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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.


Average Net Price
In-State Tuition
Out-of-State Tuition
Institution Type
  • Not for Profit
  • Coed
Level of Institution 4 Year
Campus Setting Town
In State Students
Out of State Students
Acceptance Rate
Average ACT Composite: 20
Average SAT Composite: 988

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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