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President’s Welcome

President Kustra, State of the University Address, John Kelly Photo

The students, faculty and staff at Boise State University are known for their grit and ambition, as well as their pride in our campus, situated minutes from downtown Boise along the Boise River.

While we may be most famous for our iconic Blue Turf — and the innovation our Broncos have shown on it and in multiple Fiesta Bowl victories — we also have built a metropolitan research university of distinction in the Northwest, with our faculty and student researchers working to answer some of the most intriguing questions facing us today.

Whether you aspire to devote your life to helping medical patients breathe with ease or you hope to jump app-first into Boise’s explosive tech scene, you’ll find all of the elements you need to thrive on campus: knowledgeable faculty and staff, a diverse body of peers eager to learn and grow with you, and hundreds of student groups and extracurricular activities ready to inject you with a healthy dose of Bronco pride.

We’ve significantly revamped the undergraduate experience here at Boise State to make sure you are more career-ready when you graduate. We’ve redesigned the core classes and other offerings to focus on building the skills students need to succeed, including: problem-solving, communication, innovation, teamwork, ethics and diversity. The world is taking notice. In less than a decade, we’ve more than doubled our population of out-of-state students and boosted the number of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees we award by 52 percent.

Boise State has invested in the future over the past decade, including spending over $200 million on academic, residential and other student-centered facilities across campus. We’ve also invested another $70 million to expand our athletics department. The College of Innovation and Design — led by the Stanford- and Ivy League-trained inaugural director of the Harvard Innovation Lab — reimagines how students and faculty teach, learn and research. Our Professors of the Practice program brings world-class professionals to campus, like NASA astronaut Steve Swanson, CEO Walter Robb, and renowned sculptor Benjamin Victor. Our School of Public Service is the ideal launching pad for future leaders at all levels of government, business and the non-profit sector. Boise State’s Venture College pairs entrepreneurial students with the state’s top business and community leaders to help them develop their business or nonprofit, from idea to launch. And those are just a handful of the majors, programs and opportunities that await you here on our metropolitan campus located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.

We at Boise State want you to consider this campus a home away from home, as well as an esteemed place of learning. We’re excited to start walking with you on your academic path to success, in whatever form it takes for you personally.

Welcome to Boise State and Go Broncos!

Bob Kustra