Black Hills State University

Spearfish, South Dakota, United States
Black Hills State University is a liberal arts university located in Spearfish, SD. Being nestled in the Black Hills of South Dakota gives us the opportunity to explore and thrive with the outdoors while studying them and using them as inspiration.

Distance Learning Courses

Business & Management (2)
Education & Training (2)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (1)



Black Hills State University has enjoyed a long and successful history of educating the citizens of South Dakota and the west river region. Before South Dakota had even gained statehood, the people of Black Hills Dakota Territory demonstrated a high regard for education and began advocating for a university in the Black Hills. Dakota Territorial Normal School was founded in 1883.


At Black Hills State University, you'll participate in education that combines rigorous class work with the spirit of exploration. With hundreds of options for majors and concentrations to help you find your niche, you'll be able to create an academic path that fits your interests and advances your goals.


Students have so many opportunities for research - from research conducted at one of the only underground campuses in the world to an herbarium with over 50,000 species of plants. With the endless opportunities, students have the world at their fingertips.


There are three types of student employment: federal work-study, institutional work-study, and off-campus employment. A student must meet certain eligibility requirements to work in either a federal work-study or an institutional work-study program. 


Student services

The Registrar's Office is responsible for student registration, enrollment verification, academic records maintenance, transfer credit evaluation, academic catalogs, awarding degrees, WebAdvisor assistance, withdrawals, and transcript services.

Housing services

Five residence halls and the Yellow Jacket Apartments provide housing for students. All of our residence halls are co-ed. Our halls are Bordeaux, Heidepriem, Thomas, Humbert, and Wenona Cook.

ICT services

Our mission is to be a leader in promoting and enabling technology to enhance the learning environment. IITS works collaboratively with faculty, students, and staff to leverage technology to advance and support BHSU’s delivery of education, development of research, and engagement of students.

Medical services

BHSU and Student Health Services are committed to high quality health care for our students at the most reasonable cost possible. We are dependent upon student participation. We are determined to increase the level of health awareness, identify needs that have not been met, and setting health care priorities for our students.

Student Life

Campus life

Five residence halls and an eight building apartment complex - all with spectacular views of the Northern Black Hills. The new Bordeaux Hall, which connects Heide and Thomas Halls creates an active campus housing complex.

Spearfish, South Dakota, United States

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