Location: Boise, Idaho
Size: approximately 22,000 undergrad
Percent Women: 54%
Tuition (one year):
Out of state: $18,892
Most Popular Majors:
- Elementary Education
Greek Life:Yes -- 5 sororities, 9 fraternities
Acceptance Rate: 85%
For more information about financial aid, scholarships, majors, study abroad, and average test scores, visit Boise State’s website at http://admissions.boisestate.edu/.
Why Choose Boise State?
"I chose Boise State because of reasonable tuitition and strong academic programs. The business school and the engineering program are both top-notch. I like attending a public university because it's easier to discern exactly where your money is going. Boise State is a school and a community, and you can be as involved as you want to be. I feel like the entire community is highly respectful of the fact that many students live the majority of their lives off-campus. A lot of students are non-traditional. A lot of students have families of their owns and 1 or 2 jobs on the side. It is important for our university to know and respect that."
"I wanted to get out of my comfort zone -- I'm from California."
"Boise is where I grew up... I attended a school on the east coast last year. That didn't work out, so I came back home."
"I chose Boise State because my mom and my aunt are both BSU alumni and it was cheaper for me to come here for my bachelor's degree than other universities."
"Boise State has a great engineering program and is near the west coast. West coast, best coast.""I was born and raised in Boise. I've never wanted to go any place different! There are lots of great schools in Idaho, but Boise State is definitely the best, academically, culturally, and location-wise. By attending school in-state, I'm saving money to attend grad school somewhere else.""I chose Boise State because of their political science program as well as the fact that it is a football school. Coming from a small town, football is a way of life and it was nice to come to a place where people feel the same way as I do!"
"There is access to all kinds of outdoorsy stuff for both summer and winter! Also, a community that supports your school really strongly. Bronco Pride is everywhere!"
"School spirit is at an all time high! There are a million opportunities throughout the year to get out, get involved, and show some Bronco Pride. Bronco Pride is also a huge source of connection to the rest of the Boise community. It brings us all closer together!"
"It's so easy to get to know other people and make lifelong friends. A lot of the kids I go to school with, I've known since high school or even earlier. A lot of people who attend Boise State have a real passion for Boise. It's like an instant connection."
"The best part is the opportunity to meet and get to know people from all different walks of life. There are a lot of non-traditional students at Boise State, and everyone has their own unique story."
"The best thing about going to school at Boise State is that the weather is basically gorgeous yearround. There are a million things to do on and off-campus."
"The great thing about being a Boise State student is you really have to learn how to function on your own as a responsible adult."
"The worst thing is definitely the parking situation. I've gotten like four parking tickets within the past year -- it sucks! They're ridiculously expensive. Something really should be done to fix the parking situation."
"The worst part about Boise State is how much everything costs, mediocre teachers, and the two mile walk from the parking lot to the buildings."
"It's impossible to get any sleep in a dorm like Chaffee Hall. That may be true for a lot of dorms in universities across the country... but that's my advice. Freshmen, avoid Chaffee."
"I don't get to see my family as often as I'd like. Boise State is a commuter school and that means a lot of my time and resources are spent getting to and from class every day."
"The textbook system is really unfortunate -- many classes require BSU's "custom edition" textbooks, which you often have to pay full price for and are hard to resell. Inevitably, at the end of each semester you get stuck with a bunch of almost-new textbooks which are basically useless and not resellable."
"The school's funding is mostly based with the football team, which leaves less money for everything else. It's frustrating because there are other programs on campus that could use some additional funding, but football always gets priority."
New Collegiette on Campus
"My first year experience at Boise State was surreal, to say the least! It was definitely one of the most memorable years of my life."
"It's entertaining being a new student, especially living in a dorm like Chaffee. There's never a dull moment and you meet a ton of people. The food is good and classes aren't too large."
"Bronco Welcome Week is amazing. It allows students to relax and ease into the process of classes, homework, and relieve some stress by doing fun activities and meeting new people."
"Being a new student at Boise State can be a confusing experience. It has been very different from high school or any other previously embarked-upon journey of life. College can be overwhelming, anyway-- and a big school like Boise State can be especially overwhelming at first. I know a lot of students who have had that experience."
"When I was a first year student I was super excited -- there are a lot of inviting programs you can get involved in. The opportunities are literally limit less. You get out what you put in!"
"As a transfer student, I was surprised at how easy it was to get involved in clubs and organizations, and also how considerate my professors were at making accomodations for me so that I can take the classes I need to stay on track until graduation.""If you don't manage to meet people in your classes, the place to be is the SUB. You can meet new people and mingle with friends, go bowling, eat, and do a bunch of other activities. People are in general super friendly and eager to meet you."
All About Academics
"I have been surprised (in a good way) about how well my professors are able to conduct such large classes and keep their students engaged. The technology that is employed in the classrooms to make that possible is pretty remarkable."
"My academic experience has been good overall and I've never struggled getting into the classes that I want. I know that not everyone is that lucky, though."
"If you plan in advance and add the classes you want to your shopping cart before enrollment opens, then it is easy to get the classes you need. You need to be on top of your game, though."
"Academically speaking it's been rough. Most professors I've had are mediocre in teaching. They want you to learn everything at home and then come to class to be merely tested on what you've learned. There seems to be more of an emphasis on quantity of students and quantity of material taught, rather than quality."
"Everything depends on your majors, but for the most part, if you plan ahead you'll stay on track. There are a lot of online and intersession course offerings, too, which can help you get the credits you need."
"The advising program is good, I would say-- I only meet with my advisor once a semester if that but she is always super responsive and eager to help. She has been a life saver in helping me navigate the course catalogues, which always seem to be changing and are extremely confusing."
Learn From The Best
"The engineering program and business school are both extremely popular academic programs, from what I've seen. Especially engineering. Pick a random student on the quad and you have a 1/3 chance he/she is an engineer.""There's an honors college to recognize students with consistently outstanding GPA, which a lot of students are a part of and a lot of students including me aspire to be a part of. It's very prestigious. I also think it's cool how the university attempts to recognize student for outstanding academic achievement-- if you make Dean's List you can get recognized at sporting events and such.""The best professor I've ever had was Professor Turner who teaches Art History 101. She was so enthusiastic about the subject that it sparked an interest in art history for myself. I learned a lot in that class.""My best academic experience at Boise State was Foundations of Education with AJ Zenkert because I learned a lot about what my future in education holds. He is a professor that is truly dedicated to his students and their success.""My favorite class was Public Relations Campaigns with Sam Harmer, he gets the class really engaged and you always have to be thinking on your feet.""The best professor I have had was definitely Norell Conroy. She teaches Communication. I like that you learn the concepts and vocabulary in a practical sense rather than just absorbing information.""I took Organic Chemistry - 307/308 last semester. Although it was one of the most challenging academic experiences I have ever faced, it was well worth it. I learned a lot from my lab instructor, Mr. Scaggs. He is brilliant."
Interests & Involvement
"I wouldn't say that there are any clubs that are more "popular" than others, it just depends on what you are interested in! There are over 200 different student organizations so there really is something for everyone. Whether you like quidditch, construction management, or even s'mores; there's a club for that.""The best way to find out about all the organizations here at Boise State is through the Orgsync portal. Orgsync is kind of like Facebook, but for clubs at Boise State! If you don't already have an Orgsync account, go to www.orgsync.com and set up a profile using your Boise State login information. From there you can see a list of all the student organizations on campus and what they are up to! You can also find contact information if you are interested in joining!""My favorite part of this university is all of the activities that are organized for BSU students such as movie nights, Bronco Welcome, Bingo in the BRC, etc.""I started my own organization at Boise State and was amazed at how streamlined and easy the process is. It all comes down to passion and dedication. Everyone in the Student Involvement and Leadership Center is extremely willing to work with you and help you navigate the process of turning your vision into an active club and presence on campus!""There are lots of opportunities as a student to get involved with some of the big groups on campus... sororities and fraternities, the Women's Center, Multicultural Student Services, etc. All of these organizations are extremely open to your participation, which is great! It's just another way to make friends and memories.""If you can't find a club to fit your fancy, you can always make your own! Making a club at Boise State is super easy! There is no payment process. All you need to do is work with the Student Involvement and Leadership Center and we will guide you through the whole process! On the Get Involved website we list the "5 Steps to Start a Student Organization."
Team Spirit"A well known campus event that everyone loves would probably have to be the Boise State home football games. Many students, myself included, love to be in the student section where you can literally feel the energy and excitement coming from the stands.""Football season is incredible here. There are usually a ton of people and a huge tailgate before, and it's a lot of fun!""The athletic culture is dominated by football for sure and I would say I go to about 50% of the events.""Honestly, athletics are not as good as they used to be. Athletics have been slowly decreasing in popularity. I remember about five years ago the Boise State Broncos were near to number one, right behind the Ducks. The cheer and dance team both got new coaches who aren't as good as the previous coaches and everything started slowly going downhill. Although it is still fun to attend the sporting events, it is not as fun as it used to be.""I feel like the athletics culture is very one-sided. I do see a lot more effort and enthusiasm this year though for sports like men's basketball and women's volleyball. I attend those and football games. I don't think other sports are advertised as well.""It is very popular to attend sporting events-- and there are so many to go to. I love watching men's basketball and football. I would definitely say those two are the biggest. If you have nothing to do on a week night or the weekend, there's usually something sports-related."
"I feel like Boise State is a pretty good campus for women. I think it's a really safe campus and late at night there's always a lot of campus officers driving around, patrolling the streets so I feel safe. There's also the women's center on campus and they put on lots of events and seminars which are nice."
"As a female engineer, I don't get to experience the normal gender ratio. As a whole, though, I think the school is very well balanced."
"My experience as a woman on campus has been excellent... I would say there definitely is a Boise State "style" -- or maybe it's just college style. Boots, jeans, sweats. Practical and comfy. High fashion is not really a thing. Bronco gear is always acceptable."
"I'd say the gender ratio is pretty good here, maybe in some of my smaller classes I've noticed there seems to be more girls than boys."
"People in Boise are just nicer than most cities in general, and (most of) the men are gentlemen towards us girls so that's a plus!"
"There’s a pretty good ratio of males to females on campus. I’ve never felt unsafe on campus and there are lots of resources for any issue you might be having."
Food & Drink
"Subway is my favorite place to eat on campus because it is cheap and conveniant and I am always in the education building."
"Starbucks, Moxie, and that little shop in the SUB are all great places for snacks on the go. Just don't get stuck in the Starbucks line right before classes start."
"My favorite place to eat on campus is Grille Works in the Bits and Bytes Food Court because it’s delicious!"
"The SUB just built a new dining area that looks like a really fancy restaurant -- I like going there a lot."
"Einstein's Bagels in the ILC is great-- great bagels and even better coffee!""I like to take my lunch out to the Amphitheater or the Green Belt on nice days."
"My favorite place to eat on campus is Chick-Fil-A because they're conveniently located in the SUB and their service is usually pretty fast."
"On campus, you have to go to La Tapatia. They have the best food, and on Friday, the Bronco Burrito Special is to die for."
"The party scene is good-- I don't go out every weekend, but there's usually a lot to do. If you want to be out doing something, odds are you know somebody who knows what's going on."
"What I do on the weekends depends on the day of the week! Friday is house party night, and Saturday is downtown night. That's just a given."
"I'm pretty boring and work on the weekends but my friends always seem to stay busy."
"The social scene at Boise State is just okay. Seems like that every couple of weekends are just total duds... you kind of have to be able to make your own fun and organize things on your own from time to time."
"Seems to me like a lot of parties take place in an exclusive friend group, which is hard to break into... I guess you just have to know the right people. Also being under 21 is very limiting. When in doubt, a lot of people just go downtown on the weekends. If you are not able to join them, you kind of get left out."
"I like to spend time with just a couple of friends and go do things around Boise. Lately my friend has been dragging me to a bunch of parties though -- but parties get boring because they're always the same."
"When the weather gets nice, people do a lot more social things, I think. Seems like when the weather is bad there aren't a whole lot of options on the weekends besides house parties or maybe downtown... but that definitely changes. Late night Table Rock beer picnics, for example. That's a classic Boise thing that everyone loves and can be a part of."
"The dorms are fun to live in because all your friends are always close... and a lot of stuff goes on. It's definitely an interesting experience. To a certain degree you kind of just have to live and let live."
"There is a lot of community in Chaffee which makes it very easy and convenient to form new friendships with people from all over! A lot of the friends that I met in Chaffee during my first year at Boise State are still people I hang out with.""For my first year I lived in Taylor Hall and it was a great experience, but I definitely pefer living off campus now that I'm an upperclassman. There's just a lot more flexibility, I find.""Dorm life is crazy sometimes, but you get to meet so many people. I made one of my best friends because I lived in the dorms. Dorm life kind of forces you to get on friendly terms with people really quickly.""The Suites are nice. You couldn't pay me to stay in Chaffee though. It's tiny. Not all dorms are created equal, that's for sure.""My favorite part is being within walking distance to classes and my friends' dorms. It's convenient, but I do miss having my own space and having a car. Living on campus is pretty chill but it has it's downfalls."
"I like living on campus because if I need something and don't have it, odds are somebody on my floor does and is willing to help out.""I live off campus, as a sophomore and a transfer student. Although it would be more convenient to be close to my classes (and not have to pay for parking), my commute is less than 10 minutes, and it's nice to separate myself a little from my classes and academics if I want to. Living off campus, for me, means that I have more of a life off campus than I would otherwise."
"Boise is safe, clean, nice, friendly, accepting and rewarding. There's enough to do so that it's fun but not so much that you get lost in a giant metropolitan area, like New York City. Everyone who is from Boise is really proud to be here. It's just a happy community in general.""The vibe that Boise offers is incredible. It's the perfect combination of city experience and small town comfort. Although there is the city just across the river from Boise, it still has that home town atmosphere that I love."
"Living so close to downtown is awesome. Everything is within biking distance and not very expensive. The Green Belt is my highway. You can also walk from the middle of campus to the middle of downtown in less than ten minutes. When the weather is nice, which is basically all the time, there's nothing better than a walk on the Green Belt, in the foothills, or wherever."
"Boise is just a melting pot of diversity and growing more and more every year."
"Boise is a wonderful city for outdoorsy types -- there is biking, rafting, hiking... pretty much anything you want. There's also a lot of cool cultural elements that not everyone knows about, but you have to check out since you go to school in downtown Boise. First Thursdays, Saturday Morning Market, the Basque part of town, all of those amazing coffee shops... seriously, if you don't know what I'm talking about, you need to get out more."
HC's Complete College Guide: Boise State University
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