About bhsu
Get to know Black Hills State University


Black Hills State University is a liberal arts university located near the Black Hills in Spearfish, South Dakota. The Black Hills of South Dakota give us the unique opportunity to explore and thrive in the outdoors while studying and seeking inspiration. 

BHSU is big enough to offer unique opportunities for students to pursue their goals along their personal journey towards success, but small enough to allow students to develop valuable personal relationships with faculty and staff.

Aerial view of Student Center



CAMPUS: 123 acres 

ATHLETICS: NCAA Division II, Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference 

TEAMS: 14 NCAA DII Sports Teams + 1 NIRA Rodeo Team 

MASCOT: Yellow Jacket (Sting) 

SCHOOL COLORS: Green & Gold 


HOUSING: 5 Residence Halls (All Co-ed), 8-Building Apartment Complex 

LOCATIONS: Spearfish & Rapid City in South Dakota 

ACADEMIC PROGRAMS: 80 bachelor's, associate's, and master's degree programs 

STUDENT BODY: 75% from South Dakota from all of the 66 South Dakota counties, 25% from 43 other states and 29 countries

FINANCIAL AID: 92% of BHSU students receive assistance 

AFFILIATION: 4-year South Dakota public liberal arts university 

ACCREDITATION: The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), the National Association of Schools of Music, and recognized by The National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE).

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