BHSU Student Life - Learning

Teaching and Learning. That’s what Black Hills State University is all about.

You are here to learn and we’re here to provide the resources you need to be successful in your academic career. BHSU, which was founded in 1883 as a teacher preparatory institution, has grown to become the state’s third largest university and now offers a diversified curriculum with more than 80 majors and minors. Black Hills State University offers quality higher education opportunities through meaningful faculty mentorships, real-life projects and cutting-edge research.

The BHSU Bookstore supplies the academic community with textbooks, supplies and tools for the mind. We have adhered closely to our mission of providing goods and services at the lowest possible prices consistent with sound business policy. We have a diverse selection of books, collegiate clothing and supplies that reflects the wide variety of backgrounds and interests of our students, faculty and alumni.

Career Development
The Student Success Center Career Development offers a variety of services to students, alumni, faculty, and employers. We're here to help you get on track to a successful career from the beginning on your college career. See the different services provided for students, alumni, faculty, and employees.

Disability Services
It’s our mission to provide comprehensive support to meet the individual needs of our students with disabilities. We look forward to working with you!

The E.Y. Berry Library Learning Center is a major resource center at Black Hills State University. It also serves as a place for students to get together to study and do research. A coffee shop located right in the library serves as a meeting place for faculty, staff, and students.

Student Success Center
We want you to stay at Black Hills State University until you reach your goal and graduate with your degree. The Student Success Center at BHSU is a student-centered, service-oriented office focused on ensuring student persistence and success. The center provides academic advising and other learning assistance to all students in an effort to facilitate a focused plan of study, sound grades, and a high level of satisfaction with the university experience. SSC staff also collaborates closely with faculty and staff to monitor at-risk students and to share information and strategies related to best practices in advising and study skills development.

Student Support Services
Student Support Services (SSS) is one of seven federal TRiO programs, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, for students who are serious about graduating from college. The Student Support Services program at BHSU serves 200 students who are first-generation college students, students from low-income households, or students who have documented disabilities.

Testing Services:
The Student Success Center offers on-campus standardized testing and student advisement. We can assist with proctoring tests for students enrolled in distance learning/online programs at other universities. Standardized tests administered include: Compass Placement Testing; CLEP and DSST testing to earn college credit; and the CAAP/Rising Junior Exam, which is required for all students who have successfully completed 48 credit hours. This office also serves as the national test administrator for ACT, PRAXIS, LSAT and GRE Subject Test.

Veteran Affairs
The Veterans' Services at BHSU are extended to current members and veterans of the united States Armed Forces as well as their dependents. Our staff will aid in researching and receiving education benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the State of South Dakota, as well as state/federal organizations. We are here to offer a place for independent study and a safe atmosphere where veterans can feel free to share military experiences.