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 4,900 students.

Many of the students that got into this school earned an SAT score in the range of 1261 to 1739, or got accepted with an ACT composite score within the range of 19 to 23. By applying sampled GPA data from over 150 schools, we are able to estimate that the BHSU average GPA ranges from 2.89 to 3.38 for accepted students. 89% of all applicants are granted admission to Black Hills State University, from which 72% choose to attend. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall BHSU Acceptance Rate - Fall 2013


The overall acceptance rate for Black Hills State University was reported as 89.2% in Fall 2013 with over 957 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 SAT Scores: 1261 - 1739
  • BHSU ACT Scores: 19 - 23
  • BHSU Average GPA: 2.89 - 3.38

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 2020 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2020-2021 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for BHSU has been getting much higher in the past few years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2009-2010: 70.0%
  • 2010-2011: 89.3%
  • 2011-2012: 94.2%
  • 2012-2013: 91.0%
  • 2013-2014: 89.2%
  • Projected BHSU Acceptance Rate 2020-2021: 89.2%

How Does BHSU Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for Black Hills State University is sixty-one percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 55.5%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology86.1%
Dickinson State University48.7%
University of Mary83.1%
Rocky Mountain College66.8%
Northern State University93.3%

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 2013)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to BHSU (Fall 2013)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading423 - 635
Math430 - 594
Writing408 - 510
Total Score1261 - 1739
ACT®Score Range
English17 - 23
Math17 - 23
Composite Score19 - 23
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