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High School Graduates Under 21


How to Apply

Will You Be Admitted

High school graduates under the age of 21 will be considered for admission using their combined high school unweighted cumulative grade point average (GPA) and ACT composite or SAT scores. If you completed all courses in the Idaho College Admission Core (see below), you will be considered for general admission. If you meet Boise State’s nonresident admission criteria but have not completed the core subject requirements, you will be considered for provisional admission. If the number of completed core high school courses falls significantly below the core subject requirements, it is possible to be denied admission.

Will you be admitted to Boise State? Find out on our Nonresident Admissions Index Calculator.

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 of the core subject requirements (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 core subject requirements, you will be considered for provisional admission.

Core Subject Requirements

  • 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.

High School Graduates Over 21


How to Apply

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 core subject requirements. If you did not complete all core classes, you will be considered for provisional admission. If the number of completed core high school courses falls significantly below the core subject requirements, it is possible to be denied admission.

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

Core Subject Requirements

  • 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.

GED Students

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

Homeschooled Students


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