Black Hills State University (BHSU)

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Black Hills State University can be found in Spearfish, SD, a public college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. BHSU has an enrollment of nearly 4,000 students.

Many of the students that got into this school earned an SAT score in the range of 970 to 1170, or got accepted with an ACT composite score within the range of 18 to 24. By applying sampled GPA data from over 150 schools, we are able to estimate that the BHSU average GPA ranges from 2.89 to 3.25 for accepted students. 84% of all applicants are granted admission to Black Hills State University, from which 29% choose to attend. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall BHSU Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for Black Hills State University was reported as 83.9% in Fall 2020 with over 2,130 applications submitted to Black Hills State University. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • BHSU ACT Scores: 18 - 24
  • BHSU Average GPA: 2.89 - 3.25

How Hard Is It to Get into Black Hills State University?

Applicant Selectivity: Medium

When determining how difficult it is for students to get into Black Hills State University, ACT/SAT test scores and high school average GPA ranges of accepted students of previous years can help estimate the selectivity of a school.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2024 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2024-2025 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for BHSU has been slowly getting higher over the past years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 79.8%
  • 2017-2018: 86.9%
  • 2018-2019: 88.3%
  • 2019-2020: 83.9%
  • Projected BHSU Acceptance Rate 2024-2025: 79.2%

How Does BHSU Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for Black Hills State University is forty-eight percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology76.6%
Dickinson State University99.7%
University of Mary73.6%
Rocky Mountain College59.2%
Northern State University84.5%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • High School Class Rankings are Required
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to BHSU (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading490 - 590
Math480 - 580
Total Score970 - 1170
ACT®Score Range
English17 - 24
Math17 - 25
Composite Score18 - 24
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