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
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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
80%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
880-1100
ACT Range
19-24
Application Fee
$20
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
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Cost

Net Price
$15,008/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $12,502/ year
  • $30-48k
    $13,940/ year
  • $49-75k
    $16,666/ year
  • $76-110k
    $17,373/ year
  • $110k+
    $17,595/ year

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
20:1
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
2,221Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
18%
Pell Grant
34%
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
$34,900/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
39%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
92%
National
83%
89%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.28 responses
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I love BHSU, and Spearfish is such a beautiful place to live. My experience here has been good overall. The food in the cafeteria certainly isn't the greatest, but it's not the worst either. The professors are all very friendly and one-on-one. They are always willing to help whenever you need it. The campus isn't very big, which is something that I like. I came from a small high school so attending a small college made it easier to adjust. Everyone here is very friendly and I get really positive vibes from being here!
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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!
I am in my second year of college at BHSU and can say that I do overall like the school. The class sizes are small enough to promote conversation and real participation, while not being stiflingly small. I've liked most of my professors and love all the professors in my major. The history department, my major, is small enough that I know each history professor fairly well. My only complaint about the school is that they don't offer in-state tuition to Nebraskan people.