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Your Success Guide

At Boise State Online, our students are our top priority. We are happy you are part of the Bronco family and look forward to supporting you in reaching your goals.

About the Guide for Admitted Students

Your Boise State Online advising team has created this guide as a support resource for all aspects of your student journey. You’ll find answers to the most common questions students ask and so much more. Please bookmark this page so you can refer back to it as often as you need.

Tasks to Complete Before Starting Your First Semester

Before meeting with your advisor, you will need to complete an orientation session specific to your major. Orientation is required to enroll in classes and can be completed online, on your own time. Directions on how to access your online program’s New Student Orientation are sent directly to you by email.

How to Schedule Advising

You will be assigned an advisor once your major has been declared and approved. After you complete orientation, you must schedule an advising appointment to register for classes. Instructions and a link to your advisor’s calendar will be emailed to you.

If you are not sure who your advisor is, you can always take a look in your myBoiseState student account to determine who they are. Click on their name to access their contact information.

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What to Expect From Academic Advising

Academic Advising is a partnership between you and your advisor. Together you will discuss and develop a plan for your degree. Advising support is essential to your success as an online student.

Meet the Advising Team

Advisor Expectations

  • Support and guide you through your academic journey
  • Assist you in identifying the courses that will help you reach graduation in the most efficient way possible
  • Explain university policies, regulations, programs and procedures
  • Review your academic performance and the implications of that performance
  • Refer you to appropriate campus resources and contacts when needed

Student Expectations

  • Contact your advisor each semester and communicate regularly about changes to academic plans and timelines
  • Understand your degree requirements and academic plan
  • Notify your advisor when health, financial, academic and/or other difficulties are preventing you from being successful
  • Take responsibility for actions that affect your academic progress
  • Check your BroncoMail regularly

Registering for Classes

Online students typically have special class sections to enroll in. It’s important to meet with your advisor before enrolling to help assure you are in the correct sections. After you’ve met with your advisor you can register for classes.

Enrollment Appointments

Your enrollment appointment is the date that the university has determined you are able to register for classes. The Office of the Registrar will notify you by BroncoMail once your date is scheduled.

If this is your first semester at Boise State, this date will be set after you complete orientation. If you are a continuing student, this date will vary based on your class standing.

Your enrollment appointment is not an actual appointment; it is simply a date and time at which you can begin registering.

Find Your Enrollment Appointment

How to Register for Classes

You are able to register for classes through the Student Center in your myBoiseState account.

Instructions to Register

Having Trouble Registering?

You may have a hold on your account. Holds can prevent you from registering for classes and may impact your financial aid.

Holds can be found under “Tasks” in the Student Center. Most holds will have detailed descriptions with information on what you need to complete. Click the title to read specific instructions.

Instructions to View To-Do’s and Holds

Common Holds

  • Required advising—these holds can be removed by scheduling and attending an advising appointment.
  • Student financial agreement—this hold will be placed on your account every semester and can be removed by following these instructions.

Course Materials

Purchasing Text Books

Your textbooks will be listed with The Bronco Shop each semester. Most textbook lists are available approximately one month before the semester begins.

You should be prepared to cover the cost of textbooks and course materials prior to receiving Financial Aid or the semester starting.

Find Your Textbooks

Free Textbooks

Consider checking to see if your textbooks are available in print or digitally through the Boise State library.

Albertsons Library

Free Software

Free Microsoft 365 software is available for all actively enrolled Boise State students.

Download Microsoft 365 from Boise State

Time Management

Online classes require the same time commitment as an in-person class. You get to plan the time each day that works best for your schedule to complete learning activities, but you are still required to meet deadlines and class expectations each week.

This table will help you plan for the time commitment needed to be successful in each of your classes.

Time Management Table

Hands-On Learning

Internships and study abroad are great learning opportunities that are available to you. Please talk with your advisor to learn more!

Military and Veteran Students

Military Tuition Assistance

If you are an active duty military student using Federal or State Tuition Assistance (TA), your TA paperwork must be approved through your branch’s education portal (AFVEC, GoArmyEd, MyNavyEd) and submitted in Boise State’s TA submission form prior to each session.

If you have any questions about TA, please contact the Military Programs office at or (208) 426-4230.

Boise State TA Submission Form

GI Benefits

If you are using GI Bill benefits to fund your classes, your paperwork must go through the VA and Boise State’s Veteran Services Center. Please review the information on the Veteran Services website to learn more about your GI Benefits and the steps that must be taken each semester.

Veteran Services Website


The Military Programs Coordinator and Academic Advisor are available for appointments at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Gowen Field and at the main campus in Boise. They can also serve online students via phone or video chat.


Many of our online students travel to Boise to participate in graduation ceremonies. We look forward to celebrating with you!

Commencement Information

More Questions?

If you have a question that is not addressed here or if you need additional guidance and support, your academic advisor is just a click away.

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