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  2. Value
    B-
  3. Diversity
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  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    B-
  8. Location
    B
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    B+
  11. Student Life
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  12. Safety
    A-
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 $29,200.
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.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $13,139/ year
  • $30-48k
    $13,598/ year
  • $49-75k
    $16,590/ year
  • $76-110k
    $17,732/ year
  • $110k+
    $17,897/ year
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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
79%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.48 responses
75%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.48 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,195Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
15%
Pell Grant
34%
Varsity Athletes
11%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 37 responses
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  • Easy going
    70%
  • Clique-y
    8%
  • Easy going and involved
    8%
  • Stoners and loners.
    5%
  • Alternative
    3%
  • Diverse
    3%
  • Hard-core studier
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
50%
of students say they don't have Greek life.52 responses
Poll
47%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.57 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 36 responses
Report
  • Welcoming
    47%
  • Open outdoors
    22%
  • Convenient
    17%
  • Small and old
    14%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$34,900/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
35%
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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Black Hills State University Reviews

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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 transferred to BHSU from SDSU, and it is a WAY better fit for me! The classes are manageable sizes and the professors are amazing! If I ever had a question or concern they were always willing to help me on the spot or offer a better time to work out the problem. The campus nicely laid out and classes and rooms are easy to find.