Veterans Affairs at BHSU

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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.

At BHSU, we offer over 60 degree programs including associate's, bachelor's, and master's degrees with options to participate in classes from multiple locations including Spearfish, Rapid City, Souix Falls, Yankton, and online. BHSU is a VA approved school, and a member of the Service Members Opportunity College consortium. BHSU is proud to have been named a Military Friendly School by the G.I. Jobs magazine every year since 2011. 

The Veterans' Services office is located within the Student Success Center in Woodburn Hall. 

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In the news:

BHSU’S Terry Hupp earns Patriot Award
Terry Hupp, director of instructional technology at Black Hills State University, recently received the Patriot Award through the South Dakota Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). 
BHSU makes Best for Vets: Business Schools for second year
For the second year in a row, Black Hills State University has made the list for the Best Business Schools for Veterans, according to an announcement yesterday by Military Times. BHSU was ranked in the top 50 universities nationwide
BHSU student photographer documents daily life of troops in Afghanistan

The Black Hills State University photography student Julieanne Morse from Spearfish recently returned from a nine-month deployment with South Dakota’s National Guard 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment where she teamed up with a broadcast journalist and documented the daily lives of the troops.


BHSU ranked among the Best for Vets: Colleges 2014
Black Hills State University has once again been ranked as one of the nation’s top institutions when it comes to services and programs for America’s student veterans. Military Times announced its “Best for Vets: Colleges 2014” rankings Monday with BHSU making the list for the second year in a row.
BHSU student veterans transition into academic life

Thousands of veterans return home each month with a goal of going back to college. As veterans transition back into civilian and academic life, higher education institutions such as BHSU and the University Center are increasing support, developing programs and providing resources to help make the transition from military service into academia smoother.

BHSU named as a Military Friendly School for fourth consecutive year
Black Hills State University has been named to the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools by Victory Media, a veteran-owned business and publisher of G.I Jobs and the Guide to Military Friendly Schools. This is the fourth consecutive year the University has been on the list which recognizes the top 15 percent of higher educational institutions nationwide that are most dedicated to supporting America’s service members and veterans as students.
BHSU Vets Club observes National POW/MIA Recognition Day
The empty table draped with a white tablecloth was prominently placed in the Black Hills State University dining hall last Friday so that every student, faculty, staff and community member passing by could remember those who were prisoners of war and those who are missing in action.
BHSU student veteran stronger person after yearlong deployment
Karen Berger’s year so far has been busy. She is in her final semester at Black Hills State University and currently interning at the Outdoor Campus West in Rapid City all while maintaining her duties as part of the National Guard.

But it is nothing she says she can’t handle. 

BHSU ranked among the Best for Vets for business schools
Black Hills State University has been ranked in the top 25 universities nationwide deemed the Best for Vets for business schools, according to a recent article in Military Times.
BHSU student groups honored by South Dakota Board of Regents

Three Black Hills State University student organizations were recently honored by the South Dakota Board of Regents for their outstanding academic, community, and leadership service.

Swarm Advertising Solutions, Yellow Jackets Vets Club and ShutterBuzz were recognized during the BOR meeting this week.

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