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Your Student’s Experience

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Academic Support

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It’s not uncommon for students to face academic challenges in their first year of college. Although not true for all, many students will struggle to maintain the same grade-point average in college that they achieved in high school. The best defense against academic difficulties is a good offense. Students are strongly advised to develop time-management skills and treat college like a full-time job. Poor time management, note-taking, and intentional reading skills can contribute to low grades just as much as difficult course content. To help your students avoid these pitfalls, we encourage them to use the resources outlined below:

Academic Advising

At Boise State University every student is assigned an academic adviser. All new, first-term students are also required to meet with their adviser. This required advising session gives your student the opportunity to create goals like a four-year plan, ask questions about classes, and seek assistance in areas where they may be struggling. Advisors use required advising to check in with your student, refer her/him to any support resources that will increase their likelihood of success, and help establish a realistic academic plan for timely graduation.

Find your advisor at Advising Contacts.

Skill-Building workshops

If you feel that your student is struggling or if they have expressed interest in strengthening their academic abilities, urge your student to consider participating in one of Boise State University’s Skill-Building Workshops.

These 1-hour workshops are available to all Boise State University students throughout the semester and are free of charge.

Visit Academic Enhancement for more information.

Workshops Include:
  • Test Success
  • Test Anxiety
  • Note Taking
  • Time Management
  • Reading Success Strategies
  • Mobile Study Tools

Specialized Learning Centers

For help with specific courses, Boise State University also offers specialized, drop-in learning centers and free online tutoring in many disciplines.

Additionally, some courses have a designated Learning Assistant, tutor, or a graduate assistant or teaching assistant to support student success.

Visit AAE Tutoring Services for a comprehensive list of tutoring services.

Tutoring Areas:
  • Accounting
  • Chemistry
  • Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Math
  • Writing
  • Biology

Academic Courses for Student Success (ACAD)

If your student is ready to invest in their academic success, he/she should consider taking one of the Student Success Courses that Boise State University offers. ACADEMIC (ACAD) classes help students focus and structure their academic skill-building efforts, and encourage students to engage with Boise State resources and involvement opportunities. ACAD courses are elective credits worth 1-3 credits and are offered in-person and online.

Visit ACAD Student Success Courses to learn more.

Students with Disabilities

If your student has a disability and is in need of additional support, the Boise State University Educational Access Center is available to help.

The Educational Access Center empowers students to accomplish their educational goals by promoting access and facilitating academic independence.

Visit the Educational Access Center to learn more.

Services Include:
  • Assistance with note taking
  • Access to interpreters, real-time transcribing, and captioned videos
  • Alternative testing
  • Assistive technologies

Academic Calendar

Stay up to date on important dates and milestones throughout the semester. Questions you might have include:

  • When is the first day of class? Spring Break? Summer Term?
  • When is the last day to add a class?
  • When is the last day to withdraw from a class?
  • On which days is the University closed?

Visit the Boise State Academic Calendar to get all the details.

Other Academic Resources

Campus Life

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Many individuals describe college and being the best time of their life. Boise State University offers numerous resources for Broncos to feel a part of the campus and to ensure that their college experience is meaningful, inspiring, fun, and rewarding.

Get involved

Now that your student is a Bronco they are probably looking for opportunities to meet new friends and expand their network. Boise State University has over 200 student organizations. Whether your student has a passion for sports, the arts, religion, or interest in a social fraternity or sorority Boise State University has an option for your student.

Learn more about student organizations at Boise State University at Get (In)volved

On-Campus Jobs

During your student’s college career their academics will consume the vast majority of their time; however, a proper balance of academics, work and play is vital. One opportunity for your student is to pursue an on-campus job. On-campus jobs help students connect to campus, gain skills critical to employability, make new friends, and earn some money.

The Boise State Career Center has a great staff that is fully equipped to help your student find jobs, build a strong resume, and perform well in an interview.

For more information, visit the Boise State University Career Center.

Living on Campus

Boise State University offers on-campus living for students at all levels; from First-Year students through upper division and graduate students; students who are single or have families. Housing options include 7 different residence halls designed specifically for First Year students, 3 Sophomore and above suites-style buildings, Townhomes with 9 and 12 month housing options, and, 4 different apartment complexes.

Living on campus is a great option for all students, regardless of their age or educational experience. Students who live on campus often feel more connected to the university, do better academically, graduate on time, and are more likely to get a job in their chosen field. This is mainly due to their ability to easily access on- campus resources (faculty, convenient dining options, support services, etc.), jobs, internships, and events without having to factor in the commute and/or parking. A prime example is our Living Learning Communities, where a small community of First Year students live with a faculty member and other students in their same college.

For more information, visit the Boise State Housing and Residence Life.

Parking & Transportation

Boise State University has a combination of students that live in the Treasure Valley and students that are from different states. Whether your student is commuting to campus or living off campus there is an appropriate parking pass for everyone.

Visit the Boise State University Parking & Transportation webpage to look up parking passes, rates, shuttle busses, parking for the disabled, bicycle parking, and all other transportation questions.


Receiving Financial Aid and Scholarships

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Paying for college can be an awkward conversation for students and their families. The Boise State University Financial Aid and Scholarships Office can help educate you and your student on:
  • The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
  • Scholarships
  • Loans
  • How to make payments


Once your student has been accepted into Boise State University we encourage you and your student to visit in order to complete the FAFSA. This application will ask for the tax information of the student and of the parent(s). The purpose of this application is to identify the eligibility for grants, scholarships, work-study jobs, and student loans. The application is very straightforward and offers tips as you complete the application.


If your student is in need of additional aid, urge them to visit the Boise State University Scholarships site. Through Boise State University students may apply for private scholarships as well as scholarships that are administered by the university. These scholarships come in various amounts and durations. Learn more about scholarships


Another option to pay for tuition/student fees is through federal education loans, which include student loans, as well as parent loans. Private lenders also offer student education loans, however, we strongly recommend pursuing federal loans first.

For additional questions, visit the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office or call 1 (208) 426-1664.

All payments for student tuition/fees and on-campus housing can be paid via the following methods:

  • Online

    Once your student has logged into their account on the webpage select “Student Center”. Once you are redirected navigate to the Finance Section in Student Center and select “Make a payment”.

  • By Mail

    Mail payments in the form of a check to 1910 University Dr., A 101, Boise, ID 83725-1246.
    Please include your student ID number on the check.

  • Over the Phone

    In order to pay fees over the phone call the Financial Aid Office at (208) 426-1212.

  • In-Person Payments

    may be made in the Payments & Disbursement Center Office, located within the Administration Building, Room 101. In-person payments may be made with cash, check, and card (VISA, Discover, or MasterCard).

NOTE: Textbooks are purchased with out-of-pocket funds, or, if available, with refunds from excess financial aid once the semester’s student fees and on-campus housing are paid.

For additional questions, visit the Payment & Disbursement Office or call 1 (208) 426-1212.