Advisors and Advising
Courses and Credits
How is my registration appointment determined?
If you are a continuing student, registration is held in April for the summer and fall semesters and in late October/early November for the spring semester. Registration dates are determined by standing. The more credit hours you have earned, the earlier your registration appointment. Credits currently in progress are not counted toward your standing.
What is a typical course load?
A traditional undergraduate course load consists of five (5) three-credit courses taken over a fifteen-week semester (15 fall + 15 spring). Students planning to graduate in four years are encouraged to “think 30”–enroll in 30 credits over the course of the entire academic year, including summer sessions.. Maintaining a particular enrollment status
is an important consideration:
Current number of credits
12 or more
5 or fewer
Three Quarter Time
Less than Half Time
Work commitments are another important consideration. If students plan to work, they must keep in mind that a 15-credit load is approximately equivalent to a 45-hour workweek. On the average, students should spend two hours outside of class for every hour spent in class (studying, reading, completing homework, etc). So, if a student is taking 15 credit hours, the breakdown is as follows:
Out of Class
Grade Point Average
What GPA do I have to maintain to continue enrolling in classes?
To remain in satisfactory academic standing (also known as Satisfactory Academic Progress or SAP) with the university students must meet certain grade-point-average requirements based on the number of credits in which they have completed. The following chart indicates the breakdown.
65 or more
What requirements must I meet to remain in good academic standing for financial aid?
For financial aid purposes, the same minimum GPA requirements to register for classes apply. In addition students are required to complete at least 75% of all credits attempted during an academic year. Completed credits include all courses in which students receive an A, B, C, D, or P while credits attempted include such grades as F, I (incomplete), NR (no report), CW (complete withdrawal), IP (In Progress), or W (withdrawal).
How do I know what requirements I am following to graduate?
In determining if you are eligible to graduate, the Registrar’s Office follows the requirements defined in a single edition of the Boise State University Catalog
. You may select any edition of the catalog, provided it was published and in use while you were enrolled at Boise State University and the catalog is not older than six academic years at the time of your graduation. However, if your program requirements have changed recently, you should work with your academic advisor (in your academic department) to determine which curriculum is best for your needs and future education/employment.
How many electives can be used for graduation?
Electives vary within majors, some will allow as few as 3 while other will allow anywhere from 25 to 30. It is critical that a student work with his/her advisor to determine appropriate electives.
Categories of electives:
- General electives, including ANY course taken not specifically required by the major.
- Lower-Division electives, including ANY course at the 100 and/or 200 level not specifically required by the major.
- Upper-Division electives, including ANY course at the 300 and/or 400 level not specifically required by the major.
- Major emphasis electives, including ANY course in major field not taken to fulfill a degree requirement.
When should I apply for graduation?
Students seeking either a bachelor or associate degree should apply for graduation during the semester before they intend to graduate, but no later than the end of the first week of the semester they intend to graduate (see the Academic Calendar for exact dates). Students apply for graduation through their my.BoiseState.edu
Majors (Choosing/Changing, Four Year Plans)
Can I change my major?
Yes, over 70% of college students change their major. Do your homework, analyze your strengths and don’t hesitate to talk to a career counselor at the Career Center
, an academic advisor
, professors and professionals in the workplace. People generally enjoy talking about their careers, so don’t feel uncomfortable speaking with someone working in a field in which you’re interested. Professionals and faculty consider it a compliment to have someone interested in the work they do and the path they chose. Also, remember you have the freedom to change your major/career path at any time.
How do I declare a major
You can view and change their major or minor on my.BoiseState
by accessing the ‘Change Major’ link. You are encouraged to monitor your email, as you may have additional requirements to meet with an advisor to approve your admittance into a new major or minor.
When should I declare a major?
The earlier in your academic career, the better. However, you can declare your major anytime you have analyzed your values, goals, interests and circumstances and have made your decision. You are required to have a declared major by the time you are classified as a Junior (58 credits).