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5 1/2 Things That Changed at Boise State in the Last Decade

Boise State Graduation Ceremony

1) More people attending

There are nearly 6,000 more Broncos on campus than there were 10 years ago. Enrollment has steadily increased from 19,667 in 2008 to 25,540 in 2019. That means more graduates, too — up 914 more this year than in 2009.

2) Bronco athletics

We’ve added a couple new sports and lost one in the past decade.

  • 2014 Women’s beach volleyball was added
  • 2017 Men’s wrestling was cut
  • 2019 Men’s baseball was added

3) New buildings

The campus map has expanded steadily each year, with 10 beautiful new buildings to support students living, studying and recreating on campus.

  • 2009 Norco Building
  • 2010 Rec Center Natatorium
  • 2011 Environmental Research Building
  • 2012 Micron Business and Economics Building
  • 2012 Lincoln Townhomes
  • 2012 Donna Larsen Park
  • 2013  Gene Bleymaier Football Center
  • 2016 Alumni and Friends Center
  • 2017 Honors College/ Sawtooth Hall
  • 2019 Center for Visual Arts

4) A new president

Our 7th president, Dr. Marlene Tromp, is a first-generation college graduate and has made it a point to immerse herself in the Bronco culture.

5) Research grant funding

Look at these numbers: Boise State received $37 million in funding in 2009, compared to $53.5 million in 2019. The six zeros behind those numbers underscore how Boise State is building a reputation as a respected research institution, digging into projects like the Alzheimer’s Disease Initiative or designing to improve the quality of life for amputees.

5 1/2) The football field

Our “smurf turf” has been blue for the past decade, except for that time in July 2015 when it was covered in bluegrass sod and turned green for an international soccer club match between Spain’s Athletic Bilbao and Mexico’s Club Tijuana during the Jialdi celebration.