B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    B
  3. Diversity
    B-
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    C+
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    B-
  9. Dorms
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    A-
  11. Student Life
    C
  12. Safety
    A
Black Hills State University is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (with football)
Athletic Conference
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference
Address
1200 University St
Spearfish, SD 57799
Website

Black Hills State University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
84%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
858-1055
ACT Range
19-23
Application Fee
$20
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
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Cost

Net Price
$14,091/ year
National
$15,403
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $12,368/ year
  • $30-48k
    $13,162/ year
  • $49-75k
    $15,992/ year
  • $76-110k
    $17,152/ year
  • $110k+
    $17,109/ year

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
19:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
87%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.39 responses
76%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.42 responses
74%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.42 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,238Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
18%
Pell Grant
41%
Varsity Athletes
11%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 31 responses
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  • Easy going
    77%
  • Clique-y
    10%
  • Alternative
    3%
  • Easy going and involved
    3%
  • Hard-core studier
    3%
  • Stoners and loners.
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
46%
of students say they don't have Greek life.46 responses
Poll
49%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.51 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 30 responses
Report
  • Welcoming
    53%
  • Open outdoors
    20%
  • Convenient
    13%
  • Small and old
    13%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$34,400/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
36%
National
48%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
91%
National
83%
89%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.28 responses
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I am going to be enrolled at BHSU next fall. I found out about the University when researching colleges in mountainous areas of the US; I am a huge fan of rocky areas with beautiful scenery. I was recruited to play basketball, and this opportunity allowed me to visit the campus a few times. I met some staff members and they all came off as wonderful people with a passion for success. The facilities are top notch, too. I visited quite a few places, and none compared to BHSU. To top it off, there is no such thing as a boring day in the Black Hills. A 5 minute walk puts you in the midst of the canyon. I love it out in Spearfish!
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This school is an excellent choice for students who desire to major in Education! The courses are very informative and applicable to what you will see in the field. All of the professors and staff are more than willing to answer any questions and they are very knowledgeable in education. I am completely happy with my decision to enroll here!
The University is located at the base of the Black Hills. The population of Spearfish embrace the students and are very accepting. If it is the outdoors you enjoy, it offers a bountiful choice with year round offerings. The campus staff in all departments across the board are very friendly and helpful. I would recommend Black Hills State University to all.