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Undergrad Profile

Maybe it’s our central location at the heart of the capital—the hub of government, business, health care, innovation—and our strong connections with hundreds of companies and organizations in the region. 

Maybe it’s because we’re Idaho’s metropolitan research university, or perhaps it’s our close proximity to the adventures that lie in the foothills, along the Greenbelt or down the river. Maybe it’s the cutting-edge technology and academic success that fuels the University and surrounding community. At Boise State we believe in a culture of innovation and opportunity in all the right places. That’s Boise State.

Academics and research
Boise State is committed to providing direct, hands-on learning for all our students. This results in unmatched research exposure and opportunity as students work alongside accomplished professors who are eager to collaborate and share their knowledge.

Take on research projects such as monitoring groundwater flow, studying brain functions, or conducting community surveys. You’ll co-write papers with faculty mentors and present your own findings at Boise State’s annual Undergraduate Research Conference or at professional meetings around the country. Besides providing you with opportunities to work with nationally recognized scholars, your research experience can also help open the door to graduate school or an exciting career.

Campus life
Go seamlessly from your residence hall to the state-of-the-art rec center to downtown and back again. This is life at Boise State. Our picture-perfect campus encompasses more than 198 buildings and residence halls serving more than 20,000 students and faculty.

Being located in the heart of Idaho’s capital city means you’re never more than a short walk or quick bike ride to scores of museums, cafés, movie theaters, stores, and clubs. Your campus home is more than just a room—it’s a convenient place to study, socialize, and just be. Townhouse units for juniors and seniors provide the convenience of campus proximity in a posh setting.

Living in Boise
Small-town warmth meets big-city amenities in Idaho’s capital city of Boise. The largest urban area between Portland and Salt Lake City, Boise is home to more than 635,000 people. Yet remarkably, it manages to keep its friendly neighborhood charm intact in a beautiful sunny climate.

According to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine, Boise is one of the 10 great places in America that “will only get better.” A young city with a median resident age of just 33 years, Boise also maintains a healthy creative class. Professionals who work as scientists, engineers, architects, educators, writers, artists, and entertainers serve as the catalysts necessary for a thriving metropolis.

Boise’s lively cultural and entertainment scene has plenty of things that’ll open your eyes. Enjoy the thriving music scene like Treefort or concerts in the Botanical Garden. Check out a variety of dance clubs, movie theaters, or shops that cater to the college crowd. Boise State also earns rave reviews from snowboarders, skiers, mountain bikers, whitewater rafters, and rock climbers, as well as students who like to swim, camp, fly fish, and hike. A dream school if you like your mountains high, your powder deep, your rivers fast and furious, and your forests teeming with wildlife.

Visit Boise State
Let us roll out the blue carpet for you! Campus visits include guided walking tours, information sessions with enrollment counselors, and opportunities to meet with faculty in your area of interest.




Average class size: 28
Student-faculty ratio: 19:1
90 bachelor’s degrees
$150 million in financial aid awarded 

Discover Boise State
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Blue and Orange Saturdays
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Daily Campus Visits
Experience the blue for yourself by visiting Boise State on a day that works for you. We offer two tours a day (Monday–Friday) to better accommodate your schedule.

Apply early to improve your likelihood of being admitted and securing on-campus housing.
2016 Fall Non-Resident Scholarship Deadline: December 15, 2015
2016 Fall Scholarship Deadline: February 15, 2016

• Every year Boise State hosts over 900 international students from more than 65 countries, offering you the chance to meet, learn from, and make friends with people from around the world.
• Get involved in one of 212 student clubs and organizations on campus.
• Our service learning program is the largest in the state, engaging more than 27,000 students in giving an excess of 674,593 hours of service to community organizations.
• Boise State University is among the first honorees in the League of American Bicyclists’ new Bicycle Friendly Universities program for having an exceptional environment where bicycling can thrive.