Black Hills State University Acceptance Rate, Average GPA, SAT and ACT Scores

Black Hills State University (BHSU) was founded in 1883 as Dakota Territorial Normal School. Its primary purpose was to train teachers for the Dakota Territory and its first classes were held in Spearfish, South Dakota in 1884. The school was renamed Black Hills Teachers College in 1923 and underwent several name changes over the next few decades, including Black Hills State College and South Dakota State University-Black Hills before becoming BHSU in 1989. Throughout its history, BHSU has maintained its focus on providing quality education to its students, offering a wide range of degree programs from associate’s to doctorates.

The university has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 1913 and is a member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC). In addition, BHSU has been recognized for its commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship. The university is home to the Center for American Indian Studies, which provides research opportunities for students interested in Native American culture and history. It also offers a variety of student organizations and clubs that promote diversity on campus, including a multicultural student organization and an international student association. In recent years, BHSU has become increasingly involved in online education with more than 20 online degree programs available through its Virtual Campus. This allows students from all over the world to access BHSU’s quality educational offerings without having to be physically present on campus.

Black Hills State University, as one of the top colleges ranked by major educational institutions, has impressed us by its high selectivity and student friendly application process during admissions. The following tables detail 2018 class profile, including total applications received, average high school GPA, SAT scores/ACT scores, and acceptance rates of Black Hills State University. To learn more about GPA, SAT and ACT scores information, please follow the links below. If you want to find even more about Black Hills State University, such as tuition fees and scholarships, you can click the link after tables to visit the school’s official website.

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Admissions Stats

At Black Hills State University, the undergraduate admissions rate is approximately 89%, meaning that of all applicants, 89% are accepted. The average GPA for incoming freshman is 3.2 and the average ACT score is 23. The university also looks at other criteria such as extracurricular activities and volunteer work when making admissions decisions. In terms of student body composition, the university has a population of around 4,000 students with a relatively even split between male and female students. Additionally, the majority of the student body is made up of in-state residents with only 8% being out-of-state residents. There are also a variety of ethnic backgrounds represented on campus including white (62%), Native American (17%), Hispanic (2%) and other (19%). Furthermore, nearly 70% of students receive financial aid in some form or another to assist with their tuition costs.

Fall 2022 Selectivity

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Fall 2022 acceptance rate 93%
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Fall 2022 Applications, Acceptances & Enrollments

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Fall 2022 Wait List

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Fall 2022 High School GPA

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Fall 2022 Freshman SAT Scores

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Fall 2022 Freshman ACT Scores

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