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Welcome to Boise state University!
Bustling and friendly, affordable and fun, Boise is recognized as one of the best places to live in the U.S. It stands out because of the
thriving downtown scene, museums and cultural events, scenic parks and byways, and nearly 30 miles of Greenbelt access. Boise,
nestled against the Rocky Mountain foothills, is a growing city that has it all—big business, government, education, and every
outdoor activity you could want—all in one lively location!

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Founded in 1932 by the Episcopal Church, Boise Junior College evolved to a state university in 1974. Today Boise State University is
Idaho’s largest institution of higher education with nearly 20,000 students enrolled. Students have access to associate’s, bachelor’s,
master’s, and doctoral degrees in over 190 areas of study in seven colleges. The university motto is “Splendor Sine Occasu” meaning
“Excellence Without End”.



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1. student union Building                                                                   The SUB houses the Admissions and Campus Visits Office,
  Begin your tour in the beautiful Student Union (SUB),                                     as well as student organization offices. Bowl or play pool in
  which serves as the center for campus life. The SUB                                       the Games Center, get your picture taken at the Bronco Card
  provides educational, cultural, social, recreational and                                  ID office, pick up a Bronco t-shirt at the Bookstore, grab a
  leadership programs and services that are integral to the                                 snack at the Boise River Café dining center, or check out a
  academic experience. Recent renovations include:                                          free laptop with wireless internet capabilities from the Info
                                                                                            Desk. The SUB is also home to the Student Diversity Center,
    • Comfortable areas for students to study and relax
                                                                                            which offers a free mentoring program to first generation
    • Deluxe office suites for student organizations and
                                                                                            college students; ASBSU student government offices; and the
                                                                                            Volunteer Services Board, responsible for planning community
    • Full-service Bookstore
                                                                                            service events which contribute to the 22,000 plus volunteer
    • Contemporary Boise River Café dining room
                                                                                            hours conducted by Boise State students each year.
    • Veterans Memorial
    • Wrap-around patio and outdoor event                                                   A new Transit Center opened on the west side of the Student
      programming space                                                                     Union in March 2011. It includes bus turnouts, approach
    • Grand Ballroom                                                                        lanes and adjacent waiting zones with shelters, seating and
                                                                                            bicycle parking.
2. liBeral arts Building
Home to both the Art and English departments, this is one
of the major classroom buildings on campus. Also located
                                                                       5. gateway center mfa english center
                                                                       In addition to housing the Master of Fine Arts Program,
inside is the Visual Arts Center which features two large
                                                                       the Gateway Center provides the staging ground for these
galleries for student, faculty and internationally acclaimed
                                                                       university publications:
artists’ exhibits. Showcasing eight to 10 diverse exhibitions
                                                                           • Ahsahta Press—Poetry of the American West
annually, the center serves as the Department of Art’s most
                                                                           • cold-drill—Undergraduate literary magazine
visible form of university and community outreach. The
                                                                           • Idaho Review—Magazine of fiction, poetry, and
Writing Center on the second floor has been around for
over 25 years, making it one of the oldest programs in the
country. Open to all members of the Boise State community,
the Writing Center conducts over 3,000 consultations
                                                                       6. puBlic affairs & arts west
annually by e-mail and in-person appointments. Consultants              Formerly known as the Old Campus School, this building was
are trained and able to talk with writers about any aspect of          once an elementary school until Micron Technology donated
writing and welcome visitors by keeping a bowl of candy                $1 million to Boise State to purchase the building. Now it is
readily stocked!                                                       home to both the Political Science and Art departments. Political
                                                                       Science boasts three recipients of the Idaho Professor of the Year
                                                                       award from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of
                                                                       Teaching. Students majoring in Political Science are involved in
                                                                       internships with agencies such as the Department of Homeland
                                                                       Security, the Governor’s Office, and nonprofit organizations.

                                             administration building

3. administration Building
The oldest building on campus, the Administration Building
was constructed in 1940 with a $57,000 grant from the Work                                                    interactive learning centr (ilc)
Projects Administration (WPA) in an effort to convert Boise’s
old airport into a complete campus.                                    7. interactive learning center (ilc)
 Today, the second floor houses the President’s and Provost’s          Dedicated in August 2007 as part of Boise State’s 75th
Suite, along with other executive offices. On the first floor,         anniversary celebration, the 54,000-square-foot Interactive
student services such as the BroncoWeb Help Center,                    Learning Center supports the latest in technology for
Financial Aid and Scholarships Office, and Registrar’s Office          students and faculty alike. The $13.5 million building
assist students in daily business. Students register for classes       includes a 200-seat lecture hall, 12 general use classrooms,
online via BroncoWeb.                                                  multi-media labs, a distance-learning classroom, a classroom
                                                                       for research and innovation and even a 3-D visualization
                                                                       classroom. Inviting spaces for students and faculty to
4. math /geosciences Building                                          interact are available throughout the building in numerous
Both the Math and Geosciences departments can be                       study lounges, a food-services area, a convenience store and
found here. Science classrooms, a free math drop-in help               a coffee bar featuring a cyber cafe/study lounge. A Wi-Fi
center, gem and mineral collections, and a Geographic                  network for wireless Internet covers the entire building. The
Information Systems Laboratory with a state-of-the-art                 Center for Teaching and Learning serves as a resource for
computer mapping and software system are also located                  Boise State’s faculty members.
here. In addition, this building is home to the Center for
Geophysical Investigation of the Shallow Subsurface, a
nationally recognized research facility.
8. multipurpose classroom facility                                 12. velma v. morrison center for the
This four-story, 59,000-square-foot building holds 24
classrooms and laboratories, one of 15 free computer labs
                                                                       performing arts
                                                                   This 10-story stage house and 2,100-seat performance
for students use, eight experimental labs and seven natural
                                                                   hall is the most prestigious theater in Idaho. One of the
science department offices. Equipped with state-of-the-art
                                                                   nation’s finest performance halls, the Morrison Center is
technology, the building provides engaging and interactive
                                                                   acoustically tuned with lasers to enhance performances.
learning. Due north of the Multipurpose Classroom Facility
                                                                   With no seat further than 131 feet from the stage, audiences
are the Horticulture Program Greenhouses with over 1,800
                                                                   enjoy an unusual intimacy with performers. Co-owned by
square feet of greenhouse space, including five separate
                                                                   the community and Boise State, the center houses local arts
bays, four of which are controlled by computers to simulate
                                                                   groups such as the Boise Philharmonic, Ballet Idaho, Opera
different climatic or growing regions. Students are able to
                                                                   Idaho, the Master Chorale, and Boise State University’s
study tropical plants, desert-type grasses, crusts, lichens, and
                                                                   Music and Theatre Arts Departments. It has hosted such
plants that form latex.
                                                                   greats as Isaac Stern, Itzhak Perlman, Bill Cosby, Jerry
                                                                   Seinfeld, David Copperfield, and Josh Groban’s 1st U.S. tour.
9. suites, square, heights, village, manor                         The Morrison Center was designed by the same firm
   and park apartments                                             that designed the Kennedy Center for the Performing
                                                                   Arts in Washington D.C. and opened in April 1984. It is
The University Suites complex runs along University
Avenue across from the Brady Parking Garage and hosts the          constructed with “Morrison buff “ brick, a color specially
Global Village and Continuing Scholars Living Learning             mixed for Mrs. Morrison, who did not like white or dark
Communities. It features four-person suites that share a           red brick. An aerial view of the building appears to be
living room, kitchen, two bathrooms and washer/dryer.              shaped like the state of Idaho.
Only upper classmen students are eligible to live in this
Five on-campus apartment complexes are available for single
students and families. There is a community center, laundry
facilities, playgrounds and parking lot for each facility.
All units are unfurnished. Some utilities are included in
each complex, but vary. For specifics go to http://housing. Tours of the apartments
can be arranged on an individual basis by contacting the
housing office: 208-447-1001.

10. micron Business and economics Building
    (under construction)
Construction on the new Micron Business and Economics
building began in October 2010 and is expected to open in
Fall 2012. The $28 million building will be four floors and
118,900 square feet. It is located on the corner of Capitol
Boulevard and University Drive at the west entrance of the
campus. Among the many amenities of the facility are: 28                       science building with 7-story education building in background
team rooms , designated areas for research and collaboration,
250-seat lecture hall, financial trading room, Executive MBA
Suite, student commons with food court, offices for business
                                                                   13. science Building
                                                                   Home to the departments of Biology and Chemistry , this
help units (Idaho Small Business Development Center,
                                                                   building also contains one of the world’s largest collections
TechHelp, Idaho Council for Economic Education) and
                                                                   of mounted raptors and waterfowl. State-of-the-art computer
offices for Centers of Excellence (Center for Creativity and
                                                                   programs simulate dissection and enhance learning
Innovation, Center for Entrepreneurship).
                                                                   for students. There are nine laboratories; four general
                                                                   chemistry laboratories, two organic chemistry laboratories,
11. towers residence hall                                          one analytical chemistry laboratory, and two laboratories
One of six residence halls on campus, Towers is “home”             dedicated to upper division and research. Other equipment
to over 300 students on its seven floors. Located on the           includes an electron microscope, nuclear resonance
west end of campus, next to the Morrison Center for the            spectrometer which characterizes the structure of molecules,
Performing Arts, Towers hall consists of suite-style rooms         a GC/MASS Spectrometer to separate and identify molecules,
in two connected seven-story towers. Residents enjoy               and many other advanced scientific pieces of equipment.
sponsoring a haunted house each October and can claim              The Master’s in Raptor Biology Program is also located here
that they live in one of only three round buildings in Boise!      and is the only one of its kind in the nation.
                                                                       following the river bank for 26 miles. Downtown Boise is a
14. education Building                                                 15-minute walk from campus and students are welcomed
The seven-story Education Building houses Social Work,                 to the downtown core with great student discounts at
Psychology, and Education department offices. Students                 numerous businesses.
in the Black Holez Astronomy Club sponsor viewings on
the roof of the Education Building where the astronomy
observatory can be found. Building services include: a copy
                                                                       18. alBertsons liBrary
                                                                       The Library actively participates in student and faculty
center, Subway Sandwich shop and the Online Testing
                                                                       learning, teaching, and research. Open more than 100
Center is on the fourth floor.
                                                                       hours each week with extended hours during finals week,
                                                                       the library provides access to a wide variety of information
15. simplot/ micron Building                                           resources--including 275 online databases, over 700,000
This building opened in 1986 as a result of a generous $5              print and media titles, more than 88,000 electronic journals,
million donation by Micron Technology and J. R. Simplot.               thousands of maps, and tens of thousands of eBooks. Special
Located inside is Boise State Public Radio, with listenership          Collections has the papers, records, and memorabilia of
of 80,000 weekly. Boise State radio programming includes               Senator Frank Church and other rare and unique Idaho-
classical/art on KBSU 90.3 and news/talk on KBSX 91.5.                 related works. The Warren McCain collection for Western
Also inside is the Department of Academic Technologies,                Life focuses on the Western United States. The library serves
which broadcasts interactive courses within the service area,          as one of the university computer labs and has laptops
as well as provides these services: E-Learning, Computer-              available for student use. Group study rooms are located
Based Testing, Teleproduction, Telecommunications and                  on the third and fourth floors and Starbucks is on the first
Teleconferencing.                                                      floor near the lobby. Librarians with subject expertise answer
                                                                       questions in person at the help desk and via chat, email,
                                                                       phone, and text messaging.
16. Business Building
The Business Building contains all business departments
including programs in networking and telecommunications.
Business majors have the opportunity to participate in the
only completely student-run Internet service provider on
a college campus, along with managing a stock market
investment portfolio of real money. The Networking and
Telecommunications program allows students to set up
businesses over the internet and there is a new area of
emphasis in high-tech marketing The Graduate College
is located on the third floor. (See Stop 9 for information
on the Micron Business and Economics Building under

                                                                                                                      hemingway center

                                                                       19. hemingway center
                                                                       This center, named after Ernest Hemingway, renowned
                                                                       author and longtime Idaho resident, focuses on Rocky
                                                                       Mountain cultures and environments. A beautiful pipe organ
                                                                       in the interior of the building was dedicated to Boise Junior
                                                                       College in 1953 by Laura Moore Cunningham. The original
                                                                       auditorium is currently used as the University’s third art
                                                                       gallery. Display area for exhibits related to western culture,
                                                                       and the Archeological lab and Anthropology faculty offices
                                                                       are located in the basement.

                                       campus quad during spirit day
                                                                       20. centennial amphitheater
17. quad                                                               The amphitheater was constructed in 1989 with donations
The location where campus sits now was once the site of                from three area businessmen and is used for lectures, theater
Boise’s first airport and home to Varney airlines. Varney              presentations and musical performances. It includes a stage,
airline was founded here as a U.S. airmail carrier, and was            orchestra pit, and electrical fixtures for sound and lights.
the predecessor to United Airlines.
The Friendship Bridge leads to Julia Davis Park, which has
three museums and is bordered by the Boise River Greenbelt,
                                                                      Keiser Hall hosts the Lifetime Recreation Living-Learning
21. communication Building                                            Community. It features furnished suites of four or eight
The Communication Building is home to the Talking                     bedrooms, each with a large living room and two bathrooms.
Broncos, the award-winning speech and debate team. It also            Keiser has a state-of-the-art computer lab, classrooms and
includes a digital lab for CD writing, digital video, and web         large indoor and outdoor community spaces.
page development for student use.
                                                                      Morrison Hall, located between Taylor and Keiser Halls,
The Communication Department, one of the largest                      is the home of the Health Professions Residential College.
departments at Boise State, is located in this building.              It has mostly single rooms and a handful of double rooms
                                                                      arranged in suites for eight to twelve residents. Each suite
                                                                      has a small lounge and bathroom facilities. The halls have a
                                                                      large main lounge equipped with study tables and fireplace.
                                                                      A community recreation room, kitchen and laundry room
                                                                      are located in the basement.
                                                                      Taylor Hall is adjacent to the Library and Greenbelt and
                                                                      hosts the Arts and Humanities, Business, and Engineering
                                                                      Residential Colleges. It features furnished suites of four or
                                                                      eight bedrooms, each with a large living room and two
                                                                      bathrooms, additionally students have access to large indoor
                                                                      and outdoor community spaces.

                                                                      23. appleton tennis center
                                                                      With six courts, this facility provides outdoor tennis space
                                          driscoll and keiser halls   for varsity athletics, kinesiology courses, and campus
                                                                      recreation. Bleacher seating is available for 1,500, and the
22. university housing                                                complex is touted as one of the premier collegiate complexes
                                                                      in the nation.
    chaffee hall, driscoll hall, morrison hall,
    taylor hall, keiser hall                                          24. taco Bell arena
With nearly 2,300 students living on campus, there is always          The arena seats over 12,000 people and is the site of Bronco
something going on! Students can choose from any of the               basketball as well as concerts and community events, such
seven residence halls or five university-owned apartment              as performances by Cirque du Soleil, Katy Perry, Radio
complexes. Living-Learning Communities provide students               City Rockettes, Brad Paisley, Elton John, and Taylor Swift.
the opportunity to live with others who have the same                 The Peterson Learning Center is available for athlete and
academic majors or interests, with some communities that              student use and houses the second math drop-in center.
include faculty-in-residence. Students who choose to live on          New construction on the southwest side of the arena is
campus achieve higher grade point averages, complete more             a 10,000-square-foot two-story addition that includes
credit hours per semester and are more involved. Support              men’s and women’s locker rooms with showers, restrooms,
from peers, resident advisors and faculty all contribute to           coaches’ dressing rooms, film screening areas, student athlete
the success of students living on campus. Learn more about            lounges with study and recreation areas and a common
housing opportunities by contacting the University Housing            lobby. Offices for the Department of Military Science and the
office, or check out their virtual tour online at housing.            ROTC program are also found inside Entrance Three.
Chaffee Hall is the largest first-year hall and is located near       25. kinesiology annex
Taco Bell Arena. It hosts some single rooms, but most are             A swimming pool and the practice facility for the
doubles. D Wing is made up of two double rooms sharing a              gymnastics team are located here. An indoor bike storage
bathroom. A & B Wings have community bathrooms. First                 facility, believed to be the first of its kind on a northwest
floor facilities include a community lounge and meeting               college campus, provides showers and lockers for bicycle
room. A First Year Focus Living Learning Community is                 commuters. Dry cleaning drop-off and delivery services is
featured in Chaffee.                                                  provided for those who wish to leave a selection of work
Driscoll Hall is the home of the Boise State Honors                   clothes in their lockers.
Program offices and students. It has mostly single rooms
and a handful of double rooms arranged in suites for eight
to twelve residents. Each suite has a small lounge and
bathroom facilities. The halls have a large main lounge
equipped with study tables and fireplace. A community
recreation room, kitchen and laundry room are located in
the basement.
26. caven-williams sports complex/keith and                        30. engineering
    catherine stein Band hall                                      Three buildings make up the engineering complex at Boise
                                                                   State. The facilities include a clean room for the study and
This 78,000-square-foot facility provides indoor practice
                                                                   manufacturing of computer semiconductors and a wind
space for many athletic teams to continue their training
                                                                   tunnel for the study of forces on buildings, structures and
throughout the year during varying weather conditions.
                                                                   aerodynamics. The FAA Center for Excellence for Airliner
The versatile structure also lends itself for use as a banquet
                                                                   Cabin Environment Research is located in the Engineering
facility or exhibit hall. Enclosed on the east side of the
                                                                   Complex, as well as the Idaho Microelectronics fabrication
building is the Keith and Catherine Stein Band Hall, home of
                                                                   facility, an advanced clean room designed for research
the acclaimed Blue Thunder Marching Band. Dance studios
                                                                   into the development, design and production of computer
also provide practice space for the Harvey Neef Maneline
                                                                   semiconductors Boise State’s engineering programs provide
Dancers and Boise State Cheerleaders.
                                                                   more hands on programs/experience than any other
                                                                   Engineering school in the Northwest.

                                                                   31. academic and career services Building
                                                                   This building contains several offices that provide services to
                                                                   enrich the collegiate experience. The Advising and Academic
                                                                   Enhancement Office hosts the “Finish in Four” graduation
                                                                   guarantee program, as well as assists in the exploration of
                                                                   majors and careers, selecting courses, and understanding
                                                                   major requirements. Tutorial Services provides academic
                                                                   workshops, study skills workshops, and study group
                                                                   formation suggestions. University Testing Services provide
                                                                   access to tests such as COMPASS, ACT, and CLEP. The Career
                                                                   Center maintains BroncoJobs, the online resource for part-
                                                                   time jobs both on and off campus. Other services include
                                                 stueckle skybox   career counseling and placement services, and an annual
                                                                   career fair. Education Abroad & National Student Exchange is
27. Bronco stadium/allen noBle hall of fame                        a great resource for students interested in studying in another
                                                                   country or at another campus in the U.S.
Known as the “Smurf Turf” and “The Blue,” Bronco Stadium
and its famous blue artificial turf has put Boise State on
the map. The Stueckle Skybox expansion in 2008 added 38            32. student recreation center
luxury suites with 16 seats each, 43 loge boxes with four          This 90,000-square-foot building is a state-of-the-art fitness,
seats each and 787 individually-sold club seats, increasing        sport and recreational activities center and best of all—free
total capacity to 32,000. Eventually, the planned stadium          to full-time students! Complete with an indoor track, rock
expansion will hold 40,000 seats. The Allen Noble Hall of          climbing wall, group fitness classes, basketball courts and
Fame showcases a proud history of athletic competition and         more, the Student Recreation Center boasts the largest
provides a window onto the brilliant blue turf.                    collegiate climbing gym in the U.S. A 17,000-square-foot
                                                                   Aquatic Complex opened in Fall 2010 that includes a six-
28. alumni center                                                  lane lap pool, 1,800-square-foot recreational pool and
                                                                   12-person spa.
The mission of the Alumni Association is to connect,
celebrate, and engage alumni and friends of the university to
build lifelong relationships that support the future of Boise
State. They are active in working with current students to get
them involved in the university after graduation.

29. environmental research Building
Located along University Drive next to the engineering
complex, the Environmental Research Building opens Fall
2011 and will be home to Geosciences, Civil Engineering,
Public Policy and Administration, and Political Science.
It will support a Western agenda on the environment,
transportation, water, land use and community and regional
planning and bring together many of the state’s experts in
these areas.

                                                                                                              campus recreation center
                                                                  The Nursing Department is located on the third and fourth
                                                                  floors and utilizes a high-tech Simulation Center equipped
                                                                  with an interactive six-bed suite with three debriefing rooms,
                                                                  a centrally located technology control room, and six high-
                                                                  fidelity manikins.

                                                                  34. lincoln parking structure
                                                                      (under construction)
                                                                  This structure was built in two phases. Phase I provided
                                                                  750 parking spaces and office space for Transportation and
                                                                  Parking Services. Phase II will provide an additional 650
                                                                  parking spaces and will include office space for Student
                                                                  Media and the Cycle Learning Center. The second phase is
                                                                  scheduled to open in late summer of 2011.

                                                                  35. lincoln avenue student housing
                                                 norco building       (under construction)
                                                                  Construction began in February 2011 on this project,
33. norco Building                                                which will be located on both sides of Lincoln Avenue
                                                                  just south of the Lincoln Parking Garage. The townhouse
The 81,290-square-foot Norco Building opened Spring
                                                                  style housing for upper-classmen will have rooms for 360
2010. The four-story building integrates the academic
                                                                  students consisting of 90 four-bedroom suites. Each unit will
School of Nursing with University Health Services,
                                                                  have four bedrooms and two bathrooms. Expected to open
maximizing opportunities for collaborative classroom
                                                                  January 2012.
learning, laboratory, clinical and internship experience
with research and health care policy development for
students, faculty and staff.                                      ready to schedUle
University Health Services located on the first two floors,       yoUr campUs visit?
provides integrated medical, counseling and health                Let us show you around.
promotion services to optimize the health of students and         Contact the Admissions Office:
the campus community. Services include flu shots, massage,        208.426.1156 or 1.800.824.7017 #1
nutrition counseling, primary care, individual, couples, and
group counseling sessions. Healthier students and campus
community members experience enhanced academic
achievement and improved retention rates.

revised: april 2011                                                                                            spirit day on the quad