Boise State University

2014 Quick Stats
1910 University Drive

Boise, ID 83725

Phone: (208) 426-1011
2013-2014 Tuition
male /
May 15
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#65 Overall Score: 32 out of 100. Regional Universities (West)

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Boise State University is a public institution that was founded in 1932. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 19,653, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 180 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Boise State University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (West), 65. Its in-state tuition and fees are $5,884 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $17,323 (2013-14).

Boise State University is located in the capital of Idaho, in the western part of the state. Boise State students can choose from about 170 academic programs, including several master’s degrees in fields such as business, education, and art. A few of Boise State’s unique academic features include the nation’s only degree in raptor biology, through which students research birds of prey, and a partnership with the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, which serves as a great resource for studying microelectronics.

Outside the classroom, students can join more than 200 campus clubs, study abroad in more than 50 countries, or check out one of the many annual school events, such as Earth Week and the International Food, Song and Dance Festival. Boise State is also home to unique athletic facilities for students to explore, including the recreation center with a 7,200-square-foot rock wall, and Bronco Stadium, with its famous blue turf football field. Student athletes can play at the intramural level or try out for one of the nearly 20 Boise State Broncos varsity teams, which compete in the NCAA Division I Mountain West Conference.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Boise State is the hub of Bronco Nation and is located in the population center of the state and capital city. Innovative programs, award-winning faculty, and vibrant student culture add up to an outstanding educational experience at the metropolitan research university of Idaho.

As one of the top public universities in the Northwest, Boise State University strives to be known not only for the finest undergraduate education in the region but also for outstanding research and graduate programs. With more than 22,000 students representing Idaho, the nation and the world, Boise State has a diverse population including many nontraditional students as well as those enrolling directly from high school. The breadth of programs and services Boise State offers, combined with its unique location, make it one of the best places in the nation to live and learn. Our metropolitan university has academic programs in eight colleges (Arts and Sciences, Business and Economics, Education, Engineering, Health Sciences, Honors, Social Sciences and Public Affairs, and Graduate Studies) with a full-time faculty of more than 650. In addition, students can enhance classroom learning by interning with the State Legislature, government agencies, or one of the many private businesses or industries in the area. They also can study abroad in more than 50 countries. Boise State faculty members are dedicated to excellence in teaching, research and creative activity. Students have the opportunity to work with and study under some of the most respected scientists, artists, researchers and educators in the West. And more than 200 student organizations guarantee plenty of opportunity for fun.

As the metropolitan research university in Idaho, Boise State University plays a crucial and growing role in the economic development and famed quality of life of our region. Located in the shadows of the Rocky Mountain foothills, Boise offers a variety of opportunities for growth, education and discovery. The largest metropolitan area for 300 miles in any direction, the city has repeatedly been listed in the Top 10 for business, careers and great outdoor recreation. With a growing reputation as one of the high-tech hotbeds in America, it is no surprise that Boise is often rated as one of the most livable cities in America. The City of Trees offers many unique attractions, including the Basque Museum and Cultural Center, Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial, the Idaho Shakespeare Festival and the World Center for Birds of Prey. Coffeehouses, restaurants, dance clubs and other businesses that cater to the college crowd are just a 10-minute walk from campus, making it easy to take advantage of the thriving cultural and entertainment scene of Boise. Despite its many big city amenities, Boise still offers a safe and comfortable small-town feel. Beyond Boise, you will find mountains, rivers and plenty of open outdoor space.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1932
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $75,334,245


When applying to Boise State University, it's important to note the application deadline is May 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due May 15. The application fee at Boise State University is $50. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 85.4 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 85.4%
Application deadline May 15
SAT/ACT scores must be received by May 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Boise State University is 20:1, and the school has 31.5 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Boise State University include: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse; Business/Commerce, General; Speech Communication and Rhetoric; Accounting; and Elementary Education and Teaching. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 69.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 20:1
4-year graduation rate 7%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 7%
Business/Commerce, General 5%
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 5%
Accounting 4%
Elementary Education and Teaching 4%

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Student Life

Boise State University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 19,653, with a gender distribution of 46.7 percent male students and 53.3 percent female students. At this school, 6 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 94 percent of students live off campus. Boise State University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 22,674
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

Boise State University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. Boise State University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Boise State University, 90 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Boise State University.

Students who have cars on campus 90%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Boise State University, 61 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $4,867.

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In-state tuition and fees $5,884 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $17,323 (2013-14)
Room and board $7,100 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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