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Boise State University

Boise, ID

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About This Campus

The fresh, powder snow of Bogus Basin ski area sparkles just 16 miles from city center, while golfers play the greens below in the valley. Boise offers a quality of life rated as one of the best in the U.S., with scenic natural wonders, cultural diversity, and a progressive western attitude. Boise boasts over 1600 acres of parks linked by a 14-mile long "Green Belt" popular with bicyclists and joggers. The Boise River runs through the city, providing many recreational opportunities. Founded in 1932, Boise State enrolls approximately 24,000 students who live both on and off campus. The campus is located near the center of Boise, allowing students easy access to the resources and recreation the city has to offer. Boise State hosts one of the west's top colleges of business, and biology and geology departments that use the outdoors as their classroom. Boise State also offers nationally accredited programs in health, business and education.

Location Information

Boise State University is located in the capital of Idaho, Boise (Boy-see). It's located in a green valley surrounded by a mountainous high-desert. Home to more than 700,000 people, the Boise region is the largest urban area between Portland and Salt Lake City.

2020/2021 Placement

Host Payment (A)
Home Payment (B)

2021/2022 Placement

Host Payment (A)
Home Payment (B)
Very Good

Learn more about Chance of Placement
and choosing alternate options.

Fast Facts

Location | Boise
Population | 210,000
Enrollment | 25,540
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Both (A/B)
Term Dates
Fall | 08/20-12/14
Spring | 01/14-05/10

Campus Diversity

White | 73%
Black | 2%
Hispanic/Latino | 13%
Asian | 2%
Native/1st Nation | 1%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 0%
Two or more | 4%
Other | 5%
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-- Campus Catalog --

Registration Priority
  • With seniors
Closed Programs
Nursing Mechanical Engineering

Business course require proof of pre-requisites to take upper division courses. Kinesiology course availability is very limited - consult with NSE coordinator. Enrollment in upper division art courses require an application to the art department and submission of a portfolio prior to the March placement conference. Contact the NSE coordinator for details. Enrollment in some upper division Criminal Justice courses are limited.

Notable Academic Programs

  • Business
  • Geosciences
  • Political Science
  • Basque Studies (minor)

Honors Access: Yes

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students
Anthropology: Anthropology

Area Studies: Basque Studies (minor), Canadian Studies, Chinese Studies (minor), Cinema and Cultural Studies, Gender, Ethnicity and Multicultural Studies, Gerontology, Japanese Studies (minor), Korean Studies, Latin American Studies, Mexican American Studies, Multi-Ethnic Studies, Native American Studies

Art/Design/Fine Art: Art, Art Education, Art History, Ceramic Art/Ceramics, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, Media Arts, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Studio Art, Theater Art, Visual Arts

Athletics: Athletic Training, Exercise Science, Physical Education

Biological Sciences: Applied Biology, Biology/Life Science, Botany/Plant Sciences, Human Biology, Microbiology, Zoology

Business: Accounting, Business, Business Administration, Entrepreneurship, Finance/Banking, Human Resource Management, International Business, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Public Relations, Supply and Logistics Management

Chemistry: Biochemistry, Chemistry, Forensic Chemistry

Communications: American Sign Language, Communication, Electronic Media Production and Management, Film, Journalism, Journalism and Contemporary Media, Organizational Communication, Scientific and Technical Communication

Computer Science: System Administration

Criminal Justice: Criminal Justice

Earth Sciences: Geohydrology, Geology, Geosciences

Economics: Economics

Education: Athletic Training Education, Bilingual, Early Childhood, Elementary Education, English, Exceptional Children, French, Health Education, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Science, Secondary Education, Social Science Education, Spanish, Special Education

Engineering: Biomedical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Materials Engineering

English: English, Linguistics, Literature, Technical Writing, Writing

Environmental Studies: Ecology, Environmental Biology, Environmental Health and Safety, Environmental Health Sciences, Environmental Studies, Sustainability Studies, Wildlife Management

General Studies: Gender Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, Leadership Studies, Social Sciences, Spanish Literature

Geology: Geology

Health and Safety Sciences: Environmental Health, Health Education, Health Promotion, Health Science, Health Services Administration, Kinesiology, Medical Laboratory Technology, Public Health

History: History

Industrial Studies: Construction Management

Information Studies: Computer Information Systems, Computer Science, Information Systems

International Studies: International Relations

Languages: American Sign Language, Arabic, Basque, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Spanish

Mathematics: Applied Mathematics, Mathematics

Military Sciences: Army ROTC

Performing Arts: Dance, Design/Technical, Directing, Dramatic Writing, Music, Music Business/Merchandising, Music Education, Music Performance, Music Theory and Composition, Performance, Theater Arts/Drama, Theater Education

Philosophy/Religious Studies: Philosophy

Physics: Applied Physics, Physics

Political Science: Government, International Affairs/Relations, Political Science, Public Policy Studies

Pre-Professional : Medicine Pre-Professional, Optometry Pre-Professional, Pharmacy Pre-Professional, Veterinary Medicine Pre-Professional

Psychology: Chemical Dependency/Addiction Studies, Psychology

Recreation: Non-Profit Programs Management

Sociology/Social Work: Gender Studies, Social Science, Social Work, Sociology, Women and Gender Studies

Speech Pathology and Audiology: Speech Pathology and Audiology

Theater: Performance and Directing, Theater


Quick Links GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • No students accepted from NSE members within my own state
  • 2.5 GPA
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Mid-Year Exchange (Exchange that begins with the Spring/Winter Term)
  • Available
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of 550.00 paper, 68.00 computer or 68.00 Internet
  • IELTS: must have a score of 6.00
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will accept on Plan A/B

Tuition / Fees

-- Campus Budget --
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees Per Semester - Host Payment (Plan A) Students
  • Figures are current as of 10/02/19.
  • Estimated cost: $4033.
  • Expect 5-15% increase for the subsequent academic year.
  • Figures are based on 15 hours. Actual costs may be greater or less depending upon your actual enrollment.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Host Payment (Plan A) students.
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment (Plan B) Students
  • No tuition/fees are paid to the host campus.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Home Payment (Plan B) students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Host Payment (Plan A): 16 ($252 per additional hour)
  • Home Payment (Plan B): 16 ($252 per additional hour)
Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 10/02/19.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Housing Deposit $250 Year Plan A & B Mandatory
ID Card $25 Year Plan A & B Mandatory
Parking Fee $400 Year Plan A & B Optional

Important Notes: Some university classes have special course, labs, or professional fees. If an NSE student (either Plan A or B), enrolls in the courses they will be required to pay the fee or drop the class. These fees can't be waived. https://d25vtythmttl3o.cloudfront.net/uploads/sites/337/2019/08/BoiseState_CourseFees-Sum2019_Fall2019.pdf

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students must purchase campus health insurance at $781 per year.

Financial Aid

Host Payment (Plan A)
For Plan A U.S. students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your host campus. Students apply for federally funded financial aid by using the FAFSA code of their host campus. Host campuses award aid to eligible incoming Plan A students on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funds are available. Ask your home campus NSE coordinator if your campus awards aid to their own outgoing students. If so, do not apply for aid from your host campus.

For eligible Plan A applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:

  • Pell
  • CWS
  • Perkins
  • SEOG
  • DL
  • Plus
Use FAFSA CODE: 001616

Home Payment (Plan B)
For eligible Plan B students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Regardless of Payment Plan, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 10/02/19

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • 17% living on campus
  • Single: $4400 (includes meals)
  • Per semester unless otherwise noted
  • On campus living is limited
Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $600
  • Proximity to campus: 0.5-2 miles
Meal Plans Per Semester
  • Meal purchase is not required for on campus living.
  • $2000 per semester for 19 meals per week.
  • $1803 per semester for 14 meals per week.
Notes About Meal Plans
There are many different meal plans available at various rates for the semester. Click here for more information on meal plans https://infodesk.boisestate.edu/meal-plans/

All data in this document is the responsibility of the campus and has been provided by the campus NSE coordinator.
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