BSU breaks enrollment records for fourth straight year

Posted at 1:28 PM, Oct 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-23 15:28:22-04

BOISE, Idaho — Boise State University has set a new fall enrollment record -- with a total of 26,272 students. School officials say this year’s number marks a nearly three percent increase over fall of last year, representing an almost nineteen percent increase over the past five years.

The University also welcomed the largest first-year class in school history for the fourth year in a row. There are 3,027 first-time students enrolled at Boise State this year, up five percent from last year. This first-year class includes 1,630 Idaho residents, a number that has climbed 23.2 percent over the past five years.

“We’re thrilled that so many students from Idaho and beyond have chosen to become Broncos,” said Boise State President Marlene Tromp.

The fall 2019 number includes 16,898 undergraduate, degree-seeking students, up 2.2 percent over the past year.

Boise State is Idaho’s largest graduate school -- and graduate enrollment is at a record high with 2,927 degree-seeking students, officials said.

Included in this total are 2,388 students pursuing master’s degrees, up 8.6 percent in one year, and 380 pursuing doctoral degrees, up 4.4 percent for 2019.

Boise State’s online offerings also have grown to 47 online degrees and certificates. This fall, 3,222 students are enrolled in online programs.

Idaho high school students continue to get a head start on college by taking advantage of low-cost concurrent enrollment classes, according to a BSU news release. This year, 5,781 are enrolled in the college-level courses through Boise State. The state and its universities subsidize the cost of the credits as part of the overall effort to ensure that 60 percent of Idahoans between the ages of 25 and 35 have college degrees or certificates.