Black Hills State University was named to the Best for Vets: Colleges list by Military Times based on policies related to military and veteran students, academic outcomes, and a military-supportive culture.
Black Hills State University was named to the 2020 listing of “Best for Vets: Colleges” by Military Times, an independent source of news and information for service member and their families.
BHSU serves veterans and dependents throughout the world, and at the BHSU campus in Spearfish and in Rapid City, with education benefits assistance, transfer information, and career counseling.
The University has consistently earned the Best for Vets recognition over the last decade.
Greg Krajewski, U.S. Air Force veteran who serves as the veterans resource coordinator at BHSU, says the university is committed to providing quality services to veterans along with a high-quality academic degree.
“Couple the veteran skill set with a degree from BHSU, that’s our goal – to set our veteran students up for success, and provide that same opportunity for their dependents,” says Krajewksi.
Colleges included on the Bets for Vets list were surveyed on policies related to military and veteran students, academic outcomes, and military-supportive cultures.
Krajeweski says many BHSU student veterans have family ties to the area or had an assignment in the region and decided to return permanently. He also assists active duty students stationed outside of South Dakota to enroll and complete their degrees.
BHSU offers a variety of degrees including 65 bachelor’s programs, 9 master's, and 7 associates; several degrees can be completed entirely online. Krajewski says the onsite master’s in business administration (MBA) and master’s in strategic leadership at BHSU are especially attractive to veterans.
“We have a higher percentage of veterans than any school in the state of South Dakota,” says Krajewski. “From the time our military veterans apply to BHSU and throughout their studies, I’m glad to assist in benefits coordinator and directing students to available services.”
One-on-one assistance with financial aid packages, academic and career advising, and resume building are a few services Krajewsksi said BHSU offers to assist veterans, along with tutoring and student health services.
Perhaps the greatest benefit to veterans on the BHSU campus is the Veterans Center on campus in Spearfish and at BHSU-Rapid City. Krajewski spends time at both campus locations to assist students in person.
“We have a high degree of comradery among our veterans at BHSU. Our Veterans Center is second to none and provides a place for veterans to socialize and connect with other students who know where they’re coming from and support their success,” says Krajewski.
Learn more about Veterans Affairs at BHSU by visiting www.BHSU.edu/Veterans
or contact Krajewski at Greg.Krajewski@BHSU.edu
or 605-642-6415 (Spearfish), 605-718-4142 (Rapid City).
About Black Hills State University
BHSU is a masters-level state university with more than 4,000 students. The campus leads the region in sustainability efforts and maintains top academic programs in business (AACSB Accredited), exercise science, natural sciences, social sciences, the arts, mass communication, health sciences and education. The University, founded in 1883, is located in the northern Black Hills, a region abundant with outdoor activity and culture. Spearfish, S.D., is recognized as one of the top 10 most livable small towns in the USA and has also been recognized nationally for outdoor recreational opportunities. A second location, BHSU-RC, was recently established in Rapid City, the state’s second largest city. BHSU, a member of NCAA Division II athletics, offers 14 sports. BHSU has a legacy of champion rodeo teams.