Located at the base of the Rocky Mountain foothills, we enjoy pristine outdoor recreational opportunities, from whitewater rafting to snow skiing. As Boise’s University, we also are situated less than a mile from downtown, an urban capital city that is an ideal place to live and learn in the center of government, business, arts, technology and health care.
From its earliest days, Boise State has been a place where students excel. With the university’s commitment to the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines, our award winning Foundational Studies Program, and accomplished faculty devoted to excellent teaching, it’s no wonder our students go on to succeed. Our undergraduates are among the primary beneficiaries of our dedication to advanced graduate studies and the pursuit of groundbreaking research and technology.
You may know us best for the unique color of our football field, but I can assure you that the innovation and creativity behind Boise State’s success goes far beyond the blue.
- U.S. News and World Report has twice listed Boise State as one of the top up-and-coming schools in the nation. The magazine also consistently ranks our College of Engineering among the nation’s top undergraduate engineering programs for public, comprehensive universities.
- We are Idaho’s largest public university with more than 22,000 students in fall 2012, continuing a longstanding growth trend that spans more than 20 years. We also have the most rigorous admissions standards in the state with many students participating in our Honors College.
- Boise State offers year-round educational opportunities, including spring and fall semesters, summer sessions and winter intersession, eCampus, concurrent enrollment, and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute – all through Extended Studies.
- Boise State is an emerging research leader in novel materials, health, public & energy policy, sensor development, and nanoelectronics and integrated systems and geochemistry and geophysics
- Boise State is creating tech-enabled learning spaces to deploy unique content delivery methods, support student, faculty and staff digital fluency, make additional eContent available, expand research capabilities, develop new support for online programming and to improve business processes.
- With the fastest growing research program in Idaho, grant funding has approximately tripled since 2004, with more than $50 million in 2010.
- About 15 percent of Boise State undergraduates participate in research projects with faculty. Research experience as an undergraduate is a rare opportunity that can lead to scholarships and acceptance into prestigious graduate programs and employment opportunities.
- Former NASA astronaut and educator Barbara Morgan is a Distinguished Educator in Residence at Boise State, providing vision and leadership to the State of Idaho on science, technology, engineering and math education.
- Boise State’s faculty has performed well above the national average over the past two years in the number of invention disclosures and patent applications.
- More than 1.5 million people visit campus annually for cultural, athletic and entertainment events. Signature events include Bronco sports, the Gene Harris Jazz Festival, the Distinguished Lecture Series and the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Celebration.
- Since 1990, a Boise State professor has been named the Idaho Professor of the Year 11 times by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Faculty also are recognized as national and international experts in fields ranging from cancer research and foreign policy to DNA forensics.
- The university offers 200 degrees and certificates, including eight doctoral degrees, 77 master’s degrees, 16 graduate certificates and 99 undergraduate degrees. Programs are offered in seven academic colleges: Arts and Sciences, Business and Economics, Education, Engineering, Graduate, Health Sciences and Social Sciences and Public Affairs.
- Boise State has the largest undergraduate nursing program in Idaho and an internationally-accredited business school. It also is the only university in the United States to offer a master of science degree in raptor biology.
- The university’s Centre for Creativity and Innovation sparks “aha moments” for people and organizations in Idaho by being a catalyst for creative collaboration.
- The new Micron Business and Economics Building is one of 17 major building projects on campus in the last several years that has resulted in a 25 percent increase in classroom, laboratory, office, event and common area space.
- Boise State is home to the Morrison Center for the Performing Arts and Taco Bell Arena and plays host to top-notch entertainment, from “Wicked” to Jimmy Buffett, Radio City Music Hall to Cirque du Soleil.
There is so much more to learn about our university. Website directories and the A-Z index can help you find exact contact and subject information. I invite you to explore and discover the innovative culture that is Boise State
Dr. Bob Kustra