Boise State Admissions

ACT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

Boise State University
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Boise State University Admissions Overview:

Boise State admits roughly three-quarters of those who apply, making it a largely accessible school. In order to be considered for admittance, students must submit scores from either the SAT or ACT--about half submit SAT scores, and about half ACT. Applicants can fill out an application online, and then submit high school transcripts, a personal statement, and letters of recommendation. A visit to campus is not required, but always encouraged.

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Admissions Data (2016):

Boise State Description:

Boise State University is the largest university in Idaho. The university is made up of seven colleges with the College of Business and Economics being the most popular among undergraduates. Outdoor lovers with enjoy the location of Boise -- forests, desert, lakes and rivers are all within a short drive, and students will find many opportunities for hiking, fishing, kayaking and skiing. The city itself offers a wide range of cultural events. In athletics, the Boise State Broncos compete in the NCAA Division I Mountain West Conference for most sports. Popular sports include football, track and field, basketball, and tennis.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 23,854 (20,186 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 46% Male / 54% Female
  • 61% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $7,080 (in-state); $21,530 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,200 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $7,780
  • Other Expenses: $3,364
  • Total Cost: $19,424 (in-state); $33,874 (out-of-state)

Boise State Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 81%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 64%
    • Loans: 47%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $9,265
    • Loans: $6,118

Academic Programs:

Transfer, Retention and Graduation Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 78%
  • Transfer Out Rate: 26%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 15%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 39%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Football, Wrestling, Golf, Tennis, Basketball, Track and Field, Cross Country
  • Women's Sports: Soccer, Softball, Gymnastics, Track and Field, Volleyball, Swimming, Basketball, Golf

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics