As a current high school senior attending a regionally accredited high school you will be considered for admission according to your cumulative unweighted high school GPA. Test scores are not required and will not be used in the admission review process. Applicants not meeting the minimum GPA requirements may be asked to provide additional materials, and/or may be denied admission to Boise State.
If you have already graduated from a regionally accredited high school you will find your admission standards on the High School Graduates (Regionally Accredited) tab. If you have already graduated from a high school that is not regionally accredited you will find your admission requirements on the Homeschool/Unaccredited High School tab.
How to Apply
- State of Idaho’s Apply Idaho application – OR – Boise State’s application
- Official high school transcript
- Apply Idaho applicants are not required to submit a high school transcript unless requested.
Unaccredited High School: Students who have attended, or are currently attending, a non-regionally accredited high school are required to meet the admission requirements listed on the Homeschool/Unaccredited High School tab.
Admission Standards for Idaho High School Students:
Unweighted GPA: Boise State Admissions uses your cumulative, unweighted high school GPA when considering you for admission. Your GPA will be calculated using a 4.0 (unweighted) scale if the weight of your GPA is unclear, and/or when your coursework is across two or more high school transcripts. The Admissions GPA calculation may not follow your high school’s grading scale/system and will include +/- grades, except when the grade is above a 4.0. Grade replacements are not included in GPA calculations.
2.80 – 4.00 GPA: You meet Boise State’s automatic admission standards and will be admitted once all the above required items have been received and reviewed.
2.60 – 2.79 GPA: Your application will receive a more holistic review after you have submitted a high school 7th-semester transcript and a personal statement (see prompt below). You will receive an admission decision in early March, provided the following materials are received by Boise State Admissions by February 15. Holistic Review decisions are released three to four weeks after all items are received for Spring semester applicants.
- High school 7th-semester transcript: We need your high school transcript showing grades from the first semester (quarter) of your senior year.
- Personal Statement Prompt: In 500 words or less, tell us about any significant academic challenges you have faced and the steps you’ve taken to overcome them. Be sure to mention any specific goals or aspirations you have for your Boise State education. Information about your life outside of the classroom is also helpful to include. You can provide examples of involvement such as co-curricular activities, employment, leadership roles, family responsibilities, or other experiences that showcase your academic readiness.
- Letters of Recommendation (Optional): If you do not meet automatic admission standards, you are encouraged to submit up to two letters of recommendation along with a personal statement and 7th semester transcript. We recommend you choose academic sources who can speak to your academic ability and motivation.
0.00 – 2.59 GPA: You do not qualify for admission to Boise State University. We encourage you to consider attending a community college or other institution and applying to Boise State for a future semester as a transfer student.
Please note: Students who do not attend regionally-accredited high schools are required to meet the homeschool/unaccredited high school admissions requirements.