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How to Make the Most of Bronco Day

Students pose on the Blue Turf at Bronco Day

What is Bronco Day?

You won’t want to miss the biggest recruitment day of the year on October 14, 2023! At Bronco Day, you’ll get to meet current students and professors, go on tours, find out what scholarships are available and explore all the programs and colleges that Boise State has to offer. See what it’s like to be a Bronco for a day!

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Tips to have the best Bronco Day:

#1. Get Here Early

Arriving early will not only make for easier parking but will also give you plenty of time to get your check-in materials, find a good seat and enjoy the spirit squad performance! Check-In opens up at 8 am at the Morrison Center before kicking off with a Welcome Presentation featuring special guests.

#2. Take Advantage of Photo Ops

Check out the campus map where you can find our photo opportunity guide, a layer on the campus map calling out all of the best spots to snap a selfie! There will also be yard signs around campus pointing them out. Touch the Turf at Albertsons Stadium is the biggest photo op event of Bronco Day and you’ll get a special digital souvenir from that, but you can take your own photos along the way.

Also, be sure to use the hashtag #BroncoDay to participate in our social media giveaway. More details to come, so keep your eyes out on our @BoiseStateAdmissions Instagram channel to learn more!

Boise State students gathering on the blue turf to take a selfie.

#3. Explore Boise

Especially if you’re from out-of town, plan to take some time to get to know Idaho’s capital city! Downtown Boise is just a short walk over Friendship Bridge and adventure awaits around every corner.

We will have snacks available on site all day but if you’re looking for lunch after Bronco Day events, head over and check out the many great dining options!

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Experience Boise Like A Bronco

#4. Plan Your Stops in Advance

There’s a lot to cover in one day! Take some time to plan ahead to make sure you know which academic units and Choose Your Own Adventure spots you don’t want to miss out on. Check out the full schedule ahead of time and cater your day according to your own interests.

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The Boise State Spirit Squad cheers at Bronco Day

#5. Check Out the Partial Eclipse

Did you know there is going to be a partial solar eclipse while you’re here for Bronco Day? Boise State Physics’ Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve STEM Network will host an eclipse viewing party on the morning of Saturday, October 14 to gather to see this once-in-a-lifetime event (be sure to wear the proper glasses for viewing!) and learn more about the history and science behind solar eclipses. While it’s not part of the official Bronco Day schedule, you can stop by their booth in between sessions. Check out more details about the eclipse here!

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Meet a Student Recruitment Specialist working Bronco Day

Olivia Pellegrini

Meet Olivia Pellegrini! She’s been a Student Recruitment Specialist for two years. Olivia gives campus tours and helps students through the admissions process from start to finish. She loves being a friendly face at large-scale campus events like Bronco Day.

“I think it’s a really special experience to work with prospective students and share my story.” She is grateful to play a role in easing students’ and parents’ minds as they think about the future and what college experience might be the best fit for them.

Olivia remembers being a prospective student and sorting through all the questions she had swirling around in her mind, so she finds it rewarding to be a resource for incoming students now that she’s on the other side of the admissions process.

Ask Questions and Seek Guidance

Her advice to incoming students is to ask questions and not be afraid to ask for help.

“For students that have any hesitations, just come in with an open mind. At Boise State you’re so able to make your own small communities and meet your own people in so many different ways that you never know where you’re going to end up and who you’re going to meet.”

From sports and Greek life to nature, Boise State checked all of the boxes for Olivia. “When I was on campus I had a feeling of being at home. So, that was when I knew this was the right school for me.”

Put Yourself Out There and Make Connections!

As a Student Recruitment Specialist, Olivia advises new students to put themselves out there to meet people and get involved on campus and Bronco Day is the perfect opportunity to do just that! Students get out of their college experience what they put in. Olivia is one of the many friendly faces you will see come Bronco Day, so be sure to say hello! Visiting campus is a crucial step in finding the college that is right for you, so be sure to come, put yourself out there and learn about the programs and organizations that might make Boise State your future home.

“College, for a lot of students, is the best four years of your life where you’re going to grow a lot and change, and having an open mind with all of that is the best way to set yourself up for success.”

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