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Having almost completed my freshman year here:BrightElectrical Engineering
Having almost completed my freshman year here:

Pros:
-Faculty are helpful and friendly. Almost always willing to negotiate office hours and talk through e-mail correspondence.

-Campus is beautiful.
-Good technology integration and support.
-Lots of money flowing in from local companies and sports. Departments are frequently upgraded.
-Programs are constantly undergoing change.
-Low in-state tuition.
Cons:
-Quality of a class is dependent on the teacher you get. There is some quality control on the teachers, but it's minimal.

-Math department is below average. Tutoring is available, but there are just too many kids to teach them well.

-Noticeable religious influence. Two different bible study buildings, the occasional ranting pastor in the quad, and a sizable part of the student population is excessively religious.

-Classes are just too big. English 101/102, Chem 111, Math 147... really any of the intro. classes. They often have 12 or more sections of 30+ students. In the case of Chem, you are stuck in a lecture hall with 200 students.

Summary:
If you live in Meridian, Boise, Nampa, or Caldwell this is an excellent choice. Although the education isn't outstanding, it isn't terrible either. Also, it's reasonably priced.If you live out-of-state, I wouldn't recommend BSU. There are other, higher quality universities that you can pay roughly the same for.

1st Year Male -- Class 2017
Faculty Accessibility: A, Individual Value: D
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BSU is the only college I have goneQuite BrightCriminal
BSU is the only college I have gone to, so I have no other college to compare it to, but here are my thoughts. The PhDs in the CJ department are all good, especially Dr. Giacamazzi. However, not all the professors are very good (Jim Cluphf is a joke). We lost 3 PhDs recently (2 went to a different University, and one passed away) so alot of classes are being taught by adjunct faculty who leave alot to be desired.

Personally, I have never got any benefit out of advisors because they never told me anything different than what was in the course catalog, but they certainly tried to help.

Personally I think some of the required CJ classes are a waste of time. Unless you're going to graduate school I see no reason why the typical CJ student needs Statistics, Research Methods, or Senior Seminar. My last semester was the only semester I ever felt the urge to throw in the towel because I felt like it was made purposely very difficult. BSU doen't have a great graduation rate, and the difficulty of Senior Seminar combined with my other classes made me realize why. I frequently considered dropping classes so that I would have time to keep up with the requirements of Senior Seminar. Up until my final semester all my classes were easy, then suddenly they were difficult as hell.

Ultimately, Boise State is what you make of it. You gotta make an effort if you want to enjoy yourself. Go to social events, join clubs, work hard in your classes, and especially for CJ majors: DO INTERNSHIPS

Pros
- Cheap tuition
- Most professors are good
- Very Safe area
- Town is football crazy
Cons
- Boise can be boring compared to other cities
- Adjunct profs leave alot to be desired
- Not alot to do- Not a diverse area

4th Year Male -- Class 2012
Perceived Campus Safety: A+, Social Life: C-
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Given the chance toBrightCommunications
Given the chance to go to a different University, would you? (Disregarding friends) is a loaded question, like what would you do if you won the lottery.
5th Year Female -- Class 2008
Surrounding City: A+, Useful Schoolwork: C-
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