Black Hills State University

Black Hills State University

Black Hills State University, also known as BHSU, was established in 1883. It is a four-year, public university located in Spearfish, South Dakota. The main campus is spread across an area of more than 120 acres. BHSU was founded by the Dakota Territorial Legislature as Dakota Territory Spearfish Normal School. After several name and status changes the university was given its present name on July 1, 1989. Each year the university has an enrollment of more than 4,000 students. BHSU offers more than 80 majors, and several bachelor's, master's, and associate's degrees. The university is a network of following colleges:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Business
  • College of Education

BHSU's student body is diverse and impressive and the university possesses a prominent athletics department. The sports teams participate in various games including baseball, basketball, softball, volleyball, golf and others. Their sports teams are known as the Yellow Jackets.

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Contacting Black Hills State

Black Hills State University
1200 University St
Spearfish , SD 57799-9500
General Phone: (605) 642-6011

Black Hills State Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Education and Teaching102curriculum and instruction, special ed, elementary school teaching, middle school teaching, secondary teaching, teacher ed, kindergarten/preschool teaching, business teaching, science teaching, ...
Liberal Arts92Native American studies, Spanish language, English, speech and rhetoric, general studies, social services, political science, sociology, history ...
Business and Management84business management, accounting, entrepreneurship, human resources, sales and marketing
Family and Social Work42community organization
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy35parks and recreation studies, health and physical education, sports and fitness management
Media27mass communication
Therapy and Counseling24psychology
Science15biology, chemistry, physical science courses
Engineering Technician13industrial tech, drafting
Art Studies9art studies
Photography and Commercial Art6commercial art
Hospitality1tourism and travel
Office and Administration0administrative assistant
Computer Science and Engineering0computer and info science

Number of programs and degrees for Black Hills State in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree39434
Associate's degree326
Master's degree352
Postbaccalaureate certificate02

Black Hills State Student Body

In 2007-2008, Black Hills State had a total enrollment of 4,052 students (3,096 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 36%
Women 64%
Full-Time 94%
Part-Time 6%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 81%
Graduate 19%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 88%
Black 1%
Hispanic 1%
Asian 1%
American Indian 4%
Unknown 6%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 20%
20-21 22%
22-24 22%
25-29 13%
30-34 7%
35-39 4%
40-49 7%
50-64 5%
65+ 0%

Black Hills State Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 59 %
Part-Time 47 %

Black Hills State Room and Board (2007)

Black Hills State offers campus housing for 788 of its 3,096 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Spearfish, South Dakota for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other South Dakota Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 15 meals per week.

Black Hills State Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
ACT Verbal1723
ACT Math1724
ACT Composite1823

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT91%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)not required

Black Hills State Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 6,269
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 12,411
Room and board $ 4,380
Room charge $ 2,604
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,834
Books and supplies $ 800
Other expenses $ 2,800

Financial Aid:
Black Hills State participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 345900)

Black Hills State Faculty

Black Hills State has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year1*0*
Associate professorcalendar year0*1*
Assistant professorcalendar year0*1*
Instructorcalendar year2*0*
All faculty totalcalendar year3$58,7462*

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year15$72,8466$65,116
Associate professoracademic year26$60,7009$61,876
Assistant professoracademic year22$50,70124$49,764
Instructoracademic year9$39,05917$39,701
All faculty totalacademic year72$57,47056$50,301

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Black Hills State Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Dakota Athletic Conference
Basketball Dakota Athletic Conference
Track Dakota Athletic Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports02121

Black Hills State Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Education And Teaching
Business Teacher Education
Curriculum and Instruction
Elementary Education and Teaching
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching
Special Education and Teaching, General
Teacher Assistant/Aide
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels

Engineering Technician
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General
Industrial Technology/Technician

Family And Social Work
Community Organization and Advocacy

Tourism and Travel Services Management

Liberal Arts
American Indian/Native American Studies
English Language and Literature, General
General Studies
History, General
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Speech and Rhetorical Studies

Mathematics, General

Mass Communication/Media Studies

Music, General

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Health and Physical Education, General
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Office And Administration
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General

Photography And Commercial Art
Commercial and Advertising Art

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Physical Sciences, Other

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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What Sets Black Hills State Apart:

% of degrees in nutrition and exercise therapy
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% of degrees in art studies
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% of degrees in education and teaching
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% of freshmen enrolled part-time
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% of accepted students who choose to enroll
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% of degrees in media
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% of degrees in family and social work
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checked Offers distance learning
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checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked On-campus day care
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Offers remedial adult education
checked Option to study abroad
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checked On-campus library
checked Offers campus housing
checked Offers a board (meal) plan
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked Has ROTC (army)
checked Offers athletic scholarships

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