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15 to Start

Start your college career at Boise State University with 15 credits already completed!

What is 15 to Start?

Concurrent enrollment high school students participating in the 15 to Start option have the opportunity to achieve a significant milestone before high school graduation. They can complete their first semester of college by earning fifteen college credits while in high school. 15 to Start helps motivated students map the connection between their current academic performance and future life goals.

Benefits of 15 to Start

Personalized Degree Planning

You will work with a Concurrent Enrollment advisor to create a degree plan based on your personal goals and degree interests to guide you in making a seamless transition to college.

Reduced Tuition

Once a 15 to Start degree plan and agreement have been completed and approved, participating students are eligible to take college summer courses on the Boise State campus at the reduced Sophomore Start rate of $75 per credit while in high school. Once students graduate from high school they are no longer eligible for the reduced rate. Students are also responsible for any additional costs and fees that may apply, including textbooks, online fees, and lab fees.

Transferrable Credits

15 to Start accepts credits from transferable concurrent enrollment/dual credit courses offered from Boise State and other colleges, transfer courses, Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests.

Who can participate in 15 to Start?

To participate in the 15 to Start option, you must:

  • Be a sophomore in high school and submit an application by February 15th
  • Attend a high school in a Community Impact Programs region (Cascade, Emmett, Fruitland, Homedale, Melba, Mountain Home, New Meadows, New Plymouth, Parma, Payette)
  • Plan to attend Boise State University upon high school graduation
  • Have a goal to complete a minimum of 15 college credits while still in high school
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Complete an agreement with signed permission from a parent or guardian

What are the requirements to participate in 15 to Start?

Once you decide to participate in the 15 to Start option and meet eligibility criteria, you must complete the following requirements:

  • Complete a participation agreement.
  • Meet with a Boise State concurrent enrollment advisor at least once each school year to develop and maintain a personalized degree plan consisting of courses that best match your college goals. 
  • Be admitted and actively enrolled in dual credit or on-campus courses the full time you are participating in this program option.
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 (on a 4.0 scale) and remain in good academic standing.

Get Started

The 15 to Start application is currently closed. We will accept new applications beginning October 1, 2024.

For additional information regarding the 15 to Start option, please email