.5%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $2,111

Borrowing

2016 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
59%
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$27,974
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
3.0%
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
1.0%

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans, Federal Perkins loans, Federal Nursing loans
State Loans
 
Other Loans
College/university loans

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships, Leveraging Educational Assistance Program (LEAP)
Non-Need–Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Architecture, Area/Ethnic Studies, Biological Sciences, Business, Communication, Computer Science, Education, Engineering/Technologies, English, Foreign Languages, Health Fields, Home Economics, Humanities, International Studies, Mathematics, Military Science, Physical Sciences, Premedicine, Religion/Biblical Studies, Social Sciences
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Art/Fine Arts, Dance, Debating, Journalism/Publications, Music, Performing Arts, Theater/Drama
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Cheerleading/Drum Major, Community Service, Leadership, Rodeo
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
Ethnic Background, First-Generation College Students, Handicapped Students, International Students, Local/State Students, Members of Minorities, Out-of-State Students, Previous College Experience, Spouses of Current Students, Veterans, Veterans' Children
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
$2,260
Academic Calendar System
Semester
Summer Session
Offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • Accounting
  • Accounting and Finance
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Mathematics, General
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Art Teacher Education
  • Bilingual and Multilingual Education
  • Biology Teacher Education
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business/Commerce, General
  • Business/Managerial Economics
  • Chemistry, General
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Commercial and Advertising Art
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
  • Construction Management
  • Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
  • Design and Visual Communications, General
  • Drama and Dance Teacher Education
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • Earth Science Teacher Education
  • Economics, General
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
  • Environmental Health
  • Environmental Studies
  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other
  • Finance, General
  • French Language Teacher Education
  • French Language and Literature
  • General Studies
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Geophysics and Seismology
  • German Language Teacher Education
  • German Language and Literature
  • Graphic Design
  • Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator
  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
  • Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General
  • History Teacher Education
  • History, General
  • Illustration
  • Information Science/Studies
  • Information Technology
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
  • Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Mass Communication/Media Studies
  • Materials Engineering
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Mathematics, General
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Music Management
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Music, General
  • Operations Management and Supervision
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Physics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Pre-Dentistry Studies
  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
  • Pre-Veterinary Studies
  • Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing
  • Psychology Teacher Education
  • Psychology, General
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist
  • Social Science Teacher Education
  • Social Sciences, General
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language Teacher Education
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Special Education and Teaching, General
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Speech Teacher Education
Most Popular Disciplines
Health professions and related sciences, Business/marketing, Engineering
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
None
Special Programs
Cooperative work study program, Student-designed major, Distance learning, Double major, English as a second language, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
Some online degree programs

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Computer
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Foreign Language
Not required
Math/Science
Required for all students

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
757
Part-Time Faculty
769
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
36%
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 11% of classes
10-19 students: 22% of classes
20-29 students: 32% of classes
30-39 students: 15% of classes
40-49 students: 8% of classes
50-99 students: 8% of classes
Over 100 students: 4% of classes
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
2-9 students: 23% of discussion sections/labs
10-19 students: 32% of discussion sections/labs
20-29 students: 34% of discussion sections/labs
30-39 students: 6% of discussion sections/labs
40-49 students: 1% of discussion sections/labs
50-59 students: 2% of discussion sections/labs
Over 100 students: 2% of discussion sections/labs

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Not accepted
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
818,392
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available on Campus
900
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
Offered
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Master of Kinesiology, Master of Science, Master of Music, Master of Science in Economics, Master of Science in Accounting and Taxation, Master of Arts in Education, Master of Social Work, Master of Business Administration, Master of Economics, Master of Public Administration, Master of Arts, Master of Education, Master of Science in Accountancy, Master of Health Science, Master of Science in Nursing, Master of Athletic Leadership

Master's Programs of Study

  • Accounting
  • Animal Sciences
  • Anthropology
  • Art Education
  • Art/Fine Arts
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences--General
  • Business Administration and Management--General
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Communication--General
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Counselor Education
  • Criminal Justice and Criminology
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Distance Education Development
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Education--General
  • Educational Leadership and Administration
  • Educational Media/Instructional Technology
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering and Applied Sciences--General
  • English Education
  • English as a Second Language
  • Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Geophysics
  • Gerontological Nursing
  • Health Promotion
  • History
  • Hydrology
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Kinesiology and Movement Studies
  • Materials Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics Education
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Molecular Biology
  • Multilingual and Multicultural Education
  • Music
  • Music Education
  • Natural Resources
  • Nursing--General
  • Organizational Management
  • Political Science
  • Public Administration
  • Public Health--General
  • Public Policy
  • Reading Education
  • Rhetoric
  • Science Education
  • Social Work
  • Special Education
  • Sports Management
  • Taxation
  • Technical Communication
  • Writing

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Nursing Practice, Doctor of Education

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • Animal Sciences
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences--General
  • Computer Engineering
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Distance Education Development
  • Education--General
  • Educational Leadership and Administration
  • Educational Media/Instructional Technology
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering and Applied Sciences--General
  • Geophysics
  • Gerontological Nursing
  • Hydrology
  • Materials Engineering
  • Molecular Biology
  • Natural Resources
  • Nursing--General
  • Public Administration
  • Public Health--General
  • Public Policy
  • Science Education

Location and Setting


Boise Population
214,237
Nearest Metropolitan Area
 
Campus Size
287 acres

Weather

Temperature
21.6 average low in January, 80.9 average high in September
Rain
90 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
2 mile(s) from campus in Boise
Nearest Train Station
1 mile(s) from campus in Boise

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Men only housing, women only housing, coed housing
Students in College Housing
31% of all students
Housing Requirements
 
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are given priority consideration for housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
18%
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
Assistance in locating off-campus housing is available

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Available
Other
 

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Buster Bronco
School Colors
Blue and orange

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Basketball x x x x
Cross-Country Running x x x x
Golf x x x x
Gymnastics x x    
Soccer x x    
Softball x x    
Swimming And Diving x x    
Tennis x x x x
Track And Field x x x x
Volleyball x x    
Wrestling     x x
Women's Sports Offered Scholarships
Basketball x x
Cross-Country Running x x
Golf x x
Gymnastics x x
Soccer x x
Softball x x
Swimming And Diving x x
Tennis x x
Track And Field x x
Volleyball x x
Wrestling    
Mens's Sports Offered Scholarships
Basketball x x
Cross-Country Running x x
Golf x x
Gymnastics    
Soccer    
Softball    
Swimming And Diving    
Tennis x x
Track And Field x x
Volleyball    
Wrestling x x
Women's Club Sports
 
Men's Club Sports
 

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
baseball, basketball, golf, swimming and diving, track and field, triathlon, water polo

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, marching band, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, national fraternities, national sororities
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
ROTC
Army ROTC offered on campus

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
20,767
Women
11,568 (55.7%)
Men
9,199 (44.3%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
12,477
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.4% American Indian/Alaskan Native
2.3% Asian
1.6% Black/African-American
13.7% Hispanic/Latino
4.5% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.4% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
74.6% White
2.4% Unknown
International Students.
1.9% from 58 countries
Average Age
24
All Graduate Students
3,387

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
80.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
Not reported
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
Not reported
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
Not reported

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Average Starting Salary
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
Disciplines Pursued
Business 5%
Engineering 4%
Arts and Sciences 5%
Education 10%
Other 1%

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