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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.

Note on COVID-19: In order to ensure the health and safety of our Boise State community, we have made the proactive decision to cancel the RAISE 2020 program at this time. If you have any questions or concerns please contact

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The RAISE program is for incoming first-year students majoring in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM). Students from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to participate. Students are connected with peers, mentors, and faculty and staff in STEM.

RAISE is comprised of two parts, which are best experienced together, the on-campus experience and the outdoor experience.  

We partner with First-Year Orientation.  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 9-10 First-Year 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

  • Will be released next summer!

Program Costs

On-Campus Program and Outdoor Experience: $50
On-Campus Program only: $50

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. During the program, incoming STEM students are connected with their peers, provided faculty mentoring, and the opportunity to meet current STEM students. Finally, students are equipped with tools and resources for a successful first year.

During the On-Campus Experience, students stay 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 that builds community among STEM students and faculty in an exciting outdoor environment.

Participants camp near Banks, Idaho, raft different sections of the Payette River system, and hike 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.

[Health Waiver Form Link – Coming Soon]

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