Boise State University

Boise State University Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is Boise State University Ranked?

2023 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Boise State University was awarded 346 badges in the 2023 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is radiologic technology.

Overall Quality

Boise State is ranked #508 out of 2,241 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2023 Best Colleges list. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Boise State held the #1,414 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Boise State also holds the #1 spot on the Best Colleges in Idaho ranking.

See all of the rankings for Boise State University.

Is It Hard to Get Into Boise State?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Boise State University is 77%. That's higher than the rate at many schools, but still low enough to be considered somewhat selective. If you want to get in, you'll need good grades and to be able to show that Boise State is a good fit for you.

Average Test Scores

About 85% of students accepted to Boise State submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 520 and 610. Math scores were between 510 and 600.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Boise State University  ( 520 to 610 )
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SAT Math Scores for Boise State University  ( 510 to 600 )
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Boise State received ACT scores from 35% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 21 and 26.

ACT Composite Scores for Boise State University  ( 21 to 26 )
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Learn more about Boise State University admissions.

Boise State University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

With a student to faculty ratio of 18 to 1, Boise State University is about average in this regard as the nationwide rate is 15 to 1. While this does not translate directly to class size, it's a good indicator of how much time professors will have to spend with their students on a one-on-one basis.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Boise State University is 59%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  59 out of 100
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Retention and Graduation Rates at Boise State University

Freshmen Retention Rate

Boise State University has a freshmen retention rate of 78%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  78 out of 100
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Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate is the percent of first-time, full time students who obtain their bachelor's degree in four years or less. This rate is 21% for first-time, full-time students at Boise State, which is lower than the national rate of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  21 out of 100
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Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Boise State University.

Boise State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 20,763 undergraduates at Boise State with 12,973 being full-time and 7,790 being part-time.

How Much Does Boise State University Cost?

The overall average net price of Boise State is $16,153. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Boise State

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$12,561 $13,582 $16,204 $18,867 $20,304

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Boise State, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Boise State, approximately 42% of students took out student loans averaging $7,233 a year. That adds up to $28,932 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Boise State is 4.3%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Boise State Graduates Make?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from Boise State with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $43,100 in their early years. This is right on par with the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year. Also, graduates in your major field may make more.

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See which majors at Boise State University make the most money.

Location of Boise State University

Located in Boise, Idaho, Boise State University is a public institution. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

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Contact details for Boise State are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1910 University Dr, Boise, ID 83725
Phone: 208-426-1000
Website: https://www.boisestate.edu/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/BoiseStateLive
Twitter: http://twitter.com/boisestatelive

Boise State University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 77 majors graduated from Boise State University. Of these students, 4,066 received undergraduate degrees and 1,071 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Nursing 476 $66,061
Allied Health Professions 237 $61,487
Business Administration & Management 216 $43,652
Other Health Professions 201 $29,293
General Business/Commerce 196 $38,928
Communication & Media Studies 196 $33,023
General Psychology 162 $24,213
Interdisciplinary Studies 148 $36,016
General Biology 137 $24,915
Accounting 126 $45,367

Learn more about the majors offered at Boise State University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Boise State

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2019-2020, 19,661 students took at least one online class at Boise State University. This is an increase from the 10,304 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 19,661 7,922
2018-2019 10,304 4,017
2017-2018 9,530 3,575
2016-2017 8,358 2,989
2015-2016 7,380 2,568

Learn more about online learning at Boise State University.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

References

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