Black Hills State University

Spearfish, SD

School Background

2022 Undergraduate Enrollment: 2,042
Graduate Enrollment: 193
Master's Colleges & Universities: Small Programs
Highest degree awarded: Graduate
Religious Affiliation: None

Campus Details

Town: Distant (in urban cluster more than 10 miles and up to 35 miles from an urbanized area)
Four-year, small, primarily residential // medium full-time, inclusive, higher transfer-in

Applicant and Admittance Traits

2022 Admission Rate: 97.25%

Male/Female: 38% / 62% (2017)

First generation college students: 28.4% (2017)
Percentage of students who are married when enrolled: 11.0% (2017)
Percentage of students who are veterans: 0.7% (2015)

Test scores for admission: Considered but not required
2022 Median Admit SAT: 1,065
SAT 25th Percentile - 75th: 970 - 1150

2022 Median Admit ACT: 21
ACT 25th Percentile - 75th: 18 - 23

Appliants applying to 2+ schools: 42.0% (2017)
Appliants applying to 3+ schools: 17.7% (2017)
Appliants applying to 4+ schools: 10.0% (2017)
Appliants applying to 5+ schools: 6.3% (2017)

Ethnicity Information

White: 87.0%
Black: 0.7%
Hispanic: 4.0%
Asian: 0.4%
American Indian/Alaska Native: 2.0%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0.1%
2+ races: 3.6%
Non-resident alien: 1.2%
Unknown race: 1.0%

Costs & Fees

2022 Average Tuition & Fees (Room/Board/Books): $20,377
In-State tuition: $9,000
Out-of-State tuition: $12,100

Estimated books and supplies: $1,200 (2022)
Estimated on-campus room & board: $7,400 (2022)
Estimated on-campus other fees: $4,500 (2022)

Estimated off-campus room & board: $7,400 (2022)
Estimated off-campus other fees: $4,500 (2022)

Average Family Income: $73,610 (2017)
Median Family Income: $51,046 (2017)

Scholarships & Financial Aid

Percentage of students receiving Pell Grant: 22.2%
Percentage of students with Federal Loans: 35.7%

Median federal loan debt at graduation: $26,000 (2021)
Median federal loan payment: $276 (2021)

Household Income Net Cost
0-$30k $12,147
$30k-48k $13,989
$48k-75k $17,062
$75k-110k $18,323
$110k+ $19,133

Graduate Outcomes & Job Placements

4-year graduation rate: 26%
6-year graduation rate: 42%

1 year post-graduation workforce participation: 96.3% (2020)

Loans

Median federal debt for graduates: $26,000 (2021)
Median federal debt for non-graduates: $11,000 (2021)

Median federal debt for first-generation graduates: $15,500 (2021)
Median federal debt for Pell grant recipient graduates: $18,628 (2021)

Ability to Repay Loans

Graduates, % of Loans in Repayment
(Non-delinquent/default)
Percentage
@1 Year 73.2% (2015)
@3 year 77.7% (2017)
@5 year 83.2% (2017)


1-year Graduate % of Loans being Repaid (Non-delinquent/default) - Pell Grant Recipients: 49.9% (2015)
1-year Graduate % of Loans being Repaid - 1st Generation Attendees: 53.5% (2015)

Earnings Power

Median earnings, 1 year post graduation: $36,240 (2020)
Median earnings, 4 years post graduation: $40,421 (2020)

Popular Majors

Type of Degree Major 2022 Graduates Median Federal Debt Median Monthly Payment 1yr Median Earnings (monthly gross) 4yr Median Earnings (monthly gross)
Bachelor's Degree Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies. 1
Undergraduate Certificate or Diploma Communication and Media Studies. 11
Bachelor's Degree Communication and Media Studies. 6 $29,804 ($2,484) $40,169 ($3,347)
Bachelor's Degree Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication. 1
Master's Degree Curriculum and Instruction. 34 $48,466 ($4,039)
Bachelor's Degree Special Education and Teaching. 18 $26,812 $248 $42,077 ($3,506) $43,683 ($3,640)
Undergraduate Certificate or Diploma Sociology. 8
Bachelor's Degree Sociology. 6 $37,329 $32,925 ($2,744)
Bachelor's Degree Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods. 70 $26,312 $250 $43,099 ($3,592) $43,297 ($3,608)
Master's Degree Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods. 25 $313 $49,438 ($4,120) $45,373 ($3,781)
Bachelor's Degree Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas. 40 $40,954 ($3,413) $43,872 ($3,656)
Master's Degree Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas. 11 $52,470 ($4,373)
Bachelor's Degree Political Science and Government. 6
Associate's Degree Business Administration, Management and Operations. 1
Bachelor's Degree Business Administration, Management and Operations. 76 $27,000 $286 $37,629 ($3,136) $44,794 ($3,733)
Master's Degree Business Administration, Management and Operations. 4
Bachelor's Degree Accounting and Related Services. 11 $49,395 ($4,116)
Master's Degree Human Resources Management and Services. 5 $51,014 ($4,251)
Undergraduate Certificate or Diploma History. 1
Bachelor's Degree History. 7
Bachelor's Degree Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics. 2
Bachelor's Degree English Language and Literature, General. 9
Bachelor's Degree Rhetoric and Composition/Writing Studies. 2
Associate's Degree Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities. 23
Bachelor's Degree Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities. 22
Associate's Degree Biology, General. 25 $14,625 $127
Bachelor's Degree Biology, General. 36 $26,613 $263 $27,457 ($2,288)
Master's Degree Genetics. 2
Bachelor's Degree Mathematics. 1
Master's Degree Sustainability Studies. 2
Bachelor's Degree Health and Physical Education/Fitness. 33 $24,000 $244 $24,902 ($2,075) $38,062 ($3,172)
Bachelor's Degree Outdoor Education. 7
Bachelor's Degree Physical Sciences. 1
Bachelor's Degree Chemistry. 8
Bachelor's Degree Physical Sciences, Other. 3
Bachelor's Degree Psychology, General. 23 $27,187 $286 $29,481 ($2,457) $31,808 ($2,651)
Associate's Degree Community Organization and Advocacy. 3
Bachelor's Degree Community Organization and Advocacy. 25 $31,500 $290 $31,712 ($2,643) $36,741 ($3,062)
Bachelor's Degree Social Sciences, General. 2
Undergraduate Certificate or Diploma Design and Applied Arts. 5
Bachelor's Degree Design and Applied Arts. 14
Undergraduate Certificate or Diploma Film/Video and Photographic Arts. 1
Bachelor's Degree Film/Video and Photographic Arts. 4
Bachelor's Degree Fine and Studio Arts. 3
Undergraduate Certificate or Diploma Music. 1
Bachelor's Degree Music. 1
Undergraduate Certificate or Diploma Business/Commerce, General. 3


Campus Resources

Average faculty salary: $65,547
Full time faculty: 58%

Undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio: 17.0

School's endowment start of year: $17,168,251 (2022)
School's endowment end of year: $20,661,457 (2022)