Black Hills State University

Acceptance Rate 97 %
SAT Average 1,121
Tuition & Fees $11,742
Student Population 3,608
Average Financial Aid Amount Received $5,403

Academic Overview

Black Hills State University Campus, Spearfish, SD
Black Hills State University is a public, 4 or more years institute located in Spearfish, South Dakota. It is a Master's College and University (smaller programs) by Carnegie Classification and its highest degree is Master's degree. The 2021 tuition & fees are $8,672 for South Dakota residents and $11,742 for out-of-state students. The school offers both undergraduate and graduate programs and a total of 3,608 students are enrolled. The acceptance rate of undergraduate school is 97% and the graduation rate is 39% last year.
The salary after graduation from Black Hills State University varies by major programs where the average earning after 10 years is $40,500. You can check the average salary by the major programs on the area of study page.

2021 Tuition & Fees

For undergraduate school, in the academic year 2020-2021, tuition and fees of Black Hills State University are $8,672 for South Dakota residents and $11,742 for non-residents. For graduate schools, its 2021 tuition and fees are $8,384 for in-state students and $8,384 for out-of-state students.
Black Hills State University 2021 Tuition & Fees
South Dakota ResidentsOut-of-State
[Chart] 2020-2021 Tuition & Fees

Key Academic Statistics

The following chart illustrates the 2021 key academic statistics at BHSU. The acceptance rate of BHSU is 97% and the yield (enrollment rate) is 29%. The average graduation rate is 39% and no students have transferred out from the school. The average received amount of financial aid is $5,403 and 46% of undergraduate students received grants or scholarship aid. A total of 3,608 students is attending including both undergraduate and graduate students, and the student to faculty ratio is 18 to 1.
Acceptance Rate for Black Hills State University is 97 %.
Acceptance Rate
Graduation Rate for Black Hills State University is 39 %
Graduation Rate
Retention Rate for Black Hills State University is 62 %
Retention Rate
Student Population for Black Hills State University is 3,608
Student Population
Student to Faculty Ratio for Black Hills State University is 18 to 1
Student to Faculty Ratio
18 to 1
The average received amount of financial aid is $5,403 at Black Hills State University.
Financial Aid Amount

Offered Degrees

BHSU offers 86 major programs through online and on-site education where 7 programs are available through distance learning. The following table lists the number of programs by offered degree with online class availabilities.
Offered Major Programs
Award LevelTotal Number of ProgramsAvailable Online Class
Less than one year certificate120
Associate's Degree80
Bachelor's Degree542
Post Bachelor's Degree50
Master's Degree75

Special Learning Opportunities

Black Hills State University offers online education (distance learning opportunities) for both undergraduate and graduate programs. The school provides ROTC, teacher certification and study abroad - opportunity which a student completes part of the college program studying in another country programs to its students. It also offers weekend/evening classes which is a program that allows students to take a complete course of study and attend classes only on weekends or only in evenings.
Special Learning Opportunities
Online ClassUndergraduate , Graduate
Weekend/Evening College
Teacher Certification
Study Abroad
Campus Housing
(Dormitory Capacity:851)
Board/Meal Plan
(Typical Annual Charge: $3,448)

Veterans Benefits

Black Hills State University has programs, benefits and/or services to veterans, military service members, or their families.
Veterans Benefits
Yellow Ribbon Program
(officially known as Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program)
Credit for military training
Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military service members, and their families
Recognized student veteran organization
Member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges