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Boise State University

Boise, ID

24,000 Students, 153 Majors & Minors
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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 (AACSB) 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.

2023/2024 Placement

Host Payment
Home Payment

2024/2025 Placement

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Fast Facts

Location | Boise
Population | 749,202
Enrollment | 26,272
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home & Host
Term Dates
Fall | 08/23-12/16
Spring | 01/09-05/05

Campus Diversity

1st Nation/Native | 1%
Asian | 3%
Black | 2%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 1%
Hispanic/Latino | 13%
Two or more | 5%
White | 73%
Other | 2%
International | 1%
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RegistrationClosed 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... ++ show all


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
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
Canadian Students
  • Will accept Home/Host Pay

Tuition / Finances

Figures per Semester are current as of 05/27/22

  • 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 for NSE Students
Regardless of Payment Plan, financial aid is awarded by and disbursed from your 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 05/27/22

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • On-Campus Housing
  • 17% living on campus
  • Single: $4400 (includes meals)
  • Per semester unless otherwise noted
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 05/27/22

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students must purchase campus health insurance at $920 per year.


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