When you seek the opportunities of a big city and the excitement of the great outdoors. When you push the boundaries of academics and crave the thrill of athletics. When you embrace the balance of innovation and imagination. And when you can Finish in Four then float down the river... you don’t just go to Boise State. You begin an adventure.
Academics and research
Being an adventurous student doesn’t mean sitting and staring at textbooks. At Boise State University, it means experiencing “a-ha!” moments during research projects and working side-by-side with award-winning professors. Most universities only allow graduate students to participate in research. Our commitment to providing direct, hands-on learning for all of our students results in unmatched research exposure and opportunity. Besides providing you with opportunities to work alongside nationally recognized scholars, your research experience can also help open the door to graduate school or an exciting career.
Finish in Four
At Boise State, our top priority is your success. Need proof? Check out our Finish in Four program. Designed to encourage and assist students toward a timely graduation, Finish in Four paves the way for you to complete a degree in four years when you follow a planned course of study. Course availability won’t be a factor in your graduation date. But if it is, Boise State will pay for your additional required courses.
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 200 buildings and residence halls serving more than 24,000 students and faculty.
Being located in the heart of Idaho’s capital city means you’re never more than a short walk or a 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.
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 700,000 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 36 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, and 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.
• Every year, Boise State hosts over 500 international students from more than 66 countries, offering you the chance to meet, learn from, and make friends with people from around the world.
• Get involved in one of the 200 student clubs and organizations on campus.
• Our Service-Learning program is the largest in the state, engaging more than 36,000 students in giving an excess of 890,000 hours of service to community organizations since 2000.
• 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.