Black Hills State University - BHSU

Black Hills State University

1200 University St, Spearfish, South Dakota 57799-9500


  • College Type: 4-year, Public
  • Acceptance Rate: 97%
  • Total Student Population: 3539
  • Student-Faculty Ratio: 17 to 1
  • Graduation Rate: 42%
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Black Hills State University (BHSU) is a public university located in Spearfish, South Dakota. Founded in 1883, Black Hills State University is the third oldest institution of higher education in South Dakota. It is part of the South Dakota Board of Regents, which governs the state’s six public universities and two special schools.

The university has several academic colleges, including the College of Business and Natural Sciences, the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, and the College of Liberal Arts and offers undergraduate and graduate programs in a variety of fields, including business, education, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and applied sciences.

The University also has a Study Abroad program, allowing students to study in other countries and gain international experience.

Black Hills State University has a mission to provide affordable education, making higher education accessible to all students.

The university also places strong emphasis on personalized learning.

With a student-to-faculty ratio of 17:1, the university is known for its small class sizes, personalized attention from faculty, and hands-on learning opportunities.

The university has a strong commitment to experiential hands-on learning, providing students with opportunities to apply their classroom knowledge to real-world situations.

The university has partnerships with local businesses and organizations, offering internships, research projects, and service-learning opportunities to students.

BHSU has a beautiful campus located in the scenic Black Hills region of South Dakota. The campus features modern academic buildings, residence halls, and recreational facilities.

Black Hills State University has an active student life, with over 100 student organizations and clubs on campus, including academic, cultural, athletic, and social groups.

The university has a strong athletic program, with 13 NCAA Division II sports teams.

The university offers a variety of student service support and financial aid options, including scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study programs.

Black Hills State University is recognized by several accrediting bodies and is accredited The Higher Learning Commission making it a great school to study in for individuals looking for an affordable institution with a well rounded education.

Student Enrollment

Total enrollment:3,539
Undergraduate enrollment:3,346
Percent of Undergraduate enrollment
   by gender
   by race/ethnicity
      American Indian or Alaskan Native:2.0%
      Black or African American:1.0%
      Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander:0.1%
      Two or more races:3.5%
      Race/ethnicity unknown:3.7%
      Non-resident alien:1.6%

Degrees Offered

  • Less than one year certificate
  • Associate’s degree
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Postbaccalaureate certificate
  • Master’s degree

Majors Offered

  • Accounting
  • American Indian Studies
  • Art | Art Education
  • Biology | Biology Education
  • Business Administration
  • Chemistry
  • Communication and Media
  • Early Childhood Special Education
  • Economics & Finance
  • Elementary Education
  • English | English Education
  • Entrepreneurial Studies
  • Environmental Physical Science
  • Exercise Science
  • Exploratory Studies
  • General Studies
  • Graphic Communication
  • Graphic Design
  • History | History Education
  • Human Resource Management
  • Human Services
  • Integrated Media
  • Leadership
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics | Mathematics Education
  • Mathematics & Science Education
  • Music | Music Education
  • Outdoor Education
  • Photography
  • Physical Education
  • Physical Science
  • Political Science
  • Professional Accountancy
  • Psychology
  • Public Relations
  • Radio-Television
  • Science Communication
  • Science Education
  • Social Science | Social Science Education
  • Sociology
  • Spanish | Spanish Education
  • Special Education – K-12
  • Speech Education
  • Sports Media
  • Theatre Education
  • Tourism & Hospitality Management


 Academic year prices for full-time, first-time undergraduate students2021-222020-212019-20
    Tuition & fees
      In-state$9,000 $8,672 $9,009 
      Out-of-state$12,100 $11,742 $12,158 
    Books and supplies$1,200 $1,200 $1,200 
      Room and board$7,400 $7,200 $7,143 
      Other expenses$4,500 $4,500 $4,500 
      Room and board$7,400 $7,200 $7,142 
      Other expenses$4,500 $4,500 $4,500 
    Off-campus with family
      Other expenses$4,500 $4,500 $4,500