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Boise State Record Enrollment Growth Continues Across Campus

By: Sherry Squires   Published 12:41 pm / October 20, 2017

A crowd of students on campus

Boise State University’s official enrollment for the fall 2017 semester is 24,154 — the highest in university history.

Boise State served a total of more than 30,000 students over the course of the scholastic year last year, but the fall snapshot is the official enrollment for state and federal reporting purposes.

The record fall semester headcount shows that Boise State is educating more degree-seeking undergraduates than last year, as well as:

  • more degree-seeking master’s and doctoral degree students,
  • more Hispanic and Latino students,
  • more Honors College students,
  • more online undergraduate and graduate students,
  • more transfer students,
  • and more Idaho resident and out-of-state newcomers in the largest first-year class in Boise State history (for the second year in a row).

In nearly all of these categories, this fall’s enrollment has set university records. The university also set a new record for graduates this past year, with 4,172 people earning a degree or certificate in the past academic year.

“It is clear that Boise State remains a top choice for Idaho students as well as those from a growing portion of the West and beyond,” President Bob Kustra said. “Students and their families recognize that we strive to be a safe and welcoming campus in the heart of one of the most vibrant cities in the country. Our world-class faculty and devoted staff are working to provide a signature educational experience that expands beyond the major to help students achieve their goals on campus and best position themselves for long-term success when they graduate.”

A record 324 students are working toward their doctoral degrees at Boise State, which earned the official designation of a Carnegie doctoral research university in February 2016.

“We have greatly expanded the number of doctoral degrees at Boise State, and under the leadership of Tammi Vacha-Haase our Graduate College continues to attract leaders and innovators who are addressing issues that are vital to industry, our community, our region and beyond,” said Martin Schimpf, provost and vice president for academic affairs.

The official fall enrollment number also includes:

  • 4,294 Idaho high school students who earn college credit through Boise State’s concurrent enrollment programs
  • 1,802 undergraduates and 1,187 graduate students who take their coursework entirely online

The fall snapshot indicates there are 16,270 degree-seeking undergraduates this semester at Boise State, and 2,712 degree-seeking graduate students.

Along with welcoming the largest first-year class in Boise State history, the university has more students living on campus than ever before, thanks to the 650-bed Honors College and Sawtooth Hall. More than 2,800 students, mostly in their first year, live in on-campus housing, with several thousand more living in student-centered private apartment complexes in adjacent neighborhoods.

The Honors College itself set an all-time high, as well, with more than 900 students.