About Black Hills State University

Tuition, Cost, Financial Aid, Scholarships, and Admission Rates

How much does Black Hills State University cost?

Black Hills State University Cost of Attendance
In-state $8,602
Out-of-state $11,602
On-Campus Room and Board $6,820
Off-Campus Room and Board $6,458
Average Annual Cost
Average Cost by Family Income
Family Income Average Cost
Under $30,000 $12,502
$30,000-$48,000 $13,940
$48,000-$75,000 $16,666
$75,000-$110,000 $17,373
Over $110,000 $17,595

Black Hills State University Financial Aid and Debt


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Financial Aid Breakdown for Full-time Incoming Freshman

Aid Type % Receiving Average Amount
Grant or scholarship aid 92% $4,617
Federal Grants 37% $4,588
Pell grants 34% $4,099
Other federal grants 19% $1,545
State/local goverment grant or scholarships 12% $1,292
Institutional grants or scholarships 47% $2,372
Student loan aid 69% $6,867
Federal student loans 69% $6,517
Other student loans 13% $8,212

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Micro-scholarships* Colleges Awarding Amount
Visit a college campus 266 Up to $6,000
Take a foreign language class 152 Up to $3,000
Do community service 263 Up to $75
Take a challenging class 287 Up to $3,000
Have work experience 133 Up to $6,000
Attend a summer program 133 Up to $6,000
Have perfect attendance for a year 194 Up to $750
Do an extracurricular activity 259 Up to $1,120
Play a sport 142 Up to $600

*GPA and other eligibility restrictions may apply

Black Hills State University Admissions

What is Black Hills State University's admissions rate?
Acceptance Rate 80%
Average GPA
SAT Submissions 3% of applicants
SAT Reading 440-570
SAT Math 440-530
SAT Writing 425-528
ACT Submissions 87% of applicants
Composite Score 19-24

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Black Hills State University Campus Life


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Student Population

Campus Life
Total undergraduates 3896
Living on campus 6%
Transfer Students 64%
Under Age 25 17%
Gender Balance

Student Diversity

Diversity Index: Chance you’ll bump into a diverse range of students
Hispanic or Latino
American Indian or Alaska Native
Black or African American
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

Black Hills State University Graduation Success


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About Black Hills State University


1200 University St
Spearfish, SD

Type Public
Profit Status
Category Master's Colleges and Universities
Setting Distant Town
* Financial aid is only available for those who qualify