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Boise State Enrollment Tops 22,000 Students, Signaling Growth, More Diversity

By: Kathleen Tuck   Published 10:16 am / October 19, 2012

For the first time in school history, Boise State University has a student population of more than 20,000, continuing long-term growth trends in out-of-state, international and underrepresented students. Enrollment is 22,678 for the 2012 fall semester.

This year, Boise State’s census is based on enrollment numbers reported to the Idaho State Board of Education as of Oct. 15. Previous headcounts were determined by the number of students on the 10th day of classes with previous highs of 19,993 students in 2010 and last year’s headcount of 19,664. Boise State’s all-time high enrollment is due in part to a record 3,021 graduate students, and the inclusion of 2,178 concurrent students from high school programs.

“Boise State is a place of opportunity that is attracting more high quality students from throughout Idaho and the West due to its strong undergraduate education and its outstanding research and graduate programs,” said President Bob Kustra. “We are serving a full spectrum of educational needs, and our record enrollment reflects the choice these talented students are making to be part of Boise State’s signature educational experience.”

A snapshot of Boise State’s overall enrollment indicates that 19 percent are from out of state, coming mostly from California, Washington, Oregon, Nevada and Colorado; 14.9 percent are from underrepresented populations (up from 14.2 percent); and 2.7 percent are international students (up from 2.2 percent), largely representing Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Canada, China, India and Nepal. For the first time, two cities outside of Idaho – Spokane and Las Vegas – were listed among the top 25 hometowns of enrolled students.

“One impressive class after another continues to enroll at Boise State,” said Vice President for Student Affairs Lisa Harris. “This year’s freshman class is symbolic of the upward trend we have experienced in the past decade to attract more high ability and diverse students to our campus.”

This fall, Boise State welcomed 2,266 students into the new class of Broncos. The profile of new freshmen is quite different from 10 years ago. The number of students coming to Boise State straight from high school has jumped from 68 percent in 2003 to 85 percent this year. Increased admission standards have resulted in more high-achieving students. The average high school grade point average of incoming freshmen is now 3.4. New students have an average score of 23 on the ACT, 1,065 on the SAT and 45 percent have a 3.5 or higher GPA. In addition, 95 percent are attending school full time, compared to 71 percent 10 years ago.

An additional 1,175 new transfer students joined Boise State this fall. Incoming transfer students entered with credits from 303 different institutions. About 15 percent of all new transfer students had at least one course from the College of Western Idaho.

A growing number of Idaho students are getting started on their college careers before they leave high school. Boise State’s concurrent enrollment program brings college courses to 33 high school campuses in the Treasure Valley, where students can earn both high school and college credits for their efforts, mostly in general education core classes that students can apply toward a degree at any college or university.

Prospective students are invited to visit the university on Jan. 19 or March 2 for Discover Boise State. The daylong event features a campus tour and workshops on admission, financial aid, internships and careers, housing and more. Learn more at

Boise State also offers upcoming Blue and Orange Saturdays on Nov. 10, Feb. 9 and March 16, including an information session and campus tour. Fabulous Fridays begin every week from March 29 through April 26. For more information, contact Boise State Admissions at (208) 426-1156 or toll free at (800) 824-7017 #1.