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10 things you did not know about BHSU-Rapid City

Author: BHSU Communications/Wednesday, June 27, 2018/Categories: Students, Academic Affairs, Awards, College of Business and Natural Sciences, College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, College of Liberal Arts, Community, Faculty, Staff

It’s an educational gem off I-90 in the state’s second largest city. Here’s the top 10 things you may not know about Black Hills State University-Rapid City.

1. You don’t have to take classes in the evening.

Convenient morning, afternoon, and evening courses are offered at BHSU-RC. Select accelerated courses at the Rapid City location of BHSU can be completed in 18 days. See which classes fit your schedule in the Fall 2018 BHSU-RC Course Listing. Accelerated courses are a good fit for traveling nurses, representatives from the Ellsworth Airforce Base with unique shift work, stay-at-home parents, and businesses who want to offer professional development for employees.

2Student Services can get you “up to snuff.”

Concerned about whether your computer, math, or writing skills are ready for college courses? BHSU-RC is here to help you pursue your educational and career goals – and succeed. Accessible tutoring services are available to all students in room 100. Students can also stop by the Computer Services Office in room 121 with any technology questions.

3. BHSU-RC offers two unique scholarships.

August 1 is the deadline to apply for BHSU-RC scholarships. In addition to the variety of scholarships offered by BHSU to make college affordable, two scholarships are open specifically to BHSU-RC students: The John T. Vucurevich Foundation Scholarship and the Rapid City Campus Book Scholarship. Apply today at


4. Pizza and a parking spot for the Student of the Month

Each month one BHSU-RC student is awarded the “Student of the Month” honor for making a positive impact on campus or fellow students. The recipient of the award receives a personal parking space close to the building and a large pizza from Marco’s Pizza. Faculty, staff, fellow students, and even community members can nominate a student for this honor.

5. Transfer in or out seamlessly

BHSU-RC is a hub for:

  • high school students earning college credit

  • traditional-aged students pursuing a degree

  • working professionals finishing a degree or earning a certificate.

College credits are easily transferred from BHSU-RC to any other state schools in South Dakota and across the nation. Start by taking your general education courses while finalizing your college plans. Or, if you took courses at another college, contact, 605-178-4194, to discuss how to use your credits for your degree.

6. Use the biology labs or photography darkroom onsite

Science, mass communication, and art students enjoy updated facilities at BHSU-RC. In 2017, the biology labs were updated. A state-of-the-art darkroom for photography classes was also recently added. Classes in these areas fill up quickly. Register today at

7. Fuel your body and mind at the BHSU-RC Bookstore

A fully stocked coffee bar with drinks and snacks in the BHSU-RC Bookstore is a favorite stop for students on campus. The Bookstore also carries apparel, supplies, (and books!) for classes offered at BHSU-RC.

8. Counseling for students and community members

Sometimes you just need someone to talk to. Students can get free counseling sessions onsite at BHSU-Rapid City through the South Dakota State University counseling program. A confidential food pantry run by the Sociology and Human Services Collective student group is located by the east stairwell at BHSU-RC. Students are encouraged to take whatever they need if their households are running low on food. Donations to the BHSU-RC Food Pantry are also accepted.

9. Walking path and best study spots

The sidewalks around BHSU-Rapid City form a peaceful walking path available to students and community members alike. Students say their favorite study spots are:

  • Atrium at the center of the building

  • Conference rooms on the second floor complete with large windows of natural light and beautiful views

  • Shaded seating areas at the building entrances.

The lime green slouchy chairs in the Atrium are choice seating! 

10. There’s still time to register for fall classes.

Classes begin August 20. Start fulfilling your dreams today by visiting


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