554 reviews
  1. Spearfish, SD
  2. 4 Year
C+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Value
    B
  3. Diversity
    B-
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    B-
  8. Location
    B+
  9. Dorms
    B-
  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
94%
SAT Scores Range
860-1056
ACT Scores Range
18-22
Application Fee
$20
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Will You Get In?

Test Scores and GPA for Black Hills State University

Cost

Net Price
$13,029/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $11,178/ year
  • $30-48k
    $11,850/ year
  • $49-75k
    $14,585/ year
  • $76-110k
    $16,255/ year
  • $110k+
    $15,903/ 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

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,279Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
18%
Pell Grant
43%
Varsity Athletes
11%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 31 responses
Report
  • 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
Data not available
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 Black Hills State University

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$34,400/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
33%
National
47%
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

Black Hills State University Reviews

554 reviews
All Categories
Spearfish is a wonderful community nestled in the Black Hills. Residents and BHSU students have the opportunity to explore the hills in many different ways whether that's hiking, biking, skiing, snowshoeing, snow mobiling, climbing, and many others. There is an array of good natured adventure surrounding this university! The campus does a fairly good job at providing activities on campus and a handful of active campus organizations to help you get involved. there are plenty of restaurants and a few local activities such as bowling alley, movie theater, and black hills theatre. Not to mention spearfish is only 35 miles to a much larger city!
  • College Senior
  • Jan 30 2015
  • Campus
On July 18, 2016 I had a scheduled personal visit to Black Hills State University in Spearfish, South Dakota. My visit was amazing. This is my first choice school. I like how small the school is. I am from a small town in South Dakota, so I like the small environment. The student showing me around told me, "Here, you aren't just a number. You are a student. Professors will make time for you if you are struggling." This made my decision easier. Since it's a small school, I like the fact that a professor will take time out of their day to help me.
It's a great school, professors are awesome as are the counselor and advisors. The Financial Aid department is very unpleasant, not just because the school is ridiculously expensive, but the people staffed there are stand-offish and are not helpful.