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Sophomore Start FAQs

The following questions and answers will provide students with more information about Boise State University’s Concurrent Enrollment Sophomore Start option.

 

Sophomore Start faqs

What is Sophomore Start?

Boise State’s Concurrent Enrollment Sophomore Start option is designed to provide high school students taking concurrent enrollment courses the opportunity to achieve sophomore status by the time they fully enroll at Boise State by completing a minimum of 30 college-level credits while still in high school.


Who can participate?

To participate in Boise State’s Concurrent Enrollment Sophomore Start option, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a sophomore or junior in high school (juniors must be enrolled in or have completed a minimum of 9 college-level credits).
  • Have signed permission from your high school counselor and a parent.
  • Have a goal to complete a minimum of 30 college credits while still in high school.
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).


When can I begin the Sophomore Start option?

You can begin participation in Sophomore Start during your sophomore or junior year. Juniors who want to participate must be enrolled in or have completed a minimum of nine college-level credits.


Why is it called Sophomore Start?

High school students who complete Sophomore Start successfully are able to start at Boise State University as a college sophomore, rather than as a freshman. Also, the optimal time for students to begin Sophomore Start is in their sophomore year of high school.


What if I want to earn more than 30 credits while in high school?

Fantastic! There are students who earn an associate’s degree, or half of a bachelor’s degree, while in high school. This is a huge accomplishment. A Boise State concurrent enrollment advisor can help you determine how many university credits may be possible for you to earn at a particular high school. Sophomore Start targets the completion of 30 credits for a few reasons:

  • 30 credits is the equivalent of one year of college, which Boise State believes is an attainable goal for a large number of high school students.
  • It places an emphasis on selecting the right courses (credits that meet your selected degree course requirements) instead of completing a lot of credits that may not be applicable to your degree once you fully enroll at Boise State.
  • It leaves you time to participate in the extracurricular activities that are important to both your high school and university experiences.


What if I just want to enroll in a few concurrent enrollment classes?

Sophomore Start may not be for all students taking concurrent enrollment courses, and may not be a good fit for you if you just want to take a few college-level courses. Boise State University’s Concurrent Enrollment Program offers a wide array of courses at Treasure Valley high schools, and those requirements are that students have a 3.0 GPA and permission. Sophomore Start is specifically for students with a goal to complete a minimum of 30 college-level credits while still in high school


What kind of credits apply to the 30-credit goal?

There are a variety of college-credit opportunities that will count toward the Sophomore Start 30-credit goal. Credits eligible for the Sophomore Start option include transferable concurrent credit courses offered from Boise State and other colleges, transfer courses, Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and CLEP tests.


Can I apply another college’s dual credit course to Sophomore Start?

Yes! You can work with their Concurrent Enrollment advisor to make sure the course is transferable to Boise State and applies to your degree choice. If so, Boise State will include these credits toward your 30-credit goal.


How do I get started?

If you are interested in the Sophomore Start option, complete and submit an online Pre-Advising Questionnaire. Upon review of the completed Pre-Advising Questionnaire, a Boise State Concurrent Enrollment advisor will contact you to schedule an advising session. Advising scheduling will be done in January and advising sessions will be held in the spring. Parents are encouraged to attend the advising session. Students not eligible to participate will be notified.

Visit How to Participate for additional details on participating in the Sophomore Start option.


What are the ongoing requirements of Sophomore Start?

Once a student decides to participate in the Sophomore Start option, and meets eligibility criteria, they must complete the following requirements:

  • Complete an agreement of participation and degree plan.
  • Be admitted and actively enrolled in dual credit or on-campus courses throughout their participation in the option.
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) and remain in good academic standing.
  • Meet at least twice with a Boise State Concurrent Enrollment advisor to develop and maintain a personalized degree plan consisting of courses that best match their college goals. Only students with an advisor-approved degree plan are eligible to take Boise State summer classes at the reduced concurrent enrollment rate of $65 per credit.


Why do I have to meet with a Concurrent Enrollment advisor?

While most dual credit courses that colleges offer will count for a number of college credits, they may not fulfill requirements for a specific major, or help you achieve you college goals. You will meet with an academic advisor to develop a personalized degree plan that fits your individual degree choice and personal goals based on the courses available at your high school. The degree plan will ensure that courses you take while in high school will apply seamlessly toward a degree at Boise State University.


What is it like to take summer courses at Boise State?

Most Boise State Summer courses are offered on the main campus (a few are offered online or at other sites). Courses are condensed from the usual 15 weeks to five or seven weeks, requiring several hours of class work and home work each day. These are regular college courses with college students, and no modifications will be made for concurrent enrollment students. Sophomore Start students will be responsible for providing their own transportation, textbooks, and supplies. However, the concurrent enrollment program will provide students an on-campus orientation prior to the start of the summer session to help students get familiar with campus, resources available, and get to know other high school students taking summer classes.


What are the additional costs of taking summer courses at Boise State?

Although Sophomore Start students will be able to take summer courses for the reduced Concurrent Enrollment rate of $65 per credit, additional costs and fees may apply. This could include additional online or lab fees, textbooks, class supplies, and transportation to campus. It is important to be aware of these additional costs.


What if I do not enroll at Boise State University after graduating from high school?

You can still participate in Sophomore Start, but Boise State cannot guarantee exactly how courses you take will apply toward another college’s degree requirements. If you decide not to attend Boise State, you will need to contact the college you are interested in attending to directly understand how the courses taken as a participant in Sophomore Start will transfer.

If you plan to attend an Idaho public postsecondary institution, you can visit www.idtransfer.org to see how courses will transfer.


Can a student voluntarily withdraw from Sophomore Start?

Yes. Students can contact their Concurrent Enrollment advisor in writing to withdraw from the option. There are no penalties for not completing the 30-credit goal; however they will not be eligible to enroll at Boise State as a sophomore if the 30-credits have not been completed.


What if I participate in Sophomore Start and do not complete the 30-credit goal?

There are various factors that could prevent you from completing your 30-credit goal. To enroll at Boise State University at sophomore status, you must have completed a minimum of 26 credits. Students who do not meet this minimum will not be penalized, however they will not be considered at sophomore status until they have earned 26 college-level credits.


Can I change my degree path during participation in Sophomore Start?

Yes, we understand that as a high school student, you may not have a definite idea of the degree you want to pursue once enrolled at Boise State. A concurrent enrollment advisor will assist you in choosing courses that will fulfill general requirements that apply to multiple majors at Boise State, or in adjusting your degree plan to fit to a major different than originally selected.


Who can I talk with to find out more about Sophomore Start?

Contact Boise State University’s Concurrent Enrollment Assistant Director, Steven Jenkins, at (208) 426-1723 or by email at sophomorestart@boisestate.edu.


 

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