Prospective StudentS 


The first day of scheduled BHSU classes is Wednesday, Aug. 19. This is an earlier date than previously scheduled.

The new August 19 start date is an effort to help mitigate potential spread of COVID-19. The revised academic calendar will condense physical instruction days on campus this fall, lengthen the at-home winter break and attempt to minimize students’ leaving and returning to-and-from their home communities over three-day holiday weekends.

BHSU’s residence halls will open to new students on August 16 and 17, 2020. Returning students will move in on August 18, 2020. Please review the Residence Life Move-in Day Plan for full details. Do not hesitate to contact our office at 605-642-6464 if you have questions.

Yes. Essential student service offices are currently open and available to assist students through the enrollment process for the Fall semester. The Admissions, Financial Aid, Registration & Records, and Residence Life/Housing offices are all open and available to help. If you have questions, please contact BHSU Admissions at 605-642-6343 or

Yes. The BHSU Admissions Office is still accepting and processing applications for admission. You may apply for admission online here.

Yes. BHSU Residence Life is still accepting housing applications for the Fall 2020 semester with consideration for social and physical distancing. BHSU is also offering more single rooms. Call Residence Life at 605-642-6086 for information. To pay your BHSU Housing Deposit and submit a housing application online, Click Here.

All new students should sign up for a virtual New Student Orientation & Registration date here. All new student orientation and registration appointments are taking place via Zoom this Summer. There is no need to travel to campus.

Yes, the BHSU Financial Aid Office/Student Financial Services continues to accept all FAFSA submissions and is actively awarding financial aid for the Fall 2020 semester on an ongoing basis. For FAFSA or Financial Aid related questions at BHSU, call 605-642-6145 or email

Yes. BHSU is planning to be open for on-campus, in-person classes for the Fall 2020 semester. University administration, faculty and staff are actively working with federal, state, and local healthcare officials to plan for a successful return to on-campus courses. Online courses will continue to be an option for students, along with courses offered physically at the BHSU-Rapid City campus. Healthcare and safety considerations will continue to be assessed throughout the summer and into the school year.

BHSU is currently offering Virtual Campus Visits and a limited schedule of In-Person Campus Visits. To view all available BHSU Campus Visit options, CLICK HERE.

Yes, masks will be required at BHSU, starting August 1, 2020, per the South Dakota Board of Regents and institutionally adopted face covering protocols, as detailed on this page.

The South Dakota Board of Regents (the governing body of all South Dakota public universities) has implemented a policy that requires all people on campus to wear a mask or other face covering in all indoor, public spaces on the BHSU campus, starting August 2020. This approach will be evaluated throughout the semester and may change as local health factors necessitate.

The local Spearfish community and surrounding Lawrence County has seen lower numbers of active cases than many other areas of the state and nation. For the most current statistics related to local COVID-19 cases in Lawrence County, please visit the South Dakota Department of Health website here.

BHSU has a task force of administrators, faculty, staff, and students making recommendations for Fall Semester. These include how we will work to keep individuals as safe as possible, how we will manage those who present symptoms or contract the virus, and how we will manage in case of an outbreak on campus. Those recommendations are detailed in the 2020 Fall Semester COVID-19 Task Force: Recommendations report online HERE.