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  • 06/03/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    25 out of 27 people found this review useful. 1 of 142

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Anyone who wants to be involved in a great college that has lots of opportunities available.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get all your stuff in on time, and show up to class, and there's no problems.

    Am learning a lot

    The classes are here are great. The professor's are very friendly and love to help there students. Plus, you live in the City of Trees, Boise is a great little college town, especially during the football season.

  • 08/18/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    17 out of 17 people found this review useful. 2 of 142

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you want to be in a college setting that's very comfortable, spirited Boise State is the university for you. With the back drop of the Boise Mountains, parks nearby, Boise night life, Boise River, beautiful campus and city.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't put to much on your plate the first semester 12-15 credits max. Keep your schedule with you the first two weeks. If possible go to CareerFair, get a job on or close to campus. go to orientation!

    Bang for the buck

    Get in the book store early and you can get used textbooks.

    Am enjoying being here

    Very much. It's close to my family, a beautiful community and campus. Everyone is very helpful.

    Am learning a lot

    I am entering my second year here at BSU. Yes, I have learned a lot. Things that didn't stick in high school are definitely sticking here (Biology). There are thousands of majors and classes to choose from; just take your pick. There is something here for everyone; either new students or returning students.

  • 10/05/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    13 out of 13 people found this review useful. 3 of 142

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    -Outdoor people. For those of you who love the outdoors and activities such as mountain biking, cycling, hiking, skiing, swimming, rafting, boating, and anything else, the city of Boise and Boise State is the place for you. You have nearly all of this within half an hour, and even MORE within just one or two hours. A weekend trip to Stanley, Idaho can be one of the greatest trips of your life, check it out! Shopper lovers. If you love shopping, Boise State is the place for you. With BODO within 5 minutes of walking distance from campus, you can check out all the new stores and restaurants such as North Face, Paradigm, Helly Hanson, Urban Outfitters, and much more. If this isn't enough for you, go ten minutes down I-184 and visit the Boise Towne Square Mall. There, Macy's, JC Penny, Hollister, American Eagle, Buckle, and much much MUCH more await you. Art and history people. Boise is full of art and history. BAM, the Boise Art Museum, is located right across the Boise River, and features first class art that is always exciting and unique. The Idaho Museum, Old Idaho Penitentiary are some exciting features that you must check out!

    Tips for prospective students

    -Get your free bus sticker. Being a Boise State student, you can get your free bus sticker which allows you to ride ValleyRide all across the valley for free! This means you don't even need a car to get around! -Don't be afraid to attend tutoring sessions or ask for help. Being a new college student, things seem overwhelming at first and you may be weary of asking for help. Don't be. Everyone goes through it, and everyone needs help at some time. Ask for some help. -To succeed in class; form a study group. They are powerful. Together, your minds can solve what seems to be anything. Reserve a study room in the ILC and you can have peace and quiet as your group reviews lectures, completes homework, and studies for tests. -Carry your student ID with you at ALL times! Wherever you go, it seems like Boise State students get discounts all the time. So, just carry it with you, especially if your riding the bus :)

    Bang for the buck

    For the price of school these days, you can't go wrong with Boise State University!! It's everything and more that a student can ask for. With everything mentioned above, can you find all of the at any other university? Chances are no. Boise State is relatively cheap when it comes to costs.

    Am enjoying being here

    Being a sophomore at Boise State, if I could sum up my experience so far in one word; INCREDIBLE! The campus life at Boise State is far more than any other campus that I looked at when applying for college upon graduating high school. It seems there is constantly something going on at campus, whether its inter mural sports like football, soccer, etc or the movies in the sub on the weekends. Also, if you love football, you HAVE to attend a football game to understand what BSU football is all about. The energy is intense on game day, not only on campus, but the entire Treasure valley. Also, being located within minutes of downtown Boise, you have the Boise River for floating and fishing (which flows right through campus), you have skiing at Bogus Basin, mountain biking and hiking in the foothills, and much much more all within less than thirty minutes!! What else could a college student ask for?! The people are extremely friendly here in Boise, and it is extremely safe! The campus is gorgeous, especially in the fall, when the leaves are changing. The facilities are fantastic, and the rec center is a great place to work out and hang out with friends. Also, check out the new swimming pool!

    Am learning a lot

    Boise State education is some of the best that you can get in the state of Idaho. With the student to teacher ratio being around 1:19, you can always find the help that you need when it comes to the academics. Every year, BSU is improving the facilities to improve the academics. The professors for the most part are extremely helpful and friendly, and care about the education that you are getting. You can always find help, whether its asking another student, attending tutor sessions, or meeting with the professors.

  • 01/17/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 out of 7 people found this review useful. 4 of 142

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students looking for a sense of community in their university will love Boise State. Students focused on academics would be great with the Honors College program. Student athletes are always welcomed with open arms. Students with an undecided major have plenty of options to decide at Boise. Students wanting to get involved with student leadership also have plenty of opportunities.

    Tips for prospective students

    --Take your student ID everywhere you go, especially off-campus. You WILL get discounts. --Visit the campus on a gameday (football). Even if you aren't interested in sports, you will love the energy level. --Live on campus if you can, even if you already live close enough to commute. The experience is worth the extra money. --Start volunteering in the community right away. There are plenty of places right downtown, within walking distance. --Take a UNIV course your first or second semester. It will really help prepare you for the differences between college and high school. --Try to experience everything (legal) before you rule it out.

    Bang for the buck

    For in-state students, Boise State is an incredible value. Boise State was ranked as a top up and coming institution by U.S. News and World Report. For me, this means that prestige is rising, but so far tuition is not. Boise State had the lowest tuition increase in the northwest following the recession. For in-state students it is a bit costlier but still worth every penny. Boise State provides a quality education along with a great community. The entire Treasure Valley area supports Boise State and its students, and that is more valuable than one could imagine.

    Am enjoying being here

    The university itself always has something going on. Student Programs Board shows movies on a weekly basis, brings in comedians, and other shows. Concerts by students and well-known bands are common on campus. University-wide volunteer events are planned by the Volunteer Services Board, outdoor adventures are offered by the Outdoor Programs, and opportunities for student involvement are everywhere on campus. Also, Boise State is in the middle of the city of Boise, right along the Boise River. Downtown Boise is just a walk in the park away (literally) and there are always entertainment shows, cultural events and more. When the weather is nice, the river and the park are full of students. Mountains, rivers, hot springs and ski slopes within 1 or 2 hours surround Boise with plenty to do beyond the university.

    Am learning a lot

    Boise State lecture halls are smaller than those at most other public universities. Class sizes are small and this provides for a better learning environment where you can get to know your professors and feel more comfortable asking questions. EVERY professor I have had offers office hours and sincerely encourages students to visit-making it easy to get questions answered and even get one-on-one help with assignments. Professors genuinely care about the success of their students and if you want to learn, then you WILL learn at Boise State.

  • 10/20/2009

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 5 of 142

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who want to learn, want to be close to home, the mountains, and many other outdoor activities.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study, study, study...and join as many clubs and organizations as possible (many of which won't take up much of your time). Get to know your professors! Take your time in completing your degree, take only one or two summer classes and no more than four classes during the regular semesters...otherwise you will not do well, especially if you work 25+ hours per week. Also - CJ majors...take Dr. Hemmen's Law in the Movies / Law in the Media course in the summer. It's a relaxing, easy (if you attend every class period) summer course in which you watch movies and have a short lecture afterwards. It's a simple course that puts your degree in perspective! It is also offered to non-criminal justice majors, which may be a little more difficult to complete, but Dr. Hemmens does a really great job at keeping the subject simple :-)

    Bang for the buck

    Of course we can all agree that college is expensive...but BSU State is well worth it if you decide to enroll in the criminal justice program. On the other hand...I was fairly disappointed with the psychology program. If you are looking for easy A's, without actually learning anything...then here is your perfect degree. I felt like I really wasted my money on those classes.

    Did enjoy being here

    Great environment, small campus, close to downtown, food, right next to the Boise river, and a great park behind the school to study or take a break!

    Did learn a lot

    Prior to transferring to another school, I completed most of my undergraduate education here. I was enrolled in the criminal justice program and LOVED the professors! I learned so much more from them than I am at my current university. Be sure to take as many classes from Dr. Giacomazzi, Dr. Walsh, and Dr. Hopfenbeck as you can. These prof.'s to me were the most difficult, but you will definitely remember the material and what you learn from these prof.'s is invaluable!!!

  • 10/10/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 6 of 142

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    They have some good programs and classes, but people don't seem to care about that very much. This school is all about the football team. If you like football, you'll like this college.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you have questions, contact the school. They are usually pretty good about replying to emails, and they have helped me when I've had questions.

    Bang for the buck

    I had a 3.8 GPA, took several AP courses, volunteered, was involved with clubs and school events in high school, and BSU offered me very little financial aid. Other schools I applied to gave me a lot better scholarships, so I was a bit dissapointed with the amount they offered me. However, I love living in Boise, which is one of the main reasons I stayed here rather than going away after high school.

    Am enjoying being here

    I live off campus with my parents because I can't afford the dorms. I haven't met very many peopleon campus, and I haven't made a whole lot of friends, so I don't spend time on campus unless I absolutely have to be there. On football game days, I avoid campus altogether because the tailgaters are rude and obnoxious. They are loud, and conceited, and it's definitely not my scene. Also, it was hard to get into classes. They fill up very quickly, and I couldn't get into some of the classes I needed to take this semester. This was frustrating, and I'm just really hoping that I can get into these classes next semester.

    Am learning a lot

    I am halfway through my first semester at BSU, and so far I am enjoying my classes, and learning a lot. I took several AP classes in high school, so the work load is about what I am used to, and the classes aren't too difficult.

  • 03/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 7 of 142

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    It is very safe on our campus. I walk across the campus at night when it is very dark and there are nobody outside but I feel safe by having lots of street lights all over the campus. Also, there is a security phone all over the campus which you can call the security office and ask them to walk with you whenever you feel scary. I think it is very nice to have one of those that students feel secured although not everyone use the security phone.

    Clubs and Activities

    Boise State University has an active clubs and activities. For example, the one that I am involved in is from the Student Diversity Center which is pretty much a club where international students meet once a week and have a conversation about our school life as we have some treats and coffee. It is very nice and relaxing to have a conversation once a week.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    It is hard to find an unusual traditions on our campus because I have never experienced any other campus, however, I realized that lots of people write opportunities to get involved in different activities on campus, on the ground all over the campus with chalks. Sometimes, they add pictures to it to get extra attention and it is so much fun to read those advertisements to find a good one that interests me.

    What to do for fun

    There are tons of activities to do around the campus. For example, there is a movie night on Thursdays every once in a while. Also our school is very active in sports. We have lots of games that are free for the students. Football is a great part of our school and tons of students go to the game during the football season.

    Food and Dining

    For us, living on campus, we have dining hall in the student union building for our meals. There are basic options everyday such as salad, pizza, sandwich, and hamburger. Also, there are special meals every day which is always different. The quality of the food is pretty good. Vegetables and fruits are always very fresh and neat.

    Dorm Life

    I love my dorm life as well as my school life. I am not around my room that often during weekdays because I spend most of my time at the library or practice room, however, I usually stay in my bed on the weekends and it feels like my home. Especially my building is very socialized and there are tons of activities every week. I love it so much!

    Academic Rigor

    As a music major, it is a bit tough to practice for several hours everyday on top of my other school works. However, it is my decision to major in music, which I love so that I enjoy my life here in college with all of my homework and practice.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is just to keep up all of our school work, turning assignments in on time. It is very helpful for us to get involved in activities to be socialized which lead us to enjoy our school life.

    In three sentences

    Boise State University is a beautiful school. It is very socialized with tons of campus activities such as sports. I enjoy going to school here as well as living in the dorm on campus.

  • 11/07/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 8 of 142

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Boise State is a great place for students who enjoy the growing metropolitan area that Boise is. As I stated above, there are a lot of outdoor activities that the Boise area has to offer.

    Tips for prospective students

    Some of the best tips that I can give prospective students would be to be proactive. Take the time to get your studies out of the way first and have fun for yourself later. Times are hard and people are looking for the best of the best for careers. Anymore a C+ average is not good enough for a lot of places. It is very important to have fun while you are in college, but do not let the fun get carried away. Stay on top of your grades and give it your all cause if you do it will pay off. Students should also be prepared to start being social. There are a ton of different activities that BSU has for their students and it is always fun to participate in those events.

    Bang for the buck

    I grew up in Idaho, and because of that I have a lot of friends I know who went to other universities because they knew that they could go to college for cheaper. I do not think that Boise State is an expensive school, my most expensive semester was only around $3,000, but I have heard a lot about a degree from BSU being less accredited than other schools. Certain degrees are really established here, such as the nursing program and our engineering program, and for those students who are interested in those programs, then your in luck.

    Am enjoying being here

    One thing that I know for a fact is that the Boise area is one of my favorites. It seems that everyone is always in a decent mood at least. If you smile at someone, you will get a smile back. If you have your hands full with books or anything else that a college student could get tangled up with, you know that there will be someone there to open a door for you. If you are not much for cold weather however, I recommend searching elsewhere. Boise, and Idaho for that matter, has only two seasons: Winter and Summer. There is not much of an in between. Fortunaetly if you are an outdoorsy type of a person than the Idaho area is perfect for you. Not only do we have a few amazing ski and snowboarding resorts, there is also the world famous rapids that our rivers have to offer. There are also amazing hiking areas and biking routes. Boise State University also makes sure that the students have offers annually for different types of trips to do different outdoor activities for cheap.

    Am learning a lot

    One thing that I have learned about BSU is that there is a vast cornucopia of people there. In my first year I became friends with a vegan political master, a mom of three with the ambition of becoming a psychologist, and a young lady who knows more trivia about movies and music than I could ever begin to comprehend. What I am really starting to enjoy about Boise State is that I am learning just as much from the teachers as I am from my fellow students.

  • 04/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 9 of 142

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    This campus is extremely safe, with emergency poles around every corner. at the press of a button these blue poles will flash a light, contact the campus security, and Boise police.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Boise State University is known for the football team and blue turf, on game day to reserve student tickets, students will wake up around 7:00 AM to reserve their spots for the upcoming game!

    What to do for fun

    In the student union building there is a bowling alley and pool tables that help students to alleviate stress from their exams. just a short bike ride away, downtown is nearby with restaurants, shopping centers, and movie theater.

    Food and Dining

    The food at the cafeteria, otherwise know as the BRC, is not that grand. they do not offer substitutes for those who have allergens to foods. the diet they veer towards are hamburgers, deep fried steaks, and pastas.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is a great way to meet students. The set up of all the dorms enable students to mingle with others and learn to adapt to diverse personalities. The dorms are near the all the education buildings making life easier for the students.

    Academic Rigor

    This school strives for their students to excel in their studies. While some courses may be tough; overall, this school is not too strict. it is relatively easy to maintain a high GPA.

    Tips for prospective students

    Rowdy crowds, painted blue and orange bodies, tailgating, and blue turf are right up your alley than this college is right for you! This school focuses on your achievement in academic studies but they also want you to kickback and have fun at athletic events.

    In three sentences

    After attending Boise State University for one year, i feel fully prepared for whats next in life. The school truly cares for you, and your goals. School spirit is out of this world leaving your college experience unforgettable!

  • 01/15/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 10 of 142

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Football fans, friendly people, non-traditional students

    Tips for prospective students

    Research your professors, make an effort to meet new people and make new friends, always do your homework and reading assignments.

    Bang for the buck

    Although I am from Idaho and am therefore paying in-state tuition, I've seen the statistics and BSU has low out-of-state tuition as well. The university is also generous with its merit-based scholarships.

    Am enjoying being here

    If you are a football fan, I can imagine your experience at BSU would be much more pleasant than mine has been. If you're living on campus, I wouldn't suggest planning to do homework or nap during the time any BSU game is being broadcast on TV. It might get a little loud. That said, there are other activities to be found at BSU. The party scene is fairly quiet, since it is such a largely non-traditional school, but it does exist somewhat. BSU students get free admission to the nearby Boise Art Museum, and there are often concerts and other events on campus. The city of Boise itself has a beautiful view of the mountains and is full of nice people. It doesn't get too cold during the winter, and is very clean and safe as far as larger cities go. The only problems with Boise are that it is a little bit small, and might be too conservative for some people's taste.

    Am learning a lot

    The majority of my professors here are intelligent, experienced and care about the education the students are getting. For example, my Art History 101 professor, who was an architect and was always teaching us about her experiences with the subject matter. However, a few of the professors I've had so far are rather uninvolved and inaccessible. I would suggest getting as much information on a professor as you can before enrolling in his/her class. It's also important here, as at any school, to take the initiative to meet and talk to your professors. I was afraid of failing my Math 124 final until I went to my professor's office hours. As it turned out, a few other students were in the professor's office with the same concerns, and the professor explained a lot to all of us. I wound up getting an A on the final! If you're like me and learn better in groups, it's easy (and suggested) to form study groups with other students in your classes.

  • 02/08/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 11 of 142

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    students with busy schedules and part time jobs

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to class, it's that simple!

  • 03/31/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 12 of 142

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    What's so great about this college is that it has a little bit of something for everybody. I would recommend this university for anyone who wants it.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would definitely check out the major you want to go into first. While my department is great, this school definitely has its strength's and weaknesses as far a majors are concerned. I would also look into Boise, just to make sure if you would be happy here.

    Bang for the buck

    The instate tuition is very reasonable. Don't get me wrong, paying for college is still ridiculously difficult, but this school is still priced reasonably enough that it doesn't suck out you entire soul, just most of it.

    Am enjoying being here

    This school have so many things to offer to students. There is always something offered that is available. There is something for everyone here.

    Am learning a lot

    The classes are set well at this university. It was so easy to arrange my schedule the way I wanted it. I am taking the classes I want and am learning so much. The professors are very prepared.

  • 05/03/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 13 of 142

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    People who like to be around other people and go to Boise State football games every fall.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you do all of your work and have a good attitude about it. Also, make sure you make some friends so you can take a break even for a few hours during the weekend to spend time with them.

    Bang for the buck

    I had enough scholarships and grants to go here this semester. That is why I say that.

  • 06/01/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 14 of 142

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students that love sports, students that love furthering their education, and students that love living in a decent sized city. Boise State University seems like it'd be a great school for anyone who likes those one of or all of those three things.

    Tips for prospective students

    I think Boise State would be great for your to choose if you keep your grades up, your goals in mind, and try to understand what going to college will do for you.

    Bang for the buck

    I'm not really sure. I'm one of the students who comes out of a family that never went to college, and does not have the money for it. I'm going to take out loans after I go through any scholarships and financial aid I can receive, so I will make the best out of what I pay for.

    Will enjoy being here

    I'm going to be living in the dorms, the cheapest ones at that. I wish I could afford better living conditions, (a better dorm) but my education comes first! I will enjoy the environment, as I hear it's positive in many ways.

    Will learn a lot

    I've heard so much about Boise State, and I'm glad to be attending in the fall. Many past students, and current students tell me they love the material they get, and love learning what they're passionate about. I can't wait!

  • 06/12/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 15 of 142

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    BSU is great for Students coming from out of state. The college is welcoming and there are many ways to get involved and meet others so you know you wont be lonely. It has all the perks of a small school while offering the degree opportunities of a large university. Environmentally Conscious Students: Everything you apply for has to be applied for Online. No Tree killers in the City of Trees. LOL

    Tips for prospective students

    Tour the Campus and talk to the people there. It should be easy to tell if this is the place for you.

    Bang for the buck

    Boise State offers a TON of scholarships. Being an Out-of-state Student I sadly am not eligible for most of them. They do offer the WUE scholarship for western state students and the GEM scholarship for students coming out of the other side of the US. Both of these scholarships bring down the tuition so that the incoming student will pay in-state tuition. After receiving one of these scholarships (the GEM in my case) Boise State cost just as much as any other good University in the US. BSU Tuition for out of state students was actually cheaper than going to one of the big universities in Texas as an Instate Student!

    Will enjoy being here

    I grew up in a tiny rural town in Texas and have been looking forward to living in the city were events are close by. I know I will enjoy the boise campus because while being located in a large city (30 miles wide) it still holds the great characteristics of a small school. Everyone on the campus was friendly and helpful during my Orientation (June 9th and 10th 2011). It felt like a place I could grow and learn happily. Even my parents fears were resolved during orientation.

    Will learn a lot

    Fall of 2011 will be my first year in college so I'm bound to learn a lot.

  • 06/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 16 of 142

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Boise, Idaho has so many fun things to do, must don't include the university other then the football games. But the university is located right on the Boise River which is really fun to float when the weather gets nice.

    Food and Dining

    Campus food is decent. We actually have some very good, recognizable restaurants. I am impressed by our food options.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are a good way to make friends. Boise State isn't a typical university because it has a much older population. To meet younger students this is the way to go.

    Academic Rigor

    Boise State is like any other college. It is going to be tough, but in the end it is worth all of the hard work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join some sort of sorority or fraternity. Although this may not seem like your thing, it is the easiest way to make friends.

  • 01/13/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    0 out of 2 people found this review useful. 1 person found this inaccurate. 17 of 142

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure this school has what you are looking for before you go there.

    Bang for the buck

    The more BSU wins the big game ex. Tostitos Super Bowl/Maaco Bowl the more expensive it gets. Not just that, a lot more people are trying to get in to go there. So its tough competition and expensive.

    Am enjoying being here

    Sorta, I'm from a small town. Go to a big city was scary. If you are a BIG BSU fan this is a great atmosphere if not, then you are doing something different. There is a lot to do if your in a sorority or fraternity. I guess.

    Am learning a lot

    I'm learning for certain teachers...so you got to know how you learn the best and understand that a lot of teachers here are or are do not teach the way you think you will learn.

  • 06/19/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    18 of 142

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    All. Everyone will find their fit here.

    Tips for prospective students

    I've never heard of anyone being denied admission to Boise State. Just keep doing what your doing.

    Bang for the buck

    Boise State is cheaper than a lot of colleges, so you get a big Bang for your buck

    Am enjoying being here

    It's a beautiful campus with lots of nice people.

    Am learning a lot

    Some professors are extremely passionate about their subject and inspire their students to learn about the subject, but most could care less and most of your learning will be done on your own.

  • 07/05/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    19 of 142

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Study!!

    Tips for prospective students

    If you live in towers meet everybody you can. The meals in the BRC aren't that great, beware.

    Bang for the buck

    Housing can be a bit difficult. Most of the professors are cool.

    Am enjoying being here

    After 1pm everyday campus dies down.

    Am learning a lot

    This is a great school for my major

  • 07/07/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    20 of 142

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Everyone looking for a stereotypical college experience that you'll remember forever!

    Tips for prospective students

    Choose everything you do for YOU! IF your not in school for you your not there for the right reason. It's a time for you to relax. So study what you love but get involved with things your interested in as much as you can! Oh, and enjoy football season :)

    Bang for the buck

    For the quality of your education Boise State is extremely low cost. There are also so many discounts and free things just offered for BSU Students. Pretty much anywhere you go in Boise you can flash your student ID and get a discount.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love being a student of BSU. BRONCOS! BRONCOS! BRONCOS! The campus is beautiful and always full of things to go do. The ASBSU (Associated Students of BSU) team always have things going on for new students and made it so easy to meet new people my first two years here. But even the city is bursting with activity and beauty! Boise State is in the heart of Idaho's capital city, but nature is still all over. (Deer are often spotted along the river running through campus or eating the bushes outside the library Haha!)

    Am learning a lot

    I've taken classes in every subject you can imagine and learned a lot from all of them. That's the cool thing about college, you can pick whatever classes you want, and you get to learn the way you learn best. So much freedom! Boise State professors are all really great about understanding this.

  • 07/09/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Liberal arts.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to class and participate.

  • 09/26/2011

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    if you love sports, art, and a thriving progressive community Boise is a great place to live. Yet jobs are limited.

    Tips for prospective students

    I have has a terrible time with the counseling center. check with administration and the head of your department for advice on classes =.

    Bang for the buck

    the tuition rise in 2010 caused me to stop attending. The other problem with this is that many paper test where canceled and the online testing doesn't have enough space or accommodations for working or busy students.The test available are rarely available during your usually meeting times

    Did enjoy being here

    The students are great and there is a large amount of groups to join to any of your interest. I did not enjoy my living on campus experiences but the housing and community around the school is exceptional.

    Did learn a lot

    I loved going to Boise state. I is a progressive school with a lot to grow in academics. As you reach jr, and Sr. status it is often hard to get into the classes you need to graduate due to staff cuts in the last 3 years.

  • 10/22/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    The campus has grown a lot over the last several years and it looks like they are doing a great job of continuing to add to their programs to keep their education on fast track, like their football team. Go Broncos!

  • 12/01/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Boise State University is great for students who want learn as well as enjoy at the same time. If you have creative ideas but think they are not worthy, think again. At Boise State University, everyone has the opportunity to express their ideas and views. In my engineering lab class, my fellow students come up with wild ideas which when implemented gave fruitful results. This university is great for Athletes. You have the opportunity to get into activities like Football and other filed events. If you are musician, we have the Morrison Center of Art where you can learn to play different instruments. I would say there is opportunity for everyone. If in doubt, don't forget to contact staffs. They will reply you quickly.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do your best in your high school. With good score from your high school, you can get the GEM scholarship which is about $5200 per semester. Also, if you have good SAT or ACT scores, then you can get into higher classes which means you can graduate early. For example, one of my freshmen friend is taking Calculus III, where as most of us are taking Calculus I. With good scores, you can register for classes early. Remember, classes get filled up soon. Always check you email and the bronco website for updates.

    Bang for the buck

    Boise State University is one to the cheapest college that I have found. With several scholarships like GEM and on-campus job opportunities, students don't have hard time with finance. Students can get employed at the Recreation Center, The Arbiter (newspaper), Game Center, Transportation and Parking and several other areas. If you do good in you studies, then you can get several departmental scholarships too.

    Am enjoying being here

    Boise State s a small city and not as busy and complex as other cities in the US. Boise State University lies a perfect location surrounded by hills where you can go skiing during winder or go trekking during summer. This place is absolutely easy to get mingled in. At Boise State University you have all sort of activities to have fun and get together with friends. Very often, I goto the Student Recreation Center for playing Basketball, Ping Pong, Volleyball and Swimming. At the Student Union Building, we have 10 Pool boards and Bowling alley. These are some great places where you can make friends. During summer time, we enjoy rafting in the Boise river. We have several organizations where every student can find their thing of interest such as RJ, musician, soccer player etc. One of the biggest event is the Football. We have a big Football stadium here at Boise State University and during a game day every one is excited to goto the field. Tickets are free for students. Those without the ticket come out of their house, put on tents, have tailgate and watch the game on TV. Boise State University is a fun place to be!

    Am learning a lot

    Boise State University has varieties of courses available for degree. Any major that you choose is highly focused from the very beginning of the semester. Students very often get emails from several clubs and organizations within the college about upcoming special events and availability of Internships. Classes are very interactive and so far every professors that I have come across are excellent in their way of teaching. In case if there is any difficulties in study, students can schedule appointments with professor or goto the Albertson Library or goto computer labs for further detailed knowledge.

  • 12/23/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Come to college ready to learn and go to class everyday, skip a party if you have homework to do its all worth it come finals

    Bang for the buck

    Its so expensive at any college but for instate it is an awesome price for a university

    Am enjoying being here

    Boise state is a good school with a lot of friendly people but I do miss home in Colorado

    Am learning a lot

    All the classes I had my 1st semester I learned a lot and they were all good teachers

  • 12/25/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    26 of 142

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who love football, and any athletics for that matter.

    Bang for the buck

    Overall Boise State is affordable compared to other Universities.

    Am enjoying being here

    I have lived in Boise most of my life and I am hitting the point in my life where I need to get away and experience new things. Boise State is a great University but it's not right for me.

    Am learning a lot

    Some of the class sizes are quite large, so it's difficult to get one-on-one time with the professor.

  • 12/30/2011

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Business, Engineering and Technology.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definately well worth applying to.

    Bang for the buck

    Very reasonably priced.

    Did enjoy being here

    A great university in a city with a high quality of life. If you're into football, this is the place. You gotta love the blue turf!

    Did learn a lot

    Boise State is a great university for several fields of study, especially Business, Engineering and Technology.

  • 01/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    28 of 142

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Mobile and email alerts. Boise police is around campus, with bicycle cops available around campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    Many different options for clubs on campus, from robotics to spanish clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    Artistic, enthusiastic, outgoing, and eager.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The greenbelt is a walk or ride pathway that follows the river, and leads through Boise to outside surrounding areas. The Morrison Center is ideal for arts and music.

    Bang for the buck

    Good professors, kind people, and plenty of activities outside of class, and clean mountain air.

    What to do for fun

    Plenty of outdoors activities. Bogus Basin Ski Resort is less than an hour away, the Boise river gives plenty of opportunity for fishing and river floating. Idaho is great for any outdoor enthusiast!

    Food and Dining

    A few nice places to get food on and around campus. Downtown Boise offers lots of great dining restaurants.

    Dorm Life

    I'm sure the dorms are clean and decent. The students and staff around campus are kind and willing to help.

    Academic Rigor

    Be sure to ask lots of questions, and keep up on class reading.

    Tips for prospective students

    The professors are nice and respectable, check out ratemyprofessor dot com!

    In three sentences

    BSU is a very clean campus. I love the Boise river, and surrounding foothills. It's a great city with super nice people!

  • 01/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The small community and Idaho living makes Boise state a safe and secure place to send your child students.

    Great for these types of students

    Any student who enjoys close friends, the outdoors and it might be tough for those who do like Football.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Not getting any secrets out of me.

    Bang for the buck

    As the football team rises to the top our school is growing in leaps and bounds cost keep rising as well but if you can get in now its is a great bang for your buck.

    What to do for fun

    Outdoors, Outdoors, and maybe some Outdoor activities. If you like to get out ride your bike, fish, hunt, camp, ski, water-ski, mountain-Bike, zipline or anything else out doors Boise States is in the heart of what brings people to Idaho.

    Food and Dining

    Lacks a bit in the on Campus food area but within a mile or two there are lots of options.

    Dorm Life

    Never did it but the new Dorms being built over the last couple years look amazing. Much better than the ones I saw when I was just coming out of High School.

    Academic Rigor

    Freshman seem to find the classes easy to get rolling into and as you progress into upper level classes the departments seem to do well in helping students move from core classes to specifics with ease and support.

    Tips for prospective students

    Live close to Campus. Boise can be tough to get around because it lacks a good transportation system but If you live close to campus you can ride your bike for any of your needs. Including downtown for some night life.

    In three sentences

    Boise State is a close knit community where the students support each other. Class sizes are small for a 4 year school and Professors work hard to accommodate students. Being close to the outdoors and situated on the Boise river Boise States is the only school I would attend. I would give them an A+ for over-all experience.

  • 01/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    it seems very safe. i haven't heard of any stealing or anything else since i started attending.

    What to do for fun

    there are several pool tables, a bowling area, ping pong, all kinds of sports events and other little events happening all the time.

    Food and Dining

    i love all the food there. it's one of the best parts.

    Dorm Life

    i don't live in the dorms, but i have heard mostly good things.

    Academic Rigor

    the work isn't too bad if you just stay on top of it. and it also depends on your professor how much work you really get.

    Tips for prospective students

    for in-state kids, it may be more expensive to go there than say cwi, but it is worth it. out-of-state kids, boise is a great place to live in general, and boise state is great too. everyone is very nice and friendly.

    In three sentences

    i think that boise state is a very good school. it has a great atmosphere and i have learned a lot in my first year. i didn't want to go to an in-state school, but i am glad that i did and picked bsu.

  • 01/31/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    very little

    What to do for fun

    go to sporting events

    In three sentences

    saw the campus. loved it. definitely in my top 5 schools

  • 02/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    i believe that the campus is very safe. there are emergency call stations placed throughout the campus as well as on the greenbelt that is on the backside of the campus. security also patrols, and emails are sent out to all of the students if there are wild animals or predators on campus to warn them as well.

    Greek Life

    there aren't very many sororities or fraternities here although people do still participate in them. the don't have their own houses to live in so they only gather and get together on their own. they do have parties, but i would say that their main interests are something other than only partying.

    Clubs and Activities

    i feel like there are many clubs and activities that you can join here at boise state. in particular, there are many athletic and outdoor programs to participate in. there are always signs around campus and current events written on the side walk in chalk to keep them updated.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    i wouldn't say that there are any unusual locations on campus. in fact, i find that the best places are not on campus but instead off, and downtown like for instance certain cafes.

    Bang for the buck

    flex dollars come with your meal plan and i find them more useful than the actual meals themselves. you can use them at the food places on campus not just the cafeterria. since it is part of your meal plan you don't use cash or anything, just your card, and it is accepted at subway, einstein bros, starbucks, and more.

    What to do for fun

    there are plenty of activities do to around town and on campus if you like the outdoors. you can join the outdoor program on campus which is amazing! or you can simply explore the trails, lakes, and bogus basin on your own. of course there are parties on the weekends and the bars downtown if you are 21!

    Food and Dining

    the brc actually has quite delicious food for being a cafeteria and making food in bulk. also on campus is starbucks, subway, einstein bros, and other food places in the ilc. very good however i wish that the places would all be open later and not close so early as well as actually be open on the weekends.

    Dorm Life

    of course dorm life depends on which building you get placed in. chaffee is definently the party dorm i would say. most freshman going out every weekend looking for a good time. towers is placed very far away from everything else but then again it comes with its bonuses because you have a larger room, your own shower and toilet, as well the long walks that keep you in shape!

    Academic Rigor

    each class is independent to each other, but there are many hard classes here on campus. if you need extra help, boise state has made it very accessible and helpful for passing these hard classes. the math tutoring center, writing center, and t/a's are very helpful in every class. you should make use of these resources to the most of your ability.

    Tips for prospective students

    attend all of the football games! they are so much fun and always entertaining! the student section is always going crazy and you find yourself in a very exciting and intense environment! also use you flex dollars on your meal plan!

    In three sentences

    not only is the school amazing, but the city is very awesome as well. it is large, but gives a very homey and safe feeling as you stroll around downtown and off of campus. bogus basin is very close for those who are mountain junkies, and there are lots of trails to bike on. it is a very outdoorsy town and makes you want to get out and do a bunch of stuff. the school most definitely adds to this atmosphere and is most likely the heart of it.

  • 02/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    i feel very secure on campus even through this is a capital city.

    Great for these types of students

    all types... there isn't any group that would feel out of place

    Bang for the buck

    most certainty... i wouldnt rather go anywhere else... this is and excellenct school... what u get is worth far more then you pay for it

    What to do for fun

    sleep... there's sports and clubs for those who are interested. even political

    Food and Dining

    they have a good selection of both good and bad food... there bakery is extremely high quality for a college.

    Dorm Life

    it is much more quite than i had anticipated... military dorms are far louder.

    Academic Rigor

    they have several classes covering a white range of topics. even swimming and dancing.

    In three sentences

    has a wonderful football team. layout is common sence , almost all housing is located together, same with classes. student body is very enthusiastic.

  • 02/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    34 of 142

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    sadly, not that great

  • 03/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    there is activities all the time on campus, as well as clubs and fun places downtown!

    Food and Dining

    the dining hall is not always the best but they have a very wide selection and when you no longer have a meal plan you really miss it.

    Dorm Life

    i loved living in the dorms. the first year you almost have to live in the dorms to meet more people, and really get a sense of college life.

    Academic Rigor

    the classes can be difficult but are very fair.

    Tips for prospective students

    do not allow yourself to get behind. do not let partying be your priority.

    In three sentences

    boise state university is very welcoming. it provides a great deal of activities for students. bsu also provides a lot of tools for students to do well in classes.

  • 03/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    very safe.

    Greek Life

    out of house

    Clubs and Activities

    sororities/frats, student government programs, clubs for every major

    Great for these types of students

    outdoor enthusiasts

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    blue turf :)

    Bang for the buck

    boise is a hidden secret, and a great location.

    What to do for fun

    hiking, yoga, running, fun downtown life!

    Food and Dining

    delicious!

    Dorm Life

    i don't live in the dorms, but i do think they are very nice.

    Academic Rigor

    a lot of the stdents are working full time as well, so the academic load and work load are a lot.

    Tips for prospective students

    bsu isn't just about a great football team.

    In three sentences

    guidance counselors are really turning this place around. they're staying in contact with me, and making my success a priority. classes are better instructed as well.

  • 03/04/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    though not as affordable as cwi, bsu offers a more diverse course listing and a greater opportunity to gain valuable contacts within your chosen field. the added cost is also offset by all of the nearby affordable housing and recreation compared to what is basically sprawl over at cwi in nampa.

    What to do for fun

    you can walk or bike the green belt, disc golf at two nearby parks or float the river if the weather is good. boise has a good nightlife scene for a rural city, and quite a few theaters nearby the campus too.

    Food and Dining

    very diverse and affordable food options on campus with lots of grocery stores and restaurants within walking distance.

    Dorm Life

    i don't live in a dorm, but i hear it's fantastic.

    Academic Rigor

    it is definitely a challenge, but not one that can't be overcome with some application of effort.

    In three sentences

    bsu is a great school in a nice town, with an adverse student and instructor body.

  • 03/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    there is the green belt that you can ride or walk that connects bsu with the rest of boise. it is located conveniently close to downtown which always offers something fun and exciting to do.

    Tips for prospective students

    get on top of the parking situation and transportation. the worst thing possible is when you are running a little late to class and can't find a parking space or are not allowed to because of no permit.

    In three sentences

    boise state has great academics and excellent teachers. the feel of the school is nice and small even though it is a big university. i have always received help when needed and i wouldn't want to go anywhere else.

  • 03/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Tons in Boise, skiing, biking, hiking, pretty much anything outdoorsy.

    Food and Dining

    make your own food.

    Tips for prospective students

    Approach your professors outside of class, like their office hours and network with them, they want to work with students.

    In three sentences

    Professors are very attentive with students in the way that they are available to students either via email, or during their office hours. While some of the undergraduate classes are much too large for a quick connection with the faculty, should one approach professors connections with them are easily established and maintained.

  • 03/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I feel very safe at BSU, I am comfortable walking through campus without any doubts.

    Food and Dining

    So many options!

  • 03/26/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    If you make an effort to look around you can't miss something to do. There is always something to do.

    Food and Dining

    Boise offers several different food plans as well as on and off campus restaurants and there are grocery stores close.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are nice looking and they don't seem to have the traditional negative connotation like other colleges.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes seem challenging but also they look like they have good sizes none of them too big.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure and get everything in on time when applying.

    In three sentences

    Boise looks like the perfect sized school not too big not too small while offering almost any undergraduate program you could want.

  • 03/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    You receive a solid education for the expense.

    What to do for fun

    The surrounding area is wonderful for hiking, biking, skiing, and floating the river.

    Food and Dining

    There are several places throughout campus to get good food.

    Dorm Life

    Living in a dorm is not required of students.

    In three sentences

    Boise State has many academic opportunities. It is mostly a commuter school so there are a few, but not many campus-wide activities. If you like football, it's the place to be.

  • 04/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    43 of 142

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Just stay off the greenbelt at night and you will be gauranteed safety. Each path has a button that can call security immediately. Also, there is always on officer on dutey strolling the campus.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is not super popular at Boise State, but it is definitely growing! -Great way to get involved.

    Clubs and Activities

    Hundreds of clubs are available at Boise and you can even start your own!

    Great for these types of students

    All students!! Boise has a very diverse student life.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Each building on campus has its own story. Some are known to be haunted even. There is also a giant bell in the middle of campus. It is called the excellence bell. Whenever someone is feeling excellent, they ring it.

    Bang for the buck

    Like I said, Boise is a great place to be!

    What to do for fun

    There is always something going on in Boise. There is a lot of recreation as well as a great downtown life. The greenbelt is a paved path that goes right along the Boise river and through campus. It is great for running and biking during the day. Football games here are very big and always a lot of fun to go to. It is great to be a part of BroncoNation. Not to mention, Boise has hundreds of clubs available to join.

    Food and Dining

    Food on campus is good. The only problem is that it gets old. I would suggest getting meal plan number three, because it allows that most flex dollars to go along with your meals. These are nice because you can use them at supporting restaurants.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life - THE BEST! When it comes to which ones to live in, it really depends on your personality. If you plan on spending a lot of time studying, I would live in Keiser or Taylor because you can have your own study space and it is A LOT quiter. If you plan on socializing a lot your freshman year the I would suggest you live in Chaffee or Towers. The only downside to towers is that it is the furthest away.

    Academic Rigor

    Boise State is really on its way to the top when it comes to academics. While the school is really popular among business majors, it also offers a large number of majors to other students. The only complaint I would have is that the programs and requirements are constantly changing.

    Tips for prospective students

    The dorms at Boise State are optional, but if you have the chance to stay in them then definitely do so! You will have a great time meeting friends and getting familiar with the school. You will have so many connections that you wouldnt have staying off campus.

    In three sentences

    Boise State University has been an adventure to say the least so far. Not only has Boise State helped my decide what I want to do with my future, but it has also made me great friends that I know I will have for a lifetime. I couldn't imagine being anywhere else!

  • 04/15/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    BSU, has a huge rec-room where they have plenty actives. Including Weight lifting, swimming, bowling, and plenty of other activities to keep you busy.

    Food and Dining

    Boise State University, has a fine dinning cafeteria in the student union building. They recently upgraded it so it is nicer quality at this time.

    Dorm Life

    i have not staid in the dorms yet, but i have looked them over. The lower dorms are small like the standard dorm, but you can upgrade to a nicer one. They also have activities for the students who live in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    I don't know much about the academic rigor, i wish i know more so i could give you some information about it.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want to learn a life corer this is a good school to attend. You will be able to find people your age, their is a big age group at this college.

    In three sentences

    Great College, filled all my expectations on what a college should be. the people and the professors there are very friendly and dedicated to their school. I am very happy that i will be attending there very soon.

  • 05/08/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Bronco tradition is fueled by excited students. The Taco Bell arena is where most of the magic happens.

    Bang for the buck

    Boise's one of the cheapest schools for Idahoans.

    What to do for fun

    Not only does BSU offer many extra curriculars, the city of Boise offers some of the most fun things to do in Idaho.

    Food and Dining

    There's a lot to do around BSU, especially since it's in the heart of downtown.

    Dorm Life

    BSU's Dorm Life has just been upgraded with new dorms. These are meant to keep older students continually involved.

    Academic Rigor

    BSU is strong is academics while holding strong to sports.

    Tips for prospective students

    It's easy to apply to BSU. Use BroncoWeb and BSU's website as a tool to help you succeed.

    In three sentences

    Boise State is full of energy and opportunity. Their campus is growing rapidly. Boise State Football fuels BSU's student involvement.

  • 05/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    It's a good school for no-traditional students!

    In three sentences

    Upper division classes have been much for accommodating and enjoyable than other class, than my intended major.

  • 05/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Boise State is very safe. There are emergency-poles all over campus with a button for campus security and a button for 911. At every pole you can see the next one.

    Greek Life

    The Greek life is non-traditional in the sense that members do not have designated housing. This prevents acts of hazing. The Greek life is very focused on supporting their philanthropies through fundraising and awareness raising.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many club and intramural sports to play. It is very easy to start your own club for anything you are interested in.

    Great for these types of students

    Students that are interested in outdoor activities and being active.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The excellence bell is there to ring whenever you feel that you've done something excellent. If you are proud of your work and want others to know then one ring will share the good news.

    Bang for the buck

    Boise is very affordable for both in- and out-of-state students.

    What to do for fun

    There are many outdoor recreational things to do such as kayaking, river rafting, rock climbing and caving. Boise is a beautiful city that is both clean and friendly. Riding bikes downtown is always something fun to do.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to explore majors. Make sure you are doing something that makes you happy and that you care about.

    In three sentences

    Boise State University is a health-conscious environment that fosters learning of all kinds. The professors at BSU are inviting to all questions and are excited about what they're teaching. I have been very satisfied with my time at Boise State.

  • 05/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    48 of 142

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Hiking, camping, four wheeling

    In three sentences

    Overall BSU is a very nice place to attend. The campus is well maintained and the instructors have always been very knowledgeable. I plan on receiving my masters from BSU.

  • 05/22/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    So many activities including a wide variety of intramural sports. Boise has plenty to offer off campus as well.

    Food and Dining

    Everything i have eaten there has been excellent. Selection is great.

    Dorm Life

    Haven't been to the dorms, off campus housing for me and my wife.

    Academic Rigor

    Talking to instructors and viewing degree requirements have given me the impression that the academic rigor is difficult but doable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get applications in early. Scholarship applications are due in February and March. Make sure and plan ahead accordingly.

    In three sentences

    My experience has shown a very knowledgeable faculty. The school website is great and campus is very tech friendly. Great high energy campus.

  • 05/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many different clubs at Boise State; a great place to start if you find yourself wanting to meet more people is visit the Student Involvement and Leadership Center on the second floor of the Student Union Building. Lots of amazing people up there!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every Friday is Bronco Fan Friday. Be sure to support your fellow Broncos by wearing your orange and blue! There are always free events on campus; try to find something to do every weekend because you will meet lots of awesome people and will never be bored!

    What to do for fun

    If you're bored, hit up the rec center, the game center, or ride/walk the Green Belt. There is so much to do in Boise!

    Food and Dining

    Food on campus is very good. The Boise River Cafe has so much to offer everyone! There is such diversity on campus and I think it's also reflected in our cuisine!

    Dorm Life

    I didn't stay in the dorms but I heard it's a lot of fun and you make many friends!

    Academic Rigor

    It's very easy to stay engaged in class and the professors are always available to help you out, so be sure to ask!

    In three sentences

    Boise State is a fun, productive environment for every type of student. The staff and students are very understanding and open to helping! We're not just an amazing football team; we have amazing students, academics and spirit that sets up apart from everyone else!

  • 05/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus Safety is very important on Boise State University. Everywhere you walk there is a emergency phone nearby in case anything happens. If you happen to have a night class, there are many street lamps so that you'll always be seen.

    Clubs and Activities

    Surprisingly, there are clubs that I didn't even know exist like Anime Club, Chinese Club, a lot ethnic clubs as well as Student Government or Art Club, Woodshop, etc.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Quad is in the center of campus. Student groups, people from outside, clubs, and whatnot come to the center to advertise, send messages, and sell merchandise among other things. The Student Union Building (SUB) and the Interactive Learning Center (ILC) is two of the most crowded buildings on campus where students can study, eat, or hangout.

    What to do for fun

    There's a swimming pool in the Kinesiology building, a tennis court, a park and zoo right next to the university, a family fun zone in the Student Union Building, etc. Honestly, there is a lot of things you can do. Boise Downtown isn't that far as well; every Saturday there's a farmer's market going on. The Boise Mall is about twenty minutes from campus; you can hike on Table Rock.

    Food and Dining

    The food on campus is a bit expensive, but there a loads of little cafes and restaurants around it that you don't have to spend it on the university.

    Dorm Life

    I've never really lived in the dorms, but I don't think it's a requirement. It just depends on what you prefer and how convenient it is for you.

    Academic Rigor

    A lot of professors make it challenging for you to learn your courses; however, they also give many chances to bring your grade up that you wouldn't really need extra credit.

    Tips for prospective students

    I'd recommend going to ratemyprofessor.com to get a good feel for the professor you have especially if you have a learning style that you'd prefer. Talk to other students who have previously gone and they can normally tell you what's what.

    In three sentences

    Boise State is a great place if you're looking into business or psychology. The math program isn't all that great; it's really hard to find a good teacher. Overall, the general programs and per-requisites for other programs are nice and the teachers are easy to talk to.

  • 05/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Security is everywhere

    Greek Life

    Small right now but it is slowly growing

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots of small groups/clubs that students can participate in

    What to do for fun

    Find a group that you like to be with and hang out with them.

    Food and Dining

    Everything to eat on campus is too expensive. There are lots of places right off campus to eat that are cheap. There are lots of coffee shops on campus

    Tips for prospective students

    If you did well in high school you would have no problem getting in.

    In three sentences

    The location of it is very good. Tuition is still decent but is gradually get larger. Plenty of student housing.

  • 06/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    I enjoy weight lifting, hiking, fishing, camping, gaming, and spending time with my wife.

    Food and Dining

    I don't care for the Boise River Cafe inside the student union. Hardly anything is very fresh, but there are plenty of restaurants in the area to curb any craving.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live in the dorms. I am a nontraditional student.

    Academic Rigor

    Every class has it's challenges and I like that. I don't think it's too difficult.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you enjoy the feel of a small town but want big opportunities of a metropolitan university, BSU is where you want to be.

    In three sentences

    I think Boise State University is a great place to earn an education. The instructors that I've had have been absolutely awesome. The university is also very good place to network and socialize.

  • 06/05/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    The marching band is beloved all across the state, and from what I've heard it's quite fun.

    Great for these types of students

    Music students! The music program is wonderful.

    Bang for the buck

    I'm getting fairly good financial aid, and I have a couple friends who are getting even better packages than I am.

    Food and Dining

    Every time I've eaten at BSU, the food has been delicious. I have no complaints.

    In three sentences

    The campus is lovely and easy to navigate. The buildings are big and beautiful without being overbearing. The campus is always lively and full of students.

  • 06/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus feels very safe. It is well lit and there are public safety services available to all students.

    Greek Life

    No experience. ???

    Clubs and Activities

    Pretty much anything you can think of.

    Great for these types of students

    Any type of student.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I am not sure of any unusual traditions or locations on campus.???

    Bang for the buck

    Great if you are able to pay in-state tuition, but really expensive for out of state college students.

    What to do for fun

    I love to hang out with my family and friends and be out doors. The Boise area has lots of public parks and community activities going on year around.

    Food and Dining

    BSU has a lot of very good food options on campus. If you do not like the food on campus there are multiple dining services surrounding BSU's campus.

    Dorm Life

    I never lived in the dorms at BSU, so I cannot say what it is like.

    Academic Rigor

    From my understanding BSU carries a good academic standing within the college community.

    Tips for prospective students

    Seek out the admission's office staff if you have any questions.

    In three sentences

    Boise State is a wonderful university to attend. The campus life is alive and active and a wonderful place to meet new people. Academically the school has a large variety of majors to choose from.

  • 06/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    They have polls all over campus that call directly to campus security or the police.

    What to do for fun

    There and tons of clubs and movies on campus.

    Food and Dining

    he food is surprisingly SUPER GOOD!!

    Dorm Life

    They have amazing dorms and dorm staff.

    Academic Rigor

    They have great professors and staff.

    Tips for prospective students

    GET INVOLVED!!!

    In three sentences

    BSU is a well rounded and good school. It offers many different options for all students from clubs to majors and minors. BSU also has a great football team!!!

  • 06/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Barely any money out of parents pocket

    What to do for fun

    Get involved in anything. I got involved in Intramural sports!! A blast

    Food and Dining

    Very good!!

    Dorm Life

    Best experience!! Live with someone you don't know

    Academic Rigor

    Teachers are awesome

    Tips for prospective students

    Be yourself!!!

    In three sentences

    Boise is great. I have no complaints and everyone is on the same page education!!

  • 06/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Boise is a great city, so there are many things to do. I personally like to be outdoors a lot, so I hike. There is a river right next to campus with a paved pathway that follows it. People like to walk, run, ride their bikes, etc. on this.

    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of options for food on campus. They have miniature restaurants, such as Subway, drink stores, such as Starbucks, and an on campus dining hall. I bought a dining hall pass one semester, and the food seemed to be just fine. It wasn't amazing, but it was good enough. I really like having the Starbucks on campus because you can quickly go get a drink in between classes for a pick me up.

    Dorm Life

    I haven't lived in the dorms, so I don't know anything about them.

    Academic Rigor

    I have attended one other college besides Boise State and I think the other college was more rigorous. The other college was a Bible college, though, so this might be expected. Overall, I haven't found Boise State that difficult, though. It does challenge me, but it's not impossible.

    Tips for prospective students

    This goes for any college, but be organized. Make sure to get your homework done and pay attention in class, so you don't have to spend more money to take the class again.

    In three sentences

    So far, I have enjoyed Boise State. My core classes were a little boring, because they seemed to repeat things I had already learned in high school, but my upper division courses are much better. My professors are very knowledgeable and personal.

  • 06/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    non traditional

    What to do for fun

    Bike, Flumoat the river, the Boise Art Museum

    Food and Dining

    great nearby local restaurants

    Academic Rigor

    Tough but achievable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Buy a bike.

    In three sentences

    BSU is a flexible, fairly priced institution. The professors are great. They should put more football money back into the school.

  • 07/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    City police department is located on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots of clubs that are great for finding people with your same interests. but not many members in them.

    Great for these types of students

    Football lovers and art students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    BSU football. People are obsessed with it. The entire city turns Blue and Orange on EVERY game day.

    Bang for the buck

    Residents have a great tuition rate and you really get a great education for how much the cost is.

    What to do for fun

    Find a hobby, it is key to keeping sane during college.

    Food and Dining

    The food at the SUB is great!!!

    Academic Rigor

    Always depends on the professor. Always check around for the type of professor that they are for how difficult the class may be for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to get all of the information you need answered early or you my end up behind and the classes at Bose State can be very difficult to get into and this includes the upper division classes. Early is the key at Boise State.

    In three sentences

    Boise State is a great university situated in the center of Boise. The college is a fascinating liberal arts school that provides something for everyone. The life at Boise state is great and a bit more laid back than the other school I attended.

  • 07/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is never very much crime on campus. They also have police polls that you can call 911 or campus police and they will be there fast. It also is a alcohol, smoke free campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    They have a lot of clubs and activities to be involved with at school. Like: Sports, Non traditional things as in dance, yoga, etc...

    Great for these types of students

    Great for out doors, activite, and small town feel people.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The art on the campus can be great and different to see. Boise State use to be an old airport landing. So if you see any plane art around school that's why,

    Bang for the buck

    Don't buy your books from the school or re-sale them to your school! Buy your books online and sell them online.

    What to do for fun

    For fun i like to walk the Greenbelt. Ride my bike around down town. They also have a great market day in the summer and fun eating places downtown! I also fish, play volleyball, tennis, and hang out with new friends.

    Food and Dining

    The school food is AMAZING! There are so many different options to choose from and they are all really good. Just get a dinning package, it is a lot cheaper then buying your meals separate every time.

    Dorm Life

    Make sure you look at all dorm options before you choose one. Roommates can tend to be hard to deal with, but you can always live off campus, or by yourself.

    Academic Rigor

    I have been a straight A student all throughout high school. College is to expensive and to hard to just go and party. I love college and all the friends you make, but homework comes first.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't wait to decided your major. Get all of your generals done first. Visit many campus before you are set on which one you want to go to.

    In three sentences

    Boise State is a great school! If you like hiking, biking, and nature altogether this is the school for you. The teacher are very understanding and laid back.

  • 07/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I feel campus is very safe. They have been working on improving bike riding on campus to make it safer.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    It's a little weird but there is a bell on campus called the excellence bell and people know not to touch it because people pee on it all the time. The football games are the best to go to.

    Bang for the buck

    I feel like I'm getting the best education possible by going to Boise State. It takes a lot to get the money to pay for school so I try my hardest to find grants and scholarships. I am on the dance team and that takes a lot of time but I try to work as much as I can to pay for school because my parents cant afford it.

    What to do for fun

    There is a grass field where you can play soccer, softball, etc. whenever there is not a lacross game going on. There is a bowling alley and pool tables free to students and there is also movie nights free for students.

    Food and Dining

    The BRC (Boise River Cafe) is the main place to eat if you have a meal plan and they have great food. There is all kinds of different places on campus to get food and they are all good.

    Dorm Life

    Personally I haven't lived in the dorms but I have been in my friend's dorms and they are very nice and in most of the dorms all the people living in there become friends.

    Academic Rigor

    Boise State has some very challenging classes and professors but that shows they want you to go far in life and succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Boise State University is located in a beautiful area and has great housing located near campus. Boise State's professors are so helpful and want nothing but for each of their students to pass. The campus is also filled with programs and activities anyone can join.

    In three sentences

    Boise State has great educational programs. The campus is beautiful and the people that attend Boise State are so nice. The faculty provides as much help as they can to each student and want their students to pass.

  • 07/23/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Unknown.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Unknown.

    Bang for the buck

    Unknown.

    What to do for fun

    Read and play with my two year old son.

    Food and Dining

    Unknown

    Dorm Life

    I am 37 and will not live in a dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    I have not attended any classes yet so I have no information on the academic rigor.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early and ask about scholarships.

    In three sentences

    I have had a great experience with applying and the orientation process but I have not attended my first class as of yet.

  • 07/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I fell safe not only on campus but in Boise as a city.

    Greek Life

    Not very prominent on campus but growing.

    Clubs and Activities

    I was in Hall Council and I loved being able to plan and organize events for the dorms!

    Great for these types of students

    Social, easy-going, students. Very laid back campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The hammer at football games and the horse running across the field! So awesome!

    Bang for the buck

    Fairly priced for a public university. Dorms are almost more than tuition though!

    What to do for fun

    Boise is a great town to live in and has a lot of fun things to do! Boise music festival, saturday markets, movies, Shakespeare in the park, outdoor trips, etc.

    Food and Dining

    Got boring really fast.

    Dorm Life

    Had a horrible experience. Very overcrowded.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your major decides how rigorous the program is.

    Tips for prospective students

    APPLY FOR THE HONORS COLLEGE!! If you are eligible apply for honor college, you won't regret it!

    In three sentences

    Great if you love sports. Lacking on the academic side. Has a lot of promise in the academic field if BSU receives adequate funding.

  • 07/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus Security are very visible and there are safety boxes very close to each other in well lit areas.

    Greek Life

    Non-traditional type of fraternity/sorority setting.

    Clubs and Activities

    Boise State offers many opportunities in almost any field with many different types of clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    Students looking for study areas that are comfortable, but not feel like you are in the library. Boise State offers a very active social influence.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    On one end of campus is the Boise Stadium and at the other end is the new Business Micron Center.

    Bang for the buck

    Opportunities for Art connoisseurs, reduced admission for students at the art museum.

    What to do for fun

    Depending on the weather. During the winter, there is snowboarding, skiing, and snowmobile fun. During the summer, there is hiking, many recreational sports, and visits to the national forests or hot tubs/springs.

    Food and Dining

    There are many different types of restaurants on campus as well as some surrounding the campus. Cafeteria dining is comfortable and very social.

    Dorm Life

    I have heard the dorms are nice, but I don't live in them.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics is respected highly, next to sports. Do the work and always try your best. Teamwork is also a necessity, highly influenced at Boise State.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get a map so you don't get lost, if you do, they have a wonderful staff at the Help Desk. Use Tutors religiously, even if you want to check your work.

    In three sentences

    Boise State is very competitive in all areas and school spirit is a must-have. Boise State is full of opportunities for career seeking students. Boise State is open to all individuals.

  • 07/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is the Boise River, a Zoo across the river, a recreational building, and there is downtown Boise nearby.

    Food and Dining

    The food we had there was awesome. There is plenty of variety and there are even nearby places to eat, such as Subway, Chick-Fil-A, Pie Hole, and a whole lot more.

    Dorm Life

    There is a variety of dorms, and new ones are becoming available. It seems they have some for people with different financial statuses.

    Academic Rigor

    They have great buildings for the studying of many different kinds of areas in many different fields.

    Tips for prospective students

    It's not too big of a campus, but make sure you get used to the layout before you start wandering around. You can still get lost.

    In three sentences

    I went for the Orientation in June. It was awesome. It has a great sense of community within the campus and you will most certainly enjoy the experience.

  • 08/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Very good cafiteria.

    Dorm Life

    If you are a freshman try to stay out of the dorms; it is not bad, they just group all the freshmen together so you can be a bit bothersome when you are trying to study.

    Academic Rigor

    It varies depending on the class and teacher; math is harder than English and such.

  • 08/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    The recreation center is open nearly all day long (6am-10pm most days), numerous events and activities and events are planned daily by Dorm RA's and Fraternities, the Boise River is always open to float and is located right next to many dorms, downtown Boise is a mere 5 minute walk, and there is always the excitement of BSU Football on the blue turf!

    Food and Dining

    Depending on your meal plan, you could either gain your Freshman 15 within the first week, or lose 15 pounds within the same time frame. The chefs are kind and willing, and the food is of good quality. There is a Subway, Chick Fillet, Quizno's, Papa John's, and other restaurants on or near campus just in case you don't enjoy the meal plan food!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm rooms are comfortable and fit everyone just fine. If you get into Barnes Towers Hall, be sure to bring some power-strips because there's only one power outlet per person!

    Tips for prospective students

    Be yourself. No matter who you are, you will be adopted and brought into bronco-nation with incredible enthusiasm! Be sure to try and get all required documents and applications in as soon as possible in order to get personal preference on a lot of things.

    In three sentences

    There is an amazing feeling of community on campus. All Boise State students are social and completely accepting, no matter what one's age, interests, or appearances may be. Boise State is an all-inclusive, high-achieving, spirit-oriented, well rounded institution.

  • 09/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    The games are usually a lot of fun. The tailgates are the best part.

    Food and Dining

    The food is pretty good. Like most things that you buy on campus, sometimes it can get expensive.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live in a dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    I have just started school there, and it is not so bad.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stick with your classes for credits. Boise State is small enough that if you go to the right people, they can pull some strings for you to get in the classes that you want to.

    In three sentences

    Boise State is a fairly decent school for being in a smaller town. Students do not find out about the activities very quickly, and the games are not advertised around campus.

  • 09/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I always felt very safe on the Boise State campus. Many times I have had to stay late in the library and had to walk home at midnight. The campus is well lit and I never felt threatened in anyway.

    Clubs and Activities

    Intramural activities are a great way to be involved, yet not having to dedicate too much of your time.

    Great for these types of students

    Boise State is great for students who want to have the college experience as well as getting an education.

    Food and Dining

    Boise State has a great selection of food on campus. There is an Einstein Bros Bagels, Papa Johns, Starbucks, Chick-Fil-A, Subway, Moxie Java, Zoca Mexican Food, and a great grill along with the Boise River Cafe which has absolutely everything. Most of these places take meal replacements, and all take flex dollars, which are all part of the meal plan.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life here is great! There is always things to do, and the close proximity of the dorms make it a must for college life, at least for a year or so.

    Academic Rigor

    Certain classes are very hard depending on the subject. However, coming from a private university, the academic is much less strenuous here.

    In three sentences

    Boise State University is a very fun university. The location is in a great part of Boise. It is definitely a school that wants to help you succeed!

  • 10/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Go to BSU football games or intramurals.

    Food and Dining

    The food in the BRC is wonderful and diverse

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in the dorms

    Academic Rigor

    Some 100 level classes are harder than many 400 level courses.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you like Boise State football, go to BSU. If not, go to ISU.

    In three sentences

    Boise State is a great school for business majors and Boise State Football fans. People who are not within one of these two groups will feel out of place at times. The classes are not overly hard, but still challenging.

  • 10/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    I relax on the beautiful campus

    Food and Dining

    lots of food choices spread around campus from the Interactive Learning Center to the Student Union Building.

    Dorm Life

    I don't stay in the dorms

    Academic Rigor

    The class work can be difficult and challenging but every staff member wants to see you succeed and can point you to resources to perform well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in the school activities or in the community! Go to a BSU football game at least once (you get free tickets).

    In three sentences

    Boise State University has a beautiful campus and is in a small but active city. I haven't had any professors that I haven't liked yet. And this school is constantly growing and innovating

  • 10/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be intimidated, there are many people available to help you succeed.

    In three sentences

    Boise State is a good inexpensive option to get a good education in Boise Idaho.

  • 10/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    There are sororities and fraternities to join, but they don't have houses.

    Great for these types of students

    Any!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The campus is right next to the greenbelt, which most cities don't have.

    Bang for the buck

    Being a freshman, Im only taking general courses, but so far most of the professors are giving you your money's worth of teaching.

    What to do for fun

    There is a greenbelt next to campus to ride bikes, skateboards, roller blade, walk, run, jog, etc. The campus also offers over 200 clubs to join, some being simple like a nerf club. Boise state always offers opportunities to get involved in the community and in school organizations.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in a dorm.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do the homework and readings professors assign you because they honestly will help you understand the class material better. Always ask questions if you have them, professors love to answer them. use up your resources for help if you ever need it.

    In three sentences

    Boise State has a beautiful campus, located centrally in downtown Boise. The school offers college credit classes to high school students, so upon enrolling you could have a few classes already finished. It also has a variety of resources for help and class advising.

  • 10/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are emergency call posts all over campus, but I have heard of multiple dorm room robberies already this year. A student in one of my classes was held at gunpoint. Fortunately for him, the robbers (also students) were inexperienced in what they were doing and the victims were able to fight them off.

    Greek Life

    I have no opinion because I am in no way affiliated with the Greek System at Boise State.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a bunch of clubs and school-wide activities. They advertise them pretty well. And if you can't find the club you want, you can create it.

    Great for these types of students

    Boise State is good for those who want an education, and want to learn, but also want to be decently involved in activities such as sports.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Boise State football is a big deal. Most students go to the games, and that can be a very unifying atmosphere.

    Bang for the buck

    Get scholarships and you will be very happy. Without them, it is still a cheap school, but it just isn't as fun.

    What to do for fun

    The greenbelt runs right along campus and is beautiful. It is nice to take a walk or a bike ride along there. Downtown is very close, and the BODO area is always thriving with activities during every season of the year. There are concerts almost everyday, ranging from big time names at the Morrison Center, to small underground groups at the local Flying M coffee shop.

    Food and Dining

    I do not have access to the food served to those who live in the dorms. The food served in the Student Union Building (SUB) foot court area is disgusting The food served in the Interactive Learning Center (ILC) is better.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live in the dorms. I live off campus. One friend told me she hates living in the dorms, but I have overheard good things about living in Driscoll, the Honor's dorm house.

    Academic Rigor

    Most of the freshman classes are fairly simple and straightforward, however, just because a class does not require intense effort, does not mean you don't have to give it. Putting in extra time and effort to gain a stronger grasp of the material is never a bad idea. It can make the class more entertaining and in my perspective, makes my tuition money go further.

    Tips for prospective students

    -Use the resources available to you. This includes the technology you are able to check out, the databases you are allowed to use, the teachers who are there to help you during office hours, and the lectures/workshops which are hosted regularly. -Register as early as possible. Waiting until the last minute only guarantees you stress. -Check your University email every day. -Don't schedule early morning classes if you are not positive you can handle them. -Learn proper etiquette for emailing professors. -Participate in class discussions, even if you don't think you have much to add, it lets the teacher and the students know you are there and paying attention.

    In three sentences

    The campus is very clean and easy to maneuver through, but most of the buildings are very cold. Teachers are helpful if they know you care. Some effort is required for every class, but like any part of life, the more you put into it, the more you will get out of it.

  • 10/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is literally emergency beacons everywhere in sight on campus that one could run to if they felt unsafe. The campus is often safe at night to walk or ride around on.

    Greek Life

    The Greek life here is pretty awful, the campus is dry which makes a lot of the Greek houses lose their main purpose. Unfortunately the Greek life is also fairly expensive, especially when compared to other schools.

    Clubs and Activities

    No opinion, I am not part of any clubs or activities.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone who doesn't have to take a lot of math credits and doesn't mind getting around campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are some weird things that happen on campus, many religious people are often on the quad trying to convert passerby by yelling various things at them. The quad is also often used as an art showcase and interesting things get seen this way.

    Bang for the buck

    The dorms are obnoxiously expensive and there are lots of misc. fees that you don't actually know what you're paying for. However what you do get for your money is a nice set up but they could do better.

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of activities planned by the school throughout the year that are quite fun. Otherwise there are some clubs and bars near campus that students of appropriate age would likely enjoy.

    Food and Dining

    The campus has a wide variety of food choices and the Boise River Cafe is always a delicious meal. With downtown Boise within walking distance it makes finding something unique fairly simple too.

    Dorm Life

    Living in Barnes Towers has probably been the best part of my college experience so far. The number of people that are just really awesome blows my mind and I'm always connecting with new people and learning new things.

    Academic Rigor

    Most classes are difficult but fun because you end up learning a lot of interesting things that you can apply in everyday life. Some like math however, need work and give the school a bad name.

    Tips for prospective students

    A means of transportation would be necessary whether that be a bike or long-board or even a car.

    In three sentences

    A fun time in a great atmosphere, the food and people are great. Most departments have great curriculum and are entertaining and thought provoking. However the Math dept. could use some work.

  • 11/02/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    good food and environment

    Dorm Life

    friendly poeple

    Academic Rigor

    great classes

    In three sentences

    Very beautiful campus and housing, friendly people and great sports

  • 11/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Boise State is a very safe school! I haven't had any problems, and people take care of each other. I feel very safe on campus. The campus police are friendly and kind. They are always there to assist and give out parking tickets. Thus keeping us safe and obeying the law.

    Greek Life

    I am not involved in greek life, so I am not helpful in this area.

    Clubs and Activities

    I haven't joined any clubs yet, but I know that they are very organized. Also Boise State is very good about helping out all clubs to be successful.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for any type of student! I have met so many different people, and everyone finds there own little niche. There are places for everyone, and opportunities to share.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    My challenge for a prospective student, get on campus and yell BOISE... then pause. You will get a response from everyone on campus saying STATE! Whenever you are feeling like you don't matter, try it and realize everyone loves this school.

    Bang for the buck

    I had a scholarship for the first 2 years of college, so I think I'm paying more than what I should, but everyone else I talk to says that I am lucky! And I will believe them, I just feel like college students are poor, so everything is expensive. But this school is awesome and worth every penny for the experiences you gain.

    What to do for fun

    There is so much to do for fun! Football games are a must, as long with any athletic event. Boise State also has volunteer Saturdays for service opportunities. We are close to the mountains, to enjoy the fresh air of a hike or bike ride on the greenbelt. Boise also has a discovery center, and art museums that will blow your mind. Many fun things to do here in Boise. It is a very interactive community!

    Food and Dining

    There is always great places to eat! If you can't find what you want on campus, there are so many restaurants that support students just down the street. There are always coupons for students and the food is great!

    Dorm Life

    I haven't lived in the dorms, but I know that a lot of people really enjoy it. There are some very nice places on campus to live, and the convenience of it all, is fantastic.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on the classes, sometimes academics is difficult. But you have teachers that are willing to help, and make sure you are doing the best that you can.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would recommend researching your interest in a field of study. Take a wide variety of classes your first semester, to make sure that is what you want. It will broaden your vision of your potential future. Do not give up on trying for a specific program you want because there are people at Boise State that want you to succeed.

    In three sentences

    Boise State University is a school full of Bronco Pride! We bleed blue and orange especially on football game days. I would rate Boise State a ten out of ten college.

  • 11/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always feel really safe on campus, but they offer escorts if that is something that is needed.

    Greek Life

    We just got Greek life back, but from what I heard everything is going great, and they are fun.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are TONS of clubs on campus!! You are more than likely to find one for you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a bell of achievement that you ring every time you do well on any sort of exam, but I would strongly discourage you from touching that bell!

    Bang for the buck

    The tuition isn't that bad, but it is definitely worth every penny.

    What to do for fun

    I usually hang out with my roommates and hall mates. We will get together and go eat as a group, go see a movie on campus, go exercise, venture downtown, watch Boise State football games for free, or just take random trips to Taco Bell.

    Food and Dining

    The main place I go to eat is the Boise River Cafe, and with them it's kind of a hit and miss. Sometimes the food is really really good, but other times some things just don't taste that great at all.

    Dorm Life

    I absolutely adore my roommate!! They did a great job at putting us together! I live in Driscoll, so this dorm is one of the oldest ones on campus, but if you want they have newer dorms if that's an issue.

    Academic Rigor

    The freshmen classes are relatively easy, but Boise State does offer more challenging class if that's what you want.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure that you enroll as soon as possible. Classes fill up really quick and sometimes you can get the professor to put you in a class if you really need it. Also, make sure that you turn in ALL of the documents financial aid needs!! This will hold you up really bad, but I'm sure Boise State isn't the only college that does that.

    In three sentences

    Boise State is a wonderful university. They are really determined to help all students in anyway possible. The classes are also great, the teachers really make you feel comfortable and make class enjoyable.

  • 11/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are events frequently at the Morrison Center, annual Football games, there is a gym that is free for full-time students, as well as Gamma member events.

    Food and Dining

    There is great variety of food options around and on campus. Chick-fil-a is in the Student Union Building and there is even a Starbucks inside of the library.

    Dorm Life

    There is a large selection of dorms, however they are quite small. Pack minimally.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses are very challenging and the professors for the majority, are very knowledgable about the subjects they teach. Get ready for homework however, the professors do not lie when they say set aside the required amount of hours advised for homework for this class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in an organization to meet other students that share the same interests as you. Watch some plays at the Morrison Center, they are quite delightful.

    In three sentences

    BSU is a university located in the heart of downtown Boise that is well-known for the Boise State Broncos football team. It has a lot of student diversity and campus housing options. The campus is very clean and well-kept and the walking distance between classes is minimal.

  • 11/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    All the building have individual locks that can only be opened with your ID card and your room is locked by key. My roommate lost his key and in order to ensure safety the next morning the maintenance crew came and put in a new lock and gave us new keys. They are always around to answer questions and offer help. I have never felt unsafe on campus.

    Greek Life

    Greek is weak. There is only a few frats that have houses and no sorority houses that I know of. Some of my friends pledged anyways and they seem to like it but they don't do much as chapters.

    Clubs and Activities

    I play on the club soccer team and do a ton of intramural sports. They are tons of fun and another great way to meet new people. They are offered all year round and finding a team is one of the easiest things to do on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Boise is really open and helpful to all types of students. If we don't have your exact degree we probably have one really close!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    On campus football is huge! We tailgate all day and play like champions. There is a haunted building on campus and bell with a lot of history.

    Bang for the buck

    It is super cheap. A lot of Oregon, Washington, and California students come here because it is cheaper than in state tuition to any schools in their states. Books are great and the flat rate for credits is really nice. The housing is a little steep for the amenities offered but the experience of the dorms is worth every penny.

    What to do for fun

    There is always tons of options for entertainment. We have bowling, pool, a real swimming pool, ping pong, pianos, a movie theater, and more just on campus. Then we are a 5 minute walk to downtown Boise where there are a ton of Bars, Restaurants, another movie theater, and a sports arena where the semi pro hockey and basketball teams play. And like any other college there is always the house parties around campus as well.

    Food and Dining

    We have so many options here at BSU, we have a Panda Express, Subway, two Starbucks, and many more choices around campus. Most importantly is the Boise River Cafe. This is the on campus cafeteria. It is buffet style and you will always be able to find some food that will hit the spot.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are absolutely the best place to live. I have met so many really cool people that I feel really close to. You will meet at least 10 people in the first semester that will become some of your closest friends.

    Academic Rigor

    School here is really hard. It is a lot different than high school in the fact that you live it not just go as a chore everyday. If you set up some time everyday you will finish all of your assignments and easily get those A's and B's the parents want you to get.

    Tips for prospective students

    You should definitely live on campus, bring a bike or longboard, and be ready to work hard and play hard. I've met a ton of really amazing people here at BSU and I get excited to go back at the end of our breaks. You will have homework but the library is an amazing place to study and you can always invite some friends to go with you. The biggest tip of all is come ready to have fun and meet lots of really amazing friends.

    In three sentences

    Overall, I love Boise State. The balance between school and fun is just right and there is tons of amazing people to do both with. The teachers aren't the greatest but they all love to help and want you to succeed.

  • 11/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I love the quad, so many people walk through there and there is always something going on!

    What to do for fun

    Hangout with people on my floor. We do activities like Boys do girls makeup and decorating our floor/living room.

    Food and Dining

    Food is good, but the walk to get food sucks. Most people just stick to going to the ILC because the SUB is all the way across the campus from where my dorms are at.

    Dorm Life

    I love living in the dorms. Even though I live around a bunch of strangers, they are no longer like strangers they are more of a family. I can't wait to be life-long friends with some of them.

    Academic Rigor

    There aren't any that I am aware of for myself. The hardest thing is to not procrastinate.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you have questions or problems; go get help, don't just sit and wait for the help to come to you. Make friends, it helps the craziness of college seem less crazy.

    In three sentences

    Boise State is very friendly. Being a scared freshman all the ideas of how bad it could be swarm through your head, but going to Boise State was not scary at all. They try to do their best at giving you all the help that you could need.

  • 11/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus security does do a great job at keeping the campus safe.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for older adults who are not looking for the college experience but simply a degree.

    Bang for the buck

    The only way this school is worth the costs is if you stick to your major choice and are willing to graduate with a degree in the medical program or possibly engineering program.

    What to do for fun

    Become a football fan.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are simple. If you were coming to this school in hopes of getting a great education, unless you are planning on having a career in the medical field then this is not a school for you. The education is as simple as high school.

    Tips for prospective students

    This school will try to keep you in school for all you are worth when it comes to money. The requirements to graduate are constantly changing and it is causing students like me to rack up so much money that I can't even afford to graduate as planned.

    In three sentences

    The are terrible with bringing in transfer students and allowing them to finish their degree in time. I was a transfer student and thanks to them I am in my sixth year of college and they won't allow me any more financial aid to finish. I do enjoy their professors but I do not like that they offer the same classes as other Universities but do not allow for simple transfer

  • 11/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    it is sufficient and there are safety phones placed all over the place. except do not leave your bike unchained it will disappear.

    Greek Life

    i dont know what this means

    Clubs and Activities

    wide range of choice

    Great for these types of students

    has plenty to offer club wise and community activites

    Bang for the buck

    it is well worth the tution price

    What to do for fun

    be outdoors

    Food and Dining

    good choices availble but again depends on your income.

    Dorm Life

    not really worth the money

    Academic Rigor

    it is a good soft begining for freshman to get use to college.

    Tips for prospective students

    be sure to have a place to live the dorms are fun but not necessarily economically friendly

    In three sentences

    it is just what you would expect the college experihence to be. it is well worth it's tution fee. it has a beautiful campus.

  • 11/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is very important. Boise State takes the time to inform people of the dangers and Boise state is proactive about informing the public of where emergency equipment is located.

    Bang for the buck

    School id getting to be very expensive for me at this point. I work part and financial aid is going to be some thing of the past soon, so I could use all the help I can get.

    What to do for fun

    I love to read as well as travel when I have time. I enjoy cooking for my family and friends.

    Food and Dining

    Never have checked out the dinning. However, the dinning area looks very well organized, and a friendly atmosphere

    Dorm Life

    I do not resided on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Boise State takes pride in keeping you up dated to new events regarding your academic. The financial aid office is a great place to find where you are standardly. They're all very personable and helpful.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take a tour of the campus see whats to be offered. There are all types of clubs and activities for individuals seeking to enroll.

    In three sentences

    Boise state is a very friendly university, the professors are down to earth and eager to see you succeed. The campus is well maintained, and students take pride in their education. Overall pride!

  • 12/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe, so far as I know.

    Greek Life

    Practically non-existent. Annoying greek members in the quad is about the extent of it.

    Clubs and Activities

    Tons of clubs and activities. Unfortunately, most cost money and do not happen in the evenings.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone really. Very diverse.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Boise State Football is a huge event. Taco Bell arena is always hosting nationally famous musicians. The morrison center is regularly putting on broadway plays.

    Bang for the buck

    So long as you're a resident.

    What to do for fun

    You can float the river, mountain bike, snowboard, hike, raft, kayak, swim, boat, etc... Tons of outdoor activities.

    Food and Dining

    Absolutely great food and dining! Boise River Cafe is tantalizing. Subway, Chik-fil-a, grilleworks, papa johns, la tapatia, tex-mex, mai-thai, etc...

    Dorm Life

    Unknown to me.

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on the major.

    Tips for prospective students

    Register for classes on the earliest date possible!

    In three sentences

    Boise state is a big school, with a lot of activities. Low student involvement with the greek system (thankfully). Always something interesting happening in the quad.

  • 12/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus security is very prominent throughout the campus. From what I am aware of, very few crimes have been committed on campus and students are generally safe. I have never had anything stolen on campus and never felt uncomfortable or uneasy.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is not prominent, but exists and is available for those who want to participate.

    Clubs and Activities

    Any club you want is either available or you can start it

    Great for these types of students

    Outdoors people, business and engineering majors

    Bang for the buck

    Boise State has offered me a great education experience, especially within the honors college. If you want to do something here, it is either available or you can start the process to make it available.

    What to do for fun

    Many outdoor activities, volunteer opportunities, a night life and much more. Boise is a pretty appealing place for people of all ages. Expect to be active!

    Food and Dining

    The BRC is your main option and located close to all dorms except Towers and Suites. The food is alright, but nothing to complain about. Meal replacements are also available during the day at the ILC, which is close to many class buildings as well as Towers and Suites. This allows you to use a meal swipe to obtain food at places other than the BRC.

    Dorm Life

    A lot of dorm options with activities and such integrated into dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are easy and some are hard. The same as a typical University. Upper division classes are generally a large transition from lower division courses.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't pass over BSU. Our reputation is rapidly changing and you are sure to get the education that you are looking for as well as outdoors experiences among other fun activities.

    In three sentences

    Boise State is an emerging university in research and education. The reputation is rapidly changing from that of a community college to a renowned university. Boise State caters to many disciplines, with its engineering and business programs being the most prestigious.

  • 12/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Boise is a safe town to begin with, and campus security adds even more to that. There are emergency call posts everywhere on campus, security is patrolling 24/7, and security will personally escort you places if you feel unsafe, simply call their number. I spend late nights at the library and never feel unsafe walking back to my dorm.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is something that is just starting to take off at Boise State. As a result, there are many opportunities to get involved. I am not personally involved in Greek life, but those friends I know involved have enjoyed it and are happy they made the decision to pledge, whether it was a social or service fraternity/sorority.

    Clubs and Activities

    Boise State wants to get you involved! They are huge on student involvement and there is virtually a club or organization for any type of student. If there isn't a club you want to join, you can make one. One student I know of couldn't find a club he wanted to join, so he made one of his own: A Nerf Gun Fight Club. Seriously, anything is possible. They almost always have some sort of activity going on sponsored by the Get Involved Committee whether it be bingo, concerts, or puppy therapy sessions during finals. Student life is basically everything you'd want and more.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who want to go out of state for cheap. Students looking to get involved and have access to tons of on campus activities. Students looking for a fun city with a lot to do. Students wanting to participate in Honors College. Students interested in Social Work. Students interested in Engineering. Students interested in Political Science. Students who like to work out and want to have access to a killer rec center.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have our own personal concert hall on campus that is shaped like the state of Idaho from an aerial view. The Boise River is right behind campus where you can swim, raft, and fish. You can practically fish out of your dorm window if you wanted. One of our classrooms in the communications building is haunted. Our football turf is blue. How can you get cooler than blue turf?

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition wise, it's about as cheap as you can get for an Idaho school. Housing can get really expensive, but besides that, it's pretty affordable. Many students come here from Washington, Oregon, Nevada, and California because our out of state tuiton is cheaper than their in state. Also, getting out of state tuition is fairly easy too. It's not the cheapest, but for the quality of education and all the opportunities you get to have access to, I'd say it's worth the money.

    What to do for fun

    Not to be biased, but Boise is probably the greatest town on earth for fun. At Boise State, you are a 5 minute walk from downtown where we have all the ammenities of a metropolitan area from the arts to awesome food. If that's not your cup of tea, we're a 20 minute drive from camping, hiking, and ski hills. We have the Boise River right behind campus for swimming, rafting, and fishing. If you don't want to go anywhere, there is always an activity of some sort to get involved with on campus. There is something for everyone.

    Food and Dining

    The food in the cafeteria (the BRC) is pretty awesome. All you can eat and there are a lot of options. Usually good quality too, except for the pizza, it's give or take depending on the day. If you get tired of that, there's a bunch of restaurants like Chick Fil A, Subway, and Einstein Brother's Bagels on campus that you can use flex dollars with, which are like a meal. I'd recommend the least amount of meals in the BRC and the most amount of flex.

    Dorm Life

    We have some really awesome dorm options at Boise State, but be prepared to pay a pretty penny for them. Living on campus is expensive! There are a variety of housing options to pick from, so there is probably something that fits what you're looking for. Check out their website for specifics. The RA's in each dorm do lots of activities to get people involved and do whatever they can to make you comfortable. If you don't mind sharing a room, I'd recommend Towers hands down. Apply for Driscoll or Morrison if you want a single. You don't have to buy toilet paper or clean your bathrooms in those dorms either.

    Academic Rigor

    Boise State is as hard as you make it. There are going to be classes require minimal work (Music 100 with Justin Stamps is one of those if you're looking for an easy A) and there will be classes designed to kick your butt and stretch you academically (Social Work 101 with Royce Hudson. Not recommended if you aren't planning on studying). I think it's completely possible to make academics at this university as easy or as hard as you want. If you are looking for a challenge, join the Honors College. It will challenge your critical thinking skills, give you a more rigorous curriculum, and you get perks like priority registration for classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take a tour and look around campus. Just being there will let you feel the positive atmosphere. Apply for ALL the scholarships. Get involved with as much as you possibly can handle. There is so much to do. If you can play a musical instrument, do marching band. It will change your life. If you are even considering Honor College, apply. It will also change your life. Talk to your professors. They love it when you take the effort to ask questions outside of class. Live on campus your first year. It's expensive, but it's so much fun and you get to meet a lot of people.

    In three sentences

    I highly reccomend Boise State University and will to anyone who asks me. It has a great campus life, tons of student involvment opportunities, and great school spirit from both the students and the exciting city of Boise. It also has great academic, job, and internship opportunities.

  • 01/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    AMAZING campus safety here at Boise State. Even when school isn't in session, you can see campus driving around constantly. They aren't over protective and do let us have fun though. For example, to kill time sometimes, we'd take tennis balls, and bounce them off random objects to hit a target. Simple game that doesn't harm anything, and it's just for fun. When security saw us, he asked us what we were doing, we explained, and he asked if he could try it out. Our CS is always around but never too strict with students if they aren't doing anything wrong.

    Greek Life

    Greek life isn't large at all, but it's growing. When it comes to sororities, we're an Alpha campus, so all of them begin with Alpha. (Alpha Chi, Alpha Zi, Alpha Gama, ect.) They are much more community service based than the typical Greek life you see at large colleges.

    What to do for fun

    On campus, there is tons of things to do like the rock climbing wall, the Rec center that has a pool and hot tub. If you're into sports, this place is really for you though. Football games are the biggest thing to happen all year, and as soon as that ends, it's basketball season. Off campus, skiing is no more than 30 minutes away along with floating the river in the summer.

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall, which we call BRC, or the berk for short, has a lot of different options for you. They do a really great job at helping people like myself who have food allergies and will make special food upon request every time. We also have things like Subway, Starbucks, Papa John's, and Panda Express on campus which you can use your meals for!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is fantastic here at Boise State, they're all located right next to the stadium which is fantastic for games, and the farthest you'll have to walk to get to class is 10 minutes.

    Academic Rigor

    Of course, the Academic rigor is going to be different everywhere, but I believe it is what you make it. Although Boise State has a low graduation rate, you get much more personal help in classes and is a small campus where you wont feel like you're left out in your degree. The college makes you want to succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    The best advice I can give you is put yourself out there. Come to Boise State, take a tour of the college, look around town. If you're looking for a huge campus and big city living, Boise State isn't for you. But, if you love the outdoors, football, and having tons of school spirit, Boise is the right place for you

    In three sentences

    I came to BSU knowing no one, right out of high school. Boise State is a small town college with tons of school spirit that makes you want to be involved with every activity you can make time for. Even in my third year, I'm still meeting people from all over the country thanks to the BSU community.

  • 01/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The Boise State Campus is remarkably safe! There is always campus security walking around that are there to help if need be. The only crime really found on campus is someones bike getting stolen, other than that it is a very nonviolent campus.

    Greek Life

    I was a person that always turned my nose up at Greek life until I researched what it was like at Boise State. The Greek Life at BSU is much smaller than it is at other schools across the nation but it still offers the same benefits. The Greek system operates as one big community/family. We hold ourselves to the same standards if not higher as other schools. Joining a fraternity or sorority is a great way to get involved, form life-long bonds and friendships, and build networks for the future.

    What to do for fun

    There are many fun things to do both on and off campus. When the weather is nice many students get together and float down the river on the edge of campus. Many also utilize Boise's Green Belt that runs right along the river. Aside from those activities, another really fun thing to do is go to all the sporting events and showing off your bronco pride!

    Food and Dining

    There are many food and dining services found around campus. The main dining hall, Boise River Cafe is found in the Student Union Building. However, there are other restaurants found in the ILC like, Papa Johns, Panda Express, Einstein's Bagels, Starbucks and Moxie Java.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is once again what you make of it! There are various residence halls open to students ranging from traditional 2 person, community style dorms, to 4-8 person suite style dorms. Each dorm also offers ways to be involved, like Hall Council, working the front desk, or working at the Grill located in Chaffee Hall. In the dorms, you are most likely going to meet the people that will become your best friends throughout college.

    Academic Rigor

    Boise State has high academic standards and wants nothing less than the best for its students. Boise State University has one of the best business and economics departments on this side of the country.

    Tips for prospective students

    College is what you make of it. For this reason, stay informed of different activities going on around campus, this will give you many more chances at meeting new people and chances at getting involved. Some of the best advice I ever got was to get involved in clubs, the greek system, or sports. Getting involved is remarkably beneficial, especially for new freshmen.

    In three sentences

    Boise State University is a great school that offers many extensive education opportunities. Boise state has a small community feel with big city opportunities. The school has many ways to keep students on track in their academics.

  • 01/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    So many things to do...skiing is only an hour away. Camping is about the same, and there's an immeasurable amount of hiking. If you like the outdoors, Boise is the perfect spot: urban sprawl and innovation surrounded by easily accessible and diverse landscapes. If you like being in town, there's plenty of things to do downtown and at different locations as you get to know more people (which is easy considering the small but not too small size of Boise).

    Food and Dining

    There's lots of good food in Boise. With Boise State being right next to downtown, there's a load of places to choose from. Not to mention the availability of food on campus. My favorite spot is Einstein Brothers Bagel company right in the middle of campus.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms seem fun, although I've never lived in one myself. I would say that on campus housing, such as the low priced houses in the surrounding areas, are a much more fun way to go. It's awesome to have roommates that share your course load and there's plenty of fun things to do and people to meet within walking distance.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes at Boise State are what you make of them. Yes, they require studying and hard work. But in some it's easy to skate by in light of all the stress. At the same time, it's important to realize that you'll take from each course what you want to take from it; you learn what you want to learn and you keep the knowledge that you want to keep.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would tell prospective students to be as active as you can: get ahead in planning, join clubs and organizations that sound interesting to you, and do everything you can to move forward. There's no end to what you can do as long as you want to do it.

    In three sentences

    Boise State University is the kind of place that makes you become what you want to be. It has taught me that my education will be exactly what I make it. There is every opportunity to make something of yourself as long as you're willing to go for it.

  • 01/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    The BRC is phenomenal! There are also many other dining options including: Chick-Fil-A. Panda Express, papa johns, subway... etc...

    Dorm Life

    Staying on campus provides very good experiences.

    Academic Rigor

    Overall it is your average university, but do not be fooled. Courses can be strenuous.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get Involved.

    In three sentences

    The perfect university for me. Professors know what they are talking about. Love the physics department.

  • 01/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    BSU takes safety as a number one priority. They have big blue call boxes in case somebody is in trouble or even if they feel unsafe, a security guard will escort them across campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a bell on campus that you ring every time you achieve something excellent.

    Bang for the buck

    The BSU rec services are outstanding. The gym is almost always open and is very clean and there is plenty of equipment.

    What to do for fun

    Always stuff going on. Sororities and Fraternities are always having events and they are always super fun.

    Food and Dining

    The BRC is a delicious place to eat. It is always different styles of cuisine and the staff is very friendly. BSU also has other options like Chik-fil-A and the Choices at the ILC.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are clean and well staffed. Most dorms have pool tables and ping pong to use at any time as well as t.v.s for the residents to use.

    Academic Rigor

    Doing the work and attending class will ensure passing classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Dress warm and get involved early in the year.

    In three sentences

    Boise is a very clean, safe, and fun learning environment. Everybody is very nice and respectable. Boise State University has the feeling that they really care about your academics.

  • 01/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Since I have been going to BSU for 3 semesters, there has only been one attack on the green belt behind BSU.

    Greek Life

    None.

    Clubs and Activities

    I know there are a lot of them, there is Green Speed who have a truck that runs on bio fuels and currently has a record speed of 203 mph.

    Great for these types of students

    Boise State is a really good school for students majoring in Computer Sciences and Engineering majors.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I haven't spent a lot of time participating in school activities, but this semester I learned that you never ring the brass bell near the SUB, because it is tradition for guys to pee on it often...

    Bang for the buck

    The school is affordable compared to other popular universities and it also provides a great education.

    What to do for fun

    Boise State University has a great surrounding atmosphere. Right next door is the Boise Zoo, 2 museums, the Boise River and downtown is a hop, skip and a jump away. In winter there is Skiing about 45 minutes away, sledding around town but especially popular at Simplot Hill, coffee shops, local events, and running events. In the summer there are more activities like floating the river, river surfing, fishing, boating, rope swings, bicycling on the green belt, kayak parks, rafting, camping, skate parks, hiking, swimming, 1st Thursdays where all museums are free year round, and many other activities going on daily in the Boise Weekly.

    Food and Dining

    Food is more expensive than it should be in the cafeteria, but there is a lot to choose from. There are also a couple of subways on campus, a chic filet and other restaurants close by.

    Dorm Life

    I do not know, I have not lived in a dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    It is above average.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely apply for federal grants, and when you get into BSU talk with advisers to get your academic plan set up. Do this so you don't waist a single moment or dollar on getting your degree!

    In three sentences

    The school is well accredited and provides a great education. There are many opportunities to get study help from teachers and students. Boise State football is very popular!

  • 01/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus security is always available, and I always feel safe on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    Both clubs and activities through the school are amazing! They help you meet new people and keep you engaged and entertained.

    Great for these types of students

    All students would be successful at Boise State.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The BRC is a great place on campus to eat and hang out with friends.

    Food and Dining

    The food at Boise State is great! There is a wide variety of resteraunts and stores on campus which come in handy.

    Dorm Life

    Living in the dorms is amazing! It is a great way to meet great friends, helps keep you busy when you have free time, and gives you easy access to fellow student help.

    Academic Rigor

    Boise State is a school in which you must stay focused to be successful.

    Tips for prospective students

    Students need to do their homework when they receive it, keep you priorities in check, and do not procrastinate because it will come back to haunt you and cause you much more stress.

    In three sentences

    Boise State is a great university, which provides me with the appropriate tools and classes to achieve my degree. I enjoy the student atmosphere on campus and enjoy living on campus. Boise State is definitely a college I would recommend to a friend.

  • 02/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Extremely safe campus. If there is trouble though they have emergency contact stations spaced everywhere around campus. These emergency stations can contact campus security or the police with the push of a button.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 200 clubs, which range from recreational (Nerf Club) to academic (Engineering club).

    Great for these types of students

    All types.

    Bang for the buck

    Boise State does a great job at providing services and opportunities at the cheapest price they can offer.

    What to do for fun

    Boise State University provides many activities. They have a bowling alley, free movie nights, and plenty of sports to watch or participate in.

    Food and Dining

    I provide my own food, but when I pass by the dining hall their is always tons of delicious food in there.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live in the dorms. They are nice from what I have seen on the tours.

    Academic Rigor

    This depends on the major you are in. I am currently in Mechanical Engineering, which is more difficult than most other degrees. I am constantly busy with assignments. While other people I know that are in other majors are not as swamped with homework.

    Tips for prospective students

    Have a direction in mind so that they can more effectively help you on your path to a degree.

    In three sentences

    Boise State University provides an excellent, quality education at a reasonable tuition. They strive to improve the students experience wherever they can. They are constantly growing, which improves every branch of education.

  • 02/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Boise is a very safe place to live.

    What to do for fun

    Boise as a city is amazing. Boise is a great place to live and provides a lot of things to do. The university itself doesn't really offer a lot.

    Food and Dining

    I do not live on campus and therefore do not eat in the cafeteria

    Dorm Life

    It is mostly a commuter campus. Many students live at home, most students are older, have families and full time jobs. I do not live on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Incredibly low.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are looking into the school, stick to the hard sciences as the Chemistry Department offers some semblance of academic rigor. The math department is atrocious so take math during high school if you can.

    In three sentences

    BSU is a mediocre school. It is great for people who already live in Boise, have a job and family and just want to continue their education but not uproot their lives. I would not recommend moving here for the academics.

  • 02/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    There is a great potential for the Greek life at BSU because the Greek life is just starting to grow, so a student can become a founding member of an Greek organization still which is a great accomplishment.

    Great for these types of students

    Athletic, computer savvy, business oriented, and for people that love the outdoors.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    At the football games, the ROTC student fire a blank cannon after a touchdown.

    What to do for fun

    The Rec, fishing on the Boise River, outdoor programs, intramural sports, and also clubs and organizations around campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    To figure out a Major or area of interest within your first semester of college. Join as many groups, organizations, or clubs as possible.

    In three sentences

    BSU is a growing and up and coming university that is quickly turning into a more selective and prestigious academic institution. As a student, I have found my niches in clubs and organizations where I have built friendships, have come upon resume building opportunities, have extended my social network, and have learned valuable real world knowledge otherwise not easily found in traditional courses. Everyday I look forward to going to class due to my interactive professors, visiting campus, and am grateful for a university that cares about my education and well being.

  • 02/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    In Boise, there is so much to do. I love spending time hiking, floating the river in the summer and up at Bogus during the winter. We have a lot of outdoor opportunities and awesome small towns only short distances away from Boise.

    Food and Dining

    The University offers so many awesome food choices! I am always in a hurry to get lunch and the lines to any places are fast-paced. There are so many different food options.

    Dorm Life

    I live with my parents but I have heard wonderful things about the dorms. If I wasn't from Boise originally, I would've loved to experience the dorm life. I have two kids so its not an option for me.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors I have had do expect a lot from me. However, they are always readily available to answer questions and provide help and support. As long as you give it your all in the classes, you should see great success.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to keep up on your homework. This isn't high school and a lot of professors don't care if you didn't do your homework, so it's your loss on the grade. Stay motivated and remember to enjoy college life!

    In three sentences

    It is a fun atmosphere. All the professors I have had so far have been wonderful. Its location is very convenient and I have every intention on graduating from here.

  • 03/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Pathetic.

    Clubs and Activities

    Rodeo and Anglers Club WOOHOO!

    Great for these types of students

    The dedicated, the party-ers, and the ethnically diverse!

    Bang for the buck

    Get involved in school groups!

    What to do for fun

    BOISE IS COOL! Campus is close to downtown. Good area for bikeriding, hiking and other outdoor activities.

    Food and Dining

    Never eat at school, but have heard good things about the food and the staff that prepare it!

    Dorm Life

    I was never in dorms, but I recommend it for incoming Freshmen.

    Academic Rigor

    Always check out professors first on RateMyProfessor.com. It will give you a fairly accurate review of each professor.

    Tips for prospective students

    Live on campus your first year, it will benefit you socially.

    In three sentences

    A growing campus, beautiful along the Boise river. Up and coming, always construction, and work towards improvement.

  • 03/13/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    They have offered me a great scholarship. It's nice to see that they reward hard work so well. It was actually cheaper for me to go to BSU than a school in my own state.

    Food and Dining

    It's like ten minutes walking distance from downtown so I'm sure that leaves food options pretty open. As far as on campus options, from what I've seen and what I've tried, they have several options and they're all pretty good.

    Dorm Life

    I cannot wait to live in the dorms and get the full college experience.

    Academic Rigor

    I don't know too much about the rigor but it seems to be somewhat challenging.

    In three sentences

    I absolutely love the campus. I wanted to get away from Colorado without having to sacrifice the beauty of Colorado. Boise is absolutely gorgeous and I can't wait to go to BSU.

  • 03/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Boise is a safe area with campus security everywhere. If you feel the slightest bit uncomfortable walking on campus alone at night or for any other reason, call the 24/7 campus security hotline. They will walk you or drive you anywhere you need, no questions asked. I feel very safe in Boise and especially on campus.

    What to do for fun

    Bogus Basin- local ski hill that is only about 40 minutes away. Rec center- rock climbing, basketball, workout classes, exercise facility, pool/hot tub Lakes-Boise has a couple lakes that are not far at all for summer activities Lots of outdoor activities- hiking, climbing, dirt biking trails, mountain biking

    Food and Dining

    Boise is growing a ton! You can find pretty great inexpensive food on and off campus

    Dorm Life

    I'm having a blast living in Taylor Dorms. Taylor and Keiser are the relatively new dorms and I have my own room with 8 roommates. We share a living room and four girls to one bathroom. I have met a lot of people and the dorms are a great experience.

    Academic Rigor

    The school offers great programs and opportunities for students.

    Tips for prospective students

    The winters are very cold and the summers get very hot. Lakes during the summer time and ski hills during the winter time are only a short drive. Cops are everywhere on campus so it isn't considered much of a big party school, but obviously parties happen everywhere! You just have to keep your ears open.

    In three sentences

    Boise State is a wonderful University with a diverse group of people. It is a safe and beautiful place to live and the campus is great. BSU has really exceeded my expectations.

  • 03/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Bring a bike to enjoy the greenbelt. Hang out with friends, Rec Center, Gym.

    Food and Dining

    A little expensive on the meal plan, but great food. Many choices to choose from on and off campus.

    Dorm Life

    Great place to get adjusted to your first year. Towers is awesome.

    In three sentences

    Small town feel with great opportunities.

  • 05/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Downtown is right there, all with shopping, movie theaters, arts and culture. Also the river is a great place for recreation.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be on campus all that you can. There are so many opportunities to have, friends to meet and great places to study.

    In three sentences

    I am a sociology major here. I love the helpful staff here and the emphasized group work. Also, the campus is beautiful, easily accessible and community minded.

  • 05/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Boise prides it self on being a safe community. As the population increases, so does the crime rate - but I have honestly never felt in danger, anywhere in the city (and I'm a woman!).

    Greek Life

    I honestly don't know if there are any fraternities or sororities in Boise. If they are, they are very low key.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's a ton of clubs, my best friend is the president of the Art Metals club! Tons of sports (I did yoga at the Boise Yoga Center), lots of art clubs, language clubs (Boise has a huge Basque population), music clubs and open mic nights. Boise Art Glass offers a class there where you and a buddy can learn the art and make your own unique piece - how cool is that?

    Great for these types of students

    If you love the outdoors, Boise loves you. Seriously. If you wanna get away from the congestion, smog and litter of any massive city, but still feel like you're in the city, Boise is for you. If you want the weird eclectic vibe of Portland or Austin, Boise wants you to help keep it strange!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Tailgating for the Bronco's games is a must! The community here is really proud of the Bronco's and it shows during gatherings such as these!

    Bang for the buck

    I've heard that Idaho schools have this deal with Oregon and Washington state that you can be a resident of either and still get instate tuition rates. That's pretty cool. I'd say BSU has average tuition expenses, not the cheapest in Idaho but way less than a private school.

    What to do for fun

    Boise is an amazing city. There's quite the bar scene only a few blocks away in downtown. There's the BSU Broncos (we have blue turf!) as well as the Idaho Steelheads. You can't beat the outdoor activities that Idaho provides. Hiking, Camping, Skiing/snowboarding/sledding, rafting and swimming are all only minutes away from the city center. The list goes on: shooting, mudding, dirt bike riding/fourwheeling, kite flying, bird watching, panning for gold/rockhounding, you can even float the river through downtown - and float right past BSU!

    Food and Dining

    The food at BSU is pretty quality, quite the upgrade from high school cafeteria food. There's a few options spread across campus, so they're only busy during lunch hours. But it's never been packed enough for me to be late for my next class. You can also buy meal cards which makes the process even easier!

    Dorm Life

    Never lived in the dorms, can't say what they are like. There are a ton of cheap student oriented apartments close to campus. Iconic Village is one of them, they have an awesome open square with barbeques, seating and the occasional big screen movie.

    Academic Rigor

    I've only had issues with one professor. The rest of them are very open and understanding. I've had the ability to turn in late work for full credit, as well as the ability to go out of town for two weeks and have all the work given to me in advance. They really work with you here! The counselors and advisors are also awesome!

    Tips for prospective students

    The campus is very spread out, so when choosing classes, keep the campus map handy. You won't make it from one side to the other in less than five minutes, unless you run! Investing in a bike/skateboard/longboard is a great way to help you get across campus.

    In three sentences

    BSU is an awesome school - The faculty is caring, smart and diverse, as well as the students who attend. There's a wide array of degrees offered, tons of extracurricular activities, a great student life as well as an awesome Boise life to be had.

  • 06/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    You are in the heart of downtown Boise, there is biking on the greenbelt, sports events, concerts, art shows and so much more.

    Food and Dining

    Great food and great locations. It would be nice if there were healthier choices available to the students on campus.

    Dorm Life

    Unsure

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to fight for your education and require the advisor's to be accountable to you in creating a plan to finish your degree in the time frame you set out.

    In three sentences

    The college is small enough to feel like you wont be lost in the crowd of students and large enough to be competitive in the education field. There are some issues with adviser's not knowing exactly how to help students be efficient in their class selections.

  • 06/12/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    There are campus policeman and they do a great job at keeping the students safe.

    Greek Life

    I am not sure there is any.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is always something to get involved in on campus! The students are friendly!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    If you dont already know, the football field is blue!

    What to do for fun

    The students are extremely friendly. There are always sports events to go to. If you cant find something to do on campus, downtown Boise is about a five minute walk.

    Food and Dining

    There is a large variety of food. There is something for everyone! Nice to know you are eating REAL food and no that questionable high-school lunchroom food.

    Dorm Life

    You share a room with one person, so there is a good deal of privacy. You share a spacious bathroom with 3 total people.

    Academic Rigor

    Obviously Boise is not are rigorous as Harvard or Princeton. Academic rigor is what you make of it. Boise had been rapidly improving and updating there staff and resources to make a greater academic rigor and atmosphere.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take a trip to the campus. Meet with acedemic advisors. Odds are, you will fall in love with the kind people and beautiful town.

    In three sentences

    Boise State University is a 8 out of 10. Clearly it there are better universities out there, but it is defiantly one of the best in the pacific northwest. Its beautiful, and gives the college experience.

  • 06/12/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There's so many activities to be a part of! the Blue Thunder marching band, their national champion debate team, sports, quidditch, (yes, like from Harry Potter)

    What to do for fun

    BSU is situated right in Boise, so there's always something fun to do. Rafting the Boise River, hiking the foothills, skiing, it all happens.

    Tips for prospective students

    Talk to current students- it's super easy to find students who attend, and talk to them about Boise State. It will give you an insight into if it would be a fit for you.

    In three sentences

    They have a beautiful campus, people are very friendly and supportive. There's always something going on in campus, and it's just a great atmosphere to be in.

  • 06/26/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    There are numerous clubs to join. Something for everyone. I'm still choosing mine.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria is currently under construction, but I have heard it's a great buffet.

    Dorm Life

    I'm looking forward to moving into my residence hall in about a month.

    Academic Rigor

    Since I'm a new student in the fall, I don't know how the classes are rated. I plan to take 15 credits.

    Tips for prospective students

    Attend orientation as early as you can, it helps with anxiety.

    In three sentences

    I'm excited to get started in the fall. I attended the first summer orientation in June. I will be staying on campus.

  • 07/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are many things to do such as joining clubs, going to sporting events, floating the Boise River, snowboarding at Bogus Basin and more. It's a lot of outdoor activities, but nature is your best friend in Boise, Idaho.

    Food and Dining

    Dining outside and inside campus is awesome. There are so many different options whether you want a certain type of food or something on a college student's budget.

    Dorm Life

    From word of mouth, I heard the dorms are very nice and new. Everything is updated and it's a great place to live.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics at Boise State aren't too bad, but it is time consuming. Make sure that you are setting at least 8-12 hours a week for one class because homework can be very rigorous.

    Tips for prospective students

    For any student who is attending Boise State, the biggest thing I recommend is that you don't make too many classes at once and you always stay updated with your online account.

    In three sentences

    This campus makes me feel safe, wanted, and educated. Administration helps you in any way possible no matter what the circumstances are. The atmosphere of the staff and students makes me feel like I am going to succeed in anything I do.

  • 07/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never felt I was in any danger on campus

    What to do for fun

    Boise is really a great city for college students. There are many nightlife hangout options and outdoor events as well. With a flowing river and mountains not far off you will always have something to do in this city.

    Food and Dining

    On campus there are multiple food options. the Range from Subway and Panda to the Boise River Cafe. Keep in mind though the hours of each business or you may find yourself going to bed without dinner.

    Dorm Life

    Living in the dorms your first years in the way to go. It makes meeting people easier and fun with many events that happen on campus which is your backyard. While it is pricey it is an experience you will not forget.

    Academic Rigor

    As you move up to upper division classes as you would expect the classes become more challenging. Use your first years to find the right study skills and then in you later years you will have an easier time keeping up with the work load.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are deciding on Boise State you should apply early and sign up for housing as soon as possible, because it goes fast. It is very easy to get a tour of the campus just visit the website and I recommend a detailed tour. Also, do not forget to visit their scholarship website!

    In three sentences

    Boise State is a beautiful and friendly place to spend the next four years. Boise has many classes to choose from and the city is amazing. I'm extremely happy with my choice of college.

  • 07/18/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Any! There are loads of classes and majors to choose from. You can mix and match practically any majors and minors.

    What to do for fun

    Campus is centered around downtown Boise, so the nightlife is active and there are lots of places to go and/or eat. There are a lot of bike paths, and other various exercise oriented activities.

    Food and Dining

    There is a complete dining program which offers meal plans as well as money which you can spend at places near the campus, which is not actual money but sort of acts like a gift card.

    Dorm Life

    I don't personally live in the dorms, but have heard they are nice and accommodate well.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are 2-3 times a week and last anywhere from 50 minutes to an hour and a half.

    Tips for prospective students

    Attend orientation and pay attention. The sessions are long and boring but pack a lot of important information you're likely to miss if you daydream through the sessions, you'll just have to end up calling and asking the offices if you don't pay attention.

    In three sentences

    Very beautiful campus. Great location, centered around downtown Boise. Very geared around teamwork and including yourself in the campus activities.

  • 08/01/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Idaho is generally a super safe place to live

    What to do for fun

    pretty much nothing to do, unless you're an outdoor person in which case the possibilities are limitless.

    Food and Dining

    great food

    Dorm Life

    nice-ish but way too expensive compared to the apartments available in downtown boise.

    Academic Rigor

    poor

    Tips for prospective students

    they have a very high acceptance rate so don't worry about getting in.

    In three sentences

    a very good option for those who already live in idaho and dont want to leave home.

  • 08/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Just look out for cars when you cross the street!

    Greek Life

    Very popular on campus, I'm not a member however.

    Clubs and Activities

    A huge list of clubs are available online.

    Great for these types of students

    Outdoorsy, academic, ROTC Cadets, Nursing students, STEM Students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a bell on campus called the excellence bell, go ring it!

    Bang for the buck

    Hard to beat the price tag for the lessons learned and friends earned here.

    What to do for fun

    Go for a walk, climb Table Rock, go downtown, go to the farmers market, go to a Bronco football game, and there's always something going on on campus.

    Food and Dining

    Great food in Boise, but most places close by 9pm. How ever PitaPit is open till 3am on Fridays! They rock!

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life here is fantastic, they have something for everyone.

    Academic Rigor

    Most classes are challenging and fun!

    Tips for prospective students

    Get started early, don't waste time!

    In three sentences

    A beautiful campus located in the city rated most livable in the US, and don't forget Bronco football! The people here are great, and the university staff is helpful. I wouldn't trade it for the world.

  • 11/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    i haven't felt unsafe my entire time here

    Greek Life

    greek life is rapidly growing I am in one and love it no greek row but new fraternities and sororities joining each semester tons of fun and the school is fully supporting them

    Great for these types of students

    anyone and everyone, whether you are socially awkward or outgoing it doesn't matter you can have a great time here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    people pee on the liberty bell which is in the middle of campus... all the fraternities and sororities have some pretty strange ones too i just can't tell you them.

    Bang for the buck

    definitely worth it, plus the school gives the WUE away to anyone, so i got instate tuition definitely worth every cent

    What to do for fun

    you can do anything, the school offers more programs than i could possibly list. if you can't find something to do, find three people and just go downtown and have fun it isn't hard at all.

    Food and Dining

    the BRC is terrible, i havent had a solid bowl movement in months, but it is cheap and tastes good even if it destroys my stomach

    Dorm Life

    i live in chaffee hall and it is alright, 2am firealarms and no space... plus you get sick a lot and can hear a phone vibrate 2 doors down. not to mention other things happening.

    Academic Rigor

    The engineering program is not for the weak minded, be prepared for a lot of work and a lot of projects that challenge you and make you think twice before you get down to business.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't come in expecting it to be easy, be relaxed and prepare for a decent workload. the library should be your best friend.

    In three sentences

    a great school for anyone who wants a good education and has decent grades. you gotta be prepared to work hard it isn't an easy school. food could be better, housing is pretty cool, and the staff is helpful.

  • 11/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are always events going on around campus that can tailor to anyone's personal preference. From concerts and events taking place in the Taco Bell Arena to learning to tight rope outside of the Student Union Building there is so much to do and keeping an eye on the bulletin boards is one of the best places to start.

    Food and Dining

    There are quite a few options for food on campus, but the best in my opinion is the BRC (Boise River Cafe) which is the campus cafeteria. Although it can seem a little sketchy or at times seem a little expensive it's well worth it since it has so many options as a buffet and for dorm students you've already paid to eat there. For the students not in the dorm it's still a great place and their first Thursday's are phenomenal for the quality of the food and the themed diversity.

    Dorm Life

    Having stayed in one of the dorms I can say that the quality of the dorms isn't always the best. Towers and Chaffee are the two least expensive dorms and the quality of the living environment reflects that. Keiser Hall and Taylor hall are in my opinion the better choices because you can get a room to yourself while still having the experience of roommates thanks to their apartment style housing. Driscol and Morrison are in the middle in how they still stick to the traidional single or double room, but their quality and overall feel are more refined and geared more towards learning and studying than the other dorms. While in the dorms you are required to get a meal plan at the campus cafeteria, and I recommend going with the smaller of the plans because almost everyone ends up missing meals due to other obligations and so the money spent ends up being wasted.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on the teacher and the course I've found that classes can vary greatly in their difficulty and rigor. Regardless it isn't good to take any of the classes lightly because even in the easiest of classes if you become too relaxed then you aren't gaining the knowledge you've paid for and your grades can reflect it.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're coming into Boise State you want to check Rate my professor for all of your professors. You will also want to find study groups in your classes, and take the time to discover the campus and all of the study and learning areas in every building and room on campus.

    In three sentences

    Boise State is a great well rounded college in a medium sized city. Although it is growing faster than it can support due to its increased popularity I still think it's a fairly relaxed and enjoyable college.

  • 11/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Definitely a lot of resources in addition to the fact that Boise is a really safe city. Escort services, emergency call buttons, etc.

    Greek Life

    It exists, but they don't have houses.

    Clubs and Activities

    Yeah, like I said. There are a ton.

    Great for these types of students

    Really anyone. They let everyone in for a reason.

    Bang for the buck

    It's one of the cheapest schools I got into. On campus living I don't think is worth it if you don't have money to blow, but tuition isn't a big financial hardship.

    What to do for fun

    Oh, my. I'm in like 10 clubs. There's so much to do on campus and off. 1. Hundreds of clubs. 2. Varsity or club sports, the rec center. 3. Parties (Which I don't really attend, but they're there. Off campus, of course, it's a dry campus.). 4. Boise: coffee shops, concerts (the music scene is getting better), bars if you're into that, OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES OF ANY KIND

    Food and Dining

    They have a pretty wide variety of restaurants. I hear the cafeteria food gets boring. But again, I don't have a meal plan because I don't live on campus.

    Dorm Life

    I wouldn't know, I don't live there. From what I've observed and researched, off campus housing has way more bang for your buck amenities and facilities-wise. The social atmosphere of living on campus obviously can't be replicated, though.

    Academic Rigor

    It's hard in STEM generals and honors classes because it's busy work, not because you're learning anything. There are other programs and classes that have a wonderful reputation, though, especially social sciences, business, and communications.

    Tips for prospective students

    ASK STUDENTS ABOUT THE PROGRAM YOU'RE GOING INTO. Can't stress that enough.

    In three sentences

    It has a beautiful campus with lots of resources. Social life and activities are plentiful. Academic quality varies a lot depending on the program you're in, especially because they have a tendency to keep terrible professors around because of their seniority.

  • 11/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    A lot of amazing outdoor activities!

    Food and Dining

    Food seems relatively healthy.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live in the dorms so I do not know.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are relatively easy. All you need is a good worth ethic and common sense.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study! When your teacher says to read, then read! Take advantage of all extra credit!

    In three sentences

    Boise State is a clean, open campus. The campus does not seem to have great school spirit. The student life does not seem to be highly active.

  • 11/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    There is so many clubs here for just about anything you could want.

    Great for these types of students

    leadership students cheerleaders people who love sports

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Peeing on the bell (informed) ringing the bell (uninformed)

    What to do for fun

    You can float the river or snowboard, depending on the weather. The downtown is awesome.

    Food and Dining

    They have a lot of options. They have cafeteria but also a Starbucks and a Panda express.

    Dorm Life

    They have excellent dorm life and help students get involved.

    Academic Rigor

    The teachers vary just like at every school but most care about their students. The science classes here are tough, the English not so much.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply now. Make sure to look at getting a scholarship if you are not a Idaho Resident. It can really help.

    In three sentences

    Boise State is a wonderful school. It allows you to obtain an education while being surrounded by fun. The school has great athletics, awesome staff and high spirit.

  • 11/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    The Greek system as BSU is pretty small. I'm not a member but from what I've seen it's pretty divided. About half the greeks are really devoted to breaking stereotypes, doing philanthropy and benefiting the campus and the community and the other half is like, Yeah, we party all the time, bro. You pre-gamin?

    Clubs and Activities

    Pretty easy for anyone who wants a club to form one and there is plenty of funding available.

    What to do for fun

    Boise is a laid back community and fairly safe. There is great local talent that plays at bars and campus is near two parks for some outdoor leisure. Also included in your students fees is a campus rec membership where they offer classes such as yoga, kickboxing etc.

    Food and Dining

    It's mediocre. There's a variety of options: Panda Express, Subway, Papa Johns etc. However eating healthy is almost impossible if you don't bring food from home.

    Dorm Life

    I never lived in the freshman dorms but now as an upperclassmen I live in the Lincoln townhouses. They are more like an apartment on campus rather than actual dorms. It's 4 people to an apartment. Each person has their own room and there are 3 bathrooms. If you are one of the two bedrooms that share a bathroom you get a slight discount on rent. For one inclusive price you get rent, all utilities, maintenance, internet and basic cable. The apartments also have full kitchens and living spaces. The best thing about it is each person's rent is paid individually so if your roommates don't pay their rent it doesn't effect your situation. I absolutely love my on-campus apartment.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends upon your major and your course load.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get your core requirements done if your first two years. I have a lot of fellow upperclassmen who put them off and now they are miserable.

    In three sentences

    Boise State is an average university in a small city. This is where you come for an affordable education. It is in a safe community, the campus is growing and academics are on an upswing.

  • 11/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Meet people. Float the Boise River. Go to Bogus.

    Food and Dining

    yummy

    Dorm Life

    not in a dorm

    Academic Rigor

    not too hard

    Tips for prospective students

    GO TO CLASS!!!

    In three sentences

    I am a freshman at Boise State University, and Im so greatful I chose this University. It has a city feel but it is still safe, and better yet clean. My professors are great and I am actually enjoying my classes.

  • 11/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe campus. 24Hr watch.

    Greek Life

    Study hard, Party hard.

    Clubs and Activities

    Lot and Lots of clubs for different people.

    Great for these types of students

    Hard working, well prepared. for a great future.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Bronco nation, all will be explained when you are there. :)

    Bang for the buck

    Boise state is not cheap but, it is well worth the money to get a great education at a great school.

    What to do for fun

    Boise is a fun city, walk the busy streets and you'll be surprised how beautiful the city really is.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try your hardest and never give up, the rewards will be worth the fight.

    In three sentences

    A great place to learn. A large selection of majors and minors. A friendly place to connect and get a great education.

  • 12/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    For fun well it all depends what you like to do, your interest, hobbies and so forth. There is the gym were you can take part in dance classes, workout sessions, play rec, clubs, outdoor clubs, and so much more. You can join like the campus as a worker in various job opportunities around campus and you can you even hit spots in downtown for fun considering how closely BSU is located to it. There is a lot of transportation available that you can go out and enjoy Boise with friends or alone. It all depends on you the person and what you'd like to do. Just don't be afraid, fasten your seat belt and live in the moment.

    Food and Dining

    Food and dinning is awesome. There are many options to choose from, the cafeteria is like a buffet type of place, be aware that is where the freshman 15 tend to appear from. We do offer a variety of restaurant brand names through campus and the BSU is located near downtown that it's not hard to get out for dinner.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm is one of those things were you make it what you want it to be. The university is willing to work with you to switch rooms if there is a problem but make sure if you are not happy where you living, say something and get out fast. Make your dorm life be a great experience, live with people you like, feel comfortable around and were you feel safe, because if you don't like where you live college becomes a drag and it ruins the experience for you.

    Academic Rigor

    It is very challenging here for some classes. They are a highly credited school and expect you to work hard in and more so out of class. Teachers are usually willing to work with students but it's difficult at times because the classes can range from huge 300 student lecture rooms to your standard high school class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get your financial situation in check before attending. Cost here is not cheap especially for out of state students. Get involved quickly and throw yourself into clubs, academics, and get out there, because if not it gets a bit lonely when attending and more if you're not from the area or come from a small town.

    In three sentences

    Overall it's a great school, highly credited, spirit in athletics, facilities are clean and well equipped. Students are friendly, teachers aren't as hands on as one would like, but that's expected when attending a large school. Classes vary in sizes, lots to get involved with, located near downtown, it is rather expensive for out of state students, but in the end I would recommend it to others.

  • 12/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is very safe. There are call boxes for people to contact campus police every few feet just in case anything happens. Campus is well lit and there are very few remote or out of the way places.

    Clubs and Activities

    BSU has a wide variety of clubs and organizations. Most majors have respective clubs, there are just for fun clubs, many sports teams to choose from- soccer, swimming, gymnastics, even a Quidditch team- and activity groups for things like kayaking or dance.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Students always try to get people to ring the bell by the quad, do not ring the bell. The things that have happened to that bell will gross most people out. There is a basket attached to a tree by the Communication building that people put their wishes in, supposedly it helps them come true. Football is a big deal at BSU, we're very proud of our team.

    Bang for the buck

    As far as colleges go BSU is on the cheap side. This doesn't impact the quality of the school though, it provides a great education and experience for less than many other schools.

    What to do for fun

    Outdoor activities are big at BSU, snowboarding/skiing at Bogus, camping, hiking, kayaking, and so much more. There is also a vibrant city life though if outdoor sports aren't your thing. Downtown there is always a festival or event being held, concerts at the Knitting Factory or Taco Bell Stadium, there are plenty of bars and shops to keep people occupied.

    Food and Dining

    The Boise River Café is the dining hall on campus and it serves good food. I don't eat there often but when I do it's six dollars to get in and you can go back for as much food as you want.

    Dorm Life

    I have no experience living in the dorms but all my friends who do say they love them, they're clean, and nice.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are great because while rigorous they're not impossible. The teachers are all more than happy to help you when you don't understand something. Classes and teachers will challenge you but there is a large support group of teachers and students to help through them.

    Tips for prospective students

    BSU has a wide variety of clubs and organizations, so take advantage of them and join a few you're interested in. Going to the tailgates and games for the Bronco football team are a blast, they're a community affair and are a great experience.

    In three sentences

    Boise State is a great choice if you're looking for a small college community experience but still want the diversity and social options from a larger college. Campus is a ten minute walk from downtown filled with shops, movie theaters, and bars. No more than an hour drive though and you'll be outside of town and able to take advantage of the outdoor lifestyle Boise offers (Bogus Basin is a twenty minute drive from campus and has great snowboarding/skiing).

  • 12/17/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Nothing

    Tips for prospective students

    Physics department is worse. There is a professor who is suffering form cancers for several years that is what he tells to everybody to get sympathy and help from people. He never come to work because of his sickness but actually he does not want to work. He spent time at home with his wife. His job is tenured and so he think he does not need to work any more. Stay away from him, he manipulate words very quickly and can easily put you in a trap to give you trouble. He is a kind of psycho patient, stay away from him. He is a liar. He is actually a Muslim. He did his PhD from a Muslim university, but he does not write the full name of that university in his CV to hide that information. He spend several years in middle east before coming to USA. He is basically ruining the department. He publish all his paper in Journal of applied Physics through one conference proceedings which held every year in, he claims that these are regular peer reviewed paper. He is a cheater don't believe him.

    In three sentences

    Poor Human Resources Poor Administration Poor teaching

  • 12/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    If you are cautious there is no need to worry. I as a female felt perfectly comfortable walking by myself even late ate night.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is very small on campus. Although I'm not involved with the it, all the people in them are extremely kind! They do a lot of community service and are just all around awesome.

    Clubs and Activities

    Boise state has over 2300 cubs on campus. There is some thing for everyone!

    Great for these types of students

    If you are an out going person, you will do great here at BSU

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    None that I know of

    Bang for the buck

    You receive a lot of amenities that are just out of your tuition. Free game day tickets are my favorite

    What to do for fun

    I like participating in on campus activities. Playing intramural sports was also extremely fun! Movies and all sporting events were fun too.

    Food and Dining

    Food from the Boise River Cafe gets old really fast. I like that depending on your meal plan you are allotted a certain amount of bronco bucks. You can utilize them in all the stores and coffee shops on campus!

    Dorm Life

    Super fun! I really enjoyed it my first year, but I would never do it again. It's definitely something that everyone should experience.

    Academic Rigor

    Once again it really depends on you field of study. I feel sufficiently challenged by my courses.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you enjoy sports this is the place for you! There are a wide variety of things to do and games to watch. Academically, really look into your department. some of them are in the developing stages and others have excelled. Do some research!

    In three sentences

    Boise state is amazing! I have attended for three years now and it has been am absolute blast. Academics are challenging, but there is a lot of ways to unwind and relax too.

  • 01/07/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    In the summer there is so much to do! Float the river, hike, bike, swim, basically anything you could think of doing outdoors Boise has it or its not that far away. In the winter there is less to do. Bogus is a nice place to ski but other than that, winter is a time for blankets and coco.

    Food and Dining

    The food is a tad expensive and its just not that great.

    Dorm Life

    I have never lived in the dorms, but I heard they are wonderful.

    Academic Rigor

    Honestly, the classes are not super difficult especially if you choice your professors wisely. However, it does take a lot of self motivation to actually do the studying. Many other students will be out having fun while you need to be in the library studying. So that part it difficult.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in some kind of extra curricular activity you enjoy. Try to find friends quickly. Basically just find your place on campus soon. It is a really big school and if you are not involved it is too easy to not show up.

    In three sentences

    Boise State takes a lot of self motivation. It is easy to get lost in the crowd there. But once you find your place in the community and push yourself, Boise State will be everything you want and need it to be.

  • 01/07/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Security is every where. My girl friend bent down to tie her shoe and they made sure she was okay.

    Greek Life

    hardly any

    Clubs and Activities

    wrestling

    Great for these types of students

    Engineering

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    German students break down a fake Berlin wall.

    Bang for the buck

    Most of my teachers were very professional.

    What to do for fun

    I exercise with my girl friend. I go to sporting events. I study.

    Food and Dining

    The dining area is amazing.

    Dorm Life

    Depends who you room with. I had a great experience but I have heard my fair share or horror stories.

    Academic Rigor

    The harder you study the easier it is.

    Tips for prospective students

    Meet as many new people as you can. Study hard. Have fun.

    In three sentences

    They have lots of opportunities. They have plenty of events for Engineering students. The people are generally nice.

  • 01/08/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    5 minute walk from down town. BBQs, Football Games, Basketball Games, Zoo 2 minute walk away, you can float the river, there's campus movie nights and lots of biking trails.

    Tips for prospective students

    When you go to Boise State they have these classes called UF Classes, University Foundations. You are forced to take one, do not sign up for one of the UF classes unless the topic sounds interesting to you. Do not just sign up because it fits your schedule. And if the class you want is full wait for the next semester.

    In three sentences

    I rate Boise State a 8 out of 10. The teachers are always there to help they always have workshops and fun things to do on campus and your never bored.

  • 01/11/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Every once in a while you hear of someone being touched along the greenbelt but if you use your judgement and not go jogging alone at night, you'll be safe. The campus itself is lit pretty well during regular sessions and there are blue light towers all over campus with emergency buttons.

    Great for these types of students

    Outdoor type people.

    Bang for the buck

    Great school, recommend it to everyone... unless your looking to get into the nursing program. Its extremely competitive, but what school isn't?

    What to do for fun

    So much to do for outdoorsmen. There are foothills very near to the school for bikers, hikers, runners ets., a river runs by for fishing and floating in the summer, skiing and snowboarding in the wintertime is just 15 miles away, large indoor rock climbing gym, road biking and more!

    Food and Dining

    Ate at the cafeteria one time and got bored. Typical foods.

    Academic Rigor

    Like all schools, it depends on the class and professor. The hard professors are passed down by the students so if your not sure about one, ask.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't take any classes without speaking to an academic advisor, whether you know what your doing or not.

    In three sentences

    Its a place with different people from all over the globe. If your not sure what you want to do yet, that's okay because Boise States academic advisors can help you find what your passionate about.

  • 01/24/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Hangout with cultural people, meet new friends, play sports for fun, etc.

    Food and Dining

    Great food but too expensive.

    Dorm Life

    I heard it was good in dorm but still expensive.

    Academic Rigor

    Not that great!

    Tips for prospective students

    - Be prepared to learn on your own. - Math teachers aren't exactly math teachers. - Have to independently study. - Make friends otherwise you will end up alone. - And last but not least have money or find a part-time job.

    In three sentences

    Boise State is one of the best college in Idaho. Though we may not have many facilities as other colleges do but still it is the greatest university in treasure valley. Teachers and students are nice in this area. It is also the cheapest university you will find in Idaho.

  • 01/31/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always feel safe. there are always people walking around, and we all watch out for one another!

    Greek Life

    I have not explored the Greek Life at BSU - I know it exisits, but is low key!

    Bang for the buck

    Boise offers all 4 seasons. The summers are hot, with lakes and fun everywhere to offer water activities. We have the local mountains 40 minutes away for fantastic skiing and cross country skiing. Really you can't get everything that BSU & Boise have to offer anywhere else.

    What to do for fun

    BSU and the surrounding area has a TON of things to do! The SPORTS at the school are fantastic! We have the BLUE field for football, a great basketball team, and all the facilities are top knotch! The town of Boise offers so much more as well. With the Boise river running along side of the campus, to beautiful parks nearby, the community always has events going on. Never a dull moment. Taco Bell Arena on site, offers Big Name concerts as well. It is always going on!

    Food and Dining

    BSU has a great option for food. The dining hall is big and clean. Offers tables to sit at, and areas for quiet if you want to eat and study. The FLEX dollars options are fantastic! Embrace it - it is different from home, but you are not at home anymore, this is home!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is the BEST of all. Decorate your room, make it feel like home, after all it is your home for the next 9 months or longer. Keep in mind you may not blend with your roommate at first, but after time and getting to know them, life will be great!

    Academic Rigor

    Classes you choose will determine the academics you get. Take the entrance tests serious, you don't want to take classes that waste your time and money. The professors are great and offer a lot of assistance!

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you live in the dorms the first year - you will make your lifetime friends. The dorms provide support for you during the transition from home to being on your own. The Dining hall is great and they have great options with the Flex dollars.

    In three sentences

    Great School & great people! I have made a lot of friends. Easy to get around & I feel very safe!

  • 02/13/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Super safe. I have a night class and have never been scared walking alone at night.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is very small, but thats what makes it so nice. All of us are really close and are able to help each other out.

    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing and looking to have fun outside of the party scene

    What to do for fun

    Theres Skiing, snowboarding and tubing in the winter, and in the summer there is a lot of concerts and floating the river.

    Food and Dining

    The Dining Hall (BRC) is hit or miss. Some nights they have good food, others not so much.

    Dorm Life

    I cannot stress this enough, no matter what live in the dorms, I have met life-long friends that I would have never met if I didn't live in the dorms

    Academic Rigor

    Not too difficult but not boring.

    Tips for prospective students

    Live on campus, and get involved in whatever you can

    In three sentences

    Best choice I have made in my life was coming here. The campus is beautiful. Everyone is super friendly and helpful

  • 02/22/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Dorm Life

    Not in the dorm

    Tips for prospective students

    Start early

    In three sentences

    It has good amenities on the campus. Everyone is nice. You can easily access anything you may need

  • 02/25/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club to fit every interest offered to students of BSU.

    Food and Dining

    I've only ate on campus once and the line for subway in the student union building was crazy

    Dorm Life

    I don't live on campus

    Academic Rigor

    This is a 4 year university and the course work is there.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the city before you make any life decisions.

    In three sentences

    Located in the downtown area of a great city. It is a well kept campus. Good teachers with a solid student body.

  • 02/27/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    On campus and all along the neighboring greenbelt, there are blue safety locations that look like phone booths almost. Each one is designed so that, if in trouble or need of help you can find one and press the emergency button. These machines are also strategically placed so that you can stand near one and, when you look around, you can see another one in sight. It is designed this way so that if you are in trouble, you will always be able to find a safety booth.

    What to do for fun

    There isn't honestly that much to do for fun at BSU concerning the city, Boise. The major activities many of the students do is go to parties, go to the mall, walk on the greenbelt, go to the movies, or laze about. You have to make your own fun here. However, in the neighboring city, Meridian, there is a major shopping district that is quite popular along with Big Al's and Dave and Busters.

    Food and Dining

    There is a dinning facility inside the student union building that provides an all you can eat buffet from dawn til dusk. Although the quantity of their food is great, the quality is not as good. But, there are many other on campus restaurants that you can get food at, if at slightly elevated prices. If nothing suits your interest there, there are other options still. Other restaurants are reasonable distances within the city. You could walk, ride your bike, or easily drive to one of the many locations throughout the city.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life here on campus leaves something to be desired. The rooms are very small and narrow, leaving little space for personal items or walking room. The walls are thin so the people dorming next to you will hear practically everything you do and visa versa. The buildings the dorms are in are also quite old, so the bathrooms, elevators, ect are not up to par with other standards.

    Academic Rigor

    There are many challenges academic wise when enrolled at BSU. There are quite a few difficult, challenging courses that test your knowledge and skills. But, there are also other courses that do not require as much dedication or drive. Overall, BSU has a wide range of courses based on difficulty.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would recommend that prospective students really consider all that Boise State has to offer. It may be a smaller campus and school than other universities, but it provides great experiences.

    In three sentences

    Boise State University is an outstanding school. It has a wonderful campus, excellent academics, low tuition cost, and a great community. I would recommend anyone to go to this school.

  • 03/03/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Definitely the safest place in Boise... which says a ton.

    Greek Life

    I haven't noticed a really big Greek Life here at Boise State. However, the small community that I have noticed is very tight knit and extremely supportive of the community. They aren't a chaotic group of party people, but seem more attuned toward being examples for the community and have a focus on developing well rounded citizens through academics and community service.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are plenty of clubs at BSU and during the early fall and late spring, the athletic events are in full swing. There are plenty of things to do at Boise State and every possible club under the sun can be a part of the community. Join up and see what it's like.

    Great for these types of students

    Students that would excel at Boise State are students that are driven, but also know how to unwind without expecting there to be a party at the end of the weekend for them. It can be found, but don't expect it. Also students who don't mind the cold would do well here at BSU.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have a bell on the walkway from the SUB to the Communications building. It's small, but rings pretty loudly. It's kinda cool to see that it's still there, but word of advice... don't touch it. Don't ask why or what happens if you do, just don't. Other than that, there aren't any really weird things that happen.

    Bang for the buck

    For what you are getting, a top notch university with a vibrant and beautiful surrounding area Boise State has been a wonderful experience for me as student in the area and I would recommend checking this school out.

    What to do for fun

    What isn't there to do? Want to see a concert? Go to the Knitting Factory. Feeling like a movie? Go to the Edwards Cinema across the bridge. How about just a stroll in the park? There are two parks right next to campus. Maybe you like mountain biking? Go to the foothills only a few miles from campus. Road bikes are more your type? Boise is a vibrant bike city. Or you could to Bogus to snowboard and ski. In the summer you can float the Boise River or go to the Boise Music Festival. All in all, there are a million things to do in Boise and surrounding areas that would make even the meanest grouch crack a smile.

    Food and Dining

    Honestly, the food at the BRC is delicious at first. But like all good things, it must be taken with moderation. The campus has a variety of food choices besides the BRC in the Student Union Building. Take your pick from Subway, Panda Express, Papa John's, Chick-fil-a and Einstein's Bagels. Around campus (and I mean like 5-10 minutes walking slowly) is a Pita Pit, Papa Joe's, Tree City, McDonald's, Taco Bell, and many others. Starbucks, Tree City, Moxie and others fill out the coffee and smoothies shops around campus. And downtown has a variety of options for those over the age of 21. And if you don't feel like fast food, grocery stores are everywhere.

    Dorm Life

    Due to the fact that I prefer a silent, quiet type of academic atmosphere, I tend to enjoy Boise State because there really isn't too much of a party atmosphere in the dorms. There are parties, of course, but I haven't seen the constant debauchery that is seen on movies or even hearing stories from students from other parts of the country. It's quiet, relaxing and the dorms are short walk to downtown where there are movies, restaurants, entertainment. So it's quiet, but certainly not isolated.

    Academic Rigor

    It really depends on the major (as usual). However, you can expect to learn a great deal from any class you take. You will either learn something new about the subject material or about yourself as student and a person.

    Tips for prospective students

    Meet as many people as you can. Students at Boise State are very helpful and everyone has had to tackle some issues that you are facing on a day to day basis. The Orientation at Boise State can be overwhelming, but don't let it scare you. Be persistent and never let things surprise you because those deadlines can certainly come out of nowhere.

    In three sentences

    Boise State University is a school that puts a major emphasis on the success of a student as well as the overall growth of an individual. They seek to empower each student by giving them all the available resources to succeed. The students and Boise State University together make your time here at Boise State much more than simply getting your degree.

  • 03/08/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Small but existent

    What to do for fun

    Boise State is really close to down town Boise so you can go to the movies or out to dinner there. You don't necessarily need a car because there's a lot to do on campus and I would encourage trying to go to most of the football and basketball games if you can.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay on top of your school work and get involved at the beginning of the year to meet as many people as possible. When if your professor gets a little behind on the material, help yourself out and stay up to date outside of class. Manage your time wisely because there's a lot to do in college and you don't want to overwhelm yourself.

    In three sentences

    Boise state had been a great experience and I'm so glad I made the decision to go here. Even though I live close enough to commute I'm glad I made the decision to live on campus. I have met a lot of really cool people and my professors are awesome. Being in the honors college is a great opportunity to surround yourself with people who are also academically interested and you also get the perks of registering early and having small class sizes. I would really recommend it.

  • 03/10/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    It seemed like there is a lot to do there with the activity centers on campus. I have been rafting down the Boise River before and will probably do that more while I am there.

    Food and Dining

    I plan on signing up for the all you can eat plan 7 days a week. I don't know if I will need that plan but I it doesn't seem like it cost that much more than the others. I will see how it works after the first semester.

    Dorm Life

    I did not get to visit the dorms when I was there. I signed up for Chafee Hall on my housing form. It looks like that is where a lot of the freshman go.

    Academic Rigor

    I am interested in the nursing program. I was originally signed up for the environmental engineering program but have since decided that I am more interested in nursing. I need to get more information on the program.

    Tips for prospective students

    I will let you know more after I attend but I definitely recommend visiting the campus. If you are coming from out of state be sure to keep your grades up so you can qualify for the WUE or GEM it will help a lot.

    In three sentences

    Awesome campus, I visited this summer and can't wait to go back. I am curious to see how it is in the winter. I hope to visit again this spring when more students are on campus.

  • 03/19/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Skip the BRC

    Dorm Life

    Chaffee is dirty!

    Academic Rigor

    Depends what you take

    Tips for prospective students

    It's freezing if you're from California. Drop your math major now. Worst math department EVER

    In three sentences

    Boise State is great if you're coming from out of state. Very easy to transition to. People are wonderful!

  • 03/20/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus Safety is taken seriously and is talked about often. The one thing that is my favorite about campus security are these blue poles that are located around campus. If you go to one and press the button on it, it call 911 and you can ask for help and the police can track where you are. If you are running for some reason(being chased by someone) each one that you run by and press, maps out exactly where you are so that the police can come directly to you to help. It makes me feel very safe in case anything where to ever happen.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    An unusual tradition at Boise State University, is to ring the bell on campus whenever you want, but when you, or someone rings it, the people around are supposed to shout and cheer.

    What to do for fun

    Boise State University has a gym with great exercise equipment, tennis courts, basketball courts, movie theater, game rooms, rock climbing, swimming pool, and more. There is never a dull moment here. They also have games and activities in the quad almost everyday, to give students something different to do.

    Food and Dining

    Boise State University has wonderful food in the cafeteria for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They also have a number of different fast food options such as subway, panda express, and Chick-Fil-A.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live on campus because I chose not to, but I stayed in the dorms during orientation and I thought that it was wonderful.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics are serious and very important.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in everything that you can. It makes college life more interesting and more fun. There are so many opportunities for everyone so take all of them!

    In three sentences

    Boise State is a wonderful University to attend. I am in my second semester as a freshman and I love it.

  • 03/26/2014

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Great campus safety. They will even pick you up and drive you across campus if you don't feel safe after dark. I had jewelry that ended up in there department because I accidentally left in a bathroom. They made sure that I knew what it looked like before they showed them to me.

    Clubs and Activities

    International Students Association National Success Society Anthropology Club

    Great for these types of students

    Anthropology

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is an old fashion bell on campus near the dorms that people can ring.

    Bang for the buck

    There is a Starbucks on campus. My opinion: best thing ever and it is in the library so you can grab a coffee and go study.

    What to do for fun

    During the summer you can float the Boise River that run down beside the campus. During the winter you can go to Bogus Basin for skiing and snowboarding. I even went to McCall with the International Students associations to go snow tubing.

    Food and Dining

    There are food places distributed all over the campus. I liked that I could pick different places depending on what side of the campus I was at. My favorite places were Einstein's Bagels and Panda Express.

    Dorm Life

    I did not stay in the dorms because I could not have my dog there.

    Academic Rigor

    I believe that this depends on the person attending. The science classes were rigorous enough to be interesting and keep me working hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard and study a lot and have fun.

    In three sentences

    I loved attending school here. The campus in nice and there is easy access to need commodities. I love how many computer center they have around campus that provide easy access to the internet when it is needed.