The University Honors Program recommends applicants have an ACT score of 25 and a high school cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher. Application is still highly encouraged if students do not meet one or both of these guidelines but are interested in joining the program. The Honors Council reviews each application individually and takes into account the rigors of high school classes, leadership positions, and overall involvement in school, work, or the community.
If you have completed college credits to date, please contact Professor Kelly Kirk at Kelly.Kirk@BHSU.edu before applying.
To apply, please submit the following:
This essay is an opportunity for you to demonstrate your writing abilities and distinguish yourself in your own voice. Please upload the essay with your online application in a Word document or PDF file; be sure to include your full name, email, and address at the top of the page. The essay should be 250-450 words and should respond to one of the following prompts:
Remember, there are no right or wrong answers. Be yourself. Be sincere. Be as creative as you please.
Transfer into the program may be possible depending on the number of credits already completed or if a student is transferring from another Honors program.
Please contact Professor Kelly Kirk before applying: Kelly.Kirk@BHSU.edu or 605-642-6935.
Current BHSU students with a 3.3 or higher GPA are eligible to apply for the competitive Research Scholar program. This track emphasizes undergraduate research and creative activity and requires completion of 6 credits of Honors colloquia (HON 301-304) and 3 credits of the capstone research and capstone defense. Students who complete this program graduate as Research Scholars. Limited spots are available each year.
Please submit print materials to Professor Kelly Kirk's office at Jonas 125 or her mailbox #9003. Contact her with any questions: 605-642-6935 or Kelly.Kirk@BHSU.edu.
If you have not already applied at Black Hills State, you will need to apply through Admissions in addition to completing this form.
Professor Kelly Kirk
Director of University Honors
1200 University Street,
Black Hills State University
Spearfish, SD 57799-9003