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Boise State University Data & Information Overview

196 awards Ranking Badges
Fair Price Value for Your Money
83% Acceptance Rate
Find out more about how Boise State University ranks, how diverse it is, what majors it offers, and other essential facts below.
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How Well Is Boise State University Ranked?

#526 Best Colleges in Nation
#2 Best Colleges in ID
Radiologic Technology Highest Ranked Major

2024 Rankings

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Boise State University was awarded 196 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is radiologic technology.

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Overall Quality

Boise State landed the #526 spot in College Factual's 2024 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 2,217 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking.

Boise State also holds the #2 spot on the Best Colleges in Idaho ranking.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Boise State?

83% Acceptance Rate
59% Of Accepted Are Women

Acceptance Rate

When it comes to admittance, Boise State University is somewhat selective. Its acceptance rate is 83%, which means you'll face some strong competition during the admissions process. Do what you can to make your application stand out.

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Boise State University Faculty

20 to 1 Student to Faculty
59% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

At Boise State University, the student to faculty ratio is 20 to 1. Compared to the national average of 15 to 1, this is somewhat high. This could mean that class sizes may be larger than they are at other colleges or universities or that professors may be required to teach more classes.

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

Retention and Graduation Rates at Boise State University

76% Freshmen Retention
26% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

Boise State University has a freshmen retention rate of 76%. 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  76 out of 100

Graduation Rate

When we say that a student has graduated on time, we mean that they have finished their bachelor's degree within four years. The on-time graduation rate at Boise State is 26%. That's lower than the national rate of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  26 out of 100

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Boise State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

12,973 Full-Time Undergraduates
23.2% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
56.0% Percent Women

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?

$16,153 Net Price
41% Take Out Loans
$28,744 Total Student Loans
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 41% of students took out student loans averaging $7,186 a year. That adds up to $28,744 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?

$43,100 Avg Salary of Grads
Average Earnings Boost
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.


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

Location of Boise State University

Idaho State
12,973 Full-Time Undergraduates
Midsize City Campus Setting
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

Boise State University Majors

77 Majors With Completions
4,148 Undergraduate Degrees
1,078 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 77 majors graduated from Boise State University. Of these students, 4,148 received undergraduate degrees and 1,078 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
Public Health 260 NA
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
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

63% Take At Least One Class Online
21% Take All Classes Online

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 2020-2021, 16,271 students took at least one online class at Boise State University. This is a decrease from the 19,661 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 16,271 5,403
2019-2020 19,661 7,922
2018-2019 10,304 4,017
2017-2018 9,530 3,575
2016-2017 8,358 2,989

Learn more about online learning at Boise State University.

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Notes and References


*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.


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