Get involved with student clubs and organizations.


Why should you get involved?

Enhance your college experience by getting involved in one of the many clubs and organizations on campus. Becoming involved allows individuals many opportunities to meet new friends, work with faculty and administrators, and develop skills that prepare students for a career after graduation.

Through involvement you will:

  • Learn about time management skills
  • Experience multicultural and diverse programs
  • Develop and hone your leadership skills
  • Motivate yourself and others
  • Acquire knowledge in problem solving and contract negotiations
  • Enhance your effective communication skills
  • Develop career networks
  • Gain a sense of self-worth through task accomplishments
  • Practice productive delegation
  • Have FUN!

How do you get involved?

All you need to do to get involved is review the many organizations and specify which groups interest you. Then fill out an interest form online or apply through the BHSU Campus Activities App. It's that easy!

If, for some reason, there is not a group that interests you, or you have an idea for a new group, you may create your own organization. For more details, the Student Organization Policy Manual is a complete handbook for student leaders explaining how to start up a new organization and become recognized as well as how to be an effective organization on campus.

Download the BHSU Campus Acivities App to also stay up to date with all events and activities happening on campus.   

  • American Indian Science and Engineering Society - AISES at BHSU is a collegiate chapter of the national AISES organization.  AISES is a national non-profit organization which nurtures building of community by bridging science and technology with traditional native values.  The ultimate goal of AISES is to be a catalyst for the advancement of American Indians and Native Alaskans as they seek to become self-reliant members of society.  This program also provides many students with valuable scholarships for college.
  • Art Club - The Art Club is a community of artist and people who are interested in art at BHSU. From collaborative and individual art activities or service projects for the community and for scholarship, we are here to have fun while promoting the visual arts at BHSU.
  • Buzzing Graphics - This Graphic Design Club is a group about gathering together with students who have a common interest in graphic design and learning how to be better designers while creating logos, images and other graphic design related projects.
  • Buzz MarketingTo increase the awareness of marketing on campus by providing students with correct ways to network, complete a resume, and use marketing tactics to in turn receive the experience of being involved in a nationally recognized organization.
  • COLP - Collegiate Outdoor Leadership Program - This group plans and provides outdoor education programs for the campus community and area residents. You can be a participating member who partakes in activities, or a leadership member who attends trainings and helps plan and lead programs. For a current list of events, go to or “like” us at

  • Ecological Representatives - We are here to uphold the student code and educational mission of Black Hills State University while teaching sustainable living practices, encouraging environmentally responsible behavior and raise awareness about ecological issues. We will have sustainability educator programs other events and activities.

  • Enactus - We are a community of student, academic and business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world. Enactus members create and implement community empowerment projects around the globe. The experience helps students develop the kind of talent and perspective that are essential to leadership in an ever-more complicated and challenging world.

  • Environmental Sustainability Student Organization - The purpose of the ESSO is to protect and conserve while creating awareness to generate involvement surrounding environmental issues on campus and within the community. Through this mission, our members will gain experience in leadership and volunteering through community engagement, education, and expansion of our social networks.

  • Exercise Science Club - The BHSU Exercise Science Club is an academic student organization that expands the knowledge of exercise science though practical activities, verbal communication, and out-of-class experiences. The BH Ex-Sci Club helps network students of exercise science with the professions related to the field. This student organization encourages members to expand their classroom knowledge with other members through group discussions, professional input and both on and off campus activities and projects revolving around topics related to class learning. Visit us at
  • Health Science Student Organization - Dedicated to students interested in pursuing careers in medicine and healthcare. HSSO provides educational information, internship opportunities, social programs, community service projects, and guest speakers to benefit all.

  • Honors Program Student Organization - Enhances the image of the Black Hills State University Honors Program, provides a basis for social activities, and represents the university and its honors program positively to prospective students, their families and the general public.

  • Human Services Sociology Association - Provides students a place to discuss, volunteer, and change social problems that he world faces today.  We work at impacting the BHSU campus, Spearfish community, the United States and the world by providing service, research, and discussions in order to make a more compassionate, just and functional society.

  • Jacket Investment Club - The Jacket Investment Club is an organization to further the education of those who want to learn more about market fluctuations, trading strategies, and other financial industry tips and advice. We compete in trading competitions around the country and build diverse portfolios to replicate multiple situations in the market. 

  • Jacket Journal - Published two times each semester by BHSU student staff from all majors on campus. The online converged component of is published 365/24/7, and also features campus radio and TV. Jacket Journal / are the University's official student-produced publications, and serve to inform, educate, and entertain BHSU students, faculty and staff.
  • KBHU-FM 89.1 & 90.7 The Buzz - Black Hills State University's student run organization, 89.1 & 90.7 FM The Buzz.  Bringing the best and only alternative to Spearfish, SD and the surrounding areas.  Students from any background or major are welcome to be part of the fast growing and popular culture of radio broadcasting.
  • KBHU-TV - Provides opportunities for students to experience television broadcasting by servicing the campus with informational and entertaining programs. The BHTV studio is located on the lower level of the E.Y. Berry Library.

  • Math Club - Develops competent, aggressive mathematical leaders. The members strive to create more interest and understanding in the intelligent choice of mathematical occupations and to strengthen the confidence of young men and women in themselves and their work.
  • National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) - The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)—renamed the National Science Teaching Association in 2019—was founded in 1944 and is headquartered in Arlington, Virginia. It is the largest organization in the world committed to promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. NSTA's current membership of 50,000 includes science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business and industry representatives, and others involved in and committed to science education." Guiding Principles: Model excellence; Champion science literacy; Value scientific excellence; Embrace diversity, equity, and respect; Enhance teaching and learning through research; Collaborate with partners; and Exemplify a dynamic professional organization As a student chapter of the NSTA, we hope to engage with our peers and the community, be active in surrounding area schools, provide methods for professional development, increase knowledge of valuable resources, and advocate for high-quality science education.

  • Prairie to Plate - We will lead young adults through a series of different programs to get them comfortable handling firearms and archery equipment eating locally sourced and ethically harvested food, cooking wild game and communicating with landowners. The programs (meetings ) will vary on what hunting and/or fishing season is going on at the time. 

  • Props and Liners - An advanced theatre group that promotes further understanding of the theatre through trips and other activities. Must be a sophomore to be a member.

  • Psychology Club - Promotes interest and education of the field of psychology. The psychology club is open to anyone with an interest in psychology. The club is a social and academic organization involved in fundraisers, volunteer work and social activities on campus and in the community.  Psi Chi is a national honor society whose purpose is to encourage, stimulate, and maintain excellence in scholarship in psychology and to advance the science of psychology.

  • Public Relations Club - A professional development group focused on career enhancement in the fields of Public Relations.

  • Reading Council - Works with education majors to promote reading comprehension strategies as well as integrating reading in to other content areas. It hosts the Kiddie Carnival during Swarm Week as well as helping future teachers increase their classroom libraries. They hold two book fairs each year to promote literacy on campus and throughout the community.

  • South Dakota National Education Association - SDEA will address the needs of today’s diverse student population in order to facilitate student achievement by preparing pre-professional educators with ideals of professional ethics and standards. SDEA strives to promote community partnerships, foster leadership through peer mentoring, promote membership among diverse populations, provide networking opportunities and maintain a presence at all NEA conferences.

  • Spanish Club - Spanish Club is an organization where BHSU students can improve their language skills through fun Spanish activities while also practice speaking and listening skills in an interactive learning environment. Spanish Club will also learn about the different cultures through dance, music and other activities while engaging in diverse learning environments.

  • Theatre Society - Encourages participation in the theatrical activities on campus and provides for the social and educational benefits of the members.

  • Three Peaks Review - An educational and social organization, which promotes the study of literature, writing of prose and poetry, the Film Series, the Annual Short Story Writing Contest and publication of the Green Bowl Review.

  • Women In Stem - Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics is driven to empower women at BHSU to pursue and succeed in STEM. We work to promote gender equality and bring awareness of social stigmas hindering women in STEM related fields. Our goals are to provide a support system, community, and mentorship of like-minded individuals at BHSU focused on encouraging women and also to participate in community outreach, providing exposure to youth in the area of women doing science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
  • Beeline Drumline - A percussion performance group currently open to all interested students. The Beeline is a group designed to serve BHSU to generate school pride and spirit at athletic and community events through the performance of percussion music.
  • Chamber Singers - The University’s select singing group. Membership is by audition.

  • Chamber Orchestra - A small group for string instruments.

  • Concert Band - Presents on-campus concerts during the academic year and tours high schools in the area.

  • Concert Choir - Open to all Black Hills State University students and faculty. The choir performs a concert each semester.

  • Instrumental Musician OrganizationThe Instrumental Musician Oraganization's mission is to influence and inspire the next generation of BHSU musicians by growing our ensembles in family and community, providing a stable and encouraging environment, and accomplishing the goals of the music department.  We are a group of instrumentalists who are working in areas of Recruiting, community engagement, and fundraising for the benefit of our members.

  • Jazz Ensemble - A highly select group of musicians that performs in varying jazz styles. Membership is by audition.

  • Pep Band - Performs at athletic events, and other university and community functions, as the official pep band of the university.
  • BHSU College Democrats - A club which discusses political issues with a democratic view.

  • BHSU College Republicans Chapter - Membership is involved with political issues at the local, state, and national levels.

  • Student Senate - The student governing body which develops leadership skills through representation of the students on a state, local and university level by addressing important issues.
  • BHSU Archery Club - This club is for individuals who want to learn how to shoot archery as well as for those that are already shooters themselves and just want to gain proficiency and make friends. The ultimate goal of this club is to grow the sport of archery not only on campus but in the community as wells and to eventually have a group of shooters competing in tournaments.

  • BHSU Cheerleaders - To support and motivate Black Hills State University athletics, to obtain and share leadership qualities, and to support and challenge each other individually as well as the squad as a whole.

  • BHSU Soccer Club - Brings together students with a common interest for soccer and to organize the student community who play soccer here at BHSU.

  • Bicycling Club - The Bicycling Club will meet and go on bike rides through Spearfish during the year. Together students will work on cycling skills and gain knowledge in bike maintenance with a main go to promote bicycling on campus and a healthy lifestyle.

  • Black Hills CRUX - Support and promote the sport of rock climbing, ice climbing, and bouldering.  Educate people who may be interested in getting involved with these activities.

  • Buzz Arcade - This club gathers students with a common interest to play video games and develop high end video game tournaments.

  • Intramural Rec Sports - Organizes various athletic competitions and events for all students to compete and get involved. For event schedules, visit the Rec. Sports Office in the Young Center.

  • Jackettes Dance Team - Provide entertainment at events such as football and basketball games and enhance the crowd's morale.

  • Yellow Jacket Rodeo Team - The purpose of the BHSU Rodeo team are to be successful in competition while improving the community and helping people in need.
  • BHSU Connection - To engage all students in acts of love and service to the campus and surrounding community. To inspire students to be givers rather than takers.

  • Campus Ventures - Offers opportunities to help students know and love God, and be equipped to disciple others so as to impact future generations for Jesus Christ.

  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes - Students involved in athletic sports who are of Christian Faith gather to support each other in their beliefs and life goals.
  • Jacket Catholic - St. Joesph's Catholic Newman Center provides a touch of home with a free home cooked meal every Sunday night.  Come join us to share faith and fellowship with other Black Hills State University students.

  • Latter-Day Saints Student Organization - When young adult actively participate in the institute, they increase their commitment to the saviour as they have spiritual experiences focused in scriptures. Institute provides relevant answers to life’s questions while learning from and sharing with others who are in similar circumstances.

  • Lutheran Campus Ministries - LCM is locate in The Living Room, approximately 4 blocks from campus.  Expanding minds, deepening faith and inspiring service is our mission as an organization to and for students, open to all, not just Lutherans.
  • Yellow Jackets for Christ - Provides a positive environment for students to share and grow in their spiritual faith, present a solid foundation for morality, and to pass on counsel for life's challenges from scripture. 
  • BHSU Billiards Club - This club the provides a fun way to de-stress by playing pool. We meet Tuesdays at 6pm in the Club Buzz Pool Area. Everyone who wants to play pool or learn how to play pool is welcome.

  • BHSU Students for Life - We want to be a voice on campus for the voiceless. As students we have a mission to be pro-life and save those precious lives! We will do this by sharing reliable facts and standing up for what we believe in.

  • BHSU Talking Hands - BHSU Talking Hands wants to educate others about sign language (American Sign Language, Signing Exact English, along with other forms of sign language). As an organization we want to have and encourage community involvement. We are hoping to get involved in our surrounding areas and get the community interested in sign language as well BHSU Talking Hands will strive for student engagement.

  • Campus Activities Board (C.A.B.) - This organization plans large events for the entire campus and the surrounding community.  The student run organization plans and hosts a variety of entertainment including, lectures, musical events, cultural events, dances, and large scale themed activities.  Consider joining the C.A.B. if you want to impact campus entertainment. Learn more about us at or
  • Circle K - The purpose of this organization is to provide opportunities for Circle K members and BHSU students to better their campus and community through volunteering and community service, as well as, provide an opportunity for leadership positions within the organization.

  • Council for Exceptional Children - The Council for Exceptional Children is a professional association of educators dedicated to advancing the success of children with exceptionalities. We accomplish our mission through advocacy, standards, and professional development.

  • Global Jackets - The International Students Organization (ISO) of Black Hills State University has been formed out of the need for more interaction among international students, domestic students and the Spearfish Community.
  • Kappa Delta Pi - KDP international Honor Society in Education, was founded in 1911 to foster excellence in education and promote fellowship among those dedicated to teaching. The organization does fundraisers for community service. Members must be inducted and reach certain qualifications.
  • Lakota Omniciye - Seeks to bridge the cultural gaps between non-Indian and Indian students and to provide educational assistance to its members where applicable.
  • Nights of Country Swing Club - NOCS is a club that provides a fun way for students to de-stress, take a study break, and meet new people with similar interests. We dance on Monday evenings from 7-9 in the young center. NOCS is open to everyone. We will teach you how to dance swing or line dance.

  • Presidential Student Ambassadors - Black Hills State University Ambassadors Association was founded under the direction of the BHSU Alumni Association and Advancement office for the purpose of representing the president’s office and BHSU while serving as a link between current students, administrators, faculty members, alumni, and friends.
  • Pride - Pride is dedicated to raising awareness about the LGBTQIA community at BHSU and the Black Hills area. In order to do so, this organization will address stereotyping that is harmful to society and decrease bigotry and misunderstanding. Pride will provide a safe haven for LGBTQIA individuals, their family, and friends by providing resources, a caring environment that allows for open discussion and support, and a place for like-minded individuals to meet. This organization will promote education on LGBTQIA issues as well as informing and advocating for LGBTQIA civil rights and equality.
  • Shutterbuzz - BHSU's photography club which encourages fun and creativity in all aspects of photography.

  • Sigma Tau Gamma-Fraternity - Men’s Social Fraternity for Black Hills State University.

  • Swarm Days Homecoming Committee - Plans and implements all of the homecoming programs and activities. BHSU homecoming is held every fall semester in late September or early October.
  • The Organization of Transfer Students (TOTS)TOTS creates an outreach program for students transferring to Black Hills State University. This club will be a way for new and old transfer students to get involved at BHSU and in the community. We will hold social events for students in the club to get to know each other, social events with other clubs on campus, and bi-weekly meetings to plan future events. We hope to make transfer students feel at home. We are excited to create an outreach for transfer students.

  • Thompson Diversion Program - Provides BHSU students with the opportunity to correct a poor decision. Instead of a poor decision affecting their permanent adult record, which can result in negative consequences such as loss of job opportunities or ineligibility for financial aid, this program ensures the students take responsibility for their actions. Through cooperation with their peers, students correct their mistakes by giving back to BHSU and the Spearfish community and by completing activities that ensure education and accountability. This program allows for student volunteers to learn about public speaking, community service, and legal studies and make valuable connections.

  • TriO Student Organization - TRIO Student Organization invites all BHSU students who are interested in college access and student success to join.  The purpose of the club is to facilitate inclusiveness on campus through social interaction and participation in community service activities.  The club also helps to promote the federally-funded TRIO Student Support Services program at BHSU.  TRIO helps students be successful in reaching their higher education goals through personal and academic support.  Meet new friends and help others by joining the TRIO Student Organization.

  • University Ambassadors - Promote the University in a positive manner, identify prospective students, connect with prospective and new students on a personal level, and maintain contact with new students to ensure their years at Black Hills State University are a wonderful experience.

  • Yellow Jackets Vets Club - The purpose of the Yellow Jackets Vets Club is to provide guidance, support, and camaraderie for veterans coming off active duty and those currently serving in the military.
  • Residence Hall Association - The purpose of the organization is to represent the student residents of BHSU, to be involved both socially and educationally around campus, to serve as a promotion for the residence hall experience and to provide a source of recognition to individualistic achievement in the residence halls.
  • Residence Hall Councils - The purpose of the residence hall organizations shall be to provide the residence with a living environment that is conducive to academic and social growth of the individual and to sponsor activities to involve the residents of the hall.

    Bordeaux Hall Council

    Heidepriem Hall Council

    Humbert Hall Council

    Thomas Hall Council

    Wenona Cook Hall Council
 YJ Apartments Council