About bhsu
Get to know Black Hills State University

GET TO KNOW BHSU

Black Hills State University is a liberal arts university located near the Black Hills in Spearfish, South Dakota. The Black Hills of South Dakota give us the unique opportunity to explore and thrive in the outdoors while studying and seeking inspiration. 

BHSU is big enough to offer unique opportunities for students to pursue their goals along their personal journey towards success, but small enough to allow students to develop valuable personal relationships with faculty and staff.






Aerial view of Student Center

BHSU FACTS

ENROLLMENT: 3,858 Students

CAMPUS: 123 acres 

ATHLETICS: NCAA Division II, Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference 

TEAMS: 14 NCAA DII Sports Teams + 1 NIRA Rodeo Team 

MASCOT: Yellow Jacket (Sting) 

SCHOOL COLORS: Green & Gold 

FACULTY WITH TERMINAL DEGREE: 69% 

HOUSING: 5 Residence Halls (All Co-ed), 8-Building Apartment Complex 

LOCATIONS: Spearfish & Rapid City in South Dakota 

ACADEMIC PROGRAMS: 80 bachelor's, associate's, and master's degree programs 

STUDENT BODY: 75% from South Dakota from all of the 66 South Dakota counties, 25% from 43 other states and 29 countries

FINANCIAL AID: 92% of BHSU students receive assistance 

AFFILIATION: 4-year South Dakota public liberal arts university 

ACCREDITATION: The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), the National Association of Schools of Music, and recognized by The National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE).





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Aerial view of Woodburn Hall

OUTDOOR PARADISE

With our rich history and our great location, we want you to enjoy the spirit of the Black Hills. We are only miles from hiking, kayaking, biking, skiing, and snowboarding opportunities. Spearfish has so many opportunities for you to experience with a tight knit community and a love for their university.

BHSU IS #9

THE 20 BEST COLLEGES FOR OUTDOOR ADVENTURERS

- CollegeChoice.net

 

SPEARFISH IS ONE of

21 OF THE BEST SMALL TOWNS IN AMERICA

- Architectural Digest Magazine



TAKE THE NEXT STEP

Develop valuable personal relationships in a small community with amazing faculty and staff while thriving in the outdoors of the Black Hills.