Boise State University: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

Boise State University campus

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Boise State University is a public research university with an acceptance rate of 81%. The largest university in Idaho, Boise State is comprised of seven colleges with the College of Business and Economics the most popular among undergraduates. The university is located within a short drive of forests, desert, lakes, and rivers with 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.

Considering applying to Boise State? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, Boise State University had an acceptance rate of 81%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 81 students were admitted, making Boise State's admissions process somewhat competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 10,789
Percent Admitted 81%
Percent Admitted Who Applied (Yield) 32%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Boise State University requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 82% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 520 620
Math 510 600
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of Boise State's admitted students fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to Boise State scored between 520 and 620, while 25% scored below 520 and 25% scored above 620. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 510 and 600, while 25% scored below 510 and 25% scored above 600. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1220 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at Boise State.

Requirements

Boise State University does not require the SAT writing section or SAT Subject test scores. Note that Boise State does not superscore SAT results; your highest composite SAT score will be considered.

ACT Scores and Requirements

Boise State requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 42% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 20 26
Math 19 26
Composite 21 26

This admissions data tells us that most of Boise State's admitted students fall within the top 42% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Boise State University received a composite ACT score between 21 and 26, while 25% scored above 26 and 25% scored below 21.

Requirements

Note that Boise State does not superscore ACT results; your highest composite ACT score will be considered. Boise State does not require the ACT writing section.

GPA

In 2018, the average high school GPA of Boise State University's incoming freshmen class was 3.45, and over 50% of the class had GPAs of 3.5 and above. This information suggests that most successful applicants to Boise State have primarily high B grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Boise State University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
Boise State University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Boise State University. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

Boise State University, which accepts over three-quarters of applicants, has a slightly selective admissions process. If your SAT/ACT scores and GPA fall within the school's average ranges, you have a strong chance of being accepted. All applicants must meet the core course requirements including eight semesters of English, six semesters of math and natural science, five semesters of social science, two semesters of humanities or foreign language, and three semesters of additional college prep courses. Students graduating from a high school in Idaho who meet the core course requirements and have an unweighted GPA of 3.0 or higher will be automatically admitted to Boise State. For Idaho residents with a GPA below 3.0, the admissions office will use an admissions calculator which combines cumulative unweighted high school GPA and composite ACT or SAT scores to determine admission. Applicants from outside of Idaho who fulfill the same core course requirements will be considered for admission using a non-resident admissions calculator based on unweighted high school GPA and composite ACT or SAT scores.

In the graph above, the blue and green data points represent accepted students. As you can see, most students who received acceptance letters had high school GPAs of B- or better. Grades appear to be more important than standardized test scores for Boise State admissions. SAT and ACT scores span a wide range of performance. That said, most admitted students had combined SAT scores (ERW+M) of 950 or higher and an ACT composite of 18 or higher. Having grades and scores above these lower ranges will improve your chances of being admitted.

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