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Get Ready for New Student Orientation

Welcome to Boise State University.  We are happy you have decided to become a part of our Bronco Family.  While your head may be filled with countless questions and concerns, please rest assuredBoise State sign that the Boise State University community is here to support and encourage you from orientation to graduation.

Academic advising is a component of your orientation process.  Advisors will be available during that program and you do not need to schedule an advance appointment. However, you do need to spend some time preparing for the experience. Want to know how?

Six Steps to Orientation/Registration/Advising Success:

Review Degree Requirements

All students are required to complete English and Math as part of their academic program. English placement is determined by your “Write Class” score and Math placement is determined by ACT, SAT or ACCUPLACER scores or by completing the pre-requisite course.  To view your degree requirements, you can run an Academic Advising Report (AAR) by following the instructions here, or view a degree checklist by clicking here.

Familiarize yourself with the English and math requirements

  • Boise State University requires students seeking a degree to complete six credits of English Composition or demonstrate writing proficiency in English in one of several ways.
  • Boise State University also requires students seeking a degree to complete 3-5 credits in mathematics.
  • If you’re not sure which class to take, that’s ok! An advisor at your orientation program can help you decide.
  • English placement is determined using the “Write Class”. Boise State no longer uses ACT or SAT scores for English Placement. This assessment needs to be completed prior to your New Student Orientation. Click here to take the assessment.
  • Math placement is determined using ACT®/SAT®/ or ACCUPLACER® scores. To determine your placement, please click here.
  • Boise State University encourages students to try their best on all these placement assessments and to be ready to discuss their results with an academic advisor.

AP and/or Concurrent Enrollment

If you have any AP scores or concurrent enrollment courses, please bring your scores/course list or a transcript with your grades to orientation

Questions for your advisor

Write down your questions prior to your orientation experience. That way, in the excitement and activity of the day, you won’t forget those all important questions. Use this flyer to help guide and form your questions.

Become a My.BoiseState Pro

We encourage you to log in to your My.BoiseState account and become as familiar as possible with the system .  Search for classes and put them in your shopping cart.  Check out the status of your financial aid and pay any fees.  Check out all these great My.BoiseState video and help guides to start you on your path of becoming a My.BoiseState pro!

Finish in Four Program

If you are interested in the Finish in Four program, please talk to your your advisor. You’ll need to schedule an individual appointment with your academic department once you arrive on campus your first semester.

Ready to make your schedule?

Tips for developing your schedule

  1. Most courses are 3 credits. That translates into spending about three hours a week in class.
  2. Science, math and lab courses are usually 4 credits and involve 3-4 hours a week in class with anywhere from 2-4 hours a week in a lab. If you are scheduling one of these courses, you might want to schedule it first and work other classes around this schedule.
  3. For every hour you are in class, you should plan to spend at least 2 hours outside of class reading, writing, studying and preparing for class.
  4. Time commitment for 15 credits = at least 45 hours a week.
  5. Fifteen hours of class time + 30 hours study and preparation time = 45 hours a week.
  6. Most first-year students enroll in 12 – 16 credits. However, if you plan to pursue the Finish in Four program, that will require you enroll in 16 – 18 credits. CONSULT your advisor at orientation.
  7. Twelve credits is full time. A minimum full-time load is usually 4 – 5 classes. However, based on course availability, personal time factors and your overall academic plan, you may want to consider taking more than the minimum. CONSULT your advisor at orientation.
  8. Classes might not be available when it comes time to enroll. Please select alternative courses, just in case your first choices aren’t available. Be flexible in your schedule and explore online, morning, evening and weekend courses.

Are you a transfer student?

If yes, then there are some special things you need to know prior to your orientation.  Please click here for that information