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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.

BHSU Values:
As members of the Black Hills State University community, we value:

Student Success: 
Serving and inspiring our students through life-changing learning experiences to become educated leaders and engaged citizens.

Academic Excellence: 
Providing quality and rigorous programs with challenging exchange of ideas, offering opportunities for research, creative activity, and global engagement.

Leading with resourcefulness and creativity to develop programs and activities that meet the needs of the regional, national and global community.

Leading with integrity and sustainable best practices; honoring our heritage, celebrating our diversity, serving our community and thriving in the Spirit of the Black Hills.


 and support student success from recruitment to graduation.

ENGAGE the BHSU community in partnerships, service and enriched student experiences

Develop and expand internal and external resources to support all we can IMAGINE.

Provide INNOVATIVE learning experiences that facilitate academic achievement, research, creative activity and civic engagement.