BHSU New Student Registration FAQ

New Student Registration Freshmen Frequently Asked Questions


Why should I attend New Student Registration?

  • New Student Registration is BHSU's class registration program for incoming students. There are many reasons you should attend New Student Registration. You will…
  • …meet with an academic advisor and register for your Fall classes.
  • …meet your future classmates.
  • …get your Housing assignment and find out who your roommate is.
  • …get your picture taken for your BHSU Buzz Card (student ID). Remember to bring a photo ID along, too (driver's license, tribal ID card, etc.)

Should parents attend?

Yes! There are sessions designed specifically for parents. We encourage parents to attend!


If I sign up for New Student Registration online, how will I know if you receive it?

We will send you a written confirmation of receiving your New Student Registration reservation.


How long will New Student Registration last?

New Student Registration will not take up your whole day.

Registration for the morning session will begin at 8:00 am, and registration for the afternoon session will start at 1:00 pm. The morning session will conclude around 11:30 am, with the afternoon session wrapping up around 4:30 pm. Optional tours of the residence halls and campus will be given concluding each session.  Lunch or dinner will not be included in the program, but will be available for a charge in our dining services area of the new Student Union, the "Hive," if you wish to eat on campus.  For more information on our dining services, click here.


How do I get to campus?

  • From I-90:
  • Take Exit 12
  • Drive west on Jackson Blvd to a stoplight (approx. 1 mile)
  • Two blocks past third stoplight turn right on University Avenue
  • Drive north to campus (2 blocks)
  • From Highway 85:
  • Continue south on North Avenue to Main Street
  • Turn right at corner of Main Street and Jackson Blvd
  • Drive west on Jackson Blvd (approx. 1 mile)
  • Turn right at corner of Jackson Blvd and University Avenue
  • Drive north to campus (2 blocks)

What is the immunization record policy?

South Dakota state law requires all students to present proof of immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) to enroll in classes.


What if I don’t know what to major in or which classes to take?

If you have a preference toward a major, it is a good idea to indicate that choice so that you can meet with someone in that area to ask questions and get more information. If you are really undecided, that’s okay too. You can change your major at any time. Academic advisors will assist you in setting up your class schedule.


How do I find out about overnight accommodations?


For lodging information in Spearfish, please contact the Spearfish Chamber of Commerce at (800) 626-8013. You can also visit their website at www.spearfish.sd.us/chamber (click on Our Members). Keep in mind that some of the New Student Registration dates coincide with other major events in the area. So, make your reservations early!



Will I need a parking permit for New Student Registration?

Parking permits will not be required for students and parents attending New Student Registration. However, students bringing vehicles to campus for the academic year must purchase a parking permit. Permits can be purchased at the Public Safety office, in Woodburn Hall, during New Student Registration days or online at http://emarket.bhsu.edu/ePOS?form=cat.html&cat=12&store=817. Permits will also be available for purchase on campus during the first week of classes.


Is a schedule for fall courses available?

A copy of BHSU’s Fall 2013 course schedule is available for your review here. Please note this schedule is subject to change and will be updated as additional courses are added or closed, based on capacity.


What should I wear?

Dress casually and wear comfortable shoes.


What should I bring?

  •  Parents… They are certainly welcome and some sessions are designed for them.
  • Questions for current student leaders.
  • Questions for faculty and staff.
  • If you’ve taken college credit, be sure to have your official college transcripts sent to us. If there isn’t time to have them mailed, your personal copy can be used for advising purposes.
  • Photo identification and a smile… You’ll need them to get your picture taken for your BUZZ card.
  • Financial Aid paperwork you’d like to turn in or ask questions about.
  • Housing application and $100 deposit if you haven’t already turned it in.
  • Immunization records must be submitted prior to all students registering for a New Student Registration Day.  Students without immunization records will not be allowed to participate in NSR, and will not be able to register for classes. 
  • Money if you plan to eat on campus or purchase a parking permit.

How do I know which math and English classes to sign up for?


  • If you have taken the ACT of SAT test within the last five years, great! Your test scores will be used to determine which math and English courses are right for you.
  • If you have not taken the ACT or SAT test within the last five years, you will need to take the COMPASS exam prior to attending a New Student Registration session.
  • If you scored exceptionally well (25 or higher) on the ACT math subtest, congratulations! You will be required to take the COMPASS exam to determine appropriate math placement.
  • And, if you scored 28 or better on the English subtest, you may be eligible to test into an advanced course – be prepared to write a short essay on the morning of New Student Registration!
  • If you have already taken a college level math or English course, you may or may not be required to take the COMPASS exam – please check with the Office of Admissions (605.642.6343) to be sure.

What is the COMPASS exam like?

The COMPASS exam is untimed, so you can work at your own pace. Allow yourself at least 30-45 minutes for each exam. If you are only taking one exam, less time will be needed. Calculators are allowed. Graphic calculators are okay as long as they do not perform algebraic functions. The COMPASS exam will be available on New Student Registration days for those required to take it.


I’ve heard a little about the University Honors Program. What is this?

The University Honors Program  is dedicated to academic rigor, community, and collaboration.  Open to academically talented and highly motivated undergraduates, members have the unique opportunity to interact with other honors students in a special curriculum that features honors courses, interdisciplinary colloquia, service-learning, and research/creative activities. Being a BHSU Honors student can make a significant difference in your college experience and beyond. Not only do you have access to distinguished honors faculty dedicated to meeting your learning needs as a scholar and student, but the program can also give you an edge in law school, medical school, and other graduate programs. To qualify for this exceptional program you must have a high school GPA of at least 3.5 and an ACT composite score of 25 or higher. For information, you can review the honors program website, or contact Dr. Courtney Huse Wika at Courtney.HuseWika@BHSU.edu.


What are Green & Gold Days?

Green & Gold Days, also known as New Student Orientation, give you an opportunity to move in and get acquainted with other new students.  Check back soon for the full Green & Gold Days schedule for more information. Come prepared to have a great time while you learn about the many advantages offered at Black Hills State University!


Do I need to bring money?

Yes.  If you decide to eat lunch or dinner on campus after the New Student Registration program there is a charge.  For more information on meal prices and what our dining services has to offer, please click here. Also, the bookstore will be open if you wish to purchase BHSU gifts or apparel.