Black Hills State University

Black Hills State University Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is Black Hills State University Ranked?

2022 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

Black Hills State University was awarded 109 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is outdoor education.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2022 analysis, BHSU is ranked #1,762 out of 2,576 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality.

BHSU also holds the #12 spot on the Best Colleges in South Dakota ranking.

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Is It Hard to Get Into BHSU?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Black Hills State University is 87%, which is higher than many other schools to which you may be applying. But don't think getting into BHSU is a sure thing. The admissions staff is still going to review your application to see if you are a good fit for the school.

Average Test Scores

About 2% of students accepted to BHSU submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 458 and 628. Math scores were between 435 and 588.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Black Hills State University  ( 458 to 628 )

SAT Math Scores for Black Hills State University  ( 435 to 588 )
BHSU received ACT scores from 86% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 18 and 24.

ACT Composite Scores for Black Hills State University  ( 18 to 24 )

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Black Hills State University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Black Hills State University is about average at 16 to 1. This ratio is often used to gauge how many students might be in an average class and how much time professors will have to spend with their students on an individual level. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Black Hills State University is 59%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  59 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Black Hills State University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate is a sign of how many full-time students like a college or university well enough to come back for their sophomore year. At Black Hills State University this rate is 62%, which is a bit lower than the national average of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  62 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate is the percent of first-time, full time students who obtain their bachelor's degree in four years or less. This rate is 16% for first-time, full-time students at BHSU, which is lower than the national rate of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  16 out of 100

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Black Hills State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 3,684 undergraduates at BHSU with 1,945 being full-time and 1,739 being part-time.

How Much Does Black Hills State University Cost?

The overall average net price of BHSU is $16,641. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for BHSU

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$14,142 $14,206 $16,745 $18,739 $18,769

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of BHSU, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At BHSU, approximately 71% of students took out student loans averaging $7,063 a year. That adds up to $28,252 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at BHSU is 8.2%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

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How Much Money Do BHSU Graduates Make?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from BHSU with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $35,900 in their early years. Unfortunately, this is 10% less that the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year. However, graduates in your major field may make more.


See which majors at Black Hills State University make the most money.

Location of Black Hills State University

Black Hills State University is a public institution located in Spearfish, South Dakota. The charming, small-town atmosphere of Spearfish draws many to the area.

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Contact details for BHSU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1200 University St, Spearfish, SD 57799-9500
Phone: 800-255-2478

Black Hills State University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 39 majors graduated from Black Hills State University. Of these students, 448 received undergraduate degrees and 67 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Business Administration & Management 83 $35,100
Teacher Education Grade Specific 59 $38,600
Health & Physical Education 33 $28,100
Community Organization & Advocacy 30 $29,000
General Psychology 24 $25,500
Communication & Media Studies 23 NA
General English Literature 16 NA
General Biology 16 NA
Liberal Arts General Studies 14 NA
Teacher Education Subject Specific 12 $37,700

Learn more about the majors offered at Black Hills State University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at BHSU

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2018-2019, 2,249 students took at least one online class at Black Hills State University. This is an increase from the 2,017 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2018-2019 2,249 1,281
2017-2018 2,017 1,106
2016-2017 2,099 1,076
2015-2016 1,872 971
2013-2014 1,769 907

Learn more about online learning at Black Hills State University.

Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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