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About Boise State Online

Personalized Advising & Support

A supportive team is here to assist you in your academic career from application to graduation

Flexible Online Programs

Programs include online courses designed to be flexible and interactive

Affordable Per-Credit Rates

Online courses have affordable per-credit rates with financial aid available

Our Goal is to Help You Get Your Degree

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  • Our faculty and instructional designers work together to develop interactive classes specifically for online programs
  • Programs are offered in both full- and part-time year-round formats to fit your busy life
  • Boise State is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), and many programs also have program-specific accreditation
  • Your online degree has the same value as an in-person degree—there’s no “online” notation on your diploma


“There was no lack of support…I am extremely pleased with my first foray back at school after a 20 year gap.”

Boise State Online Student


Facts and Figures At a Glance

Boise State Online Facts and Figures Infographic - see link for PDF or text versionA snapshot of the Fall 2018 semester:

  • Online Programs: 42 (8 undergraduate, 15 graduate, 19 certificates)
  • Enrolled Students: 2,772 (1,574 undergraduate, 1,198 graduate)
  • Enrolled Student Residency: 37% Idaho residents (1,025), 63% out-of-state residents (1,747)
  • Registration Status: 46% (1,267) registered as half- or less than half-time students, 54% (1,505) registered as 3/4 to full-time students.

View the Boise State Online Fall 2018 Facts and Figures infographic (PDF)

View an accessible text version of the Facts & Figures infographic.

We Bring the Blue to You

Boise State online students can be found across the nation and around the world. Join our online programs and go to school anytime and anywhere!


“The flexibility of time scheduling is fantastic. I have a chaotic and unpredictable work schedule, so for me it’s the only way to go.”

Boise State Online Student


We’re Regionally Accredited

NWCCU logoBoise State is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

Why accreditation matters to you:

  • You can trust your degree is part of a quality program undergoing continuous improvement
  • Institutions must be accredited by a federally recognized accrediting agency to qualify for participation in federal financial aid programs
  • Often employers require accreditation for company-sponsored tuition reimbursement
  • Regionally accredited institutions typically accept credits from other regionally accredited institutions
  • Licensing boards in many fields require degrees from accredited programs to sit for licensing exams

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 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 post-secondary education to preserve the integrity of an academic degree and to instill greater consumer protection for its citizens.

Authorization (sometimes 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.

Boise State has taken steps to protect its students and operations through nationwide compliance and currently participates in a voluntary State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) encompassing all states except California and Massachusetts. Boise State can operate without state authorization in California because it is a public accredited institution and in Massachusetts due to the nature of its activities within that state.

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 in advance of application and periodically thereafter.

Some online programs may not be available in some states or may not be designed to prepare a student for professional licensure. Please contact the academic department before submitting an application. More specific information about program availability and professional licensure can be found at:

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 an online program, please contact Boise State’s Regulatory Affairs Coordinator.

Complaint Process

Boise State University is committed to supporting students in and outside the classroom and resolving student complaints in a fair and timely manner. Grievance policies exist to ensure students have avenues to voice concerns about academic and non-academic matters.

  • Complaints associated with Boise State University should first be directed to the appropriate university office/department involved with the concern. See the link above for guidance on filing a complaint.
  • SARA students not satisfied with the outcome of the university’s resolution may file an appeal with the university’s portal agent or with their home state’s portal agent. Portal Contact Listing

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.