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grade B minus
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    grade C+
  2. Value
    grade B minus
  3. Diversity
    grade B
  4. Campus
    grade B+
  5. Athletics
    grade B
  6. Party Scene
    grade B minus
  7. Professors
    grade B minus
  8. Location
    grade B+
  9. Dorms
    grade B minus
  10. Campus Food
    grade A minus
  11. Student Life
    grade B
  12. Safety
    grade B+

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Black Hills State is a public university located in Spearfish, South Dakota. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 1,945 undergraduate students. The Black Hills State acceptance rate is 84%. Popular majors include Business, Elementary Education, and Biology. Graduating 38% of students, Black Hills State alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $29,900.

About

1200 University St
Spearfish, SD 57799
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (with football)
Athletic Conference
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference

Black Hills State University Rankings

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BHSU Admissions

Acceptance Rate
84%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
970-1170
ACT Range
18-24
Application Fee
$20
SAT/ACT
Recommended
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No data available  

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Cost

Net Price
$15,861 / 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
$4,570 / year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
91%

Scholarship

Academics

Professors
grade B minus
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
16:1
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. 51 responses
76%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage. 51 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
2
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
2
How Students Learn
  • All
    31%
  • None
    43%
  • Some
    26%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,945 Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
1,739
Undergrads Over 25
13%
Pell Grant
36%
Varsity Athletes
14%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 39 responses
  • Easy going
    67%
  • Easy going and involved
    13%
  • Clique-y
    8%
  • Stoners and loners.
    5%
  • Alternative
    3%
  • Hard-core studier
    3%
  • Outgoing
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
No data available  
Poll
47%
of students say they don't have Greek life. 55 responses
Poll
47%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life. 60 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 39 responses
  • Welcoming
    44%
  • Open outdoors
    23%
  • Convenient
    18%
  • Small and old
    13%
  • Home away from home
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$35,900 / year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
38%
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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