Scholarships play a vital role in assisting students with college costs. BHSU has an outstanding scholarship program and our financial aid team is ready to assist you.


Anything is possible when you have room to grow. BHSU faculty and staff provide a level of personal attention that will inspire and guide you along your journey.


With the learning location in Rapid City, you can enjoy the flexibility of a schedule that fits your lifestyle while benefiting from hands-on learning experiences.

The Possibilities

Compare your personal interests with the possibilities available among BHSU’s 60+ degrees, certificates, and minor programs. 

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Arts &Humanities

Prepare for careers like graphic designer, musician, and journalist. View degrees

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Behavioral Sciences

Pursue careers such as Wilderness Guide, Psychologist, and Counselor. View degrees

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Explore careers such as accounting, marketing, and management. View degrees

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Graduate Studies

Advance in fields such as Education, Business, Genomics, and more. View degrees

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Prepare for your career as an educator. View degrees

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Math & Social Sciences

Develop skills for careers such as Historian or Multicultural Adviser. View degrees

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Natural Sciences

Prepare for careers such as Researcher, Conservationist, or Geologist. View degrees

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The community of Spearfish, S.D. is ready to welcome you. Whether you're enjoying an arts festival, walking historic downtown, or socializing at one of many restaurants and coffee shops, Spearfish is a place that is easy to call home.

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BHSU Centers

Center for American Indian Studies and more. View>

Clubs & Organizations

With 80+ clubs & organizations, BHSU is the place for those who want to be a part of it all. View>

Honors Program

Dedicated to achievement, leadership, and community. View>


At BHSU, sustainability is part of our culture and part of what defines us. View>


BHSU researchers work to have a real-world impact. View>

Student Life

Get involved. Show your spirit. Live on campus. View>


Serving members and veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. View>

Underground Lab at Sanford

BHSU's Underground Classroom lab provides a valuable research environment. View>

Study Abroad

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Become a Yellow Jacket

Black Hills State University offers students the opportunity to learn from the best in a positive and challenging academic environment. Live and learn in the beautiful Black Hills. Take the first step to your higher education goals today!

3800+ students

92% receive financial aid


Experience BHSU Campus

Jacket Preview

During our Preview Day campus visit event, you will meet current BHSU students, faculty and staff, tour campus, and learn about our academic programs, admission requirements, financial aid options, and scholarship opportunities. 

Individual Visit

Campus tours are offered at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm. Appointments with an Admissions Counselor, Financial Aid Representative and other areas of interest can be scheduled around your tour time.


$10,000 scholarships to BHSU available to high school seniors

$10,000 scholarships to BHSU available to high school seniors

High school seniors who attend Black Hills State University may be eligible for $10,000 scholarships, thanks to a donation by T. Denny Sanford to the Horatio Alger Association Endowment. Fifteen scholarships of $10,000 each are dedicated to incoming students at BHSU. The Denny Sanford Scholarship application is open until March 15 at:
First-ever BHSU Giving Day to commemorate founding of university

First-ever BHSU Giving Day to commemorate founding of university

Black Hills State University is rallying 18,000 alumni and supporters around the first-ever Giving Day in school history. Thursday, Feb. 27, marks the 137th anniversary of the university’s founding and officials say there is no better way to celebrate than contributing to scholarships for future Yellow Jackets.
BHSU named a Top 10 Military Friendly® School

BHSU named a Top 10 Military Friendly® School

Black Hills State University was named a Top 10 Military Friendly® School by VIQTORY media company. The university earned the Top 10 ranking in the small public university category. BHSU earned high rankings in the “Culture & Commitment” and “Military Student Support & Retention” categories of the Military Friendly® benchmarks.


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