Boise State University: Narrative Description

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1910 University Dr.
Boise, ID 83725-0399
Tel: (208)426-1011
Free: 800-824-7017
Admissions: (208)426-1177
E-mail: [email protected]
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State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of Idaho System of Higher Education. Awards associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. Founded 1932. Setting: 130-acre urban campus. Endowment: $48.8 million. Research spending 2003-04: $8.8 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $5397 per student. Total enrollment: 18,332. Faculty: 1,138 (529 full-time, 609 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 18:1. 4,134 applied, 91% were admitted. 6% from top 10% of their high school class, 20% from top quarter, 44% from top half. Full-time: 10,578 students, 53% women, 47% men. Part-time: 6,141 students, 55% women, 45% men. Students come from 35 states and territories, 47 other countries, 7% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 5% Hispanic, 1% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 42% 25 or older, 8% live on campus, 6% transferred in. Retention: 60% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; social sciences and history; education. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, freshman honors college, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at National Student Exchange. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army.

Entrance Requirements:

Option: electronic application. Required for some: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Entrance: minimally difficult. Application deadline: 7/14. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $30. State resident tuition: $3520 full-time, $177 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $10,567 full-time, $177 per credit part-time. Part-time tuition varies according to course load. College room and board: $5384. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 176 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities; 1% of eligible men and 1% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Latter-Day Saints Student Association, Residence Hall Association, Organization of Student Social Workers, Marching Band Association, Teacher Education Association. Major annual events: homecoming, Student Organizational Fair, Spring Fling. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols. 1,200 college housing spaces available; 900 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. Option: coed housing available. Albertsons Library with 675,000 books, 1 million microform titles, 5,000 serials, 60,000 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $6.2 million. 900 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Boise, the capital of Idaho and its largest city, is located on the Boise River at the upper end of the Boise Valley. It enjoys mild winters with very little snow and temperate summers with cool nights. Community facilities include hospitals and libraries. The Idaho Concert and Artists Association features artists of national and international fame. Points of interest are the State Capitol, Ann Morrison and Julia Davis Parks, Platt Gardens, State Historical Museum, Pioneer Village, Urquides Village, Boise Heights, Idaho City, and Silver City. The latter two are pioneer gold rush communities. Year-round recreational opportunities are available in and around Boise.

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