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Parents & Families

We value parents and family members as partners in supporting student success.

Welcome to the Bronco Family. Whether your student wants to become a Bronco or has already been admitted and is attending Boise State, it’s a family affair from here on out. We’re in a committed relationship with you from Convocation to the first day of classes to the first bout of homesickness to all the way through to a jubilant Commencement.

The entire university is here to partner with you as your student explores, learns and grows. We provide programs and services to nurture friendships, leadership and fun. Visit this page often for events, articles and resources to help you stay connected with your student.

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Boise's University

Coffeehouses, restaurants, dance clubs and other downtown business cater to the college crowd, making it easy for students to take advantage of the city’s thriving cultural entertainment scene. Despite its big city amenities, Boise State continues to offer a safe, small-town feel. In fact, Boise has repeatedly been named in the Top 10 for business, careers, and great outdoor recreation.

Easy access to Idaho’s capital city puts campus within arm’s reach of internships, volunteer opportunities, cultural experiences and the power and politics of the Idaho Statehouse. As such, Boise’s University is fueling the economic engine of the Treasure Valley and enriching its cultural scene.

Bike or walk across the Friendship Bridge to Boise’s downtown district (BoDo). Within 10 minutes, you can enjoy the zoo, shopping, restaurants, bars, clubs, museums, a rose garden, parks, playgrounds and an outdoor farmers’ market. Or take a stroll along the 25-mile Greenbelt path along the Boise River. Beyond Boise, you’ll find mountains, rivers and plenty of outdoor open space. In the summer, enjoy rafting, kayaking, mountain biking, camping, fishing, hiking and more. In winter, head to nearby Bogus Basin Ski Resort or enjoy a weekend away in McCall or Sun Valley.

Learn more about what Boise has to offer

Campus Life

With more than 22,000 students, Boise State University sponsors more than 200 student organizations under the direction of the Student Involvement and Leadership Center – including an active greek community. The Student Involvement and Leadership Center also coordinates volunteer opportunities, campus events, leadership training and more.

Boise State’s campus hosts more than a million visitors each year for academic, cultural, entertainment and sporting events. Campus life offers Bronco football, Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning speakers, the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Humans Rights Celebration, concerts, cultural festivals, dance and live theater.

You’ll also find a state-of-the-art Student Recreation Center, free art galleries, and the beautiful Boise River Greenbelt walking and bike path that winds its way along the north edge of campus.

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At Boise State, you’ll find an emphasis on business and economics, social sciences and public affairs, engineering, the performing arts and teacher preparation, as well as health professions, physical and biological sciences and liberal arts.

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Call the University Security Department at 426-6911 or 9-1-1.

  • Security Escorts (call 426-6911)
  • Bike Registration (visit our office for the registration card)
  • Emergency telephones, located around campus
  • Residence Hall Security
  • Silent Witness (anonymous suspicious behavior or crime reporting, located on our website)
  • Crime Stoppers (343-COPS)
  • Online Crime Reporting (visit for online reporting)
  • Alarm system monitoring throughout campus
  • Emergency Notification System (BroncoAlert)