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 assured 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:
- 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.
Ready to make your schedule?
- Most courses are 3 credits. That translates into spending about three hours a week in class.
- 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.
- 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.
- Time commitment for 15 credits = at least 45 hours a week.
- Fifteen hours of class time + 30 hours study and preparation time = 45 hours a week.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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