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Dear Friends,

As the Office of Alumni Relations staff and alumni volunteers passed out blue and orange pancakes on the quad for the first day of school, it was apparent that this campus has grown since I attended Boise State. Speaking to the students about where they are from, what they are studying and why they chose Boise State was eye-opening. In a short time, Boise State has grown from a commuter school to a destination location for out-of-state students.

Of the 2,845 first-year students who enrolled in classes in the fall of 2020, 50 percent were Idaho residents. All of these freshman students have an average GPA of 3.48. The office of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management tracks this and other enrollment data worthy of review.

Many factors have contributed to the changing campus demographics. Our nationally recognized research and faculty, the success of our athletes, our ability to provide in-person and online learning and our connection to the Boise community have attracted students from afar, while still allowing us to provide a very personal college experience for each student.

Research impacts students at all levels of their education, is fully integrated into how people teach and learn, and helps students become innovative thinkers and leaders. Despite the challenges faced during the COVID-19 pandemic, Boise State broke records in 2021 with 425 research grants and contracts totaling more than $65 million in research funding. This amount represents a 13 percent increase over 2020 awards and a 58 percent increase over the past five years.

Boise State continues to offer unique opportunities to Idaho students who may be the first in their families to pursue higher education and weren’t sure that goal was even attainable. The True Blue Promise Scholarship has helped Idaho residents attend college since 2016. These current-use funds are awarded to residents for four years, based primarily on financial need and merit. A President’s True Blue Endowed Scholarship has been started to keep the funds available in perpetuity so even more Idaho residents can attend college in the future. Learn more about these scholarships and ways to support students.

When you look at all of these factors, it is no wonder we are setting record enrollment numbers each year. I am proud of the growth and changes, but more importantly, I am proud of the innovative ways we have been able to serve ALL students.

Go Broncos!

Lisa Gardner
Executive Director
Office of Alumni Relations

Homecoming + Parent & Family Weekend

Save the date for Boise State University Homecoming 2021, with events, activities and opportunities to (re)connect all week long, Sept. 27—Oct. 2. Parent & Family Weekend October 1-3 will correspond with Homecoming, doubling the Bronco pride and excitement!

Learn more about Homecoming + Parent & Family Weekend.
Friday, Oct. 1

Distinguished Alumni Awards Gala

Please join us for an inspirational evening of celebrating creating legacies and extraordinary alumni changing the world in their chosen fields and/or personal endeavors. These individuals exemplify the loyalty, passion and innovation found in all dedicated Broncos. The Distinguished Alumni Awards Gala will be held on Friday, Oct. 1 at 6 p.m. in the Double R Ranch Ballroom at Stueckle Sky Center.

Learn more and register for the Distinguished Alumni Awards Gala.

Tailgate with us Before the Oklahoma State Game

Join us from 4–6:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 18 for a Bronco Bash at Home tailgate before the Oklahoma State game. As always, the Bronco Bash will be a fun-filled pre-game event, with plenty of family-friendly activities, food and fanfare. The Bronco Bash will occupy the Alumni and Friend Center outdoor courtyard and patio. Masks are required (except when eating or drinking). Indoor public spaces will be closed except for use of the restrooms.

Learn more about the Bronco Bash.

Bronco Giving Day


Bronco Giving Day is a 36-hour giving campaign that provides simple online access for donors to support several critical initiatives within colleges, athletics, departments and other areas. The fourth annual Bronco Giving Day will be held on March 3–4, 2022.


Bronco Bash at Utah State

Get ready to support Boise State Football and join us the night before the Boise State Broncos take on Utah State from 6–8 p.m. for a Bronco Bash on the Road. As always, the Bronco Bash will be a fun-filled pre-game event, with plenty of family-friendly activities, food and fanfare (closes 30 minutes prior to kickoff).

Learn more about the Bronco Bash at Utah State.

Find a football watch party near you

Did you know that Boise State Alumni Association regional clubs, chapters and Bronco Contacts host football watch parties across the nation? Find a watch party near you and you’ll never be without a place to watch your Broncos!

See football watch party locations.
Boise State suicide and mental health awareness and prevention efforts look to get ahead of the curve but need support.

The Watchword Is ‘Prevention’

The COVID-19 pandemic revealed many of the pressures students face, like stress from classes, personal responsibility and plugging into a new community. As Boise State joined the rest of the nation last week in recognizing National Suicide Prevention Awareness Week, the issues of suicide and mental health are top-of-mind, and the university is working hard to address crises more effectively and prevent many situations from severely impacting students’ educational experiences.

Making Student-Athlete Mental Health a Priority

Take the Pledge to be BroncoBOLD

BroncoBOLD is a student-athlete mental health initiative that spreads a message of hope, help, and resiliency to the entire campus and greater community. BroncoBOLD will champion the importance of mental health and wellness in all areas of life through the platform of sport. Together, we will build a culture of resiliency and strength. Together, we will foster a mentally healthy community. Together, we are BroncoBOLD.

Alum Made Her Own Bronco Legacy with a Planned Gift

Every month, Boise State alum Heather Carlson gives to Boise State causes like men’s and women’s basketball, but as a parent, making “that big gift” doesn’t always jive with household expenses. That’s why she added the Honors College scholarship as a beneficiary of her insurance and retirement plans. She said the process took her five minutes.

Meet Heather and learn more about her planned gift.
Alumni Learning Consortium

Alum Shares Experience as Occupational Therapy Student During a Pandemic

Boise State alum Rhian Sage is currently a third-year student in the Doctor of Occupational Therapy at Northern Arizona University. She recently shared her experiences as a graduate student during the pandemic.

Meet Rhian and learn more about her experiences.

Hacking for Homebuilding

Hacking for Homebuilding, Sept. 27–Oct. 7, is a statewide competition offered in partnership by Boise State’s Venture College, a program in the College of Innovation and Design, and College of Engineering open to higher education students and the general public. This is a ‘reverse pitch’ competition, which means you don’t have to bring your own idea, but will choose a problem provided by industry partners and propose a solution in the form of a new venture. Participants will pitch their ideas and compete for $20,000+ in cash prizes available.

Learn more about Hacking for Homebuilding.

Cybersecurity Entrepreneur Challenge

Boise State’s Venture College, a program in the College of Innovation and Design, and the Institute for Pervasive Cybersecurity are excited to offer the first Cybersecurity Entrepreneur Challenge Oct. 11–18, presented in partnership by Micron and Boise State University. This ‘reverse pitch’ competition is open to all higher education students in Idaho, and made possible by our industry partners: Micron, Idaho Central Credit Union,, and PlexTrac. These teams will compete for $30,000+ in cash prizes as they solve cybersecurity challenges critical to industry growth.

Learn more about the Cybersecurity Entrepreneur Challenge.

Submit a Bronco Note

We love hearing all the wonderful things that Broncos are doing. Have you recently married, added to your family, received a promotion or a professional award?  Let us know and we may share your news with your classmates and fellow alumni online, on social media, or in the Boise State Magazine.

Submit a Bronco Note

Get Involved

Remember that feeling you had when you were at Boise State — the feeling of being part of something you could be proud of? That feeling continues today.

Upcoming Events

Get Known, Get Connected, Get Ahead: Personal Connections for Professional Results

Past Alumni Leaders Chapter Mixer

Clinical Supervision Training & Fundraiser

Bronco Bash at Utah State

Football Watch Party

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