Recreation and Academics in a Summer Experience

Recreation and Academics in a Summer Experience (RAISE) is a week long STEM academic program. Students spend 3 days living on campus, followed by a 3-day outdoor rafting trip on the Payette River. Together, these programs equip new STEM students with the tools and resources for a successful first semester at Boise State.

Last day to register is June 14th!

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The RAISE program is for incoming first-year students majoring in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM). Boise State encourages participation of students from diverse background in this program. This week-long program connects students with peers, mentors, and faculty and staff in STEM.

The full RAISE program is comprised of two parts which are best experienced together: Bridge to Boise State and the Outdoor Experience.  RAISE is in conjunction with the July 12-13 New Student Orientation, which students must register for separately through New Student Programs.  Please note: All students who are registered and committed to attending the RAISE program will be guaranteed a spot in the July 12-13 BroncoVenture Orientation.


  • Connect with peer mentors and other incoming STEM students
  • Engage with STEM faculty and staff
  • Strengthen your academic success strategies
  • Discover campus resources
  • Experience living on campus

RAISE Schedule

  • July 12th-13th New Student Orientation
  • July 13th-15th On-campus Program
  • July 16th-18th Outdoor Experience

Program Costs

On-Campus Program and Outdoor Experience: $460
On-Campus Program only: $195

Scholarships are available based on financial need and availability and can be requested as a part of the sign-up form for RAISE.

On-Campus Experience

The RAISE On-campus Experience is an exciting opportunity for academically motivated STEM students to experience campus life before starting their first semester at Boise State.  This high-impact two-and-a-half-day program connects incoming STEM students with their peers, provides mentoring with faculty and chances to get to know other current STEM students, and equips new students with tools and resources for success in college.

During the On-Campus Experience, students will experience campus life by staying in the newly-built Sawtooth Hall (the same as Orientation housing), home of the Boise State Honors College.

Outdoor Experience

The Outdoor Experience is a three-day extended field program designed to build community among STEM students and faculty in an exciting outdoor environment.

We will be camping near Banks, Idaho, rafting different sections of the Payette River system, and hiking on national forest trails. While students can expect up to Class III whitewater, the trip is suitable for any experience level, including those new to rafting.

This trip is designed to be a full service program.  All group gear is provided to participants. Participants are only responsible for supplies on the packing list that will be sent out prior to the trip.

If you do not have a sleeping bag and/or sleeping pad, they will be available for checkout from the Outdoor Program.  Please note: sleeping pads are mandatory for this trip.

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