Boise State is dedicated to being an inclusive, welcoming community that accepts and celebrates the diversity of its student body.
We have several resources available to traditionally underrepresented students that provide support throughout the admissions process and their college experience.
These programs serve to benefit diverse students, including minorities, refugees, first generation students, and the LGBTQ+ community. From campus events to student groups, there are numerous opportunities to connect with the diversity found on Boise State’s campus.
Boise State’s Organizacion de Estudiantes Latino-Americanos (OELA) hosts this annual two-day event that introduces multicultural students to life at Boise State. Eighty high school students from the Treasure Valley and Magic Valley are selected to visit Boise State to learn about campus life, admissions, financial aid, housing and other resources. Students are able to meet and interact with current Boise State students, staff and future classmate. Project Dream for Tomorrow
This one-day event is an opportunity for multicultural and first generation students to meet Boise State staff and students and to learn what it means to be a Bronco. Attendees will also be invited to compete for Mosaic scholarship awards to Boise State. This year’s Mosaic will be Saturday, January 20, 2018, from 10am to 3pm. Mosaic
The College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) is a national program funded by the Department of Education to help migrant or seasonal farm workers and their children to attend college. The program provides students with academic and personal support throughout their college experience, including financial assistance for first year students. Students can take advantage of academic and personal support found through the CAMP, such as tutoring, mentoring, and career counseling.
First Forward Program
First-generation students (neither parent of the student graduated with a bachelor’s degree) will find a support network through Boise State’s First Forward program. Find the help and guidance you need to succeed through First Forward, including one-on-one mentoring. The First Forward Graduation Ceremony celebrates the commencement of first-generation students and presents a teal cord to First Forward students to wear at the main commencement ceremony.
Educational Access Center
The Educational Access Center can assists students who may have temporary or permanent disabilities with academic accommodations such as note taking, alternative testing, and interpreters.
English Language Support Programs
For those who want to strengthen their English capabilities, Boise State offers two English language support programs. The Academic English as a Second Language class is through the English department and prepares multilingual writers for English 101. The Intensive English Program is an immersive 8-week program with 20 hours of English instruction per week. Students strengthen their skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing in English.
Gender Equity Center
Students of all gender identities will find a place at Gender Equity Center. Located in the Student Union Building, the Gender Equity Center focuses on exploring, celebrating and educating the Boise State community about gender equity.
The Institution for STEM and Diversity Initiatives
Boise State seeks to promote inclusivity and academic excellence by providing a platform for STEM and Diversity Initiatives to a diverse community of students, faculty and others who show a passion for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The STEM and Diversity Initiatives advocate for student and faculty success in underrepresented populations.
Study or hang out at the Student Diversity Center on the second floor of the Student Union Building. This spot is a great place to meet people, and has a kitchen, lounge and computer access for students.
Inclusive Excellence Council
The Inclusive Excellence Council strives to create a campus in which students experience equality and are able to safely express who they are by advocating for populations that have encountered historical and systemic marginalization. By fostering relationships with faculty, administration, community stakeholders and student organizations, the Inclusive Excellence Council creates a place of inclusivity that enhances the educational experience.
Casita Nepantla is a dedicated space in the Student Union Building that showcases Latino art and culture, and encourages scholarly work on Latino and Latin American issues.
MLK Living Legacy Committee
Join with fellow Broncos to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. The MLK Living Legacy Committee consists of Boise State organizations, students, staff, faculty, and community members that come together to create several events in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. This includes the annual “Day of Greatness” march and rally at the Idaho State Capitol in recognition of Idaho Human Rights day.
Boise State Refugee Alliance
The Boise State Refugee Alliance serves to support refugee students and to raise awareness of the issues that refugees face when pursuing an education. The group hosts events with the intent to build communication between refugee students, Boise State faculty, staff and the community. The alliance also provides access to services including mentoring and assistance with financial aid and enrollment.
In 2015, Boise State established the Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) to promote and foster the development of the multicultural Greek community through academic excellence, cultural awareness, positive relationships, service, leadership, and respect. It is composed of two fraternities and three sorority chapters.
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How to Pay for College
College comes with expenses, but Boise State is here to help! Scholarships for academic achievement and financial need are listed in our scholarship checklist. Learn about automatic scholarships, FAFSA, our MOSAIC scholarship event, as well as private scholarships. Priority dates are coming up quickly so apply now!