Boise State University

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Boise State University is a state university located near downtown Boise, the capital city of Idaho.

More than 18,000 full and part time students attended at the school during 2004, making it Idaho's largest school in terms of enrollment. BSU offers 201 degrees in 190 fields of study - from doctoral programs to technical certificates.


The campus is nestled along the Boise River, directly across from Julia Davis Park and Downtown Boise. The primary campus covers 175 acres, and includes more than 170 buildings. [1]

Bronco Stadium

Bronco Stadium is one of the most high profile structures in the state, featuring 30,000 seats -- and a blue playing surface. The school's football team plays on the AstroTurf field, the only non-green turf in NCAA athletics. Plans to expand the stadium beyond 30,000 seats are currently in the works.

Taco Bell Arena

The former Pavilion at Boise State is home to BSU basketball, community events and several concerts each year. The arena seats 12,000 people on three levels. The TBA plays host to rounds one and two of the NCAA Division I basketball tournament every four to six years.

Morrison Center

The Velma V. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts has 2,000 seats in its primary performance hall, and hosts a wide variety of fine arts performances, including off-broadway musicals and plays, and a number of concerts and other events.

Interior of Albertsons Library

Albertsons Library

The school's library, named for grocery pioneer and Boise native Joe Albertson is a 200,000 square foot facility in the center of the campus. It houses more than 530,000 books, and has 70 public terminals for student use. An extensive library remodel was completed in the mid-1990s.

Student Union Building

The "SUB" brings together an eclectic mix of services under one roof, including the BSU Bookstore, Bronco Gear apparel shop, a bowling alley, arcade, several restaurants, banquet facilities, recreation rentals and other student services. The building is located along University Drive, and is connected to the "SPEC" or Special Events Center. This part of the building houses a smaller auditorium used for community productions - including annual political debates.

Other Campuses

Recently the Canyon County Center in Nampa began operations. This satellite campus facility specializes in applied technology programs as well as some academic and non-credit courses. Additional education centers can be found at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Gowen Field and in Twin Falls.

Life on campus

Students near Driscoll Hall - a campus dorm


The dominant form of school-supported housing is in coed dorms - making up 60% of all accommodations. Units for women make up 12%, for men 10% -- and disabled students 2%. Single student apartments make up 10% of housing, and married apartments round out the final 6%.

The vast majority of Boise State students live off-campus - 92%. There are a total of three fraternities and three sororities on campus. Total pledged population is less than 3%.



Since most students live outside the campus boundary, the majority of transportation to and from campus is by automobile. 90% of all students commute to campus by auto. Students must obtain permits to use most on-campus parking facilities, with the exception of some hourly parking inventory. BSU is served by a parking garage on the west edge of the campus, and a wide variety of surface parking. Plans currently call for additional parking garages to service the growing student population

Alternative methods

ValleyRide operates a bus shuttle on campus, and walking and biking are encouraged. Limited mass-transit options are available, except Boise City's bus system. The city of Boise is serviced by the Boise Airport and the Greyhound Bus service.

Arturo Sandoval performs during 2000 Gene Harris Jazz Festival

Campus events

An active student association provides a large number of activities and programs to engage students outside the classroom. In addition, the school rallies around its popular football program in the fall -- and to a lesser degree, men's basketball during the winter months.

The Gene Harris Jazz Festival is held in the spring, centered around the BSU campus. "Noon Tunes" and SummerFest are held each summer.


In 2004, Boise State had 13,345 full-time, and 5,111 part-time students - making it the most attended school in the state of Idaho.

  • 15,189/82% White
  • 996/5.3% Hispanic
  • 488/2.6% Asian-American
  • 251/1.4% African-American
  • 180/1% Native American
  • 1,353/7.4% Unknown

54% of students are female, 46% are male. 91% of all students are Idaho residents.


Boise State offers two doctoral degrees, 46 master's, 94 baccalaureate, 29 Associate of Applied Science, 9 associate, and 21 technical certificates.

In 2004 the school awarded six doctorates, 395 master's, 1823 baccalaureate, 403 associate, and 223 certificates -- 2,850 in all.

The school's 190 fields of interest are organized in to 9 colleges:

  • Applied Technology
  • Arts and Sciences
  • Business and Economics
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Graduate Studies
  • Health Sciences
  • Social Sciences and Public Affairs.
  • Honors
Boise State & Louisville during 2004 Liberty Bowl


The Boise State University Bronco football program is the state's top spectator sport. In 2004, the team sold out every game in Bronco Stadium, and finished regular season competition undefeated. The school lost the 2004 Liberty Bowl to the University of Louisville Cardinals by a final score of 44-40. The football team, under the direction of Dan Hawkins has finished the season in the top 25 of all NCAA division I programs each year from 2001 to 2005.

The school also fields teams in a wide variety of other inter-collegiate sports:

  • Men’s teams Football, basketball, cross country, track and field, wrestling, golf and tennis
  • Women’s teams Volleyball, basketball, cross country, soccer, track and field, gymnastics, golf, skiing and tennis

All sports are members of the Western Athletic Conference, except wrestling - which plays in the Pac 10, and women's gymnastics - competing in the Western Gymnastics Conference.


  • 1932 Founded as Boise Junior College by the Episcopal Church.
  • 1934 Episcopal Church ends affiliation and board of directors after assumes leadership.
  • 1940 Campus moved from original location at St. Margaret’s Hall to present site.
  • 1965 Baccalaureate degrees introduced to became Boise College.
    • Alumni Association is formed.
    • Enrollment reaches 5,000.
  • 1968 Football team begins competition as four year school.
  • 1969 State system of higher education takes over and named changed to Boise State College.
  • 1974 Name changed again to Boise State University.
  • 1979 Enrollment reaches 10,000.
  • 1980 Football team wins I-AA championship.
  • 1982 Pavilion multi-purpose arena opened.
  • April 7, 1984 The Velma V. Morrison Center opened its doors.
  • 1992 First doctoral degree approved: Ed.D. in curriculum and instruction.
    • Enrollment reaches 15,000; school becomes state's largest.
Aerial view of campus from 2000


  • Varney Airlines, founded by Walter Varney was based on the land where the Boise State campus now stands. Varney is the root of United Airlines.
  • NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw broadcast from the campus in 1996. Boise is the smallest U.S. city in which the program has originated.
  • Bronco Stadium contains the only non-green field in all of collegiate athletics. Lyle Smith Field is primarily blue with white and orange accents. Among its nicknames: "The Smurf Turf"
  • The school does not charge tuition. The Idaho constitution prohibits charging students for instruction. Instead, fees are charged - but may only be applied to expenses other than professor salaries.
  • Troy McClain, a candidate/cast member on the first season of The Apprentice, was offered a full-ride scholarship to any school of his choice by Donald Trump. McClain chose Boise State.


BSU Radio is broadcast from the Boise State campus. Stations include NPR News91, KBSU, KBSW and Idaho's Jazz Station.

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