About

Where you start has everything to do with what you can achieve.

Spectacular settings have a way of inspiring amazing opportunities, and when your surroundings have as much history, intrigue and majesty as the Black Hills of South Dakota …there’s no telling just how far your education will take you.

Black Hills State University, located in the heart of the northern Black Hills – Spearfish, South Dakota, offers 75 academic programs at the associate, bachelor, and master degree levels. BHSU, which has over 4,000 students, has earned a reputation for transforming lives through innovative, high-quality academic programs and a dynamic learning community.

  • ENROLLMENT: 4,489
  • CAMPUS: 123 acres
  • MASCOT: Yellow Jacket (Sting)
  • SCHOOL COLORS: Green & Gold
  • FACULTY WITH TERMINAL DEGREE: 69%
  • HOUSING: 5 Residence Halls (All Co-ed), 8-Building Apartment Complex
  • ACADEMIC PROGRAMS: 73 bachelor degrees, 4 associate degree programs, 20 pre-professional programs and 9 master degrees
  • STUDENT BODY: 84% from South Dakota from all of the 66 South Dakota counties, 16% from 45 other states and 22 countries
  • FINANCIAL AID: 78% of BHSU students receive assistance
  • AFFILIATION: 4-year South Dakota public liberal arts university
  • ACCREDITATIONS: National Association of Schools of Music, National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, South Dakota Department of Education and Cultural Affairs, Wyoming Professional Teaching Standards Board


BHSU Fight Song

Here’s to you, Black Hills Jackets

and the colors green and gold.

You’re the pride of every student here.

We are behind you firm and bold.

And when we students get together,

there’s nothing that we cannot do

for Dear Old B‐H‐S‐U.

Black Hills Jackets

Here’s to you! Here’s to you!

Chorus:

J‐A‐C‐K‐E‐T‐S Jackets

Go—Fight—Win Jackets

Go—Fight—Win Jackets

Go Beat (name of opponent)

Listen to the BHSU Fight Song.