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Transferring to Boise State

At Boise State, you are considered a transfer student for admission and scholarship purposes if you have completed 14 or more transferable semester (21 quarter) credits after high school, from a regionally accredited college or university. If you have completed less than 14 credits after high school then you are asked to meet freshman admission requirements, however, you may still be required to submit your college transcripts as they are part of your academic record.

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.





Admission Standards and Required Materials

I Have Completed 14 or More Transferable Semester Credits After High School

Required Materials:

Admission Standard:

  • A 2.25 cumulative GPA for all college work completed, AND are in good academic standing at the current/last institution you attended.

OR

  • You have earned an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree, after graduating from high school, from a regionally accredited academic institution, AND have a cumulative 2.00 GPA or higher

*Applicants with a cumulative 2.00 – 2.24 GPA for all college work completed are evaluated on a case-by-case basis, and are encouraged to provide a personal statement along with their admission materials. 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. 


I Have Completed 1 - 13 Transferable Semester Credits After High School

Required Materials:

Admission Standard:


I Have Completed All of My Transferable Semester Credits While in High School , or Before Earning a GED

Required Materials:

Important: Although your college transcripts may not be required for admission purposes, your transcripts are needed to transfer your credit to Boise State. You are encouraged to send us official transcripts showing all of your college coursework at your earliest convenience.

Admission Standard:


I Am a Previously Dismissed Boise State Student Seeking Reinstatement:

Required Materials:

Admission Standard:

  • A 2.25 cumulative GPA for all college work completed AFTER attending Boise State, AND have sat out the required time from Boise State.
    • 1st Dismissal: Fall or Spring Semester
    • 2nd Dismissal: Fall and Spring or Spring and Fall Semesters.
    • 3rd Dismissal: No Longer Eligible for Admission

I Am Pursuing a Second Bachelor's 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 about getting your second Bachelor’s degree.


How Your Credits Transfer: The Process

Learn How Your Credits Will Transfer Into Boise State

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 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. Boise State University accepts all academic transfer credit from regionally accredited institutions.
  • 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 for Transfer Students

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between completed and earned credits?

Boise State defines ‘completed credit’ as any credit that is included in the overall GPA (GPA Credit). Earned credit usually only refers to courses that have been passed and often excludes failed classes. When calculating your completed credits you will want to be sure to include the credits from classes that you have failed, but have not retaken.  At Boise State, your admission standards and admission classification are based on your completed credits.

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 need to have them individually sent to you?

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 an adult 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?

Boise State University accepts all academic transfer credit from regionally accredited institutions.

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.