Boise State University

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Boise State University was founded in 1932
by the Episcopal Church as a junior
college. It became independent just two
short years later and has been offering
bachelor’s and master degrees since 1965.
Located in Boise, Idaho, this public
university has the highest enrollment of
any college or university in Idaho with
nearly 23,000 students.

Academic Colleges and Program
Offerings

Boise State University has 190 fields of
study in 201 degrees. It also provides
over 100 graduate programs. Some of these
programs include the MPA program from the
College of Social Sciences & Public
Affairs; PhD programs and Masters programs
from the Colleges of Education, Arts &
Sciences, and Engineering; and the MBA and
MCAA programs from the College of Business
and Economics.

The school is organized into seven colleges:

  • Arts and Sciences
  • Business and Economics (COBE)
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Graduate Studies
  • Health Sciences

Social Sciences and Public Affairs (SSPA) Boise posted a 70 percent freshmen retention rate for the 2009-2010 academic year, a six-year graduation rate of 26 percent and a four-year graduation rate of 6 percent.

Campus

Boise State University's campus is set alongside the south bank of the Boise River and directly across from downtown Boise as well as Julia Davis Park, covering 175 acres and encompassing more than 170 buildings. The campus is situated at an elevation of 2,700 feet above sea level.

A campus expansion plan was unveiled in 2005 by university president Bob Kustra with the intent of transforming the school into what has been termed a "Metropolitan Research University of Distinction"; a major part of this plan is the integration of the campus master plan to build and expand university infrastructure in order not only to support academic programs but to create an accessible and attractive learning environment.

This decade-long plan will add nearly 20 academic facilities as well as eight student life buildings, three administrative buildings, dozens of residence halls and apartment buildings along with making major infrastructure inprovements. Since the announcement of the plan, nearly a dozen major projects have been completed or begun. These include:

  • Construction of the Interactive Learning Center
  • Construction of the Micron Business and Economics Building
  • Construction of the Norco Nursing and University Health Services Building
  • Construction of the Environmental Research Building

While Boise State University once operated a west campus in Nampa, Idaho featuring a 65,000-square-foot building with 28 classrooms, a library and bookstore, this campus was transitioned in January 2009 to the College of Western Idaho, a two-year community college. Other education centers are located at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Gowen Field and in Twin Falls, Idaho.

Rankings

U.S. News and World Report has
ranked the University’s undergraduate
engineering program as among the best in
the nation.

Accreditation

Boise State is accredited by Northwest
Commission on Colleges and
Universities.

Athletics

The Broncos, the university's athletic teams, are part of the Mountain West Conference's NCAA Division 1 athletics (football is FBS.) Its nickname is the Broncos, with the official mascot Buster Bronco. Men's teams include basketball, cross country, football, wrestling, golf and tennis, while women's teams include basketball, swimming and diving, track and field, softball and tennis. The wrestling team competes in the Pac-12 Conference.

Boise State University officially announced that it was joining the Big East Conference on Dec. 7, 2011, along with such schools as the University of Houston and San Diego State University. It was a football-only member. On Dec. 31, 2012, the school announced it had decided to remain in the Mountain West Conference without having played a single game in it.

Library System

Boise State's library, Albertson's
Library, is named after Joe Albertson, the
progenitor of the Albertson’s grocery
chain. The Library is a
200,000-square-foot facility located at
the heart of the campus. It is home to
over 550,000 printed volumes and 80
computer terminals available for student
use. There is also a Starbucks and public
lounge area located in the Library

Student Housing

On-campus residence halls include:

  • Chaffee Hall, the largest first-year hall
  • Clearwater Suites, which feature a community center with pool tables and lounge space
  • Driscoll Hall, which is reserved for the Honors College
  • Morrison Hall, which features mostly single rooms and some double rooms
  • Keiser Hall, which features suites of four or eight bedrooms
  • Taylor Hall, which also features suites of four or eight bedrooms
  • Towers Hall, which consists of suite-style rooms in two connected towers

On-campus options for sophomores and above, as well as transfer students, are:

  • Payette and Selway Suites, which feature private bedrooms in furnished suites
  • Townhouses, which feature an outdoor recreation area

Apartment options are:

  • University Heights, which consists of one- and two-bedroom apartments
  • University Manor, which also consists of one- and two-bedroom apartments
  • University Park, which consists of two- and three-bedroom apartments
  • University Square, which consists of two-bedroom apartments
  • University Village, which also consists of two-bedroom apartments

Living-learning communities are also available for those who are interested in living with like-minded fellow students.

General Information

Admission
Office

1910 University Drive
Boise, ID 83725
(208) 426-1156
(800) 824-7017
Fax: (208) 426-3765
[email protected]
Contact: Jenny Cardenas
Director of Admissions
Main
Address

1910 University Drive
Boise, ID 83725
(208) 426-1101
www.boisestate.edu
Size

Total undergrads: 17,574
First-time degree-seeking
freshmen: 2,578
Degree-seeking undergrads: 16,485

Graduate enrollment: 2,093

Setting
Urban setting
Small city (50,000 – 249,999)
Commuter campus

Degrees
offered:

Associate
Bachelor's
Master's
Doctoral

Admissions Information

Application
Fee

College has an application fee:
Yes
Regular application fee: $40
Online application fee: $40
Enrollment
Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 81%
Percent of students who return for
sophomore year: 66%

College Majors

Agriculture
& Related Sciences

Farm/Ranch

Management C
Horticultural

Services A,C

Arts, Visual & Performing
Art –
General B
Commercial/Advertising

Art B
Drama/Theater

Arts B
Music –
General Performance B
Music
Management/Merchandising B
Music
Theory/Composition B

Biological & Biomedical
Sciences

Biology
B

Business, Management, &
Marketing

Accounting

B
Administrative/Secretarial

Services A
Business/Managerial

Economics B
Construction

Management B
Finance/Banking

B
Human
Resources Management B
International

Business B
Management

Information Systems B
Marketing

Management B
Marketing

Research B
Office
Management A
Operations

Management B

Communications & Journalism
Communications/Rhetoric

B
Journalism

B

Communications Technologies
Radio/Television

Broadcasting A

Computer & Information
Sciences

Computer
Science B
Information

Sciences/Systems B

Construction Trades
Power/Electric

Transmission C

Education
Art
Teacher Education B
Bilingual/Bicultural

Education B
Biology
Teacher Education B
Chemistry

Teacher Education B
Early
Childhood Education A Education –
General B
Elementary

Education B
French
Teacher Education B
German
Teacher Education B
History
Teacher Education B
Music
Teacher Education B
Physical
Education B
Physics
Teacher Education B
Science
Teacher Education B
Social
Science Teacher Education B
Social
Studies Teacher Education B
Spanish
Language Teacher Education B
Special
Education B
Speech
Teacher Education B

Engineering
Civil
Engineering B
Electrical/Communications

Engineering B
Materials

Science B
Mechanical

Engineering B

Engineering Technologies
Construction/Building

Technologies B
Drafting
and Design Technology A

English Language &
Literature

American
Literature B
English
Language & Literature –
General B
English
Literature (British) B

Family & Consumer Sciences
Child
Care Management A,C

Foreign Language &
Literature

French B
German B
Spanish
B

Health Professions &
Clinical Sciences

Athletic
Training/Sports Medicine B
Dental
Assistance C
Environmental

Health B
Medical
Radiologic Technology A,B
Medical
Records Administration A,B
Medical
Records Technology A
Nursing
(RN) A,B
Nursing
– Practical C
Predentistry

B
Premedicine

B
Preveterinary

Medicine B
Respiratory

Therapy A,B
Surgical
Technology C

History
History
– General B

Law & Legal Studies
Legal
Administrative Assistance A

Liberal Arts & Sciences
Liberal
Arts & Sciences B

Mathematics
Applied
Mathematics B
Mathematics

– General B

Mechanic & Repair
Technologies

Auto
Body Repair A,C
Automotive

Technology A,C
Electrical/Electronics

Equipment Repair A,C
Heating/A.C./Refrigeration

Mechanics A,C
Industrial

Equipment Maintenance/Repair A,C
Mechanics

& Repair – General C

Parks, Recreation & Fitness
Exercise
Sciences B
Health/Physical

Fitness B

Personal & Culinary
Services

Culinary
Arts/Related Services A,C

Philosophy & Religion
Philosophy

B

Physical Sciences
Chemistry

B
Geology
B
GeophysicsSeismology

B
Physics
B
Planetary

Sciences B

Psychology
Psychology

– General B

Public Administration &
Services

Social
Work B

Security & Protective
Services

Fire
Protection/Safety Technology C
Law
Enforcement Administration A,B

Social Sciences
Anthropology

B
Economics

B
Political

Science/Government B
Social
Sciences – General A,B
Sociology

A,B

Degree
levels for each major are
designated by the following
letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor's degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee
the accuracy of information on
this page. All information is
subject to change. You should
confirm all information with a
college admissions officer.


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