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Parents and Families

Boise State University values parents and family members as partners in supporting student success.

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    Bronco Parent and Family Association

    Join the association and collaborate with other families to support student learning, development and success.

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    BroncoVenture Orientation

    All new students are expected to attend an orientation session before registering for courses.

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    Getting Started

    BroncoVenture Orientation sessions are conducted for recent high school graduates, transfer, non-traditional and international students.

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    Successful Transition

    Boise State assists students with integration into its intellectual, cultural and social climate.

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    Finish in 4

    Program is designed to encourage and assist students in timely four-year graduation.

  • Parent and Family Weekend 2013 at Boise State University

    Parent and Family Weekend 2013

    We can’t wait to welcome you to Parent & Family Weekend, one of Boise State’s favorite traditions celebrating you and your Bronco Family!

Boise State opens its arms to new and returning students, as well as their parents and families. Family members can join the Bronco Parent & Family Association and participate in Parent & Family Weekend. A variety of services and programs from BroncoVenture Family Orientation to Commencement keeps families connected.

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  • Boise State is the Hub of Bronco Nation

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    Explore the Blue Turf

    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 seven fraternities and four sororities. The SILC also coordinates volunteer opportunities, campus events, leadership training and more.

    In addition, the 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.


  • Boise State Leads Innovation

    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.

    The university recently announced its eighth doctoral degree and offers 78 master’s degrees, 18 graduate certificates and 99 undergraduate degrees.

    Choose from one of seven academic colleges:

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

    Boise State’s Foundational Studies Program was implemented in 2012 to replace the former Core Curriculum. The new program offers an integrated and shared experience that unifies the diverse student body and expands students’ awareness of themselves and their world.

    Students across campus benefit from the expertise of Boise State’s talented faculty. Since 1990, a Boise State professor has been named Idaho Professor of the Year 11 times by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Faculty are also recognized as national and international experts in fields ranging from cancer research and foreign policy to forensic DNA.

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  • Money Matters

    The most pressing need in higher education today is funding for our brightest and most gifted students. Scholarships allow high-ability students to realize their potential for becoming tomorrow’s artists, researchers, policymakers and thought leaders, regardless of their ability to pay.

    Scholarships Change Lives

    Scholarships play a key part in making the dream of college accessible to students from all walks of life. Boise State is keenly aware of the need to provide high quality education that is also affordable.

    Financial concerns are the top reason students leave Boise State before earning their degree. And many, who may be unlikely to leave the area for financial or cultural reasons, opt out of college altogether due to their inability to pay.

    Scholarships ensure that the best and most deserving students become and remain Broncos, that they have the means to reach their goals and that they succeed to their fullest ability. Private support for scholarships is the cornerstone in this effort.

  • 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. Yet 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.

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    Idaho’s Capital

    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 open outdoor 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.


  • Campus Security and Police


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

    What We Do

    • 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