BHSU Description

One of South Dakota’s largest public universities, Black Hills State University attracts students from all over the state and beyond looking to take advantage of its substantial academic opportunities.

Located in Spearfish, South Dakota, Black Hills State grants bachelor’s, master’s and associate’s degrees in more than 90 fields of study. Majors available at the bachelor’s level include Applied Technical Science, Art, Elementary Education, Human Services, Music, Psychology, Speech Communications and Theatre. Black Hills also has less commonly offered majors such as American Indian Studies, Business Education, Corporate Communications and Outdoor Education. Approximately 20 pre-professional programs in medical and other fields are also available.

A research university, Black Hills conducts research activities in such fields as the natural sciences, education and plant and herb science. In fact, Black Hills boasts one of the largest herbariums in the world.

Student clubs and organizations also feature numerous opportunities. You can join a theatre society, work at the student-run radio station or join a circus club, an organization for non-traditional students, a community service club, or a group for pre-law students and lots more.

An application, transcripts and SAT or ACT scores are required for admissions consideration.

Tuition is significantly lower for South Dakota residents and students may also apply for financial aid.

Quick Facts about Black Hills State University

Region

Midwest

Setting

Small Town Setting

Type

Public

Size

Medium (2,000 to 5,000 Undergrad)

Website

www.bhsu.edu

On-Campus Housing Available

Yes

Selectivity

Selective

In-State Tuition

$7,424

Out-of-State Tuition

$9,252

Retention Rate

59%

Enrollment

3,993

Year Established

1883

BHSU Ratings & Reviews

Overall School Rating: 4.5

5 star
  1 review
4 star
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50% of students gave Black Hills State University 5 stars overall.

Student at This School - Grad Year 2016

Overall Rating:
4

Detailed Ratings

I like the location of the school, the town is small and great. The teachers and faculty are very helpful, easy to make friends. I really do enjoy the town itself, the surrounding area is beautiful and lots of winter sports nearby which is my favorite part of the area. The black hills are a warm and inviting place.

Overall Rating:
5

Detailed Ratings

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BHSU Students

Full-Time Undergrad Students
3,686
Freshman Class
620
Total Students (Undergrads & Graduate Students)
3,993

Undergraduate vs. Graduate

Undergraduate
92%
Graduate
8%

Full-Time vs. Part-Time Students

Full-Time
90%
Part-Time
10%

Gender of Students

Women
63%
Men
37%

Ethnic Diversity

Caucasian
85%
Latino
1%
Other
14%

International Students

International
1%
Domestic
99%

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