The Changing Face Of Boise State University

Jan 21, 2013

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Over the past decade, the student makeup at Boise State University has changed.  That’s the word from President Bob Kustra, who made his pitch for more money from the Idaho Legislature today.

Kustra showed budget lawmakers a series of statistics about Boise State that have changed from 2001 to now.  He says back then, the school had a different make up of students. 

“Sixty-six percent came straight from high school.  What that means is that there was a fairly significant percentage of students who were not coming from high school," says Kustra. "They were older students, they were coming in as commuter students, there really wasn’t much of a residential campus.” 

But that has changed.  Now, Kustra says, 85 percent of students come straight from high school.  Most of them want to live on or near campus, changing the residential makeup of the school. 

Back in 2001, just 68 percent of students at Boise State were full-time.  That has changed as well.  “Now when you take a look at the fact that 95 percent are attending full-time, they’re coming from all over the state and beyond and when they attend full-time, I can’t tell you the traffic differences that makes on our campus when you try to just get through the place.” 

Kustra said all that change comes at a time when more students are enrolling in Boise State, and while less of the school’s operating budget comes from state dollars. 

Kustra asked lawmakers for $16 million more this year for Boise State for a total of $162 million.  Idaho State University President Arthur Vailas also asked for more money next year, a total of almost $129 million.  University of Idaho President Duane Nellis will speak to lawmakers on Wednesday. 

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