Black Hills State University
1200 University St.
Spearfish, SD 57799-9500
(605) 642-6011
Accrediting Agency:
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Black Hills State University is located in Spearfish, SD. It is the third largest public institution in the state of South Dakota and it offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs, according to the school’s website. The school’s student body is about 5,000 strong, with students attending campuses around the state, the school reported. Black Hills State is organized into three separate colleges: the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business and Technology, and the College of Education and Social Sciences. The main campus in Spearfish is nestled in the Black Hills of South Dakota, which makes the surrounding area an important part of campus life and the community.

Programs Offered

Black Hills State University offers several degree programs and certificates through distance learning. Online master’s programs include degrees in strategic leadership, curriculum and instruction, and education in reading. Students can also pursue a bachelor’s in business administration, which includes a specialization in management, and a bachelor’s in general studies online. Students hoping to enhance their writing skills can earn a certificate in in professional writing from Black Hills State’s online division.


Black Hills State University is accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and has been since 1928.


To apply to Black Hills State University, incoming freshmen must submit a completed application to the admissions office along with their high school transcript and standardized test scores (ACT or SAT). A minimum GPA of 2.6 is required along with four years of English, three years each of mathematics, social sciences, and laboratory sciences, and one year of fine arts to apply. Students who were previously enrolled and are returning will need to follow separate admissions requirements. If applying to a graduate program at Black Hills State University, refer to the admissions requirements for your specific degree to determine if GRE test scores and letters of recommendation are required in addition to the application and high school and college transcripts.

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