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Black Hills State University

Spearfish, SD, USA
3.71 Average Rating

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.

Admissions

Key Admissions Stats

Institution Type
Public
  • Not for Profit
  • Coed
Level of Institution 4 Year
Campus Setting Suburb or town
In-State Students
65%
Out-Of-State Students
31%
0
100
80%
Acceptance Rate
Average ACT Composite: 20
0
36
Average SAT Composite: 988
0
1600

Key Deadlines

Rolling Admissions

The college has rolling admissions, which means applications are accepted any time throughout the year.

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Academics

Key Academic Stats

Highest Degree Offered
Master's
Total Number of Students
4,244
Total Number of Undergrads
3,812
Academic Calendar

Semester

Non Traditional Learning
  • Online Classes
  • Online Undergrad Degrees
  • Summer Sessions
  • Combined Institution Double Degree Programs
  • Some Programs Requires Co-Op/Internship
Learning Options
  • ROTC Army
  • Study Abroad
  • Honors Program
  • Teacher Certification Offered
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100
12%
Graduate in 4 Years US National: 28%
0
100
33%
Graduate in 6 Years US National: 52%
Student:Faculty Ratio
20:1
US National: 21:1
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Tuition, Cost & Aid

Key Financial Stats

Average Net Price
$14,953
Tuition
In-State Tuition
$9,009
Out-of-State Tuition
$12,155
Students Receiving Financial Aid
71%
Average Aid Per Year
$4,183
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Campus Life

Key Campus Stats

Gender
Male
Female
37%
63%
Student Organizations
85
Size of Town
Suburb or town
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After Graduation

Post Grad Stats

Top 5 Cities
Rapid City
Sioux Falls
Denver
Casper
Minneapolis
Average Salary
6 years after graduation
$38,800
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What Students Are Saying

3.71 Average Rating
black hills state is an excellent school, there are very friendly people, and helpful staff. the campus is in a very beautiful location in the black hills of south dakota. there are always fun activities going on around campus.
Sarah from Spear, SD
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

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