Black Hills State University

Black Hills State University

Spearfish, SD, USA

Black Hills State University is a 4-year liberal arts institution situated on 123 acres of land in Spearfish, South Dakota. Through its three colleges, BHSU offers more than 120 majors and minors, as well as three honors tracks. Students can complete a selection of degrees at Black Hill’s satellite campus in Rapid City, or choose from the more than a dozen available online. The College of Business and Natural Science houses several centers for research, including a herbarium, and the university is also establishing the BHSU Underground Campus at Sanford Lab for multidisciplinary research. Outside of academia, the campus is near a number of tourist attractions, including Mount Rushmore, Devils Tower, and the Badlands of South Dakota, while Spearfish, SD, itself  is home to Spearfish Canyon, which offers a number of opportunities for hiking, biking, and sightseeing. For students interested in seeing sights outside of the US, BHSU maintains special partnerships and agreements with institutions worldwide, including in Spain, Lithuania, Botswana, China, and Korea.


Key Admissions Stats

Institution Type
  • Not for Profit
  • Coed

Need Aware

This school may consider an applicant’s financial situation when deciding admission

Level of Institution
4 Year
Campus Setting
Suburb or town
Acceptance Rate

Admissions Requirements

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Important Deadlines

Admitted Student Stats

In-State Students
Out-Of-State Students
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Average ACT Composite: 21
Average SAT Composite: 1083


Key Academic Stats

Highest Degree Offered
Total Number of Students
Total Number of Undergrads
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Classroom Sizes

Graduate in 4 Years US National: 28%
Graduate in 6 Years US National: 52%
Student:Faculty Ratio
US National: 21:1

Tuition, Cost & Aid

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In-State Tuition In-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who meet the state's or institution's residency requirements. In-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students residing in the locality in which they attend school and may be a lower rate than in-state tuition if offered by the institution.
Out-of-State Tuition Out-of-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who do not meet the state’s or institution’s residency requirements. Out-of-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students not residing in the locality in which they attend school.
Additional Costs
Room and Board The weighted average for room and board and other expenses is generated as follows:
  • (amount for on-campus room, board and other expenses * # of students living on-campus.
  • + amount for off-campus (with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus with family
  • + amount for off-campus (not with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus not with family)
divided by the total # of students. Students whose living arrangements are unknown are excluded from the calculation. For some institutions the # of students by living arrangement will be known, but dollar amounts will not be known. In this case the # of students with no corresponding dollar amount will be excluded from the denominator.
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Aid & Grants

Students Receiving Gift Aid Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal gift aid. Federal gift aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
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Students Receiving Grants Percent of undergraduate students awarded grant aid. Grant aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
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Student Loans

Students Borrowing Loans Loans to students - Any monies that must be repaid to the lending institution for which the student is the designated borrower. Includes all Title IV subsidized and unsubsidized loans and all institutionally- and privately-sponsored loans. Does not include PLUS and other loans made directly to parents.
Average Loan Amount Per Year
Average Debt at Graduation The median federal debt of undergraduate borrowers who graduated. This figure includes only federal loans; it excludes private student loans and Parent PLUS loans.
Median Monthly Loan Payment The median monthly loan payment for student borrowers who completed, if it were repaid over 10 years at a 5.05% interest rate.

Campus Life

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Size of Town
Suburb or town
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On Campus Women's Center
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On-campus living required of freshman


Divisional Sports Nickname
Yellow Jackets
School Colors
green and gold
Varsity Athletics Association
Varsity Athletics Conference Primary
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference

Campus Safety

24-HR security patrol
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After Graduation

Post Grad Stats

Top 5 Cities
Rapid City
Sioux Falls
Average Salary
6 years after graduation

What Students Are Saying

Black Hills State is an absolutely gorgeous environment! The people and faculty here actually care and want what is best for you. This school really offers everything you need for success, a good education, and a fantastic,safe college experience.
Katrina from Johnsburg, IL
I love going to BHSU. The staff and instructors are very helpful and informative. The class sizes are built to help you learn.
Melissa from Box Elder , SD
Black Hills State University has made me feel at home. All the professors are very approachable and always there. Black Hills State University has a small campus and is very beautiful.
Casie from Spearfish, SD
Black Hills State University is a beautiful campus. It is a very laid back environment, yet there is still the sense of excitement. Black Hills State university challenges students not only to excel in school, but to find out who they really are.
Malarie from Marysville, OH
This is a beautiful campus that is currently in the makings of becoming more and more green oriented with each semester. If you enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, rock climbing, and fishing this is the place for you. Surrounded by the gorgeous Black Hills with their red rock, hills, and trees; there;s something here for everyone.
Ashley from Scottsbluff, NE
If you are looking for a school where you can get a great education and be surrounded by 4 seasons of incredible beauty BHSU is the place to be!

You can finish class by noon and be on the mountain snowboarding by 1pm, back to study by 5pm, and in bed by whenever you want!

So many majors, but so little time makes me want to live to be 100 so I could do them all! But then again, maybe I should actually get a job and make some money with at least one major....?
BHSU is one of the most beautiful campuses I've visited. If you're looking for a mixture of on/off campus adventure this is the place. Wonderful community as well!
Tabbie from Douglas, WY
It is a great college, in a great community. I would love to stay here if they had a nursing program but am forced to leave. I would come back for another degree.
Jordan from Gillette, WY
The teachers care about your education and your learning. But I wonder how helpful it will be when I leave college. Still, I think the program and involvement available are worth the tuition.
Meghan from Rapid City, SD