About Boise State University

Founded in 1932, Boise State University. is a Public college. Located in Idaho, which is a city setting in Idaho, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 20,186 full time undergraduate students, and 3,668 full time graduate students.

The Boise State University Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 17:1. There are 726 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Boise State University include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate81%
Application Deadline
Application Fee50
SAT Range915-1150
ACT Range20-26

Admissions at BSU are considered Less Selective, with ,105% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 31 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

72% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 36% were in the top quarter, and 12% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.


We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Boise State University.

“We”re apathetic”
“We know about current events and vote”
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
“We save it for the classroom”
“Sometimes, but not often”
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
“All the time, including weekends”
“I”m always terrified”
“I only go out in groups”
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
“I feel extremely safe”
“We don”t play sports”
“We play recreationally”
“We bought the gear”
“We live for the big game”
“It”s not really our thing”
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
“There are a variety of opportunities”
“We”re a very artistic group”
“Haven”t met them”
“Available in class”
“They keep regular office hours”
“They”re always available”
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
“We”re not into drinking at all”
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
“We only party on weekends”
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
“Never, we”re here to learn”
“There might be people who do”
“People are known to partake on weekends”
“There”s a huge drug scene”

Boise State University REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    234 Students rated on-campus housing 3.5 stars. 15 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    212 Students rated off-campus housing 3.6 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    316 Students rated campus food 3.5 stars. 18 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    347 Students rated campus facilities 4.1 stars. 40 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    347 Students rated class size 3.8 stars. 21 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    347 Students rated school activities 3.9 stars. 30 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    349 Students rated local services 4.3 stars. 54 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    347 Students rated academics 3.9 stars. 35 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of Boise State University?

109 Students rated Boise State University

Alexandra - 05/16/2024

I honestly feel that Boise State University is a great school. There are plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities as Boise has many mountains and the school is right next to a river. The courses provided by this school are also plentiful and very good. It feels good to know that there are many classes that I can take. Their events are also super fun and interesting.

Madison - 05/15/2024

I love Boise State University. It is a smaller school but there are so many opportunities to meet new people and participate in new things. I especially love their greek life, it is accepting and makes your college experience so much more memorable.

Hailey - 05/14/2024

I love it!

Brooke - 05/01/2021

I have really enjoyed the time I have spent at Boise State University and I am very excited to spend a few more great years here in this lovely city and make more memories with some amazing people. BSU was my first choice college and I am so glad I made the decision to come to this school, I have made some really great friends, done well academically, and have been able to find wonderful opportunities that I might not have been able to experience elsewhere. If you are looking at colleges, I would highly recommend BSU to anyone that is looking for a school that offers a homey atmosphere, wonderful academic programs, and a wide variety of work and extracurricular activities.

Boise State University FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Boise State University?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Boise State University is 81%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    My college experience has given me the ability to get to know myself and how far I can push myself. I've learned how to manage my time to get my homework done, even after working 30 hours a week and taking care of myself and my responsibilities. I've been presented with my strengths and my weaknesses and an array of supporters who are willing to help me improve. I haven't had a lot of college time to experience, but if I continue to grow as a person as I have been, I think that the value is immeasurable.

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  3. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    Being a large university, the classes fill up extremely fast and sometimes it's hard to get into the ones you need.

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  4. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    Boise State is a accademically strong college that respects both the envirnment and the students that attend.

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  5. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    I wish I had known more about time management before I atteneded college.

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  6. Describe the students at your school.

    Talented, helpful, accomplished and resourceful people.

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  7. What's unique about your campus?

    Friendy students.

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  8. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    Our school is more than likely best known for its football team. The Bronco's won their first fiesta bowl in 2007, which put them on the map, and they won again this year. So I'm pretty sure our school is best known for its football team.

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  9. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    Boise State happened to be less than an hour to both my parents' houses. It had church around the corner and my martial arts a little drive away. It gave me a pretty nice scholarship and had the Biology-Zoology major that I was looking for. I like school spirit and there couldn't be enough of that on BSU campus. I love attending the football games, that was an amazing part of BSU in the Fall. It's also a short walk to the grocery store and the theatre. So it was perfect for me.

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  10. What kind of person should attend this school?

    Someone who is really in love with football would love this school. Other sports players seem like freshman teams and only football is varsity.

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  11. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    Boise State is an awesome school! Students are intelligent, caring, kind and looking toward the future with great hope and determination. In our quest for excellence, the parking situation seemed to be overlooked. There aren't enough on campus parking spaces for those of us who drive. This affects our ease in getting around campus, making it more difficult to get from place to place than it should be. Since Boise State is getting increasingly popular, fixing the parking would be beneficial for everyone involved. GO BRONCOS!

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  12. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    I brag that in my school the teachers help every student succeed in their classroom, even if that means a few hours of tutoring outside of class. I also brag that I love it on the campus, because it is a safe and positive environment for all walks of life.

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  13. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    This is a good school for most people, as long as they can find a major to stick with.

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  14. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    A mixture of jocks and outdoors people. Both are very common on campus between our multiple varsity sports programs, our club and intramural sports programs, and our prime location in a great outdoors region.

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  15. What are the academics like at your school?

    Professors and staff at BSU know your name and tend to know a lot about you. It's very easy to talk to your advisers and the professors at the school. A lot of this comes with the opportunity to do leadership retreats with certain professors. Class participation is common, you will be called out to answer questions, which helps you to develop your public speaking skills. I'm personally apart of the school of health sciences and we have various clubs like pre-med club that I spend extra time outside of advising with my adviser and fellow students. There are tons of clubs ran by students and professors that can accommodate just about any interest you might have. I started attending the pre-med club meetings even before I started attending school there since I opted to start in the spring. My adviser Glenda was very helpful and kept me up to date on gatherings to help get me involved.

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  16. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    I absolutely love Boise State, they make you feel like family from the day you apply. My favorite thing so far is the faculty and advisers, they are all so very helpful and completely dedicated to your success at Boise State.If you've ever been to Boise I'm sure you noticed we're all very dedicated to our Broncos, on a typical game day just about everyone in town is wearing Bronco gear in support of our team. So obviously school pride is our thing, everyone is always happy to hear it when you say you attend Boise State,

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  17. Where is the best place to get work done on campus?

    There are quite a few places on campus that are great for studying. I usually go to the library. There are 4 or 5 floors, each equipped with lots of tables, study nooks, and private study rooms. This makes it really easy to find a quiet place to study. My next favorite place is the Interactive Learning Center. The bottom level consists of a convenience store, Einstein Bagel Bros, and the technology assistance center. The upper levels consist of classrooms and lots of couches, chairs and tables to study at. The layout is completely open, so it is very nice. I also like studying in the upstairs of the Student Union. It is really quiet and there are a lot of couches to choose from :)

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  18. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    On BSU's campus there are so many clubs and so many things to do. We have a club for just about everyone and their interest. If there isn't a club you want to join you can easily start one. We also have the recreation center which has group trips, rentals, a rock climbing wall, the gym, etc. I'm personally really interested in going on one of the night hikes with the rec center. Additionally I'm a part of the pre-med club, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS), American Medical Student Association (AMSA), and I first learned about some of the volunteer opportunities from orientation. I personally spend a lot of my time volunteering and participating in webinars, meetings, etc to help me stay on the right track to accomplishing my goals. I'm looking forward to AMSA's annual convention which brings in well known health care providers to help us learn certain procedures, talk about admissions into medical school, and more. NSCS helps us to get involved, make a difference, use our skills to get scholarships for school, and then of course you have all the recreation that is offered by the school rather that be hiking, rafting, swimming, etc there are definitely things you can do on a Saturday night that doesn't involve drinking.

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  19. Tell us about the sports scene on campus.


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  20. What are your classes like?

    I am currently a new student at BSU. I haven't had the chance to sit in on my first class just yet, but I do have some information. Usually the classes you register for are fairly close or within the same general area of the campus. Most of mine are in Morrison Center, Math Center, etc. Since I have transferred to BSU it's obvious I will be spending a lot more time in class and for about 2-4 hours, 2-3 times a week per class. I used to have a seminar once a week and was pretty much on my own outside of that. It obvious at BSU you have more time with your professors and there are multiple channels to get a hold of them outside of class. The classrooms are pretty standard and clearly limit how many students will be in each class, which is good because you get a more attention during class and it's easier to connect with other students in your class.

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  21. Tell us about your professors.

    Most of my professors have been excellent! I feel like Boise State really strives for high quality educators. My professors are all very nice. All through high school we were taught (at least I was) that college teachers are different from college professors. My teachers always told me that my college professors will not care if I succeed or not and they won't go out of their way to help me. The professors at Boise State have proved that statement wrong. I have had several teachers go out of their way to make sure that we were getting the help we needed in order to succeed. In one of my classes, all of us were really struggling with the professors quizzes. The format made them so hard and none of us were doing well. We confronted our professor and she changed the quizzes so that they were better for us. This is only one example of how Boise State professors strive to help us succeed.

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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

81% of students attending Boise State University receive some sort of financial aid. 32% were awarded federal grants. While 46% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

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$110K & UP

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