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Boise State University is a metropolitan research university of distinction housed on a vibrant riverside campus in the shadows of the Rocky Mountain foothills — just blocks from the cultural, political and economic center of Idaho. Boise State boasts more than 20,000 undergraduate, master's and doctoral students; strong ties to our community and region and the area's industry leaders; and creative and research strengths in fine arts, creative writing, materials science and engineering, geosciences, biomolecular studies, public policy and more. Boise State confers more degrees annually than any other university in Idaho and is committed to innovative approaches aimed at ensuring our graduates have the knowledge and skills to succeed far beyond the diploma. 

Become a Bronco and discover a place where anything is possible in the classroom, lab or playing field. Opportunity is what sets Boise State apart.

As a Bronco you will join more than 22,000 other students at Idaho’s public metropolitan research university. Located in the state’s capital city and powered by creativity and innovation, the university has a fast-growing reputation for its groundbreaking research and plays a crucial role in the region’s knowledge economy and famed quality of life.

At Boise State you can choose studies from nearly 200 fields of interest. The university offers nine doctoral programs, 76 master’s degrees, 84 bachelor’s degrees, four associate degrees and 23 graduate certificates. These programs attract talented, highly motivated students.

You also can enhance your classroom learning by working with the Idaho Legislature, government agencies or one of the many private businesses or industries in the Treasure Valley through one of the largest internship programs in the Northwest.

You can study abroad in 80 countries through one of Boise State’s international partnerships. You have the opportunity to work with and study under some of the West’s most respected scientists, artists, researchers and educators.

And more than 200 student organizations guarantee you plenty of opportunity for fun, engagement and the kinds of experiences that will help you succeed in the workplace.

Living in the Boise State Community

Boise is an ideal place to live, the center of government, business, the arts, recreation, health care, industry and technology. At Boise State you will find yourself within an arm’s reach of internships, service-learning and volunteer opportunities, cultural experiences and the power and politics of the Idaho Statehouse. Boise State students help fuel the region’s economic engine and enhance its thriving cultural scene.

Located in the shadows of the Rocky Mountain foothills, Boise offers a variety of opportunities for education, discovery and fun. The largest metropolitan area for 300 miles in any direction, the city has repeatedly been named one of the safest in the country and has been listed in the Top 10 for business, careers and great outdoor recreation.

With a growing reputation as one of America’s high-tech hotbeds, Boise also is often rated as one of America’s most “livable” cities. The City of Trees offers many unique attractions, including the Basque Museum and Cultural Center, Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial, the Idaho Shakespeare Festival and the World Center for Birds of Prey.

Because of its urban location, Boise State often plays host to major cultural events, from top Broadway productions to rock and roll concerts, including the city’s four-day, independent Treefort Music Fest.

Coffeehouses, restaurants and theaters that cater to the college crowd are just a 10-minute walk from campus, making it easy to take advantage of the city’s thriving cultural and entertainment scene. Despite its many big city amenities, Boise still offers a safe and comfortable small-town feel.

Beyond Boise, you’ll find mountains, rivers and plenty of open outdoor space.