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Frequently Asked Questions

When should I apply for admission to COBE?

You should complete the COBE Admissions Application while enrolled in the final semester of gateway course(s). During this time you will go into a “COBE-Pending” or provisional status until your final gateway course(s) are successfully completed. To ensure that your application is processed in time for the following semester, please see the deadlines below.
  • Fall Semester: Apply by October 1st. 
  • Spring Semester: Apply by March 1st.
  • Summer: Apply by February 1st

What if I am a transfer student who has already met the admission requirements?

Students who are transferring with all of the gateway courses met with a C- or better, 30 credits and a minimum COBE Gateway GPA of 2.5, or for catalogs 12-13 through 16-17 either a COBE gateway or cumulative GPA of 2.5, should apply to COBE after being admitted to Boise State University and meeting with a COBE advisor.

Is there a fee to apply?

Yes. There is a $25 processing fee for each application.

When will I know if I am accepted to take upper division courses?

Admission approval or denial will be emailed to your BroncoMail email address within 1-2 weeks of applying.

What if I only want to minor in business?

There are enough designated open courses for you to complete a business minor without having to apply for COBE admission.

If I only have 1 or 2 gateway courses left, can I apply before completing these classes?

You may only apply if the missing gateway courses are in progress and will be completed by the end of the semester of which you apply. However, you are allowed to take any of the designated open courses while you complete the required gateway courses with a grade of “C-” or above.

What if I do not go to school for one year or more at Boise State University?

You may take up to two consecutive years of time off from Boise State classes. If you return before the two-year limit, you can come back and enter into the upper division COBE courses (if granted admission to COBE prior to sitting out for the 2 years). If you return after 2 years, you must apply for readmission.

Is the GPA requirement negotiable?

The GPA requirement is not negotiable. Students need to achieve a minimum COBE Gateway GPA of 2.5 or for catalogs 12-13 through 16-17 either a COBE gateway or cumulative GPA of 2.5 to gain admission. A student WILL BE DENIED COBE admission, no matter “how close” they may be to reaching the minimum.  Cumulative GPA includes all of a student’s Boise State classes and any potential course grades from transfer institutions. COBE Gateway GPA includes only the 10 COBE Gateway courses.

What will happen if I am granted provisional admission to COBE, but do not fulfill the COBE admission criteria by the end of the semester of which I apply?

If you receive provisional COBE admission it is imperative that you fulfill the COBE admission criteria requirements by the end of the semester of which you apply. Failure to do so will result in your upper-division status being removed. If COBE admission status is removed, and you have already completed your class registration for the next semester, you may be dropped from classes that require COBE admission as a prerequisite. If you are removed from upper-division, you will have to reapply AFTER ALL REQUIREMENTS HAVE BEEN FULFILLED.

What if I am a non-business major and want to take COBE upper division courses that are not part of the open courses for students?

You must go through the application process if you desire to take upper division business courses outside of the designated open courses. This is true even if you only want to take one course.