Freshman Admission Requirements

Complete the following high school courses with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0:

  • 4 years of English
  • 3 years of math (algebra or higher level)
  • 3 years of laboratory science
  • 3 years of social science
  • 1 year of fine arts

Students must meet one of the following admissions requirements:

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.6
  • Minimum composite ACT of 18 (SAT score of 970 or above)
  • Rank in the top 60% of high school class

To become college-ready, it is recommended that high school students complete at least five rigorous courses in key subject areas, such as the areas listed above, each semester of school. Furthermore, students should fully understand that by not completing the above courses, they may be jeopardizing their admission to Black Hills State University and may also become ineligible for certain forms of federal financial support. Student athletes may also become ineligible to compete at the collegiate level if they waive the required coursework listed above.


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Application for Admission to BHSU

Undergraduate Online Application - Freshman, Transfers, Returning 

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Ask your high school to send your transcript to the Enrollment Service Center (address above).

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Take the ACT or SAT test

(Waived if student is 22 years of age or over.) You do not need your ACT/SAT scores when you apply; just make sure they are sent to the Enrollment Service Center in Vermilion when you get the results. Or better yet, list Black Hills State University (ACT Code # 3904/SAT Code # 6042) as one of the universities to receive your ACT/SAT scores and they will be sent directly. If you do not have ACT/SAT results at the time of registration or you are over 21 years of age and have not taken the ACT/SAT test in the past five years, you will need to take the ACCUPLACER Placement Exams for Math and English. Call the Admissions Office at 605-642-6343 to arrange for ACCUPLACER testing.


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Application for Financial Aid & Scholarships

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
Priority deadline is December 1

Scholarship Application
Priority deadline is January 15

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Residence Life/Housing

Housing information will be sent to you upon acceptance to Black Hills State University

Residence Life

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Medical Immunization Form

The immunization form will be mailed to you upon acceptance into Black Hills State University. Complete the form and return it to the Office of Admissions by fax, email or mail. If you have any questions, call the BHSU Health Services Office at 605.642.6520.

Health Services

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Attend New Student Registration Days

Sign up today at

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Attend Green & Gold Days

The Green & Gold Days program is scheduled at the end of August just days before classes begin. The program is a great way to have fun, meet new friends and learn your way around campus before school starts.

Green and Gold Days Schedule