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I am a high school graduate and I am not yet 21 years old

(prior to the first day of the semester you want to attend Boise State)

High school graduates under the age of 21 will be considered for admission according to Boise State’s Admission Index using their combined high school grade point average (GPA) and ACT composite or SAT (Math and Critical Reading) scores.

For instance, if your GPA is 3.0 and your highest ACT composite score is 22, you are an excellent candidate for admission.

Boise State Admission Index


This table does not include the complete Admission Index. If your GPA or test score is not shown, contact the Boise State Admissions Office for specific information.

Once you are determined admissible according to the index, your high school course work will be examined. If you completed all courses in the Idaho College Admission Core (see below), you will be considered for general admission.

If you meet the requirements of the Boise State Admission Index but have not completed the Idaho College Admission Core Classes, you will be considered for provisional admission.

Idaho College Admission Core Classes

  • English – 8 semesters
    Composition, Literature
  • Mathematics – 6 semesters
    Applied Math I, Applied Math II, Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Analytic Geometry, Calculus, Statistics, Trigonometry. At least 4 semesters must be taken in grades 10 through 12.
  • Natural Science – 6 semesters
    Anatomy, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Geology, Physiology, Physical Science, Physics, Zoology. Selected applied science courses may count for up to 2 semesters. At least 2 semesters must be in courses which include a laboratory science experience.
  • Social Science – 5 semesters
    American Government, Geography, U.S. History, World History, Economics, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology
  • Humanities/Foreign Language – 2 semesters
    Literature, History, Philosophy, Foreign Language, and related study of 2 or more of the traditional humanities disciplines.
  • Other College Prep – 3 semesters
    Speech, Studio/Performing Arts (Art, Dance, Drama, Music), additional Foreign Language. Up to 2 semesters of approved vocational courses may apply; consult your high school counselor.


I am a high school graduate and I am over 21 years old

(prior to the first day of the semester you want to attend Boise State)

If you graduated from high school prior to 1989 and never attended college, you will be considered for general admission.

If you graduated from high school in 1989 or later and earned at least a 2.50 cumulative high school grade point average (GPA), you will be considered for general admission. In addition, you must have completed all courses in the Idaho College Admission Core. If you did not complete all core classes, you will be considered for provisional admission.

Idaho College Admission Core Classes

  • English – 8 semesters
    Composition, Literature
  • Mathematics – 6 semesters
    Applied Math I, Applied Math II, Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Analytic Geometry, Calculus, Statistics, Trigonometry. At least 4 semesters must be taken in grades 10 through 12.
  • Natural Science – 6 semesters
    Anatomy, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Geology, Physiology, Physical Science, Physics, Zoology. Selected applied science courses may count for up to 2 semesters. At least 2 semesters must be in courses which include a laboratory science experience.
  • Social Science – 5 semesters
    American Government, Geography, U.S. History, World History, Economics, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology
  • Humanities/Foreign Language – 2 semesters
    Literature, History, Philosophy, Foreign Language, and related study of 2 or more of the traditional humanities disciplines.
  • Other College Prep – 3 semesters
    Speech, Studio/Performing Arts (Art, Dance, Drama, Music), additional Foreign Language. Up to 2 semesters of approved vocational courses may apply; consult your high school counselor.


I graduated from a home school program or unaccredited high school

Students who have completed a home school program will be considered for admission based on a comprehensive review of the below required materials. The comprehensive review will assess your academic preparation for college-level coursework and your potential for success at Boise State University.

If you will be under 21 as of the first day of the semester, you will need to submit the following:

  1. Home school transcript or a description of your educational background including subjects studied and any grades earned.
  2. Official transcripts from any secondary school attended prior to (or in addition to) home schooling.
  3. Official transcripts from any colleges or universities attended
  4. Official ACT or SAT results from the testing agency
  5. Statement of personal circumstances that includes any pertinent information regarding your potential for academic success and any extenuating circumstances which may have influenced your previous academic record. The statement should be limited to 500 words or less and should be uploaded at boisestate.edu/personalstatement

If you will be 21 or over as of the first day of the semester, you will need to submit the following:

  1. Home school transcript or a description of your educational background including subjects studied and any grades earned.
  2. Official transcripts from any secondary school attended prior to (or in addition to) home schooling.
  3. Official transcripts from any colleges or universities attended
  4. Statement of personal circumstances that includes any pertinent information regarding your potential for academic success and any extenuating circumstances which may have influenced your previous academic record. The statement should be limited to 500 words or less and should be uploaded at boisestate.edu/personalstatement

Fast Track Admission- Students who submit the required materials, have earned fewer than 14 college level semester credits, are under 21 years of age and meet the below minimum test score standard will be admitted to Boise State University. Students meeting these minimums are not required to submit a Personal Statement.

Official test scores with either the ACT or SAT score minimum:

ACT composite score is 23 or higher

-or-

SAT combined math and critical reasoning scores total 1050 or higher


I have a GED or High School Equivalency


Students who have completed a GED or High School Equivalency program will be considered for admission based on a comprehensive review of the below required materials. The comprehensive review will assess your academic preparation for college-level coursework and your potential for success at Boise State University.

If you will be under 21 as of the first day of the semester, you will need to submit the following:

  1. GED official transcript
  2. Official transcripts from any colleges or universities attended
  3. Official ACT or SAT results from the testing agency
  4. Statement of personal circumstances that includes any pertinent information regarding your potential for academic success and any extenuating circumstances which may have influenced your previous academic record. The statement should be limited to 500 words or less and should be uploaded at admissions.boisestate.edu/personalstatement

If you will be 21 or over as of the first day of the semester, you will need to submit the following:

  1. GED official transcript
  2. Official transcripts from any colleges or universities attended
  3. Statement of personal circumstances that includes any pertinent information regarding your potential for academic success and any extenuating circumstances which may have influenced your previous academic record. The statement should be limited to 500 words or less and should be uploaded at admissions.boisestate.edu/personalstatement

Fast Track Admission- Students who submit the required materials and meet the below minimum test score standard will be admitted to Boise State University. Students meeting these minimums are not required to submit a Personal Statement.

Fast Track requirements (must meet all minimums to receive fast track admission):

Fast Track minimums if you will be under 21 as of the first day of the semester

  1. Official test scores with GED score minimum:

GED 2014: Each section score is 170 or higher

-or-

GED 2013 or before: Average exam score of 550 and each section score of 500 or higher

  1. Official test scores with ACT or SAT score minimum:

ACT composite score is 23 or higher

-or-

SAT combined math and critical reasoning scores total 1050 or higher

Fast Track minimums if you will be 21 or over as of the first day of the semester

Official test scores with GED score minimum:

GED 2014: Each section score is 170 or higher

-or-

GED 2013 to 2002: Average exam score of 550 and each section score of 500 or higher

-or-

GED 2001 or before: Average exam score of 55 and each section score of 50 or higher


I have earned college credit

Transfer admission is based on the following:

If you have earned 14 or more transferable semester credits, have a cumulative 2.25 GPA or higher, and were in good academic standing at the current/last institution you attended, you will be admitted with regular admission.

If you have earned an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science or are core certified from a regionally accredited academic institution, and have a cumulative 2.00 GPA or higher you will be admitted with regular status.

If you have more than 14 credits, but have not yet earned an Associate degree or core certification, and have a cumulative GPA range from 2.00 to 2.24, your application will be reviewed on a case by case basis to determine potential for academic success.

If you have fewer than 14 transferable semester credits, the following items may be required and considered in the admission decision:

  • High school transcript (or GED results).
  • ACT or SAT results (not required for students who are 21 or older prior to the first day of classes).

If you have less than a cumulative 2.00 GPA, you will not be eligible for degree-seeking admission. You may choose to attend Boise State as a non-degree seeking student.

If you were dismissed from a college or university within the last semester, you are not eligible to attend Boise State until sitting out at least a fall or spring semester.


I have a bachelor’s degree

If you have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university, admission to Boise State as a second degree seeking undergraduate student will be based on your cumulative GPA of at least 2.00 and good academic standing at the last institution attended.


I want to be a non-degree seeking student

To be eligible for non-degree seeking admission, applicants must:

  • Have a high school diploma or GED.*
  • Not have been dismissed from a college or university within the last semester.

*If you have not earned a high school diploma or GED, the following scores are needed on the COMPASS test:

Pre-Algebra – 25
Reading – 62
Writing – 47

As a non-degree seeking student during the fall or spring semester, you can register for any combination of courses totaling seven or fewer credits; or a maximum of two courses, even if these courses total more than seven credits. Please be aware that students taking seven or fewer credits per semester pay part-time fees; those taking eight or more credits pay full Boise State fees and, if deemed not a resident of Idaho, nonresident tuition.

Non-degree seeking students are not eligible to receive federal financial aid no matter when classes are taken. In addition, transfer students will not receive an evaluation of their transfer credit until they apply and are admitted as degree seeking students. Any credits earned as a non-degree seeking student can be applied toward a degree at a later date.


I want to be a Jump Start/Concurrent Enrollment student

Admission to Boise State for students seeking dual enrollment will be based on the following:

I am a high school student

  • You must be at least 16 years of age or have successfully completed at least one half of the high school graduation requirements.
  • You have the required cumulative grade point average of 3.0 to take academic courses.
  • You have the signed approval of your high school principal or guidance counselor and your parent/guardian.

I am a home school student

  • You must be at least 16 years of age and score at least a 68 on Writing and 85 on Reading (Compass Exams) to take academic courses.
  • You can contact the Boise State Assessment Center at 208-426-2762 to learn about cost and available testing times.
  • You have the signed approval of your parent/guardian.