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High School Graduates Under 21


As an Idaho high school graduate under the age of 21, you will be considered for admission according to the resident admissions index, which considers a combination of your cumulative unweighted high school grade point average (GPA) and ACT composite or SAT scores. There is no minimum SAT or ACT test score for Idaho applicants with an unweighted GPA of 3.0 or higher. 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 resident admissions index but have not completed the Idaho College Admission Core Classes, you will be considered for provisional admission. If core high school coursework falls significantly below the Idaho College Admission Core Classes standard, it is possible to be denied admission.

How to Apply

Idaho Resident Standards

High School Cumulative GPA (Unweighted)ACT CompositeSAT (Tests taken after March 2016)
Total Score
SAT (Tests taken prior to March 2016)
Critical Reading + Math
3.00-4.00any test score any test scoreany test score
2.99 - 2.9416860770
2.93 - 2.8917900820
2.88-2.8318940860
2.82-2.7719980900
2.76-2.71201020940
2.70-2.66211060980
2.65-2.602211001020
2.59-2.542311301050
2.53-2.492411601090
2.48-2.432512001130
2.42-2.372612401170
2.36-2.322712801210
2.31-2.262813101250
2.25-2.202913501290
2.19-2.143013901330
2.13-2.093114201360
2.08-2.033214501400
2.02-2.003314901440

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.

High School Graduates Over 21


Applicants who graduated from high school in 1989 or later and earned at least a 2.50 cumulative high school grade point average (GPA) will be considered for general admission if they completed all courses in the Idaho College Admission Core. If you did not complete all core classes, you will be considered for provisional admission.
If you graduated from high school prior to 1989 and never attended college, you will be considered for general admission.

How to Apply

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.

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.