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Black Hills State University

Black Hills State University

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Uni facts

  • Spearfish, USA
  • University type: Public
  • Rank: 5353
  • Program types Bachelor's degrees, Associate degrees, Master's degrees
  • Programs total 91
  • Acceptance rates 84%
  • Nationalities 29
  • International Students 64

Studying at Black Hills State University

Black Hills State University (BSHU) is a liberal arts university located near the Black Hills in the US state of South Dakota, home to the Mount Rushmore National Memorial. The location of BHSU gives you the unique opportunity to explore the outdoors while studying for your degree.

The university is big enough to offer opportunities for students to pursue their goals, but small enough that students get to know many of the staff, faculty and students. A big draw is the University’s School of Business which is AACSB accredited.

The sports and fitness facilities on campus provide students with many opportunities to get involved in teams and activities, with BHSU’s Yellow Jackets playing in the NCAA Division II Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. 4,000 students attend the University with residence halls and apartments on campus to house 1,000 of them.

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Why study at BSHU?

  • AACSB accredited

    internationally recognized accreditation for business and accounting programs

  • Experienced faculty

    69% of teaching faculty hold a doctorate or other terminal degree

Life as an international student

International students at BHSU come from more than 25 countries. The Office of International Relations and Global Engagement helps establish a global community at BHSU and organise orientation events for your first week on campus.

There are over 80 clubs and organizations you can join at BHSU, which can offer international students the chance to meet new and like minded people. Cultural engagement excursions, involvement in intramural sports, and professional and personal development workshops are also available.

Student life & facilities

Group of students planning a presentation in a living room
  • No. of All Weather Sports Pitches
    • No. of Swimming pools 1
    • No. of Badminton Courts 1
    • No. of Diving Pools 1
    • No. of Tennis Courts 1
    • No. of Climbing Wall 1
    • No. of Basketball Courts 2
  • Healthcare & Medical
    • Physiotherapy
    • Travel Vaccinations
    • Child Development Assessment & Immunization
    • Campus Pharmacy
    • Counselling & Mental Health Services
    • Campus Doctor
  • Food & Restaurants
    • Restaurants 8
    • Cafe’s 1
  • Fitness Centre
    • Machines
    • Free Weights
    • Fitness Classes
    • Swimming Pool
  • Sports Facilities
    • No. of Natural Turf American Football Pitches 1
    • Sport facilities 2
  • Clubs & Organisations
    • No. of Clubs & Organisations 79
  • Transport
    • Campus parking
  • Tutoring Support
    • Student Tutoring & Support
    • Academic Tutoring & Support

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Fees and funding

The cost of attendance at BHSU is great value for international students. The estimated annual tuition and fees (24 credits) is under $10,000 with housing, room and board, insurance, and books estimated at an additional $8,000. This is a total estimated annual cost under $20,000.

Undergraduate tuition: $9,422 / year + $200 international student fee Postgraduate tuition: $9,594 / year + $200 international student fee

Global Ambassador Scholarship

Live in a residence hall on campus free of charge (Up to 8 academic semesters). Housing costs vary year to year; however, the current estimated value is $14,000 distributed over four years. This competitive scholarship is awarded only to international students, and recipients are selected based on a personal essay, GPA, test scores, and extracurricular involvement. Students must be admitted to BHSU to be awarded scholarships.

Buzz Bonus Scholarship

This award is available to a high school graduate who has not previously attended a post-secondary institution. The application must be made during the senior year of high school. To be eligible, a student must attain a minimum SAT composite score of 1060, be in the upper 33% of their class rank, and must have been admitted to Black Hills State University. This scholarship will be awarded for four years if the student maintains a 3.0 cumulative GPA and takes 30 credit hours per academic year.


Black Hills State University

1200 University St, Spearfish, SD 57799

Whether you're enjoying an arts festival, walking historic downtown, or socializing at one of many restaurants and coffee shops, Spearfish is a place that is easy to call home.

  • Campus in Spearfish


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Visa requirements for Black Hills State University

Many international students will require a visa to study in the US, and this is a vital step of your study abroad journey. Make sure you understand the requirements you may need to meet before applying.

USA student visa requirements