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Recreation and Academics in a Summer Experience

 Group photo of students at Bridge to Boise State 2017

What is RAISE?

Recreation and Academics in a Summer Experience (RAISE) is a week long STEM academic program. Students spend 3 days living on campus, followed by a 3-day outdoor rafting trip on the Payette River. Together, these programs equip new STEM students with the tools and resources for a successful first semester at Boise State.


  • Connect with peer mentors and other incoming STEM students
  • Engage with STEM faculty and staff
  • Strengthen your academic success strategies
  • Discover campus resources
  • Experience living on campus

RAISE Schedule

July 12th-13th Bronco Venture Orientation
July 13th-15th On-campus Program
July 16th-18th Outdoor Experience

Program Costs

On-Campus Program and Outdoor Experience: $460
On-Campus Program only: $195

Scholarships are available based on financial need and availability and can be requested as a part of the sign-up form for RAISE.


More About the program

The RAISE program was designed for incoming students majoring in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM). Boise State encourages participation of students from diverse background in this program. The week long program connects students with peers, mentors, and faculty and staff in STEM.

The full RAISE program is comprised of two parts which are best experienced together: Bridge to Boise State and the Outdoor Experience.  RAISE is in conjunction with the July 12-13 BroncoVenture Orientation, which students must register for separately through New Student Programs.

Bridge to Boise State

Bridge to Boise State is an exciting opportunity for academically motivated STEM students to experience campus life before starting their first semester at Boise State.  This high-impact two-and-a-half-day program connects incoming STEM students with their peers, provides mentoring with faculty and chances to get to know other current STEM students, and equips new students with tools and resources for success in college.

During Bridge to Boise State, students will experience on-campus life by staying in the newly-built Sawtooth Hall (the same as Orientation housing), home of the Boise State Honors College.

Want to be a Peer Mentor?

Apply here to be a Bridge to Boise State Peer Mentor.

Outdoor Experience

STEM Students rafting the Payette River

The Outdoor Experience is a three-day extended field program designed to build community among STEM students and faculty in an exciting outdoor environment.

We will be camping at Hot Springs Campground near Banks, Idaho, rafting different sections of the Payette River system, and hiking on national forest trails. While students can expect up to Class III whitewater, the trip is suitable for any experience level.

This trip is designed to be a full service program.  All group gear is provided to participants. Participants are only responsible for supplies on the packing list that will be sent to you.

If you do not have a sleeping bag and/or sleeping pad, they will be available for checkout from the Outdoor Program.  Please note: sleeping pads are mandatory for this trip.

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