On October 3rd, Boise State University and the College of Southern Idaho (CSI) rolled out their new transfer program BroncoConnect at CSI. BroncoConnect is a renewed commitment between Boise State and CSI to support students in the Magic Valley so they can achieve their educational goals. The program provides transferring students guaranteed admission to Boise State University after they complete an associate degree, priority registration, a dedicated Boise State transfer enrollment counselor, and other benefits.
Boise State and CSI were very proud to have Carolina Zamudio, CSI student body president and future Boise State business major, as the face of the program launch. Zamudio shared her excitement about BroncoConnect at CSI, saying, “I’m excited to pursue my education and get my bachelor’s. I want to do more. I want to get involved and run for student body president at Boise State. If I can do it, you can do it.” Zamudio and over 40 of her CSI classmates signed up for BroncoConnect during the October 3rd event.
The launch of BroncoConnect was also an opportunity to strengthen the university’s relationship with the Magic Valley community, addressing needs expressed by community leaders, such as the Mayor and City Manager, as well as an opportunity to begin executing on recommendations that came from the Idaho Higher Education Task Force in 2017.
Boise State has increased efforts to recruit and serve students in the Magic Valley area, nearly doubling the number of residents in the region pursuing a Boise State degree. The expansion of Boise State’s online programs has provided additional ways for Magic Valley residents to access educational opportunities. Fully online courses allow residents to remain in their home communities, thereby also enhancing the area’s economic and social vitality. Boise State continues to offer in-person programs on the College of Southern Idaho campus as we have since 1995.
Boise State had the opportunity to connect with Twin Falls Mayor Shawn Barigar to discuss how BroncoConnect will help Twin Falls reach objectives set out in its strategic plan. “As I’m learning more about BroncoConnect, I think it is a great opportunity to allow young people and even nontraditional learners to stay present in the community, to build their life here,” Barigar said, noting that residents will also “have that connection that, as they transition to the next steps in their life, can be smooth and seamless and as easy as possible to tap into those broad resources that Boise State offers.” Additional growth in Boise State offerings, such as the subscription-based tuition program Passport to Education, will increase these resources for students in the Magic Valley and beyond.
To learn more about BroncoConnect at the College of Southern Idaho, visit https://www.boisestate.edu/admissions/apply/transfer/broncoconnect/.
To be a part of Boise State’s efforts in the Magic Valley, to request additional information, or to share ideas on how to impact Magic Valley students, contact Sean Hunter at firstname.lastname@example.org.