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Discover Boise State University

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 doctoral research university in the Northwest, with our faculty and student researchers working to answer some of the most intriguing questions facing us today.

Future Leaders

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.

Cultural Experiences

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.

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What makes our university special?

From our Distinguished Lecture Series, the world-class entertainment found at The Morrison Center and Taco Bell Arena, and a commitment to a healthy campus, we want you to consider Boise State a home away from home as much as an esteemed place of learning. We want you to question, to critique, to have fun and most importantly, to succeed.

Below you’ll find just a sample of what our colleges, academic and athletics programs have to offer.

Arts and Sciences

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.

Business and Economics

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 freshmen 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 freshmen 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. Boise State University’s College of Education is ranked among the top 50 public universities on the US News and World Report 2018 best graduate schools list. The college climbed 14 spots in overall ranking, and is now No. 43 of ranked public universities. This is the highest ranking to date for the college and puts it in the top 3 in the Northwest, the top 3 in the Intermountain West and the top 15 in the West.

The college prides itself on useful and cutting-edge research and outstanding faculty that show teacher candidates how to turn research into best practices that will give their students a solid educational foundation. Top Rated Graduate School, US News and World Report


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 Report

Health Sciences

The College of Health Sciences (COHS) 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. 

On Campus Health Science Research

Innovation and Design

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, leads this relatively new college that allows 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 Education

Public Service

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 transcend 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.


The Graduate College offers advanced degrees — 13 doctoral programs, 65 master’s programs and 25 graduate certificates. It is home to award-winning faculty and academic programs, internationally recognized research and scholars, and an innovative, adventurous and determined student body. The college also boasts the only master’s degree program in raptor biology in the country. Top Education Graduate Program, US News and World Report Top Social Work Graduate Program, All Graduate Degree Programs


The 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. The college is open to majors from all academic disciplines.

Boise State Athletics

With three Fiesta Bowl wins in just eight seasons, 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

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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.

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