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Boise State University, Boise

(3.8/5 based on 40+ reviews on the web)
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  • Great college campus, right next to Boise River with a pedestrian bridge that connects to a local park. Albertsons Stadium is amazing, you get to see the blue field!!  more »
  • My son is a sophomore at Boise State, and coming from Southern California, I was a little worried about him going to school so far away from home. But, let me tell you, this is the most spirited, welc...  more »
  • Had a memorable campus tour. FUN FACTOID: Taylor likes the school colors at Bose State University in beautiful Idaho.  more »
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  • Great up-and-coming university in an awesome area. Having lived in this valley my entire life, Ive been able to witness first hand the growth of the university and the city. New academic buildings are going up all the time. The university has also added a significant number of graduate programs recently. A great place to be.
  • I love the campus. I love the river next door. Amazing place.
  • I have yet to find an employee or faculty member that genuinely cares about helping anyone succeed here.
  • No one is going to Google Maps to read a college review, so I'll rate this from a visitor's standpoint. This is a beautiful campus with modern buildings, clean walking areas, and a close-to-nature feel with a greenbelt snaking through the back. The facilities themselves (conference areas, indoor activity centers, etc.) are excellent. Parking pricing is a mess. I am a BYU grad and am used to a bunch of great, free parking, at least on the weekends. I was surprised to find $4/hr visitor's parking and $10 for everyone else (I'm a current student there). Their library is very small, and is difficult to navigate for lack of effective signage. The signage on campus is beautiful, but also hard to know your way around for an outsider. The student building employees are very helpful in answering questions. They have extensive hours at the help desk.
  • There are a few very good professors at this school and few low-level administrative/advising employees who are student advocates. The three stars are for them. In regards to the upper administration: The ability to effectively communicate in the most common language of the student population should be a primary hiring consideration for a lecturing position. I am not talking about accents, I am talking about sentence formation and word choice. In 100, 200, and 300 level classes a professor's ability to communicate is more important than them having a doctorate in the subject matter. Program changes (required courses, prerequisites) should be made at the catalog level and NOT be retroactive to students that are already 2 years into a 4 year (wait, now 5 year) degree. Custom textbooks and textbook bundles that either force or trick students into paying more money for class materials and/or result in kickbacks to BSU or its professors are unethical. Despite the recent campaign to promote the idea that students are responsible for their own learning, professors still have a responsibility to provide the service that students have paid for. Punitive grading policies do not achieve this, the lack of standardized tests for courses offered with different professors does not achieve this and department heads who have no authority over the curriculum or evaluation methods of associate professors in their department do not achieve this.