Boise State tallies enrollment increases

Boise State University is reporting an overall fall enrollment increase — and increases in several key areas.

One key trend: in-state enrollment improved, after some lackluster numbers in previous years. This fall, in-state undergraduate numbers climbed for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I am incredibly proud of the efforts our university community has made to reach and welcome students from all across Idaho and beyond,” President Marlene Tromp said in a news release.

The university released its enrollment numbers Thursday, and here are a few takeaways:

  • Overall enrollment: up. The fall total came in at 26,727, a 2.2% increase.
  • Freshman enrollment: mixed. Boise State welcomed in 1,959 first-year in-state students, a 7% increase. But nonresident numbers dipped. Overall, the first-year student population dropped by 2.8%.
  • Undergraduate students: up. Boise State’s 17,085 degree-seeking undergrads represent a 0.6% increase.
  • Graduate students: down. The 2,813 degree-seeking grad students amount to a 0.8% decline.
  • Dual credit: up. In all, 6,236 secondary students are taking college-level classes at Boise State, an 8.1% increase.
  • Hispanic/Latino students: up, across the board. Undergraduate enrollment totaled 2,590, a 3.4% increase. Graduate enrollment came in at 315, up 23%.


Kevin Richert

Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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