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MISSION & VISION

Mission Statement:
Black Hills State University is a regional, comprehensive, public institution that provides access to a higher education for aspiring students. BHSU offers a generous number of baccalaureate and select master’s degrees, generates new knowledge, promotes excellence in teaching and public engagement, and serves as a regional economic leader. Graduates make significant contributions to the workforce and the betterment of their community.

Vision Statement:
Black Hills State University will innovate to provide cutting-edge education, promote student success, be a sustainable campus, and serve as an economic engine for western South Dakota.

ABOUT BHSU

Black Hills State University is a comprehensive regional public university located in Spearfish, northern Black Hills, South Dakota. We are a small campus that offers a personalized approach to education and where students are well-known and supported by their faculty.

 

BLACK HILLS STATE FACTS

ENROLLMENT: 3,608 Students

CAMPUS: 123 acres 

ATHLETICS: NCAA Division II, Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference 

TEAMS: 14 NCAA DII Sports Teams + 1 NIRA Rodeo Team 

MASCOT: Yellow Jacket (Sting) 

SCHOOL COLORS: Green & Gold 

FACULTY WITH TERMINAL DEGREE: 69% 

HOUSING: 5 Residence Halls (All Co-ed), 8-Building Apartment Complex 

LOCATIONS: Spearfish & Rapid City in South Dakota 

ACADEMIC PROGRAMS: 53 bachelor's, 5 associate's, 8 master's degree programs, 24 undergraduate certificates, and 2 graduate certificates.

STUDENT BODY: 75% from South Dakota from all of the 66 South Dakota counties, 25% from 43 other states and 29 countries

FINANCIAL AID: 70% of BHSU students receive assistance 

AFFILIATION: 4-year South Dakota public liberal arts university 

ACCREDITATION: The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), the National Association of Schools of Music, and recognized by The National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE).

 

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OUTDOOR PARADISE

With our rich history and our great location, we want you to enjoy the spirit of the Black Hills. We are only miles from hiking, kayaking, biking, skiing, and snowboarding opportunities. Spearfish has so many opportunities for you to experience with a tight knit community and a love for their university.

BHSU IS #9

THE 20 BEST COLLEGES FOR OUTDOOR ADVENTURERS

- CollegeChoice.net

 

SPEARFISH IS ONE of

21 OF THE BEST SMALL TOWNS IN AMERICA

- Architectural Digest Magazine

Take The Next Step

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