Boise State University (BSU) is a public research university in Boise, Idaho. Founded in 1932 by the Episcopal Church, it became an independent junior college in 1934, and has been awarding baccalaureate and master's degrees since 1965.
Boise State offers more than 100 graduate programs, including the MBA and MAcc programs in the College of Business and Economics; Masters and PhD programs in the Colleges of Engineering, Arts & Sciences, and Education; and the MPA program in the School of Public Service. Boise State has invested in the future over the past decade, including spending over $300 million since 2003 on academic, residential, and athletics facilities across campus.
|Boise State University|
|Boise State College|
Boise Junior College
|Motto||Splendor sine Occasu|
Motto in English
|Splendour Without Diminishment|
|Endowment||$107.9 million (2018)|
|Budget||$516 million FY(2018)|
|President||Martin E. Schimpf (interim)|
|Provost||Tony Roark (interim)|
|757 (Fall 2018)|
|Students||25,540 (Fall 2018)|
|Undergraduates||22,064 (Fall 2018)|
|Postgraduates||3,476 (Fall 2018)|
285 acres (115 ha)
|Colors||Blue and Orange|
|NCAA Division I FBS – MW|
Location of Boise State University
Boise State University (the United States)
The school became Idaho's third state university in 1974, after the University of Idaho (1889) and Idaho State University (1963). Boise State now awards associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees, and is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. As of 2010, the university has over 75,000 living alumni.
The 285-acre (115 ha) campus is located near downtown Boise, on the south bank of the Boise River, opposite Julia Davis Park. With more than 170 buildings, the campus is at an elevation of 2,700 feet (825 m) above sea level, bounded by Capitol Boulevard on the west and Broadway Avenue to the east.
Boise State broke ground in May 2017 on a $42 million Center for the Fine Arts, which will house sculpture, metalwork, painting, graphic design and other visual arts, as well as gallery space and a digital “World Museum” devoted to high-tech arts experiences. 
The school's library is named for grocery pioneer and longtime Boise resident Joe Albertson. It houses more than 650,000 books, over 100,000 periodicals, 107 public terminals for student use, and access to over 300 online databases. The physical structure also features a Starbucks and public lounge area, and houses the College of Innovation and Design, including the fast growing degree program in Gaming, Interactive Mobile and Media.
The "Velma V. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts" has 2,000 seats in its primary performance hall, and hosts a wide variety of fine arts performances, including the Broadway in Boise series, concerts and other events. The venue opened its doors in April 1984.
The computer science department moved away from the main campus to a new building in downtown Boise. The CS department occupies 53,549 gross square feet, the full second and third floors of the building. The university's CS program is now located in the same building as Clearwater Analytics and within short walking distance of about 20 more of Boise's top technology companies.
The Micron Center for Materials Research was established with a $25 million gift from Micron Technology, which is headquartered in Boise. Scheduled for completion in 2020, the building was designed by Hummel Architects and Anderson Mason Dale Architects, with Hoffman Construction as lead contractor. The building is designed with one research wing, planned to house sensitive equipment, and state of the art research laboratories and a second wing, to hold classrooms, and office space. This latest donation by Micron marks a total of $40 million invested in materials science and engineering programs and associated research at Boise State University, resulting in a full complement of degrees in materials science and engineering including bachelors, masters and doctoral programs.
Extended Studies at Boise State offers regional programming at the College of Western Idaho in Nampa, Idaho, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Gowen Field, Twin Falls, Idaho, Lewiston, Idaho and Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Boise State also offers 29 degrees and certificates fully online. Beginning in 2016, Boise State began partnering with the Harvard University Business School to offer the Harvard Business School Online business fundamentals program to Idaho students and the business community. This collaboration is the only such Harvard collaboration with a public U.S. university.
Boise State's more than 190 fields of study are organized these colleges:
Boise State's fall enrollment in 2016 was 23,886 students. Approximately 76 percent of these students were Idaho residents, with the remaining 24 percent coming from out of state or out of country. More than 90 percent of Boise State's first-year students come directly from high school.
In the 2015-2016 school year, Boise State awarded diplomas to 3,916 distinct graduates, including 18 doctorates, 10 education specialists, 670 master's and 2,998 bachelor's degrees. The university has "Moderate Research Activity" as scored by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.
Since 1971 the university has published the Western Writers Series, monographs focusing on authors of the American Frontier and American West. The university also maintains an on-line library of publications and documents related to Idaho history through the Albertsons Library.
A not-for-profit literary publisher, Ahsahta was founded in 1974 at Boise State University to preserve the best works by early poets of the American West. Its name, ahsahta, is the Mandan word meaning “Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep,” and was first recorded by members of the Lewis and Clark expedition; the founding editors chose the word to honor the press's original mission to publish Western poetry.
The Center for Idaho History and Politics offers a nine-credit place-based field school called "Investigate Boise" which focuses on heritage, government, and urban affairs. Each series of classes results in a student written and faculty edited publication.
Boise State's athletic nickname is the Broncos. The official mascot is Buster Bronco. BSU fields many different teams in sports. Its men's teams include football, basketball, cross country, track and field, golf, tennis, and baseball to resume play in 2020 after a 40-year hiatus. Its women's teams include volleyball, basketball, cross country, swimming and diving, soccer, track and field, gymnastics, golf, softball and tennis. Most of these teams compete in the Mountain West Conference.
Albertsons Stadium is home to the Boise State football and Track & Field programs. It has played host to the NCAA Division I Track and Field Championships in 1994 and 1999, and is home to the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.
Boise State Football has a long history of success starting with the Junior College days and the National Championship team of 1958, coached by the father of Bronco Football, Lyle Smith. Now named Lyle Smith Field in Albertsons Stadium, the turf field was actually the typical green before getting its proud moniker after the 1985 season. Installed in the summer of 1986, THE BLUE was the idea of Athletic Director Gene Bleymaeir and was the first non-green, artificial football field in the country. With the closing of the 2017 season, Boise State football held a home record of 177-37 (14 Conference Championships) since THE BLUE was installed prior to the 1986 season.
Ground was broken for the stadium in 1969, and it opened in September 1970 with a capacity of 14,500. Subsequent expansions were completed in 1975 and 1997, and current capacity sits at around 37,000. In August 2010, the university unveiled a $100 million expansion plan for Bronco Stadium. The first stage will include: adding a new facility to the north endzone to house the football offices, weight room, training room, equipment room and locker room; removing the track; and adding a 13,200-seat grandstand behind the north endzone. Later stages include: lowering the field to add 3,300 seats; completing the south endzone horseshoe; building an east side skybox; and renovating the east concourse. Seating capacity for the fully expanded Bronco Stadium will exceed 55,000.
Known as the "Boise State University Pavilion" until June 2004, Taco Bell Arena (TBA) is home to BSU basketball, wrestling, women's gymnastics, community events, and several concerts each year. Opened in May 1982, the arena seats 12,380 on three levels. The TBA has hosted rounds one and two of the men's NCAA Division I basketball tournament on eight occasions from 1983 to 2009, and the third and fourth rounds of the NCAA women's Division I basketball tournament in 2002.
The construction of the pavilion began in February 1980 on the site of the tennis courts and a portion of the BSU baseball field. The Bronco baseball team played their home games in 1980 at Borah Field (now Bill Wigle Field) at Borah High School. Baseball was discontinued as a varsity sport following the 1980 season. The tennis courts were rebuilt immediately west of the arena, on the former baseball field (infield & right field).
Boise State's fall enrollment in 2016 was 23,886 students. Approximately 76 percent of these students were Idaho residents, with the remaining 24 percent coming from out of state or out of country. Boise State University has the largest graduate enrollment in Idaho. More than 90 percent of Boise State's first-year students come directly from high school.
The dominant form of school-supported housing is in coed residence halls. Twelve such options are offered on campus. Boise State recently broke ground on a new $40 million complex to house the Honors College and new student housing.
Boise State has seen a growing in Greek Community on campus, from less than a couple hundred in 2010 to over 1,400 today. There are eight fraternities Alpha Kappa Lambda, Alpha Tau Omega, Delta Sigma Phi, Delta Upsilon, Kappa Sigma, Lambda Theta Phi, Phi Gamma Delta, Pi Kappa Phi, Sigma Chi, Sigma Lambda Beta, Tau Kappa Epsilon, and nine sororities Alpha Chi Omega, Alpha Xi Delta, Alpha Sigma Alpha, Alpha Gamma Delta, Alpha Omicron Pi, Delta Delta Delta, Alpha Pi Sigma, Lambda Theta Alpha, Sigma Lambda Gamma, Zeta Tau Alpha on campus.
The Boise State Broncos are the athletic teams that represent Boise State University and compete in the Mountain West Conference (MWC), a Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) conference. The Broncos have a successful athletic program overall, winning the WAC commissioner's cup for the 2005–06 and 2009–10 years. Boise State joined the MWC in 2011.The best-known program is football, which attained a perfect 13–0 record in 2006, capped by an overtime win in the Fiesta Bowl over the Oklahoma Sooners. They finished the season as the only major undefeated college football team. BSU's football team has won the Fiesta Bowl two more times, following the 2009 and 2014 seasons. The school's Albertsons Stadium, introduced its famous blue artificial turf (now FieldTurf) thirty-two years ago in 1986.
Other notable programs at BSU include the nationally ranked women's gymnastics team, which competes in the Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference, the men's and women's basketball team, and the tennis teams which have consistently had nationally ranked players.
In April 2017, Boise State announced the cessation of its wrestling program with the potential return of baseball, although no time frame was given; BSU baseball was discontinued after the 1980 season.Boise State Public Radio
Boise State Public Radio is a broadcast service of Boise State University, which operates four programming services on several radio stations throughout central and southern Idaho and northern Nevada.Brandon Hixon
Brandon Anotone Hixon (October 26, 1981 – January 9, 2018) was an American politician. A member of the Republican Party, he served in the Idaho House of Representatives from December 1, 2012 to October 19, 2017 representing District 10 in the A seat. He resigned in late 2017 while under criminal investigation and killed himself in January 2018.Brandon Woolf
Brandon D. Woolf is a Republican and Idaho's 21st State Controller.Brent Crane
Brent J. Crane (born July 2, 1974 in Nampa, Idaho) is a Republican Idaho State Representative since 2006 representing District 13 in the A seat. He has been Assistant Majority Leader since 2010.Buster Bronco (Boise State)
Buster Bronco is the official mascot of Boise State University.
Buster Bronco, is a person in a brown bronco costume with a large head and an open mouth. Buster Bronco wears a #0 Boise State football jersey for football games and a #54 orange basketball jersey for basketball games.
The idea to have a Bronco as a mascot originated in 1932 by Boise State Junior College Students.Buster Becomes A Bronco is a children's book based on Buster Bronco that was published in 2008.
Buster Bronco was ranked third on the Sports Illustrated Power Mascot Rankings in 2007. Buster was also a candidate for the Capitol One Mascot of the Year for the 2008-2009 season.Courtney McGregor
Courtney Louise McGregor (born (1998-11-17)17 November 1998) is a New Zealand representative female artistic gymnast. She finished 41st in the All-around Women's artistic qualification with a best placing of 13th in the vault.Gregory Chaney
Gregory "Greg" Dallas Chaney (born July 21, 1981) is an American politician. He has served in the Idaho House of Representatives since 2014, representing District 10 as a member of the Republican Party.Joe Palmer (politician)
Joe A. Palmer is a Republican Idaho State Representative since 2008 representing District 20 in the A seat.Judy Boyle
Judy Boyle is a Republican Idaho State Representative since 2008 representing District 9 in the B seat.KBSM
KBSM (91.7 FM) is a radio station licensed to McCall, Idaho. The station is owned by Boise State University, and is an affiliate of Boise State Public Radio's "Music" network.
The station airs classical music and other entertainment programming from American Public Media and Public Radio International.KBSU-FM
kbsu.ruKBSU-FM (90.3 FM) is a radio station licensed to Boise, Idaho. The station is owned by Boise State University, and is the flagship affiliate of Boise State Public Radio's "Music" network.
The station airs classical music and other entertainment programming from American Public Media and Public Radio International.
KBSU-FM broadcasts in HD.KBSW
KBSW (91.7 FM) is a radio station licensed to Twin Falls, Idaho. The station is owned by Boise State University, and is an affiliate of Boise State Public Radio's "Music" network.
The station airs classical music and other entertainment programming from American Public Media and Public Radio International.KBSX
KBSX (91.5 FM) is a radio station licensed to Boise, Idaho. The station is owned by Boise State University, and is the flagship affiliate of Boise State Public Radio's "News" network.
The station airs news and information programming from NPR, PRI, APM and the BBC, as well as locally produced news and information programs.
KBSX is licensed by the FCC to broadcast in the HD digital format.Michael Hoffman (director)
Michael Lynn Hoffman (born November 30, 1956) is an American film director.N. Randy Smith
Norman Randy Smith (born August 11, 1949) is a Senior United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He currently lives and maintains chambers in Pocatello, Idaho.Paul Shepherd (politician)
Paul E. Shepherd (born December 21, 1942 in Boise, Idaho) is a Republican Idaho State Representative since 2004 representing District 8 in the B seat.Ralph Torres
Ralph Deleon Guerrero Torres (born August 6, 1979) is an American Republican politician from Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands. He has served as the ninth Governor of the Northern Mariana Islands since the death of Governor Eloy Inos on December 29, 2015. He previously served as the tenth Lieutenant Governor, which he was elected to in 2014.Taco Bell Arena
Taco Bell Arena (originally BSU Pavilion) is a multi-purpose indoor arena in the western United States, on the campus of Boise State University in Boise, Idaho. The arena is located on the east end of campus, between West Campus Lane and César Chávez Circle, immediately northwest of Albertsons Stadium.
It is home to the Broncos basketball, wrestling, and gymnastics teams, with a current seating capacity of 12,644 for basketball. The elevation of its floor is approximately 2,700 feet (825 m) above sea level.
The venue is also used for concerts (capacity 13,390), community events, and trade shows (17,000 square feet (1,580 m2) of arena floor space plus 10,000 sq ft (930 m2) in the auxiliary gym). It hosted a Davis Cup tennis match in April 2013, a second-round tie between the U.S. and Serbia.
Boise State University
Located in: Boise, Idaho
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