The students, faculty and staff at Boise State University are known for their grit and ambition. While we may be most famous for our iconic Blue Turf, we have built a metropolitan research university of distinction in the Northwest, with our faculty and student researchers working to answer some of the most intriguing questions facing us today.
Students stand with us in the lab, in the field, as part of the learning and discovery process. You see, Boise State’s faculty and staff are guided by one simple but powerful conviction: our students are the future leaders, thinkers and innovators of the American West, and that future begins in the classrooms of our campus, situated in the heart of Boise, Idaho, across the river from downtown, at the intersection of the region’s centers of government, technology, business and the arts.
On campus, we prime students to jump into Boise’s rapidly growing professional and cultural scene, not only by their proximity to our state’s capitol and bustling downtown core, but by the superior education they receive at Boise State. Recently we’ve significantly revamped our undergraduate experience to make students more career ready.
As Idaho’s largest university and its fastest-growing research enterprise, Boise State recently joined a consortium of research universities including Purdue, Rice, Georgia Tech, University of Michigan and Texas A&M in a $5 million foundation-funded effort to create longterm, hands-on applied research projects that will ensure undergraduate and graduate students get unprecedented experience tackling real-life problems in real time.
We’ve redesigned core classes to maintain a steady focus on building the skills students need to succeed, including problem-solving, communication, innovation, teamwork, ethics and diversity. The world is taking notice: In less than a decade, we’ve more than doubled our out-of-state student enrollment and boosted the number of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees awarded each year by 52 percent.
In a decade of expansion, Boise State invested $70 million in athletics facilities that have become the envy of our peers, at the same time spending another $200 million on academic, residential and other student-centered projects across campus.
As the largest, most comprehensive academic school at Boise State University, the College of Arts and Sciences (COAS) promotes excellence across the broad area of liberal arts education and research. Students enjoy an average classroom student to faculty ratio of 18-to-1 and get numerous opportunities to enhance their classroom learning with hands-on experiences.
Undergraduate students have access to the Raptor Research Center and can participate in research using facilities that are traditionally reserved for graduate students at most research universities. In addition, the World Languages department is one of two in the country that offers a minor in Basque studies.
The College of Business and Economics (COBE) is among less than 5 percent of business schools in the world that have achieved AACSB accreditation. AACSB-accredited schools have better programs, better faculty, better students with higher overall GPAs, more international students, more employers that recruit from them and graduates that receive better salaries.
A course for freshman called Business for the New Generation helps students see the big picture in business and how different disciplines fit together. Utilizing Bloomberg Business Week, live case studies, real-time technology and guest lecturers, this course helps freshman choose majors and picture their future professional careers in order to make informed choices during their academic careers.
The College of Education (COED) at Boise State University is preparing future teachers to take their places as educators, critical thinkers and role models in their communities — and the world is taking notice. In 2015, Boise State’s undergraduate elementary and secondary Teacher Education programs were ranked in the top 5 percent of such programs in the country by the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ). Boise State University’s College of Education also ranks among the top graduate education programs in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 Best Graduate Schools.
Student demand has made the College of Engineering (COEN) is one of university’s most prestigious–and fastest growing–colleges with highly trained faculty who have vast expertise. The College of Engineering has partnerships with dozens of companies, in Idaho and across the country, to provide co-op and internship opportunities for students. Undergraduate students have access to emerging technology and work hand-in-hand with faculty members that are top researchers in their fields. Nearly $10 million a year goes to funding research opportunities for students. Top Rated Engineering Program, US News and World Reportcoen.boisestate.edu
The College of Health Sciences (HS) at Boise State University is home to the campus’s most popular majors, including Community and Environmental Health, Nursing, Psychology, and Kinesiology, to name just a few. Students in all health sciences programs benefit from an intensive curriculum that integrates multi-disciplinary studies, excellent academic advising, and clinical rotations and internships in health care settings.
A state-of-the-art Simulation Center on campus includes a 12-bed lab designed for hands-on learning. It is one of only 48 accredited simulation centers in the world. In addition, in 2014, Boise State’s Pre-Veterinary Program was named one of the Top 10 pre-vet colleges by Vet Tech Colleges, the premier industry guide for that field.
The College of Innovation and Design (CID) is brand new at Boise State and unique across the country. Gordon Jones, the founding director of the Harvard Innovation Lab, will lead this new college that will allow students to customize their Boise State experience and gain skills that will set them apart in the workplace. Students can study gaming, interactive media and mobile technology; earn a Certificate in Leadership and Human Relations that will offer them perspectives and skills that are beneficial in any field of study; and much more. Reinventing Educationcid.boisestate.edu
The new School of Public Service (SPS) is a training ground for future public servants across sectors — in government at all levels, in private business, and in nonprofits and philanthropies. Faculty bring their diverse skills together to tackle policy questions that transcended individual expertise and traditional disciplinary boundaries. The School helps to solve the most pressing problems of the day, while preparing the leaders of tomorrow through experiential learning, as well as classroom study. sps.boisestate.edu
Honors College at Boise State University offers talented, highly motivated students the personalized attention of a small liberal arts school while drawing upon the resources of a large university. This community of outstanding students are challenged to become more effective thinkers, writers and leaders as they prepare for lives of meaningful work, public engagement and lifelong learning. Open to majors from all academic disciplines. honors.boisestate.edu
Three Fiesta Bowl wins in just eight seasons means Boise State University has graduated to the rankings and ratings of the Resource Five conference teams. We have successfully leveraged the national spotlight on the transformation of Boise State’s academic mission and role as a growing metropolitan research university.
“Boise State’s football and basketball teams attract the kind of community support that larger cities reserve for professional sports.”
Kiplinger, in naming Boise a “great college town to retire to,” July 2014
Whether you aspire to devote your life to helping medical patients breathe with ease or plan to jump app-first into Boise’s explosive tech scene, you’ll find all of the elements to thrive on campus: knowledgeable faculty and staff, a diverse body of peers eager to learn and grow with you, and hundreds of student groups and extracurricular activities ready to inject you with a healthy dose of Bronco pride.
Speaking of pride, the overlap between Bronco pride and Boise pride is strong. Thousands of Boise residents made the pilgrimage to Arizona to cheer us on to three Fiesta Bowl wins in recent years. Conversely, when music-loving residents founded Treefort, a five-day DIY music festival, Boise State jumped in to sponsor a complementary technology-themed conference called Hackfort that even caught the attention of the President of the United States.