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Black Hills State University Data & Information Overview

32 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
97% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is Black Hills State University Ranked?

#1,505 Best Colleges in Nation
#12 Best Colleges in SD
Teacher Education Grade Specific Highest Ranked Major

2024 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

Black Hills State University was awarded 32 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is teacher education grade specific.

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Overall Quality

College Factual ranked BHSU as #1,505 out of 2,217 colleges and universities in the country on its 2024 Best Colleges list. This is an improvement over the previous year, when BHSU held the #1,583 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

BHSU is also ranked #12 out of 13 schools in South Dakota.

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Is It Hard to Get Into BHSU?

97% Acceptance Rate
68% Of Accepted Are Women
6% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

With an acceptance rate of 97%, BHSU has a fairly liberal admissions policy. However, don't just assume you'll get in! Put together a good application and make sure you include all requested documents and materials.

Average Test Scores

About 6% of students accepted to BHSU submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 520 and 580. Math scores were between 450 and 570.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Black Hills State University  ( 520 to 580 )

SAT Math Scores for Black Hills State University  ( 450 to 570 )
BHSU received ACT scores from 79% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 18 and 23.

ACT Composite Scores for Black Hills State University  ( 18 to 23 )

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Black Hills State University Faculty

17 to 1 Student to Faculty
58% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

With a student to faculty ratio of 17 to 1, Black Hills State University is about average in this regard as the nationwide rate is 15 to 1. While this does not translate directly to class size, it's a good indicator of how much time professors will have to spend with their students on a one-on-one basis.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Black Hills State University is 58%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  58 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Black Hills State University

61% Freshmen Retention
19% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate is a sign of how many full-time students like a college or university well enough to come back for their sophomore year. At Black Hills State University this rate is 61%, which is a bit lower than the national average of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  61 out of 100

Graduation Rate

When we say that a student has graduated on time, we mean that they have finished their bachelor's degree within four years. The on-time graduation rate at BHSU is 19%. That's lower than the national rate of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  19 out of 100

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Black Hills State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,794 Full-Time Undergraduates
13.7% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
65.5% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 3,413 undergraduates at BHSU with 1,794 being full-time and 1,619 being part-time.

How Much Does Black Hills State University Cost?

$16,961 Net Price
60% Take Out Loans
$26,640 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of BHSU is $16,961. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for BHSU

$0-30 K$30K-48K$48-75$75-110K$110K +

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of BHSU, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At BHSU, approximately 60% of students took out student loans averaging $6,660 a year. That adds up to $26,640 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at BHSU is 8.6%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

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How Much Money Do BHSU Graduates Make?

$39,963 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from BHSU make around $39,963 per year during the early years of their employment. This is right on par with the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year. Also, graduates in your major field may make more.


See which majors at Black Hills State University make the most money.

Location of Black Hills State University

South Dakota State
1,794 Full-Time Undergraduates
Town Campus Setting
Black Hills State University is a public institution located in Spearfish, South Dakota. The charming, small-town atmosphere of Spearfish draws many to the area.

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Contact details for BHSU are given below.

Contact Details
Address:1200 University St, Spearfish, SD 57799-9500

Black Hills State University Majors

39 Majors With Completions
436 Undergraduate Degrees
69 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 39 majors graduated from Black Hills State University. Of these students, 436 received undergraduate degrees and 69 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular MajorsBachelor’s DegreesAverage Salary of Graduates
Business Administration & Management90$36,641
Teacher Education Grade Specific59$36,857
General Psychology30$28,162
General Biology20$25,935
Community Organization & Advocacy20$29,934
Liberal Arts General Studies17NA
General English Literature15NA
Teacher Education Subject Specific14$37,943

Learn more about the majors offered at Black Hills State University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at BHSU

66% Take At Least One Class Online
38% Take All Classes Online

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2020-2021, 2,320 students took at least one online class at Black Hills State University. This is the same number of students who took online classes the previous year.

YearTook at Least One Online ClassTook All Classes Online

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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