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Boise State University

Boise State University Rating: 4.9/5 (388 votes)

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History

Boise State University was originally founded by the Episcopal Church in 1932, when it was known as as Boise Junior College. Four-year college status was approved in 1965 and the school officially entered the state system of higher education in 1969 under the name Boise State College. The institution adopted its current name in 1974.

Boise State is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and awards associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. Students can earn over 200 degrees in 190 fields of study. The university offers over 100 graduate programs.

The university’s goal is “to foster an intellectual atmosphere that produces educated, literate people—people knowledgeable of public affairs, committed to lifelong learning, and capable of creative problem-solving.”

The main Boise State campus is located on the south bank of the Boise River. The West campus, which existed in Nampa, Idaho, separated from the school and transitioned into a two-year community college in 2009. Three education centers are still located at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Gowen Field and in Twin Falls, Idaho.

Academics

Boise State is comprised of seven colleges: Arts and Sciences, Business and Economics, Education, Engineering, Graduate Studies, Health Sciences, and Social Sciences and Public Affairs.

Bachelor’s degrees are awarded in a number of different disciplines in all colleges (except the College of Graduate Studies). Some of the fields of study represented include the arts and sciences, wildlife management, theatre arts, visual arts, exercise, science, education, engineering, radiology, nursing, communication, political science, manufacturing systems technology, semiconductor technology, and wildland fire management. Certificates and associate degrees are offered in many of the technology programs and in other fields such as legal assistance. The university also offers interdisciplinary minors in addiction studies, Canadian studies, and gender studies, and a certificate in dispute resolution. A minor to become a legal assistant is also available.

Additionally, the university offers over 70 different master’s degrees, five doctoral degrees, and various graduate certificates

Most Popular Fields of Study

Unique Programs

The university is home to several special research, service, and development centers. These include diverse areas of interest such as as the Idaho Council on Economic Education, the Center for Idaho History and Politics, Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management, and the Raptor Research Center. While the centers provide classes and specializations that might be of interest to students, they are primarily geared toward research and informing the public about their particular areas of focus.

Boise State’s colleges and divisions offer several unique interdisciplinary minors that combine the curriculum of two or more fields to give students specialized areas of expertise. These include Addiction Studies, Canadian Studies, Dispute Resolution, Legal Assistance, and Gender Studies.

Admissions

Boise State uses an admissions index to determine if students in particular classifications (high school graduates under the age of 21, for example) meet its admissions requirements. The admissions index is a complex matrix that analyzes applicants’ GPA in regards to their SAT or ACT scores. For example, an applicant classified as “Excellent for Admission” could have a GPA of only 2.25 but an SAT score of 1520 or an ACT score of 34. By the same token, a candidate classified as “Possible” may have a GPA of 3.00 but an SAT score of only 870 or an ACT score of only 18. The full matrix is available for viewing at the Boise State website.

Even students who do not meet the requirements put forth in the admissions index may still be admitted to Boise State under provisional status. This special arrangement requires that students earn 14 credits in specific courses over 3 semesters and earn a grade of “C” or better overall in order to continue their studies. The core courses include fundamental areas such as English and Mathematics.

Applications to undergraduate programs are accepted through the summer prior to the fall semester, with a non-refundable application fee. Applications can be submitted online. In addition to the online application and fee, students must provide transcripts and standardized test scores. Undergraduate students must have completed in high school eight semesters of English, six semesters of mathematics, six semesters of natural science, five semesters of social science, two semesters in humanities or foreign languages, and three semesters in other college preparatory courses.

Graduate students must provide the following for admissions to the graduate school: completed application, transcripts, exam scores, letters of recommendation, and any other supplemental materials required by the program to which one is applying. A non-refundable graduate school application fee is also required.

Financial Aid

The university requires that students who receive or are eligible to receive financial aid make satisfactory academic progress, file their FAFSA on time, demonstrate financial need, provide proof of a high school diploma or GED, not be default on prior loans, and register with Selective Service. Aid programs include grants, government loans (including the PLUS loan), alternative loans that may be provided through a private service, scholarships, and work-study programs located on campus.

Eligible students may receive financial aid as a combination of grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study programs.

Student Financial Aid Details

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Students

Boise State is the largest university in the state of Idaho. The campus is home to nearly 200 student organizations, modern residence halls and the $12 million Student Recreation Center, which includes a gymnasium with three full-size basketball courts, four racquetball courts, a student lounge, massage therapy facilities, a climbing gym, a free weight area, and a group exercise room.

Students have the opportunity to get involved in a number of organizations, including service-learning, the campus radio station, and various Greek organizations.

The Arbiter is the campus’ student-run newspaper and publishes submissions from student writers and editors.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Athletics

Boise State University is an NCAA Division I school, with basketball, cross-country, football, golf, tennis, track & field, and wrestling for men and basketball, cross-country, golf, gymnastics, skiing, soccer, tennis, track & field, and volleyball for women. The team nickname is the Broncos. It is in the Western Athletic Conference for all sports except women’s gymnastics and wrestling, which are in the Western Gymnastics Conference and the Pacific-10 respectively.

The Boise State Broncos compete in the Western Athletic Conference, Division I-A of the NCAA. Intercollegiate sports include football, gymnastics, soccer, and men’s and women’s basketball, cross country, and golf. Women’s skiing is also offered.

The Broncos football team has enjoyed numerous conference championships over the years, including three undefeated regular football seasons. The team plays at Bronco Stadium, which is known for its bright blue playing surface and home to the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl,

Traditions

Few trademarks are as recognizable or as proudly demonstrated as the blue astro turf of Bronco Stadium. Every televised game and following highlight makes the stadium undeniably recognizable to every Bronco fan across the country.

Local Community

Boise is rightly called the City of Trees for its urban parks and outstanding outdoor life. A river flows through the city, providing 25 miles of riverfront green space to play and relax in. Other outdoor attractions include the Morrison-Knudsen Nature Center and the World Center for Birds of Prey. There are a good deal of cultural attractions in Boise, including the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial and the Idaho Black History Museum. City facilities accommodating athletes looking to play golf, tennis, or just take a swim.

Boise is also the capital Idaho as well as the largest city in the state. Some of the numerous arts and cultural programs available in the area include ballet, theatre, visual arts, museums of history, and outdoor recreational parks and facilities, including Bogus Basin Ski Resort.

Information Summary

Ranks 5th in Idaho and 921st overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 4 0.02
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 4 0.02
Robbery 2 0.01
Arson 2 0.01
Burglary 10 0.05
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 1 0.01
Arrest 64 0.33

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 384 0.18
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 1 0.00
Forcible Rape 66 0.03
Robbery 59 0.03
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 809 0.39
Larceny 4,347 2.09
Vehicle theft 172 0.08

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduateDoctoral, professional dominant
Undergraduate PopulationMedium full-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District1602

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 1063rd for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $4,309 $4,309 $16,909
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,983 $1,983 $1,983
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $260 $260 $372
FT Graduate Tuition $5,449 $5,449 $18,049
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,983 $1,983 $1,983
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $324 $324 $436
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $20,944 $20,944 $33,544
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $20,346 $20,346 $32,946
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $12,230 $12,230 $24,830

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $5,566 $5,884 $5,566 $5,884 $15,966 $17,324
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,200 $1,242
On-Campus – Room & Board $7,236 $7,438
On-Campus – Other Expenses $5,190 $5,654
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $7,236 $7,438
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $5,190 $5,184
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,496 $4,184

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$50
Graduate Application Fee$55
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 7,832 (3,669 male / 4,153 female)
Admitted 6,082 (2,687 male / 3,391 female)
Admission rate 78%
First-time Enrollment 2,205 (1,004 male / 1,201 female)
FT Enrollment 2,083 (950 male / 1,133 female)
PT Enrollment 122 (54 male / 68 female)
Total Enrollment21,981

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
RecommendationsN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
TOEFL
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Mountain West Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Mountain West Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Mountain West Conference

ACT Test Admission

449th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 56%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 25
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 26
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 26

SAT Test Admission

617th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 76%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 460 / 570
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 460 / 580
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 920 / 1150

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity2,463
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$3,830
Board Fee$3,710

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 96 75 213 97 29 3,073 136 3,768
Accounting 2 2 9 9 121 6 152
Accounting and Finance 1 12 13
Anthropology 1 1 28 31
Applied Mathematics, General 1 9 1 12
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 1 3 4
Art Teacher Education 4 4
Athletic Training/Trainer 6 6
Bilingual and Multilingual Education 1 8 8 17
Biology Teacher Education 1 1 2
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 2 1 6 1 86 3 102
Business Administration and Management, General 1 1 5 5 69 14 95
Business/Commerce, General 2 2 7 3 124 7 146
Business/Managerial Economics 1 1 4 6 12
Chemistry, General 13 13
Chemistry, Other
Cinematography and Film/Video Production 1 9 1 11
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning 1 6 7
Civil Engineering, General 3 4 4 1 41 1 55
Commercial and Advertising Art 1 25 26
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other 2 13 1 16
Computer Engineering, General 2 2
Computer Science 6 1 2 1 29 2 41
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
Construction Management 4 1 1 27 2 35
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 1 1 18 1 21
Creative Writing 4 4
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 1 14 5 126 4 150
Curriculum and Instruction 1 1 9 11
Design and Visual Communications, General 3 34 2 39
Drama and Dance Teacher Education 1 1 2
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 1 13 15
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 2 1 8 11
Earth Science Teacher Education 2 2
Economics, General 1 1 7 10
Education, General 5 5
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 14 1 15
Educational/Instructional Technology 15 11 3 2 1 126 14 173
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 9 3 5 2 19 38
Elementary Education and Teaching 3 2 74 5 84
English Language and Literature, General 1 4 4 1 94 1 105
English/Language Arts Teacher Education 1 15 16
Environmental Health 1 1 10 12
Environmental Studies 1 1 10 12
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other 1 3 4
Family Systems 2 2
Finance, General 29 29
French Language Teacher Education
French Language and Literature 6 6
General Studies 1 1 1 54 1 58
Geographic Information Science and Cartography 2 3
Geography
Geology/Earth Science, General 1 20 22
Geophysics and Seismology 5 5
German Language Teacher Education
German Language and Literature 1 1
Gerontology 1 2 3
Graphic Design
Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator 1 1 1 9 12
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician 1 1
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other 1 1 8 5 2 98 2 121
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General 8 8
History Teacher Education 18 1 19
History, General 4 4 62 1 72
Human Resources Development 3 3
Human Resources Management and Services, Other 1 5 3 9
Hydrology and Water Resources Science 4 4
Illustration
Information Science/Studies
Information Technology 1 1 2 1 22 1 28
International Business/Trade/Commerce 2 2 15 1 20
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 5 2 1 1 39 1 49
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 1 5 1 1 76 4 89
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management 9 1 10
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 3 2 2 45 8 60
Mass Communication/Media Studies 1 19 1 21
Materials Engineering 3 1 1 1 15 1 22
Mathematics Teacher Education 15 15
Mathematics, General 1 14 1 17
Mechanical Engineering 4 3 3 1 45 57
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist 1 6 50 58
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 1 3 38 1 43
Music Management 2 2
Music Performance, General 1 10 1 12
Music Teacher Education 12 1 13
Music Theory and Composition
Music, General 2 1 3
Operations Management and Supervision
Organizational Communication, General
Philosophy 1 13 4 19
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 1 1 1 16 21
Physics, General 3 3
Political Science and Government, General 1 2 12 3 1 79 3 102
Pre-Dentistry Studies
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies 2 2 4
Pre-Veterinary Studies 3 3
Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing 1 13 14
Psychology Teacher Education 1 1
Psychology, General 4 2 10 1 3 120 3 149
Public Administration 1 20 1 22
Public Health, Other 4 1 11 16
Public Relations/Image Management 3 3
Reading Teacher Education 18 18
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 1 1 12 9 2 215 5 250
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist 1 5 4 4 57 3 74
Social Science Teacher Education 1 1
Social Sciences, General 6 4 4 48 5 67
Social Work 1 2 17 4 6 145 7 183
Sociology 1 3 1 24 29
Spanish Language Teacher Education 2 4 6
Spanish Language and Literature 1 5 14 20
Special Education and Teaching, General 20 22
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 9 12 6 6 2 150 3 194
Speech Teacher Education 1 1
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling 1 1
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education 6 3 1 1 96 5 112
Zoology/Animal Biology, Other 4 5

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1809th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $64,443 ($69,553 male / $58,196 female)
Number of FT Faculty 647 (344 male / 303 female)
Number of PT Faculty 1,175
FT Faculty Ratio 0.6 : 1
Total Benefits $19,064,923
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