A comprehensive orientation will be held Thursday and Friday, August 20th-21st. Classes officially begin Monday, August 24th. Orientation will include:
- Important Seminars and guest speakers
- Campus tour (including visiting classrooms)
- Shopping trips
- Meeting new friends
- Networking and Social Events
- Receptions with Campus Dignitaries
Register for Classes
An advisor can help you choose classes that are appropriate and will know the sequence and rotation of classes in addition to the workload of classes. Your advisor can also help you think about how your courses and degree program connect with your career interests and goals. To find out about our academic programs, you can visit here: www.BHSU.edu/Academics.
It is best to register at the earliest time to ensure placement in desired courses. Please use the below links to search available courses for the fall 2015 term.
On Campus Employment at BHSU
On-campus employment is available. Students may search for employment opportunities upon arrival.
Students who wish to work on campus should notify the Office of International Relations and Global Engagement to receive a work authorization letter in order to obtain a social security number. This number (issued by the government) is needed before starting employment.
A comprehensive student handbook is available for review at: BHSU Student Handbook.
On Campus Resources
Your BHSU email account and password are established as soon as you arrive on campus.
As a BHSU student you have access to two local libraries. The BHSU E.Y. Berry Library-Learning Center is on campus and offers tremendous resources including virtual resources, books and movies. Interlibrary loan is also available from this library. You will automatically have access with your campus ID card: you can check out books and use their computer labs and other services. The library website offers many tools in order to further your success at BHSU. In addition, the Grace Bulloch library is located downtown Spearfish and offers more resources to students. Students can use their student ID to obtain a local library card.
BHSU has an active Recreation Center: the Center is located on campus and includes a fully equipped gymnasium, swimming pool, outdoor sporting facilities, and a variety of competitive and non-competitive sports. You can request full access to the Recreation Center with your campus ID card.
Both the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as well as the Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 provides that no qualified individual with a disability be denied access to or participation in services, programs, or activities at Black Hills State University (BHSU). These laws apply to essentially all aspects of campus activities, including academics, employment, and student programming.
At BHSU, international students and domestic students receive the same services and resources available to assist with disabilities. If you have any special needs for accommodation in terms of academics or physical access due to a documented disability, or other circumstance or issue that requires our special attention, please let us know. For further information please contact an international office staff member or Jennifer Lucero, BHSU’s Coordinator of Disability Services and Testing Center at 1(605) 642-6099 or by email at Jennifer.Lucero@bhsu.edu. The Disability Coordinator can provide information about services available on campus, including individual accommodations, accessible classrooms and buildings.
The BHSU Department of Public Safety, is responsible for maintaining a safe and pleasant environment in which to live and learn. Concerned with the protection of life and property, the university public officers enforce both the laws of the State of North Carolina and regulations of the university.
- Emergency number: 911 (off campus).
- On Campus Number:(605)642-6297
About Spearfish, South Dakota, USA
Black Hills State University is located in beautiful Spearfish, SD, the hub of the Northern Black Hills with a population of over 12,500. Located on I-90, 10 minutes from the Wyoming border, Spearfish is only 46 miles from Rapid City, 65 miles from Mount Rushmore National Memorial and is an hour drive from Devils Tower and the Badlands of South Dakota. Spearfish Canyon, one of the oldest and most scenic canyons in the west, is a local favorite for hiking, biking and sightseeing.
As the second largest city in Western South Dakota, Spearfish offers a wide variety of restaurants, hotels, specialty stores, historic landmarks, movie theatres and other entertainment outlets. Students can enjoy the beauty of the Black Hills while skiing, mountain biking, fishing, rock climbing and hiking.
The temperatures in Spearfish, SD vary depending on the month. The chart below provides a graphic representation of the high and low temperatures along with annual precipitation (snow and rain).