Black Hills State University

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General Information

Admission Office

University Street Box 9502

Spearfish, SD 57799-9502

(605) 642-6343

(800) 255-2478

Fax: (605) 642-6022

Contact: Beth Azevedo

Director of Admissions
Main Address

University Street Box 9502

Spearfish, SD 57799-9502

(605) 642-6011

Total undergrads: 3,687

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 583

Degree-seeking undergrads: 3,139

Graduate enrollment: 330


Rural setting

Large town (10,000 – 49,999)

Commuter campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $20

Online application fee: $20

Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 95%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 56%

College Majors

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

Native American Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Commercial/Advertising Art B
Music – General B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Administrative/Secretarial Services A
Business Administration/Management B
Entrepreneurial Studies B
Human Resources Management B
Marketing Management B
Office Management B
Travel/Tourism Management A,B

Communications & Journalism

Mass Communications/Media Studies B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer/Information Sciences – General A


Art Teacher Education B
Biology Teacher Education B
Business Teacher Education B
Chemistry Teacher Education B
Elementary Education B
English Teacher Education B
Foreign Language Teacher Education B
History Teacher Education B
Junior High Education B
Kindergarten/Preschool Education B
Mathematics Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Physical Education B
Science Teacher Education B
Social Science Teacher Education B
Special Education B
Speech Teacher Education B
Teacher Assistance A
Technology/Industrial Arts Education B

Engineering Technologies

Drafting and Design Technology A
Industrial Technology B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B
Speech/Rhetorical Studies B

Foreign Language & Literature

Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Health Facilities Administration B


History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

General Studies A


Mathematics – General B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Exercise Sciences B
Parks, Recreation & Fitness – General B
Sport/Fitness Administration B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Physical Sciences – General B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Community Organization/Advocacy B

Social Sciences

Political Science/Government B
Social Sciences – General B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Black Hills State University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (800) 255-2478
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Apply Online:
Address: 1200 University St, Spearfish, SD 57799-9500
Setting: Town: Distant
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 3,858
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 32%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 16 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 1,609 (42% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Certificates, Associates, Bachelor's, Master's

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $9,009
Out-of-state Tuition: $12,155
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 91%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $4,570

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Black Hills State University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Black Hills State University.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 1
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 111
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 3262
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 12
Construction Trades 1
Education 21183
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 221
English Language and Literature/Letters 12
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 1
History 11
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 12
Mathematics and Statistics 1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 11
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 4
Physical Sciences 3
Psychology 1
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 11
Social Sciences 13
Visual and Performing Arts 46
Grand total 178547

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Black Hills State University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $9,009
Out-of-state $12,155
Books and supplies $1,200

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $8,384
Out-of-state $8,384

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 411 91%
Grant or scholarship aid 320 71% $4,570
Student loan aid 310 69% $6,970

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 1,692 45% $5,109
Federal student loans 1,615 43% $6,285

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Black Hills State University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Black Hills State University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 2,129 759 1,370
Percent admitted 100% 80% 86%
Percent admitted who enrolled 24% 23% 26%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Black Hills State University Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 3,858
Undergraduate enrollment 3,684
Graduate enrollment 174

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Black Hills State University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Higher Learning Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
    • Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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