Boise State University is a metropolitan doctoral 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 serves more than 24,000 undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students and is proud of its strong ties to its community and region and the area’s industry leaders. The university’s creative and research strengths lie in fine arts, creative writing, materials science and engineering, geosciences, bio molecular studies, public policy and more. The College of Innovation and Design leads the way in creating new programs that bend and break traditional disciplinary lines to reimagine teaching, learning and research. The university is committed to innovative approaches aimed at ensuring its graduates have the knowledge and skills to succeed far beyond the diploma.

Type of School: Public 4 Year College/University

Costs and Fees 2019 - 2020

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* Cost estimates are based on a full year, 15-credit (or full time) schedule for Idaho in-state students.

** Course overload fees are assessed on a per-credit basis for more than 16 credits per semester.

This cost estimate does not provide a complete accounting of all costs of attendance. To learn more about costs of attendance for Boise State University, use their net price calculator.

Facts & Stats

  • About one-third of all the students in Idaho’s public higher education system attend Boise State University. 
  • More than 4,000 students earn degrees and certificates each year from Boise State. Nearly half of all bachelor’s degrees awarded by Idaho’s public colleges and universities are conferred by Boise State.
  • Boise State University’s Honors College serves more than 900 students who have earned and opted for the experience of a private college education (without the private college price tag) while benefiting from all the advantages of a large metropolitan university.
  • Boise State’s academic colleges include Health Sciences, Engineering, Business and Economics, Arts and Sciences, Education, Innovation and Design, and the new School of Public Service.
  • Students at Boise State enjoy state-of-the art learning, research and living conditions after 15 years of growth and expansion that saw some $400 million invested in academic, residential, athletic and other student-centered building projects.
  • Boise State was named by a British consulting firm one of 20 “rising stars” in the world poised to challenge the global higher education elite. The university has been praised by President Barack Obama for its “culture of innovation” and was described by the Chronicle of Higher Education as a university that is “demonstrably on the move.” The College Atlas named Boise State one of the top 15 in the nation when ranked by a combination of quality, affordability and accessibility.


Main Campus – Boise

1910 University Drive
Boise, Idaho 83725