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Boise State vs Washington State: Any advice?

Hey guys, I've been admitted to both Boise State and Washington State universities, and I'm kind of at a crossroads here. What are their differences in terms of academics, campus life, and opportunities? I'm looking for some advice to help me make a decision.

6 months ago

Congratulations on your acceptances to both Boise State and Washington State universities! It's always great to have options. I'll give you an overview of some key differences between the two when it comes to academics, campus life, and opportunities.


Boise State is a public university in Idaho, known for its strong engineering, health sciences, and business management programs. The student-faculty ratio is 17:1, which is fairly reasonable for the size of the institution.

On the other hand, Washington State is a public research university in Washington. It offers a larger number of academic programs, with popular majors including nursing, psychology, and business. The student-faculty ratio at WSU is 15:1, providing slightly more individualized attention.

Campus Life:

Boise State's campus is located in the heart of downtown Boise, close to local attractions such as the Boise River, Julia Davis Park, and the Idaho State Capitol. The campus vibe is spirited, with many students participating in Greek life and supporting the sports teams, especially football.

Washington State's campus in Pullman offers a more traditional college town atmosphere, surrounded by rolling hills. WSU boasts a strong athletic program and has a very active Greek life culture. Students have access to a wider range of outdoor activities such as skiing and hiking.


At Boise State, you'll find research, internship, and co-op opportunities, especially within the engineering and health sciences fields. They offer dedicated services to help students with job placement, and the university has strong ties within the Boise community.

Washington State has a stronger research focus and offers more opportunities for hands-on learning experiences. Students can participate in undergraduate research, internships, and study abroad programs. Additionally, as a larger institution, WSU has more extensive resources and networking options.

Ultimately, the best choice for you will depend on your major, campus environment preference, and the type of opportunities you're looking for. Take some time to weigh your options and visit both campuses if possible. Good luck with your decision!

6 months ago

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