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Prospective Students Can ‘Live Like a Bronco’ at Bronco Day

By: Kathleen Tuck   Published 10:39 am / April 1, 2016

Prospective Students ride in the Helmet cart, Bronco Day 2015

Learn what it’s like to live like a Bronco at the second annual Bronco Day on Saturday, April 9. This lively event allows prospective students and their families to explore campus, meet with current students and faculty and truly get a taste for life at Boise State University.

The day includes campus tours, admissions information, open houses for campus departments, colleges and programs, and hands-on demonstrations. It ends with a Bronco Walk and a tailgate party before the spring Blue and Orange football game on Albertsons Stadium’s famous blue turf. Get more event information or register at

It’s no coincidence that Bronco Day is scheduled during a critical time for prospective students. April is when high school seniors enter the final stretch in college selection, comparing offers from competing colleges and taking one more opportunity to visit campuses before making a decision. And many high school juniors are visiting campuses before deciding where to apply in the fall.

“The single biggest driver in a college decision is strength of academic programs and a student’s ability to connect their interests with majors we offer,” said Kelly Talbert, director of admissions at Boise state. “On Bronco Day, they have a chance to interact with faculty, staff and current students and experience academic facilities in their interest areas in a way that they don’t have during a ‘typical’ campus visit.”

President Bob Kustra meets with prospective students as part of West Angeles Church of God in Christ's March Campus visit.

President Bob Kustra meets with prospective students as part of West Angeles Church of God in Christ’s March campus visit.

Campus visits have the power to greatly impact the college decision, which is why Deacon John Wilson has been bringing teenagers from the West Angeles Church of God in Christ in California to campus since 2009. His most recent visit was in early March. Boise State is one of several campuses on his college tour, and to date, 36 students from his college preparation program have enrolled at Boise State, including his daughter, Andrea.

In March alone, the university led tours for 248 prospective students and 430 of their friends and family, a 12 percent increase over last year. Admissions staff said that number only grows as the semester progresses.

Boise State also hosts several tours for elementary and middle school students, many of whom have never before visited a college campus. More than 4,000 students in this age group are expected to visit campus this fiscal year.