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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
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    B+
  11. Student Life
    B-
  12. Safety
    B+
Black Hills State is a public university located in Spearfish, South Dakota. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 2,195 undergraduate students. The Black Hills State acceptance rate is 87%. Popular majors include Business, Elementary Education, and Biology. Graduating 35% of students, Black Hills State alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $29,900.
About Black Hills State University...
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
87%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
890-1220
ACT Range
18-24
Application Fee
$20
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

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Cost

Net Price
$14,807/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$4,340/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
92%

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
80%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.49 responses
76%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.49 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,195Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
1,752
Undergrads Over 25
15%
Pell Grant
34%
Varsity Athletes
14%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 38 responses
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  • Easy going
    68%
  • Easy going and involved
    11%
  • Clique-y
    8%
  • Stoners and loners.
    5%
  • Alternative
    3%
  • Diverse
    3%
  • Hard-core studier
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
49%
of students say they don't have Greek life.53 responses
Poll
47%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.58 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 37 responses
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  • Welcoming
    46%
  • Open outdoors
    22%
  • Convenient
    19%
  • Small and old
    14%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$35,900/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
35%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
93%
National
83%
89%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.28 responses
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Black Hills State University is a great school. It is small enough that professors know who you are, but big enough to feel different from high school. The professors are great teachers, and they really care about your education! Tuition is low, especially in-state. As with most colleges, I wish dorm and meal plan prices were lower, but overall, the school gets 4 stars.
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I would say that Black Hills State is very good academically. They have high success rates with their students and prepare them well for whatever degree one is pursuing. They do have some disorganization at the paperwork level and it can sometimes take a while to get an issue worked out, that is just a technical matter, but they do try their hardest to get someone what they need. I enjoy this university a great deal. The campus is small and community oriented. There are opportunities galore to be involved and make friends and just benefit oneself and others through volunteering and community service. Overall, a very good school.
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!