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 88%. Popular majors include Business, Elementary Education, and Liberal Arts and Humanities. Graduating 34% of students, Black Hills State alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $29,900.
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Evening Degree Programs
- of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.39 responses
- of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.50 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.50 responses
Most Popular Majors
Elementary Education60 Graduates
Liberal Arts and Humanities56 Graduates
Community Organization and Advocacy36 Graduates
Sport and Fitness Management33 Graduates
Special Education and Teaching16 Graduates
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Freshmen Live On-Campus
- of students say they don't have Greek life.54 responses
- of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.59 responses
Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
- of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.28 responses
Black Hills State University Reviews
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.
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!