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Boise, Idaho

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Your chances of getting into Boise State University

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

Admission Difficulty for Boise State University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Moderate 
Applicant Competition Very Low 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Boise State is 83.1%.  Its admission rate is the 4th lowest in Idaho.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into Boise State and can you get accepted?

Boise State University is an easy school to get into and you have a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission criteria. Last year, 13,008 out of the 15,648 who applied were admitted.

The school has moderate admission requirements, generally admitting students who can score in the top 49 percent on standardized admission tests. Boise State University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.37. 24% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

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83% are accepted, can you get in? Use the admission calculator to see if you have the grades and test scores needed to get in. See your admission chances based on your extracurriculars, intended major, background, and more.

Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to Boise State University you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.37 or better
  • Earn B+ grades in high school
  • Score 1120 on the SAT
  • Score 23 on the ACT

Boise State GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 


Typical High School Grades 


What GPA do you need to get into Boise State University?

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into Boise State are to have around a 3.37 high school GPA. You are required to have above average high school grades.

If your high school grades are above the average 3.37 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as Boise State accepts 83% of applicants.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at Boise State is 3.37 on the 4.0 scale. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn B+ letter grades and regularly score around 87-89 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #4 in Idaho for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since Boise State is a test optional college, extra focus will be placed on your GPA when the school considers your application. As a result, it is very important that you meet the GPA requirements.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 3.4 GPA range.

*This school has not published high school GPA data for its incoming freshman class. In these cases, CollegeSimply uses an algorithm to predict GPA based on this school's test scores and a large sample of college GPA data. 3.37 is a prediction of the school's average incoming freshman GPA.

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Boise State SAT Scores

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required or recommended by Boise State University.

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 


Applicants Submitting SAT 

SAT Scores for Boise State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 520
Math 25th Percentile 510
Composite 25th Percentile 1030
SAT Scores for Boise State University
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 610
Math 75th Percentile 600
Composite 75th Percentile 1210
Average SAT Score 1120

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for you to be admitted to Boise State University?

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at Boise State is 1120 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 1030-1210. Students who get into Boise State University score in the top 55 percent of all SAT test takers..  Boise State ranks #2 in the state of Idaho for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1120 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. Boise State regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 1030 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 1030, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 940, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

Boise State University is a test optional school meaning do not have to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the college is "neither required nor recommended".

View other colleges which accept students in the 1120 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 1120, you have around a 83% chance of being admitted. A 1210 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 90% chance of getting in.

Boise State University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1210 and Above Good >90%
1120 to 1210 Avg + 83%-90%
1030 to 1120 Avg - 72%-83%
940 to 1030 Reach 57%-72%
Less than 940 Low <57%
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Boise State ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 


Applicants Submitting ACT 

ACT Scores for Boise State University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 20
Math 25th Percentile 19
Composite 25th Percentile 21
ACT Scores for Boise State University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 26
Math 75th Percentile 26
Composite 75th Percentile 26
Average ACT Score 23

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for students to get into Boise State?

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to Boise State is 23, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 21 and 26.  The school ranks #3 in Idaho for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 23. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 21 and score in the score in the top 43 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 18.

42 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Boise State University.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as Boise State University is test optional. The policy from the school on ACT scores is "neither required nor recommended".

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into Boise State for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 23 score has around 83% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 91% with a 26 ACT score.

Boise State University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
26 and Above Good >91%
23 to 26 Avg + 83%-91%
21 to 23 Avg - 75%-83%
19 to 21 Reach 64%-75%
Less than 19 Low <64%
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Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

Boise State University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 9,009 6,639 15,648
Accepted 7,670 5,338 13,008
Acceptance Rate 85% 80% 83%
Enrolled 1,837 1,334 3,171
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 24% 25% 24%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Fall 2024 Application Deadline

Applications Due

Aug 1, 2024

Days left to Apply


Applicants have 303 days left until the Fall 2024 term applications are due on Aug 1, 2024.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Boise State University is $50.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Boise State University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Boise State University Application Requirements
Test Scores Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Boise State University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

Admission Requirements Summary

Because Boise State University is lightly competitive to get into, you have a very good chance of acceptance with the right GPA and test scores. If you have a 3.37 GPA, you are almost certain to getting in. Combining this with an SAT score of 1120 and ACT of 23 will almost guarantee your admission.

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=142115 IPEDS survey data for Boise State University.


Does Boise State University prefer SAT or ACT?

82% of students submit their SAT scores to Boise State. 42% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Boise State University?

83% of those who apply are granted admission to Boise State. Admission competition is and the college has moderate admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Boise State University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1030 and 1210. The average SAT score is 1120. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Boise State University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 21 and 26. The average ACT score is 23. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.