These schools are similar to Boise State University in key aspects like size, setting, and academics.
94% of students
The academic, and administrative staff at BSU made my transition from high school almost uncomplicated. The advisor assigned to me has been accessible, and knowledgeable. Class availability is good, and obtaining class materials is quick, and convenient. There is a lot to do socially on campus. If you don't have a car, a bike, scooter, skateboard, or anything else with wheels is fine for getting around the campus. Campus shuttles are also available. The student body is large, around 25,000 so things like making new friends, finding academic or social groups, and getting tutoring are pretty easy.
The large student body, around 25,000 can make some class sizes be in the hundreds. It can also make it hard to talk directly with the professors without using email or making an appointment. In my opinion, the food in the dining halls is not home cooking and could use some work.
It's been COVID - so obviously things aren't normal, but there are lots of social engagements and dining is coming back. I don't live in the dorms, so I don't have any experience with those.
Boise is a good area, clean, and easy to walk around campus with shuttles.
Boise State has a lot of programs and is rapidly growing. They are increasingly well-renowned and have decent student engagement opportunities.
The status-quo of instruction at Boise State does not justify the cost of tuition. Instruction is often disengaged, disorganized, unclear, and off-topic in relation to assignments and tests. A lot of instructors don't care about being good educators. There are an increasing number of fees with no ROI for students. The institution tacks hundreds of dollars in fees in addition to tuition for services that should be paid for elsewhere. During COVID, the institution made it next to impossible for students to get grant money whereas other institutions distributed it freely.
close to downtown
gets very windy in the wintertime
I loved most of my classes and have had really great professors!
Sometimes I would run into issues with housing or graduation requirements and my questions wasn’t always answered.
BSU is a small enough campus you can walk across in about 25 minutes. It’s beautiful and there is a view of the foothills convection to the Boise Greenbelt and close to everything else. The view of the foothills, table rock cross, and the Albertsons stadium is amazing and all of the buildings are accommodating to everyone on campus.