As a current high school senior or recently graduated high school senior, 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 are unable to take the ACT on the regular national test dates, you can take the Residual ACT at Boise State.
How to Apply
- State of Idaho’s Apply Idaho application* – OR – Boise State’s application
- Official high school transcript*
- ACT or SAT results
*Students who complete the Apply Idaho application will be admitted off of state-reported data and only need to provide their transcript and test scores to Boise State if requested by email/mail.
Idaho Resident Standards
High School Cumulative GPA (Unweighted) SAT Total* ACT Composite 3.00-4.00 any test score any test score 2.99 - 2.94 880 16 2.93 - 2.89 920 17 2.88-2.83 960 18 2.82-2.77 990 19 2.76-2.71 1030 20 2.70-2.66 1060 21 2.65-2.60 1100 22 2.59-2.54 1130 23 2.53-2.49 1160 24 2.48-2.43 1200 25 2.42-2.37 1230 26 2.36-2.32 1260 27 2.31-2.26 1300 28 2.25-2.20 1330 29 2.19-2.14 1360 30 2.13-2.09 1390 31 2.08-2.03 1420 32 2.02-2.00 1450 33
*Reflects SAT scores according to the redesigned 2016 SAT exam.
Idaho College Admission Core Classes
- English – 8 semesters
- 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.
- English – 8 semesters