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Is Black Hills State University a Good School for Veterans?

Veterans who have decided to continue their education should research their options to see which schools do a good job supporting those with prior military experience. That's why we've put together this report that gives you the facts about Black Hills State University veteran students. If you're looking for information related to military tuition assistance such as the GI Bill® or Yellow Ribbon Program, go to the following page: Black Hills State University G.I. Bill Information

Info in This Veterans Report on BHSU:

How Does BHSU Rank for Veterans?

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Each year, College Factual releases its Best Schools for Veterans ranking to highlight those colleges and universities that do a great job of supporting veterans while they continue their education.

Black Hills State University was ranked #567 on the 2022 version of this list.The school also ranked #7 in our Best for Vets in South Dakota ranking.

In addition to our overall rankings, we also calculate our Best for Vets by degree level rankings. Below you'll find how BHSU did in those rankings.

Ranking Name Rank
Best Associate Degree Colleges for Veterans 165
Best Bachelor’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 495
Best Master’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 567

You may be more interested to see how particular majors at BHSU ranked compared to those at other schools. Below, you'll find a list of majors which received the best rankings for vets. Find a full list of majors here. Once you select a major, you'll be able to see links to the rankings available for that major.

Ranking Name Rank
Best General Biology Associate Degree Colleges for Veterans 2
Best Biology Studies Associate Degree Colleges for Veterans 2
Best Speech Teacher Education Bachelor’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 2
Best Outdoor Education Bachelor’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 4
Best Community Organization & Advocacy Associate Degree Colleges for Veterans 4
Best Speech Teacher Education Colleges for Veterans 4
Best Community Organization & Advocacy Associate Degree Colleges for Veterans 4
Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Associate Degree Colleges for Veterans 4
Best Outdoor Education Bachelor’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 4
Best Outdoor Education Colleges for Veterans 6

How Many Veterans Go to BHSU?

An increased number of veterans enrolling at a particular school means that college faculty are more adept at accommodating and supporting those with previous military experience.

According to the VA, there are 208 G.I. Bill® students at BHSU. Since the total enrollment at the school is 3,608, approximately 5.76% of the students at BHSU are utilizing the GI Bill® to help pay for their education. To put that into perspective, about three to four percent of college students in the U.S. are veterans according to the Student Veterans of America.

This number includes all chapters of the GI Bill®, e.g. Post-9/11, Montgomery GI Bill and Reserve Education Assistance Program. It also includes Veteran Readiness and Employment. It doesn't include military personnel on active duty who are attending this college through Tuition Assistance. The total military population may be higher.

Federal Veteran Programs at BHSU

Black Hills State University participates in the following federal programs for vets.

Federal Program Participation
Principles of Excellence Yes
DOD Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Yes
Eight Keys Yes

What does this mean to me? Below you can view the specific commitments this school has made by participating in individual programs.

Career and Vocational Support
Accommodate Military Service Members and Reservists absent due to service requirements.
Align institutional refund policies with those under Title IV, which governs the administration of federal student financial aid programs.
Regionally or Nationally Accredited - view all accreditations
Provide information that increases accountability and transparency.
Participate in the Military Voluntary Education Review (MVER)
Benefits Support
Ensure accreditation of all new programs prior to enrolling students.
Will not use fraudulent or aggressive recruiting techniques and misrepresentations.
Provide students with a personalized form covering the total cost of an education program.
Counseling Support
Designate a point of contact to provide academic and financial advice.
Provide educational plans for all military and veteran education beneficiaries.
Referrals to community organizations as needed.

Black Hills State University does have a student veterans group.

Does BHSU Give Credit for Military Training?

Implied No Credit for Life Experience
YES Credit for Military Training
At this time, BHSU does not offer college credit for life experience.

BHSU may consider your military experience and give college credit. Talk with your admissions counselor to learn more.

BHSU Reserve Officer Training Corp (ROTC)

Implied No Air Force ROTC
Yes Army ROTC
Implied No Navy ROTC
Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) programs are available at BHSU for the following armed services:

  • Army

Complaints to the VA About BHSU

There have been no complaints registered to the VA for this college.


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