New First Time Freshman Admissions Requirements

Complete the following high school courses with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0:

  • 4 years of English
  • 3 years of math (algebra or higher level)
  • 3 years of laboratory science
  • 3 years of social science
  • 1 year of fine arts

Students must meet one of the following admissions requirements:

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.6
  • Minimum composite ACT of 18 (SAT score of 970 or above)
  • Rank in the top 60% of high school class

To become college-ready, it is recommended that high schools students complete at least five rigorous courses in key subject areas, such as the areas listed above, each semester of school. Furthermore, students should fully understand that by not completing the above courses, they may be jeopardizing their admission to Black Hills State University and may also become ineligible for certain forms of federal financial support. Student athletes may also become ineligible to compete at the collegiate level if they waive the required coursework listed above.


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