President's Message

Welcome to Black Hills State University!


Black Hills State University, nestled in the Black Hills of western South Dakota, offers a myriad of opportunities for you. With 7 master's degrees, 63 bachelor's degrees, and 5 associate's degrees, you have a variety of choices for your future.

BHSU is a dynamic and growing comprehensive University with nationally accredited degrees in behavioral sciences, business, education, liberal arts, and natural sciences. You'll find that Black Hills State University is unique for a number of reasons:


  • Our faculty are known for their dedication and commitment to students.
  • Students benefit from our smaller campus as they become involved in the more than 70 student organizations, hands-on undergraduate research projects and meaningful internships.
  • People continue to be drawn to this area due to the exceptional quality of life offered by our location in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

BHSU takes an active role in the many exciting initiatives in this region including innovative changes in education, the development of a world-class science lab, and emerging technology-related business enterprises.

Get ready to learn on a whole new level.

Dr. Kay Schallenkamp 

President, Black Hills State University