Boise State University

Boise State University

Boise State University, BSU, is a public university situated near downtown Boise, the capital of Idaho. It was originally founded in 1932 as Boise Junior College by the Episcopal Church. It gained University status in 1974. The main campus of Boise state sits on 175 acres and has more than 170 buildings.

BSU offers more than 200 degrees in over 190 fields of study and enrolls more than 19,000 students every year. The university comprises eight colleges in different fields which are as follows:

  • Applied Technology
  • Arts and Sciences
  • Business and Economics
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Graduate Studies
  • Health Sciences
  • Social Sciences and Public Affairs

Boise State's sports teams are known as the Broncos. They compete in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) and their official mascot is Buster Bronco.

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Boise State University
1910 University Dr
Boise , ID 83725
General Phone: (208) 426-1011

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Boise State Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management490business, business management, operations management, accounting, accounting technology, accounting and finance, managerial economics, finance, human resources management, ...
Liberal Arts451minority and gender studies, German language, French language, Spanish language, English, creative writing, technical and business writing, liberal arts and sciences, interdisciplinary studies, ...
Education and Teaching407education, multilingual education, curriculum and instruction, educational administration, instructional media design, special ed, school counseling, elementary school teaching, early childhood education, ...
Nursing and Emergency Medicine220registered nursing, licensed practical nurse
Family and Social Work157child care management, public administration, social work
Media141communication studies, mass communication, radio and TV tech
Medical Support and Technology131dental assistant, radiation therapist, respiratory care tech, surgical tech
Security and Law Enforcement127criminal justice and administration, fire protection tech
Therapy and Counseling103psychology, substance abuse counseling
Engineering101civil engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, materials science
Science83biology, animal biology, chemistry, geology, geophysics, hydrology and water resources, physics
Computer Science and Engineering74information technology, information science, computer science, computer networking, computer engineering
Medicine73gerontology, pre-dentistry, pre-med, pre-veterinary, public health courses, health professions
Engineering Technician47electronics tech, instrumentation tech, industrial tech, manufacturing tech, computer systems tech, drafting
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy44health and physical education, sports and fitness management, exercise science, athletic trainer
Medical Administration42health care administration, medical records admin, medical records tech, environmental health
Design37design and visual communication
Mechanics and Repair34industrial electronics tech, HVAC, industrial mechanics, autobody repair, automobile mechanics, diesel mechanics, small engine mechanics
Photography and Commercial Art33commercial art
Real Estate and Construction Management30construction management
Music24music, music performance, music management
Transportation17truck and bus driver
Landscaping and Horticulture14applied horticulture
Religion and Philosophy13philosophy
Mathematics13mathematics, applied mathematics
Production Trades9machinist, welding
Drama and Performing Arts7drama
Conservation and Resource Management5environmental studies
Cooking and Culinary Arts5chef training
Construction Trades5lineworker, construction trades
Fine Arts5art history and criticism
Office and Administration3administrative assistant, general office occupations
Art Studies0art studies

Number of programs and degrees for Boise State in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years13125
Award of at least 2 but less than 4 academic years13825
Bachelor's degree1,84083
Master's degree48242
Postbaccalaureate certificate409
Doctor's degree12
Associate's degree2968
Award of less than 1 academic year171

Boise State Student Body

In 2007-2008, Boise State had a total enrollment of 19,540 students (15,719 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 45%
Women 55%
Full-Time 88%
Part-Time 12%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 87%
Graduate 13%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 80%
Black 1%
Hispanic 6%
Asian 3%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 8%
(Foreign Students) 2%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 19%
20-21 17%
22-24 20%
25-29 18%
30-34 9%
35-39 6%
40-49 7%
50-64 3%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)1%

Boise State Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 64 %
Part-Time 47 %

Boise State Room and Board (2007)

Boise State offers campus housing for 1,500 of its 15,719 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Boise, Idaho for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Idaho Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Boise State Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal450570
SAT Math460580
ACT Verbal1824
ACT Math1825
ACT Composite1924

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT37%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT71%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required

Boise State Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 4,632
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 13,208
Room and board $ 6,140
Room charge $ 2,339
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,480
Books and supplies $ 1,136
Other expenses $ 3,748

Financial Aid:
Boise State participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 161600)

Boise State Faculty

Boise State has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track8071
Non-tenured and not on tenure track7670

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year8$108,8496$120,661
Associate professorcalendar year4$79,3842*
Assistant professorcalendar year0*2*
Instructorcalendar year3$61,4997$61,705
Lecturercalendar year4$53,0553$48,950
All faculty totalcalendar year19$83,42420$78,263

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year90$78,39330$78,142
Associate professoracademic year95$66,12677$61,406
Assistant professoracademic year81$57,10763$52,805
Instructoracademic year40$49,54926$48,641
Lectureracademic year32$42,15244$35,942
All faculty totalacademic year338$63,000240$55,189

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Boise State Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Western Athletic Conference
Basketball Western Athletic Conference
Track Western Athletic Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports3977116

Boise State Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping
Accounting and Finance
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Commerce, General
Business/Managerial Economics
Finance, General
Human Resources Management and Services, Other
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Operations Management and Supervision
Retailing and Retail Operations

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Engineering, General
Computer Science
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
Information Science/Studies
Information Technology

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Studies

Construction Trades
Construction Trades, Other

Cooking And Culinary Arts
Culinary Arts/Chef Training

Design and Visual Communications, General

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Bilingual and Multilingual Education
Biology Teacher Education
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Curriculum and Instruction
Drama and Dance Teacher Education
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Education, General
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Educational/Instructional Media Design
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
French Language Teacher Education
German Language Teacher Education
History Teacher Education
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Reading Teacher Education
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Social Science Teacher Education
Spanish Language Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General
Speech Teacher Education
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education

Civil Engineering, General
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Materials Science
Mechanical Engineering

Engineering Technician
Computer Technology/Computer Systems Technology
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General
Electrical/Electronic/Communications Engr Technology/Technician
Industrial Technology/Technician
Instrumentation Technology/Technician
Manufacturing Technology/Technician

Family And Social Work
Child Care and Support Services Management
Public Administration
Social Work

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation

Landscaping And Horticulture
Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General

Liberal Arts
Creative Writing
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, and Gender Studies, Other
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Technical and Business Writing

Applied Mathematics
Mathematics, General

Mechanics And Repair
Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/Technician
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician
Diesel Mechanics Technology/Technician
Heating/AC/Ventilation/Refrig Maint Technology/Technician
Industrial Electronics Technology/Technician
Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology
Small Engine Mechanics and Repair Technology/Technician

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Mass Communication/Media Studies
Radio and Television Broadcasting Technology/Technician

Medical Administration
Environmental Health
Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician
Health/Health Care Administration/Management

Medical Support And Technology
Dental Assisting/Assistant
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist
Surgical Technology/Technologist

Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
Pre-Dentistry Studies
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
Pre-Veterinary Studies
Public Health, Other

Music Management and Merchandising
Music Performance, General
Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Health and Physical Education, General
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Office And Administration
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General
General Office Occupations and Clerical Services

Photography And Commercial Art
Commercial and Advertising Art

Production Trades
Machine Tool Technology/Machinist
Welding Technology/Welder

Real Estate And Construction Management
Construction Management

Religion And Philosophy

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Geophysics and Seismology
Hydrology and Water Resources Science
Physics, General
Zoology/Animal Biology, Other

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
Fire Protection and Safety Technology/Technician

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling

Truck and Bus Driver/Commercial Vehicle Operation

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