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Reviews 1625 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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College Sophomore

Nightlife: I don't participate in parties or the party scene.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Boise State Broncos have broken records for wins, many past players have gone on to play for the pros. The community support for all the BSU sporting teams is phenomenal!! We love our Broncos and it shows.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Campus security patrols, emergency phone stations set up throughout campus.

College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I do not live on campus, so I don't have a review of the campus housing.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Unfortunately I'm not that familiar with on-campus policies for social lives. I live off campus. In regards to academic policies BSU takes these policies seriously. For every new class each student is reminded of Academic Honestly, plagerism and cheating.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Over the past 5 -10 years the off-campus dining options has really improved. There are now a number of options for students that fit in to a student's budget or taste.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I have only dealt with student loans. Just make sure you monitor your Bronco account, complete the applications on time.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: For a smaller metropolitan area, Boise has it all. A great University, parks, a zoo, nightlife, great restaurants, outdoor activities, shopping, theatre; you name it Boise has it. Boise State University is greatly supported by the community and the success of the sport programs and academics shows it.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: I'm not a partyer, and so I know very little about that scene. BSU is a dry campus, and therefore all parties take place in student's homes off campus. It's easy to avoid drugs and alcohol if you're not interested, but if you seek information on parties, you'll be able to find them. If you want to party but want to avoid sketchy situations, avoid parties hosted by guy's sports teams. They have a reputation for getting too rowdy and girls get hurt sometimes.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: The Health Education and Promotion Major requires a meeting with the program director. She is almost always happy to receive new students. Reach out to her and you will likely be well received.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I love my major. I've never had a problem with my required coursework, especially because I can finish in four years and there are many opportunities to individualize your experience based on the direction you wish to go.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It's well priced, and we have many different dorms. Most are all in one area, surrounding a courtyard, creating a community. The rooms are decent sized, and come with closets, dressers, a bed and mattress, and a desk with drawers and shelving. RA's put a lot of effort into working with their assigned kids. Depending what dorm you are in, you could have your own room (in which case it's easy to isolate yourself) or you'll have roommates (up to 3 other people).

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Boise is a big enough city to have many popular chains locally, but we also have thriving individual restaurants unique to Boise, including amazing coffee shops, cafes, and ethnic food. Many people in Boise are health - conscious, and organic and dietary preferences are well tolerated.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Boise is an incredible place to live. Cost of living is average, the people are nice and accepting, the city is big enough to have plenty to do but small enough to have a sense of community. The weather is great, we have changing seasons without any extreme temps. The city is beautiful, has a lively art and music scene, and is super close to outdoor opportunities like rock climbing, hiking, camping, skiing, hunting, white water rafting, kayaking, etc.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greeks make up only 18% of the campus, so you have to actively seek them if you want to be a part of it. Some students view them as clique-y, but they are almost always really dedicated to their philanthropy.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: BSU has emergency phones within sight from anywhere on campus. Security will escort any student at night for almost any reason. Main path through campus is well lit. The city of Boise is extremely safe - no gangs, very little crime. There is one place girls should avoid: the greenbelt. It is a path along the river next to campus, and it isn't particularly well lit, and sketchy people tend to hang out there at night. Very well traveled during the day. Sexual assaults are known to occur most on the greenbelt or at parties (especially those hosted by the lacrosse and football teams) in which alcohol and/or drugs are involved. I've never felt unsafe walking through campus at night.

3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Depends what you find yourself doing that it will be a positive or negative experience with how strict Boise State is.

4 College Senior

Majors: Boise State is definitely growing to become a research one university and the resources throughout the various departments seem to be endless. My program has been fantastic so far with a strong curriculum that gives you various work loads. Depends on the topic/subject your class may be dealing with as there are some classes harder that others but that balances out with how your class schedule ends up working out.

College Senior

Majors: I have not done an internship through my department or anywhere in Boise State or Boise. I did do an internship but in Illinois through a recruitment event that took me to the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Its between okay and great. There is definitely some diverse restaurants that are not found anywhere else in the country but there are the occasional chain restaurants. Late night is almost not a reality unless one wants Subway or something of that sort but that's only on certain days of the week.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: The state of Idaho is not like other states that offers financial aid to students from various backgrounds or certain immigration status. This reflects badly because there are students who will enhance Boise State through their academic achievements but can't continue for lack of financial assistance. However once you begin to dig deeper you will receive the help you need.

5 College Senior

Athletics: Its Boise State we have a great football team as well as a growing men's basketball team. Although the women sports don't receive the same attention as the men's sports their success is beginning to change that. Many students are starting to make their way to the women's sports to showcase their Bronco pride. School spirit is something many Boise State have but don't know how to portray it on the court/field/facility because traditions have not been created to set in stone besides that occasional Boise State chant plus the ending of the fight song seems to be the only verse students know. Although this is changing the football team in our beloved blue turf continues to fight forward as well as our other sporting teams.

5 College Senior

Greek Life: Boise State's Greek Life is small but growing at a fast paste. Although there aren't chapter houses the fraternities and sororities still manage to thrive. Greek are also highly involved in and out of campus which causes some friction with non-Greeks as they see Greeks taking over everything but the fraternities and sororities do it to stay active in their school. The social atmosphere is unique because although there exist competition between fraternities and sororities in the end there exist a mutual respect that to a level of degree all seem to get along.

5 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Although Boise is the largest metropolitan city 300 miles in any direction it still has a small college town feeling to do that allows various events, sports, shopping, and cultural events to thrive. Plus Boise State always tries to bring or create events during game day, other sporting events, or the growing student life events.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Security on campus is great as there is Campus police plus Boise PD however the dorms need more security as that is where crimes happen from theft to sexual assault.

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