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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.

2021/2022 Placement

Host Payment
Home Payment

2022/2023 Placement

Host Payment
Home Payment
Very Good

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Fast Facts

Location | Boise
Population | 455,000
Enrollment | 26,272
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home & Host
Term Dates
Fall | 08/23-12/17
Spring | 01/10-05/06

Campus Diversity

1st Nation/Native | 1%
Asian | 2%
Black | 2%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 1%
Hispanic/Latino | 13%
Two or more | 4%
White | 73%
Other | 4%
International | 1%
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  • Campus Catalog
  • Priority: With seniors
  • Syllabus Request for Course Pre-Approval: Contact Host Coordinator for assistance
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

  • Accounting
  • American Sign Language
  • Anatomy
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Biology
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Applied Physics
  • Art
  • Art Education
  • Art History
  • Asian Studies
  • Athletic Training
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Life Science
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Botany/Plant Sciences
  • Business Administration
  • Business Management
  • Canadian Studies
  • Ceramic Art/Ceramics
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese
  • Civil Engineering
  • Communication
  • Computer and Information Science
  • Construction Management
  • Criminal Justice
  • Dance
  • Digital Communications and Media/Multimedia
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Ecology
  • Economics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Elementary Education
  • English
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Epidemiology
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Experimental Pathology
  • Film
  • Finance/Banking
  • Fine Art
  • Forensic Science
  • French
  • Geology
  • German
  • Gerontology
  • Government
  • Graphic Design
  • Health Education
  • Hispanic-American/Puerto Rican/Chicano/Latino Studies
  • History
  • Human Resource Management
  • Illustration
  • International Business
  • International Relations
  • Japanese
  • Journalism
  • Kinesiology
  • Korean
  • Latin American Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Literature
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics
  • Merchandising and Buying Operations
  • Microbiology
  • Music
  • Music Education
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Native American/American Indian Studies
  • Organizational Communications
  • Painting
  • Performance and Directing
  • Performing Arts: Voice
  • Philosophy
  • Photography
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Printmaking
  • Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Public Policy Studies
  • Public Relations
  • Sculpture
  • Secondary Education
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Special Education
  • Speech Pathology and Audiology
  • Studio Art
  • Sustainable Resource Management
  • Technical Writing
  • Theater Arts/Drama/Acting
  • Visual Arts
  • Wildlife Management
  • Women and Gender Studies
  • Zoology


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 not accept

Tuition / Finances

Figures per Semester are current as of 06/03/21

  • 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 Students
  • 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 students.
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment 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 students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Host Payment: 16 ($252 per additional hour)
  • Home Payment: 16 ($252 per additional hour)

Financial Aid - Host Payment
For Host Payment 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 Host Payment applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:

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

Financial Aid - Home Payment
For eligible Home Payment students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

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

Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Housing Deposit $250 Year Host & Home Mandatory
ID Card $25 Year Host & Home Mandatory
Parking Fee $400 Year Host & Home 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

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 06/03/21

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • On-Campus Housing
  • 17% living on campus
  • Single: $4400 (includes meals)
  • Per semester unless otherwise noted
  • On campus living is limited
Off-Campus Housing
  • Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $800-1100
  • Proximity to campus: 0.5-2 miles
  • Local Public Transportation Available to Campus
Meal Plans 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/


Figures per Semester are current as of 06/03/21

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


  • Health / accident insurance

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