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First Year Engineering Student

Greetings New Bronco Engineering Student!

We can’t wait to see you in the Fall!  We hope you enjoyed orientation and are excited to start your college career.  Here are some tips and information that may be helpful to you.

AP Test Scores

AP test scores will be posted in the beginning of July. It is your responsibility to send these scores to Boise State no later than August 1st.

AP transcripts are sent to Boise State by the Educational Testing Service during the summer. If students have taken an AP exam but did not designate Boise State as a recipient, an AP transcript may be requested by writing:
PO Box 6671
Princeton, NJ 08541-6671
(609) 771-7300(phone)
(609) 530-0482(fax) apexams@info.collegeboard (e-mail)

When ordering a transcript the following information must be included: name, date of birth, current address, daytime phone number, social security number, year test was taken, school where test was taken, name of test, where to send transcript, and Boise State University Code #4018. Each transcript costs $12.00, or $19.00 if ordered by phone (prices may be subject to change).

Permission Numbers

Occasionally students meet the course pre and co-requisites but have trouble enrolling in a course. If you were given a permission number, or placed into a class based off your “expected” AP score and Boise State does not receive your documented score, or it is below the credit requirement, you will be dropped from that class. You may NOT be notified of this change. Please be sure to send your scores and check your student center regularly.

If you received a permission number to enroll in a class and drop that course, you may be required to acquire another permission number to enroll again.

Final High School/College Transcripts

You may be admitted on a Conditional Status which means your final high school and/or college transcripts must be sent to Boise State Admissions before the end of your first semester. Failure to send transcripts will prevent you from signing up for future classes.

To check if your transcripts have been received, you can look at your “To Do List” on the right hand side of your student center account. If it says, Final High School Transcript or Official College Transcript, Admissions has not received your transcripts yet.

Note: Any other To-Do List items may turn into holds on your account if not taken care of in a timely manner. More information for each To-Do can be found by clicking on it.

Adding and Dropping Classes

If you are waiting for AP scores to sign up for a class, or would like to change sections you may do so from your student center account. Classes are open to all students and may fill up and close at any time. Dropping classes may result in losing full-time status if credit hours are below 12. It is recommended to add classes before you drop them to avoid this.

Don’t forget to check for your student center account for any changes, holds, or To-Do list items that may occur. If you have any questions or need assistance, feel free to contact the Advising and Outreach Office.

Campus Emails

Please be aware that faculty and staff emails end with while students are   You should address faculty in email as Dear Professor Jones, or Dear Dr. Jones.

Campus Map

You can look up the location of your classes before the first day using this map.  If you are on or around campus, you can visit the building to find where the room is located.  Think about how much time you will need to get from one building to another if you have back-to-back classes.

If you have classes in the Computer Science building downtown (or you just need to get from one end of campus to the other), you may need to use the Boise State Campus Shuttle.  A live tracking map can be found here:

What kind of Laptop should I get?

We suggest students buy a computer with the fastest processor and the most memory that they can afford (right now 8 GB of ram is enough for basic needs).  Another way to get a sense of what computer hardware specifications you need is to look at the requirements for programs like SolidWorks and MatLab. If your computer can run a processor-heavy piece of software like these, they should be able to do what you need for your engineering courses.

Also, some of our students end up installing multiple operating systems (ie. Linux and Windows) on their computers, so if you plan to do that, you may want to look for a laptop that has enough hard drive space and memory to do that (we would suggest at least 16 GB of ram if you want to run virtual machines).  Check your computer warranty before you install multiple operating systems to make sure that doing so won’t void the warranty (or that you’re okay with that). Windows developer and VMware software is provided for free by the College of Engineering through the OnTheHub program. Once you have signed up for classes an account is generated for you and e-mailed to your email account.


You can find a list of which textbooks you need for your classes by going to and clicking on the “Buy My Textbooks” link.  This will take you to the Bookstore website, which shows their pricing, plus the prices from other online textbook sellers. Many courses have used textbooks available which may be a cheaper option to new books.  However, be sure to check if you need an online course code such as Mastering Physics or WebAssign, as these do not come with used textbooks and you may need to buy them separately.

If you choose to buy textbooks online, make sure to check that you are buying the same edition as the one listed on the Bookstore website by your instructor.  If you are thinking about buying an older edition, you may want to check with the instructor to see if that will work. Often, the content is similar, but page numbers or problems in the textbook may be different, which can be a problem if your professor assigns homework or readings out of the book.  International editions may be cheaper, but can have similar issues with different page numbers and problems.

For some courses, there may be a version of the textbook which covers material from multiple courses.  If you are taking all of these courses, this can be a cost-effective way to buy a (possibly more expensive) book one semester and be able to use that book for multiple semesters.  However, if you are not taking the multiple courses covered by that textbook, then a single-course version (if available) is probably the better choice for you. This depends on the courses that you take for your particular major, so if you’re not sure what courses you’re going to be taking, look at the recommended course plan that you received at orientation and/or come ask us in the advising office and we can help you figure it out!

Boise State Bookstore: (or go to to get your personalized book list)

If you have textbook-specific questions, you can contact the Bookstore via:

Using the form from the website to send questions or comments:  

(208) 426-BOOK (2665)

You can contact your instructor (though they may be out for the summer until the week before classes) using the Directory @  If you are unable to contact your professor, you can also contact the department for the course that you have a textbook question about.  The email for Math is