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Don’t know what to pack, where to park, or how to find an on-campus job? We know it’s all a little overwhelming so we’ve compiled a list of resources below. Take a minute to familiarize yourself with the opportunities and services that Boise State University offers.

Boise State Bookstore

The headquarters for all of the latest official Bronco gear, the Boise State University Bookstore is proud to support student scholarships through its sales. This year alone, the Bookstore is giving $600,000 back to the University to be used for scholarships. Be sure to come by and grab your:

  • textbooks
  • study guides
  • office and art supplies
  • Bronco gear

Bronco Ready

We know you are ready to start college…but are you Bronco Ready? You are invited to complete a free, one-credit, on-line course called Bronco Ready that is designed to connect you to the information, people, programs, and services that support your success. For more information, visit or call 426-1718.

Boise State Career Center

The Career Center at Boise State is dedicated to helping students build their own personal brand by helping with resumes, cover letters, social media presence and elevator speech. Career counselors are willing to meet with students to help develop career plans and increase a student’s employability.

Boise State’s Career Center also runs Handshake, a job post database exclusively for students and alumni. Get information on student employment.

Dining on Campus

Flex Dollars

Flex Dollars represent money loaded onto a student’s account which can be used to make purchases at all campus retail food locations. Students use their Bronco ID card to access Flex Dollars during a retail transaction. For more information about Flex Dollars, or if you want to add some to your account call the Info Desk at 208.426.4636

Bronco Bucks

Bronco Bucks represent money loaded onto a student’s account which can be used for utility oriented purchases such as laundry and printing. Similar to Flex Dollars, Bronco Bucks are accessed using the Bronco ID card.

Meal Plans

Meal Plans can be used for the Boise River Cafe (BRC) and Southfork Market.

Student Involvement & Leadership Center

With over 200 clubs and organizations on campus, there is always something to do. Don’t miss Bronco Welcome, a week-long series of events to kick-off each semester with fun, community-building activities.

Important Dates

June 1

  • Priority date to submit all financial aid documents to maintain 2018-2019 work-study, supplemental grants (SEOG) and Perkins loans

June 15

  • Housing application priority date

July 1

  • First day students can begin using 2018-2019 work-study awards

August 15

  • Early move-in day for honors students

August 17

  • Move-In Day and Convocation
  • Bronco Welcome Week begins

August 20

  • First day of classes (academic advising is available throughout the semester)

September 3

  • Labor Day (no classes and university offices closed)

November 19 – 23

  • Thanksgiving Break (university offices closed November 22-23)

December 17 – January 11

  • Winter Break (university offices closed December 24-28)

Boise State Health Services

Make preparations for your medical care while you’re away at college. Boise State Health Services has a team of health care professionals dedicated to care of students. Did you know we offer the following?

  • primary and urgent care
  • counseling
  • wellness (stress management, care team, psychiatry)
  • vaccines
  • allergy clinic
  • dietician
  • bloodwork


Your campus home is more than just a room – it’s a convenient place to study, socialize and just BE. Aside from packing, make a note to learn about:

Music Department

The Boise State Blue Thunder Band at the Boise State football game versus WSU. Photo Patrick Sweeney

Did you play a musical instrument or sing in high school? If the answer is yes, bring your talent to Boise State University! The Music Department has many ensembles in which you can perform and all are open to students regardless of your major. Meet students from majors all across campus that share your passion for music.

Most ensembles will hold auditions or open rehearsals just prior to the start of the academic year or during the first week of classes. The Blue Thunder Marching Band will accept auditions through July 15.


Parking and Transportation manages all faucets of commuting here on campus. Learn how to efficiently navigate campus on foot or on wheels.

Parent & Family Association

Stay in touch with Boise State and make connections with other Bronco parents and families by joining the Parent & Family Association (PFA). Members receive:

  • free membership
  • quarterly e-newsletters
  • volunteer opportunities
  • campus news and happenings

Don’t forget to attend Bronco Welcome Week!

First Year Frequently Asked Questions

What can I bring to my Residence Hall?

  • We recommend bringing bedding, personal hygiene essentials, any appliances with closed coil elements, extra lighting, mini refrigerators, microwaves, decorations and audio visual equipment.

When do I pay for housing?

  • The first housing payment is due prior to move in, however late charges are not assessed until after September 1st for Fall semester and February 1st for Spring semester.
  • Monthly payments are due on the 25th of every month (July through April). Check Bronco Accounts regularly to view posted charges.

How can I get more scholarships?

I’m confused by my Financial Aid package. Who can help?

  • Call the Financial Aid office at (208) 426-1664 or email

My family’s income is now a lot less than when I submitted the FASFA. Can I update my information?

  • Complete a Special Conditions form. For help deciding which form is appropriate for your situation, call Financial Aid at (208) 426-1664.

Who is my advisor?

  • New students will first meet with academic advisors at their Bronco Venture orientation program. From there you can schedule an appointment with a department specific advisor or with a general academic advisor at

How do I change my schedule?

What is Finish in 4?

  • The Finish in Four Program is a course schedule made specifically for your major while considering your entry date in Boise State. By following the course schedule, students will be guaranteed to complete their major within four years of attendance.

What will the first week be like?

  • During the first week there will be activities that are designed to engage, inspire and educate new students about the opportunities available through campus programs and initiatives. Events are kicked off with move-in and Convocation and range from movies at the Centennial Amphitheater, ice cream socials, Greek information sessions and a Bronco Pride Spirit Rally. Check out

Do I need to bring a car to campus?

  • Many of a students’ resources can be reached on campus, and with free bus service for all full-time students, many on-campus students do not need a personal vehicle. However in a case when a car is needed, students can rent one through the Enterprise CarShare Service. More information about the service can be found at

How do I buy my parking pass?

  • Parking passes are purchased online at transportation. Residence Hall passes are currently $278 per academic year.

Should I bring a bicycle?

  • Bicycles are encouraged on campus and especially since Boise State caters over 1000 places to park your bike and runs The Cycle Learning Center for any repairs and tune ups your bike may need.

More detailed information regarding these topics can be found in the Move-In Guide, located at