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About Boise State Online

Delivering Online Programs to Foster Student Success

B on the Blue Boise State University’s goal is to “facilitate the timely attainment of educational goals of our diverse student population.” One strategy used to accomplish this goal is to “bring classes to students using advanced technologies and multiple delivery formats.” This is why we say “We Bring the Blue to You.” The university dedicates resources (faculty, staff, money, infrastructure) to the effort of creating and delivering online programs to foster student success.

Facts and Figures At a Glance

Boise State Online Facts and Figures InfographicA snapshot of the fall 2016 semester:

  • Online Programs: 32 (5 undergraduate, 13 graduate, 14 certificates)
  • Enrolled Students: 1,963 (1,001 undergraduate, 962 graduate)
  • Enrolled Student Residency: 40% Idaho residents (785), 60% out of state residents (1,178)
  • Registration Status: 57.5% (1,127) registered as half- or less than half-time students, 42.5% (836) registered as 3/4 to full-time students.

Download Boise State Online 2016 Fall Facts and Figures (PDF)

We Bring the Blue to You

Map of online Boise State studentsBoise State Online students are across the nation and around the world.

To view an interactive map, select the image or this link.


NWCCU logoBoise State University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). Accreditation of an institution of higher education by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality evaluated through a peer review process. Accreditation by NWCCU is not partial but applies to the institution as a whole.

In addition, many academic programs have special accreditation or endorsement. For more information see University Accreditation.

State Authorization

state-authorizationBoise State University delivers online education programs and courses throughout the United States and internationally and its online offerings continue to expand. Idaho’s State Board of Education has approved all programs offered through Boise State Online.

If you reside outside of Idaho, please review this section carefully

Due in part to the increased popularity of distance education, many states have prescribed an “authorization” process for out-of-state institutions delivering online programs to its state residents. Through such proactive processes, states are striving to ensure quality postsecondary education, to preserve the integrity of an academic degree and to instill greater consumer protection for its student citizens.

Authorization (also referred to as “registration,” “licensure,” “approval,” etc.) indicates that the institution has met certain minimum standards under the laws and regulations of that state. Authorization does not constitute an endorsement of any institution, course or degree program. Credits earned at an institution may not transfer to all other institutions.

Individuals considering a course or program in preparation for professional licensing or certification outside Idaho are encouraged to seek guidance from the pertinent licensing agency in that state and contact the academic department in advance of application and enrollment and periodically thereafter.

Boise State University has taken steps to protect its students and operations through nationwide compliance and participates in a voluntary State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) encompassing most states. Elsewhere, Boise State University has been granted authorization or exemption or can operate without authorization because the state’s laws do not pertain to a public institution, to an accredited institution or to the University’s activities in that state.

Some online programs may not be available in some states. Please contact the academic department in advance of application.

Questions about Boise State’s authorization status?

If you are or will be enrolled in a program delivered completely online, please contact the program’s academic advisor.

If you are or will be enrolled in an online course that is not part of a program, please contact Boise State’s Regulatory Affairs Coordinator.

Complaint Process

Boise State University is committed to supporting students in and outside the classroom. Grievance policies exist to ensure students have avenues to voice concerns and address both academic and non-academic matters. For additional information see Complaint Resolution Policies.

Student Consumer Information

Boise State University is a public, state-supported, accredited university overseen by the Idaho State Board of Education.

The Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), as amended by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA) requires institutions to disclose certain information to students. See Student Consumer Information to learn more about this important information.