Boise State University is a public, metropolitan, research institution located in Boise, Idaho. Established in 1932 by the Episcopal Church, the school became an independent junior college as early as 1934 and in 1965 began awarding baccalaureate and master’s degrees. In 1974 the school became a state university and today is the largest university in Idaho as well as the state’s fastest-growing research enterprise. Located in the state’s capital, Boise is also Idaho’s most populous city and the 99th largest city in the nation. One of Boise State University’s well known features is its iconic blue playing field at the 37,000-seat Albertson Stadium, home to the Boise State Broncos football team, which has become a major city landmark.
Academic ProgramsBoise State University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and has been so since 1941. The University is made up of several colleges and schools, including the College of Arts and Sciences; College of Business and Economics; College of Education; College of Engineering; and College of Health Sciences. Boise State University also recently added two Colleges, the College of Innovation and Design, which is new at Boise State as well as unique across the country, and the School of Public Service, designed to serve as a training ground for future public servants across all sectors. In addition, Boise State University’s Graduate College offers more than 80 master’s and doctoral degrees, while the University’s Honors College provides talented and highly motivated students with the personal attention of a small liberal arts school, without sacrificing the advantages and resources of a large university.
Boise State University recently joined a consortium made up of several research universities across the nation including Purdue, Rice, Georgia Tech, University of Michigan, and Texas A&M. Together these universities have formed a $5 million foundation-funded effort for the purpose of creating long term, hands-on applied research projects for both undergraduate and graduate students.
Student LifeBoise State University has a total enrollment figure of over 22,000, including more than 19,000 undergraduate students- over the last decade Boise State University’s out-of-state student enrollment has more than doubled. On-campus housing is offered through Boise State University’s several residential halls, the majority of which are co-ed dorms, as well as in University-owned apartment complexes.
A number of student-led clubs and organizations exist on campus, catering to a wide range of interests and passions, and providing ample opportunity for involvement and interaction with fellow students outside of the classroom. In addition, Boise State University has a thriving Greek life presence, with a number of social fraternities and sororities on campus. Boise State University’s athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division I-A level and the school is a member of the Mountain West Conference for the majority of its sports. Boise State University has put a $70 million investment into its athletic facilities over the last decade.