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Black Hills State University

Spearfish, SD 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate97%
Acceptance Rate97%

About Black Hills State University

Black Hills State University Overview

Black Hills State University is a public, state school in a small town setting in Spearfish, South Dakota. Black Hills State University was founded in 1883 and the school presently has around 3,539 students per year, including 3,346 undergrad students. Black Hills State University provides on-campus housing for students. Most students live in off campus housing.

There are many ways for students to get involved at Black Hills State University!

Interested in music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of Black Hills State University's theater groups.

Are you interested in journalism and communications? Black Hills State University students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Interested in joining a fraternity or sorority? Black Hills State University has both fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? Black Hills State University has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Black Hills State University on the Student Life page.

2022 Black Hills State University Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 97%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 6%
In-State Tuition $8,763
Out-of-State $11,865

Is Black Hills State University a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Some factors that can help you determine what a good school for you might be include admissions criteria, acceptance rate, tuition costs, and more.

Let's take a look at these factors to get a clearer idea of what Black Hills State University offers and if the school could be a good choice for you.

2022 Acceptance Rate for Black Hills State University

The university admitted 97% of all applicants in 2022. Last year, 1,382 students applied to Black Hills State University and 1,344 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Black Hills State University

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. It gauges how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Approximately 61% of students who start at Black Hills State University return the next year. Around 42% of students who started at Black Hills State University earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outcomes for Black Hills State University Grads

Job placement statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers.

Check with Black Hills State University directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Black Hills State University

Tuition cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

For information on Black Hills State University's financial aid options for first-year students, check with the school directly.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Black Hills State University.

Based on this information, how does Black Hills State University sound? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for another! So ask yourself: Is Black Hills State University a good school for you?

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Where is Black Hills State University?

Black Hills State University is located in the small town setting of Spearfish, South Dakota.

If you are interested in seeing Black Hills State University for yourself, be sure to plan a visit! The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 90 (I-90 east- and west-bound) to Spearfish, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Rapid City Regional.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Black Hills State University and Spearfish are like without leaving home.

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College Info

1200 University Street Spearfish, SD 57799

Campus Setting: Small Town

Black Hills State University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Not available

Transfer Applications are Due

Not available

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Black Hills State University ACT Scores


ACT Range

18 - 23

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

23 and Above


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18 and Less


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Black Hills State University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

Not available


Math SAT Range

450 - 570


Reading SAT Range

520 - 580

Black Hills State University Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Black Hills State University is like? There are approximately 3,539 students enrolled at Black Hills State University, including 3,346 undergraduate students and 193 graduate students. 51% percent of students attend school full-time, 64% percent are from SD and 36% percent of students are from other states.


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