Enrollment increases at Black Hills State University

Author: BHSU Communications/Tuesday, September 23, 2014/Categories: 2014

           Enrollment at Black Hills State University is up slightly this fall with a total of 4,489 students. Over the last decade, BHSU has had consistent growth with a 15 percent increase.  

Enrollment at Black Hills State University is up slightly this fall with a total of 4,489 students.

Over the last decade, BHSU has had consistent growth with a 15 percent increase since 2005. BHSU&rsquos one percent increase this year is consistent with the South Dakota Board of Regents overall enrollment which showed an increase of .46 percent.

BHSU currently has students from all 66 counties in South Dakota, 45 states and 22 countries.

The number of veteran students increased dramatically with a 22 percent increase in veteran or veteran dependent students last year. Over a five-year time period the increase is an impressive 76 percent.

"I&rsquom proud of the opportunities that Black Hills State University provides for veterans," says BHSU President Tom Jackson, Jr., who is a veteran. "I know the importance of offering educational opportunities for veterans who do so much for our country."  

Jackson notes that the University places an emphasis on meeting the needs of veterans and their dependents. He added that BHSU has the highest percentage of student veterans in the state Regental system.

For the fifth consecutive year BHSU has been named to the Military Friendly Schools list which is awarded to the top 15 percent of higher educational institutions that dedicate resources to ensure veterans&rsquo academic success. In addition, BHSU has been named to the Military Times "Best for Vets: Business Schools" and the Military Times "Best for Vets: Colleges" the last two years in a row.

BHSU also remains the leader among the state universities in enrolling Native American students. This year more than 150 Native American students are enrolled.

The fastest growing demographic group at BHSU is Hispanic/Latino. Over the last six years, the Hispanic/Latino student population at BHSU has grown 72 percent. Currently 166 Hispanic/Latino students are enrolled, making it the largest minority group on campus.

The University has also placed an emphasis on providing opportunities for students to experience other cultures and gain global competencies. Over the last decade, the number of international students has grown exponentially and shows a 700 percent increase. Jackson noted that the campus is planning additional opportunities to recruit students from around the world and is also increasing the opportunities for students to have a global experience by participating in study abroad programs and other international interactions.

In recent years, BHSU has strengthened the University&rsquos Honors Program. The number of Honors Program students nearly doubled in the last year. The Honors Program presents highly motivated students &ndash regardless of their major field of study &ndash a challenging and enriching education and experience. Students who graduate from the program will graduate as University Scholars, both in name and in accomplishment, according to Dr. Rod Custer, provost and vice president of academic affairs at BHSU.  

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