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Boise State Breaks Enrollment Records for Fourth Straight Year, Welcomes Increasing Number of Idaho Students

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Boise State has set a new fall enrollment record with a total of 26,272 students. This year’s number marks a nearly 3 percent increase over fall 2018, and represents an almost 19 percent increase over the past five years.

The university also welcomed the largest first-year class in school history for the fourth year in a row — there are 3,027 first-time students enrolled at Boise State this year, up 5 percent from last year. This first-year class includes 1,630 Idaho residents, a number that has climbed 23.2 percent over the past five years.

“We’re thrilled that so many students from Idaho and beyond have chosen to become Broncos,” said Boise State President Marlene Tromp. “We are committed to providing all of our students unrivaled academic opportunities and student-life experiences that foster their growth and help them make their unique impact in the world.”

The fall 2019 number includes 16,898 undergraduate, degree-seeking students, up 2.2 percent over the past year. Boise State is Idaho’s largest graduate school and graduate enrollment is at a record high with 2,927 degree-seeking students. Included in this total are 2,388 students pursuing master’s degrees, up 8.6 percent in one year, and 380 pursuing doctoral degrees, up 4.4 percent for 2019.

Boise State’s online offerings also have rapidly grown to 47 online degrees and certificates. This fall, 3,222 students are enrolled in online programs.

Idaho high school students continue to get a head start on college by taking advantage of low-cost concurrent enrollment classes. This year, 5,781 are enrolled in these college-level courses through Boise State. The state and its universities subsidize the cost of these credits as part of the overall effort to ensure that 60 percent of Idahoans between the ages of 25 and 35 have college degrees or certificates.