Boise State University

1910 University Dr, Boise, ID 83725

School Details

Boise State University was founded in 1932 as Boise Junior College. In 1965, four-year status was awarded and Boise Junior College evolved to become Boise College. Finally, in 1974 university status was earned and the name was changed again to what it is today; Boise State University. Boise State University is a four year public university, and the largest institution of higher education in the state of Idaho. Boise State considers itself a progressive learning-oriented, student focused university with a dedication to excellence in teaching, community service, leadership and innovative research. As one of their main focuses, Boise State University holds research endeavors in high regard and focuses on research as they strive to provide students with outstanding research and graduate programs in addition to providing one of the finest undergraduate educations in the region.

The 19,992 students at Boise State University come from 50 states and 65 countries and 21% of the population represents a minority status. Incoming students are admitted at a rate of about 65% and their retention rate is around 68%. The students at Boise State University have a four year completion rate of 8% and a six year completion rate of 29% with 73% of students at full-time status.

In order to accommodate its large student body, there are seven colleges and almost 200 degrees and certificates to choose from. When working toward their degree completion Boise State University students will experience small class sizes and engaged teacher involvement through a 21:1 student to faculty ratio. In addition to in class learning, most students will gain real world experience through internship programs. Boise State University has one of the largest internship programs in the Northwest and is proud to provide 1,300 job placements annually. Boise State is also working hard to explore new forms of education through technology. This includes 3D gaming tools and cell phone technology which is being used to build innovative academic programs. Beyond bricks and mortar, Boise State is also part of a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded endeavor and as a result, is becoming a regional and national leader in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education. This program promotes efforts to advance both teaching and learning in some of the most critical fields of the 21st century.

To accommodate the busy schedules of their students, especially of the 8,914 adult age students, Boise State University offers online classes through their eCampus system. Through this system, some select undergraduate degrees, graduate degrees and graduate certificates can be completed 100% online.
Along with their large choice of course offerings, Boise State has over 200 clubs and organizations for student involvement. Among extracurricular activities are the university's popular athletic teams, the Broncos, which participate in NCAA Division I.

The tuition and fees associated with becoming a student at Boise State University are $5,566 yearly for Idaho residents and $15,966 for out of state undergraduate students. At the Graduate level, students are charged $6,556 and $16,956 for resident and non-resident students respectively. Almost 77% of the student population is awarded some sort of financial aid assistance. Academic departments and colleges also offer a variety of scholarships to help curve the cost of tuition.

Through their innovation and focus on producing successful and capable students, Boise State University is a recipient of a number of awards and acknowledgements. Recently U.S. News and World Report named Boise State University as a Top ‘up- and-coming’ school.


Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities


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  • Sector Of Institution:
    Public, 4-year or above
  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Doctorate degree
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