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Making the Transition to Boise State

At Boise State, you’re considered a transfer student if you have completed at least one college class for credit after graduating from high school. Transfer students come to us with a variety of experiences, and we strive to provide the same comprehensive service, no matter how many credits you have earned elsewhere.

As a transfer student, you’ll quickly discover that creating opportunities for your smooth transition to Boise State is our top priority. And once you arrive on campus, you’ll uncover new opportunities in each encounter.

Why Boise State?

  • The unbeatable location in the heart of Idaho’s capital city
  • Access to internships and research
  • Over 100 bachelor degree programs
  • Cultural diversity
  • Ranked #1 by Forbes magazine for business and careers
  • Over 200 student clubs and organizations
  • Outdoor activities within minutes of campus
  • Designated upper-classman student apartments

Second Bachelor Degree


If you have graduated with a bachelor’s degree and you would like to earn a second bachelor’s degree, you would be considered a Second Bachelor’s Degree student. Learn more >>

Admissions Standards for Transfer Students

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 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 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 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.

Transfer Student Checklist

  • Visit campus! A visit to Boise State will confirm that no matter what you’re seeking — an awesome learning experience, good times or a great career —you’ll find it at Boise State.
  • Apply for Admission to Boise State.
    • Transfer with 14 + credits
    • Application for admission admissions.boisestate.edu/applynow
    • Nonrefundable Application Fee or approved App Fee Waiver
    • Official transcripts from each college or university attended
    • Transfer with less than 14 credits
    • Application for admission admissions.boisestate.edu/applynow
    • Nonrefundable application fee
    • Official high school transcript (or GED scores)
    • ACT or SAT scores if you are under 21
    • Official COMPASS scores if you participated in a home school program or attended an unaccredited high school
  • Apply for Financial Aid
  • Apply for University Housing
  • Attend BroncoVenture Orientation
  • Search for Employment

How Your Credits Transfer: The Process


Smart planning before you transfer helps ensure that your course work from regionally accredited institutions will transfer to Boise State and contribute toward earning a bachelor’s degree.

  • Once you are admitted to Boise State your transcript is automatically reviewed by the Registrar’s Office to identify equivalent courses. You will receive notification via your BroncoMail account when the Transfer Credit Report is available.
  • If you have earned an academic associate degree at a regionally accredited institution, you will be considered “core certified” by Boise State. This means that you have fulfilled the lower-division general education or “core” classes at Boise State and can transfer with junior standing.
  • If you are transferring from an Idaho school and have not earned an associate degree, you may still be considered “core certified” if your transcript is stamped “core certified” by the registrar’s office of your original institution.
  • If you will transfer without an associate degree froma regionally accredited institution, your transcript will be reviewed on a course-by-course basis and credit granted accordingly.
  • Boise State accepts college-level academic credits from regionally accredited institutions.
  • Credits earned at nonaccredited institutions may be transferred by requesting a review for approval by the department offering similar courses. If you can provide course assignments and requirements, this will help the review process.
  • If the course has no equivalent at Boise State, the credit may count as general elective credit. See your Boise State advisor to determine if elective classes might meet additional core/degree requirements. A course evaluation sheet will be sent to you when completed.
  • When calculating overall cumulative GPA, Boise State will use the most recent grade earned for a course that was repeated.
  • When transferring credits from a quarter/term system, credit hours are converted to semester credits, but you do not lose credits. Equivalent courses need not be retaken because of credit hour differences.
  • Credit will be awarded for College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), International Baccalaureate Program, and Advanced Placement (AP) exams. Submit official score reports to Boise State along with other transcripts. Here is more information about Credit for Prior Learning.
  • Boise State requires a minimum of 120 credits for a baccalaureate degree, of which 40 credits must be upper-division courses. All course credits from a junior or community college may transfer, but only 70 credits will be used toward degree completion.
  • Your final 30 of 36 credits for a baccalaureate degree must be completed at Boise State University.
  • If a course you took at another college is equivalent to a Boise State course, credit will be counted toward your degree as if you had completed the course at Boise State.
  • If the course has no equivalent at Boise State, you may receive general elective credit. Work with your advisor to determine if elective classes meet degree requirements. If so, request an academic adjustment.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I receive credit for military study? For work experience?

Adults entering or returning to college bring with them a wealth of learning experiences that Boise State University recognizes as important to the total learning experience. There are several opportunities to receive undergraduate credit for for prior learning.

How will my quarter hours convert into semester hours?

Divide quarter hours by 1.5 to determine semester hours. Example: 45 quarter hours / 1.5 = 30 semester hours. Equivalent courses do not need to be retaken because of credit hour differences.

What’s the difference between a quarter term and a semester?

A quarter is one type of term within an academic year. Each quarter is 10 weeks in length, and there are usually three quarters (fall, winter and spring) per academic year. A semester is the other type of term within an academic year. Each semester is 15 weeks in length, and there are two semesters (fall and spring) in an academic year. Boise State operates on a semester system.

I attended college years ago and do not want to submit that particular transcript. Is this possible?

You are required to list every college you have attended, regardless of dates of attendance or academic performance. Failure to identify all institutions is cause for denial or dismissal.

I’ve attended more than one college and my credits from all the other colleges are posted on my current college transcript. Do I have to send them all resent to you again?

Yes, you are responsible for requesting that all official transcripts from each college attended are sent to Boise State Admissions. If you are returning to Boise State as a transfer student and coursework has already been evaluated and posted from a previous academic institution, you may not be required to re-submit those transcripts.

Why do I need to submit a transcript from every college I have attended?

All accredited colleges and universities are required to have your transcripts on file when you are a student. Most universities require you to submit transcripts from all colleges previously attended prior to your enrolling for even the first semester.

I have attended more than one college — do I have to submit all those transcripts?

Yes, we need an official transcript from each college attended and will re-evaluate all courses based on our criteria.

The application asks for my transcript but I won’t graduate until the end of this semester. What should I do?

Send in the most recent copy of your transcript. If you meet Boise State’s admission criteria, we will grant you conditional admission pending receipt of the final official transcript.

What’s an official transcript?

An official transcript a legal document that is sent directly from the issuing institution to Boise State in a sealed envelope or faxed according to our guidelines. Official transcripts provides a complete and official listing of the classes you have taken and the grades you received. It is printed on safety paper which bears the university seal and University Registrar’s signature.

Should I obtain my associate degree before transferring to Boise State?

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 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 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 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.

You should also consider your major. For most programs, earning the academic associate degree is a good strategy, particularly if you include specific courses that will be required in your major.

What about transferring community college credits?

Community college credits may transfer, but only 70 will be used toward degree completion. The final 30 credits for a bachelor’s degree must be taken at Boise State.

What if I have credits from a nonaccredited Institution?

In some instances those credits may be transferred after requesting a review by the department offering similar courses.

What type of credits does Boise State accept?

Boise State accepts all college-level academic credits from regionally accredited institutions.

Is Boise State accredited?

Yes! Boise State is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Equivalency Guides for Boise State

View a list of institutions that have transfer equivalency guides by clicking here. If you do not find a particular course, it may still be accepted by Boise State but without a specific equivalent.

Important Information

  • Once you are admitted to Boise State your transcript is automatically reviewed by the Registrar’s Office to identify equivalent courses. You will receive notification via your BroncoMail account when the Transfer Credit Report is available.
  • If you have earned an academic associate degree at a regionally accredited institution, you will be considered “core certified” by Boise State. This means that you have fulfilled the lower-division general education or “core” classes at Boise State and can transfer with junior standing.
  • If you are transferring from an Idaho school and have not earned an associate degree, you may still be considered “core certified” if your transcript is stamped “core certified” by the registrar’s office of your original institution.
  • If you will transfer without an associate degree from a regionally accredited institution, your transcript will be reviewed on a course-by-course basis and credit granted accordingly.
  • Boise State accepts college-level academic credits from regionally accredited institutions.
  • Credits earned at nonaccredited institutions may be transferred by requesting a review for approval by the department offering similar courses. If you can provide course assignments and requirements, this will help the review process.
  • If the course has no equivalent at Boise State, the credit may count as general elective credit. See your Boise State advisor to determine if elective classes might meet additional core/degree requirements. A course evaluation sheet will be sent to you when completed.
  • When calculating overall cumulative GPA, Boise State will use the most recent grade earned for a course that was repeated.
  • When transferring credits from a quarter/term system, credit hours are converted to semester credits, but you do not lose credits. Equivalent courses need not be retaken because of credit hour differences.
  • Credit will be awarded for College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), International Baccalaureate Program, and Advanced Placement (AP) exams. Submit official score reports to Boise State along with other transcripts. Here is more information about Credit for Prior Learning.
  • Boise State requires a minimum of 120 credits for a baccalaureate degree, of which 40 credits must be upper-division courses. All course credits from a junior or community college may transfer, but only 70 credits will be used toward degree completion.
  • Your final 30 of 36 credits for a baccalaureate degree must be completed at Boise State University.
  • If a course you took at another college is equivalent to a Boise State course, credit will be counted toward your degree as if you had completed the course at Boise State.
  • If the course has no equivalent at Boise State, you may receive general elective credit. Work with your advisor to determine if elective classes meet degree requirements. If so, request an academic adjustment.