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Black Hills State University

Black Hills State University

Check whether Black Hills State University is right for you as an international student.

Uni facts

Spearfish, USA
  • Type
    Public
  • Rank
    5353
  • International students
    64
  • Nationalities
    29
  • Total programs
    91
  • Acceptance rate
    84%

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.

Black Hills State University logo

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 reviews for Black Hills State University

Overall rating
4.13333333 stars
Based on 15 reviews
Overall experience
4.4 stars
Accommodation
3.9333 stars
Academic
4.2667 stars
University facilities
4.0667 stars
University social
4 stars
  • Eden Nguyen
    Nigeria
    Overall experience 5 stars
    Academic
    5 stars
    University social
    5 stars
    Accommodation
    5 stars
    University facilities
    5 stars
    Black Hills State University Acquatic Pathobiology
    Tell us about Black Hills State University
    I think Black Hills State University is incredible. The facilities in place for premedical students like me to perform research are world class, and the teachers/ professors are the nicest and most accommodating people ever. The university is very car and bicycle friendly as there are car parks and a lot of tracks, roads and facilities in place to safely commute with and park your car or bicycle. The residence halls are very modern and comfortable, fully equipped with cooking utensils, heaters and some other things needed for great living. Also, the beds are really cozy. There are a whole bunch of clubs and societies to choose from that suit your beliefs, faith and personality. I feel the communication between staff and students is very pleasant and there are a lot of social events where fun prizes can be won.
  • Thi Nguyen
    Vietnam
    Overall experience 4 stars
    Academic
    4 stars
    University social
    5 stars
    Accommodation
    4 stars
    University facilities
    4 stars
    Black Hills State University English
    Tell us about Black Hills State University
    BHSU is a good environment for facilities and accommodation for first-time students in the United States, for the international student community in general and myself in particular, in the early days of study. At BHSU, at first, I felt that my communication ability was very poor, but it was the social links and the opportunity to exchange about international student life on campus that helped me improve a lot, especially the teaching quality of the English teacher, she helped me a lot and thanks for the enthusiastic support from the DSO department of the school.
  • Si Eun Kim
    Korea, Republic of
    Overall experience 5 stars
    Academic
    5 stars
    University social
    4 stars
    Accommodation
    5 stars
    University facilities
    4 stars
    Black Hills State University English
    Tell us about Black Hills State University
    I love being here at BHSU. Usually everyone is friendly and nice. The communities here are rather smaller than others, but I like it because it can make us feel like being a part of the community, more than the bigger ones, I guess. All the facilities and accommodation are pretty good. The one thing that I feel inconvenient is the transportation, because there are no transportation methods that we, the international students can use. We have to move only by car, so that is a little problem. However, I think many people in this university are trying to handle it, like providing a shuttle to Walmart or something like that.
  • Sai Jayasinghe
    Sri Lanka
    Overall experience 3 stars
    Academic
    2 stars
    University social
    3 stars
    Accommodation
    3 stars
    University facilities
    2 stars
    Black Hills State University Graphic Design
    Tell us about Black Hills State University
    There are many things that can be drastically improved - I sometimes feel like I have traveled back in time to the 90s.
  • Chi Nguyen
    Vietnam
    Overall experience 4 stars
    Academic
    4 stars
    University social
    3 stars
    Accommodation
    4 stars
    University facilities
    3 stars
    Black Hills State University Business Administration
    Tell us about Black Hills State University
    Very supportive Professors and staff. Very reasonable tuition. There is no public transport which is a minus.

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 & Organizations 79
  • Transport
    • Campus parking
  • Tutoring Support
    • Student Tutoring & Support
    • Academic Tutoring & Support

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Black Hills State University programs

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

    $9,724 for 12 credits + $200 international student fee.

  • Graduate tuition

    $6,987 + $200 international student fee

  • Living expenses for housing and meals is $7,142 /year.

Total I-20 cost for Undergrad: $19,234

Total I-20 cost for grad (MBA): $16,497

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.

Location

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
    123-acre

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