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Boise State University

Boise, Idaho

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Boise State University overview
Location Boise, Idaho
Online boisestate.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Midsize City
Boise State University overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Boise State University, a public research institution founded in 1932, is nestled along the Boise River in the heart of Idaho's capital. The campus boasts a distinct blue artificial turf known as the "Smurf Turf" at its Albertsons Stadium, reflecting the school's innovative spirit. An urban campus, Boise State serves as an urbanite's gateway to the cultural and political hub of Idaho while offering proximity to outdoor activities in the surrounding mountains. With a moderately selective admissions process, the university attracts a diverse student body to a variety of undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs. Boise State is notably recognized for its programs in business, engineering, and health sciences. On-campus housing is available, aiming to accommodate a significant portion of the student population. The Boise State Broncos compete in NCAA Division I athletics, with the football program gaining particular prominence for its multiple conference championships and notable postseason appearances.

In the most recent statistical year 16,795 prospective students applied, and 14,096 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 3,132 enrolled in the school.  14,621 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 11,494 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $5,532 plus fees of $2,832. Boise State is ranked 899 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Boise State is rated within the lower 34% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 4 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Boise State University overview
SAT 1030/1210
ACT 21/26
Estimated GPA 3.37

Applications Accepted

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Applications Due Aug 1, 2024
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $50

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Annual Cost to Attend

Idaho Resident Tuition

In State Costs for Boise State University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,240
Other Fees$2,832
Room and Board $13,841
Budget for Other Expenses$5,271
Total One Year Cost$28,716

Out of State Resident Tuition

Out of State Costs for Boise State University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,240
Other Fees$2,832
Room and Board $13,841
Budget for Other Expenses$5,271
Total One Year Cost$46,053

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$41,600 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

29% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Boise State University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 21%
Health Professions 17%
Education 8%
Social Sciences 6%
Communication 5%

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