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Black Hills State University – Tuition & Success Analysis

Spearfish, SD

Black Hills State University – Snapshot


Four-Year Public University

Undergraduate Enrollment: 2,770

Average annual cost of attendance: $15,793

(National Median: $15,523)

Median student debt for loan recipients: $25,500

Campus Setting: Town

Religious Affiliation: None

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Black Hills State University Tuition based on Family Income


For a family income of $0 to $30,000 the average cost is $12,502

For a family income of $30,001 to $48,000 the average cost is $13,940

For a family income of $48,001 to $75,000  the average cost is $16,666

For a family income of $75,001 to $110,000  the average cost is $17,373

For a family income above $110,000 the average cost is $17,595


The “average cost” shown here is a NET cost and reflects the tuition cost after financial aid is taken into account, as reported by Black Hills State University. This average is based on the students who receive grant or scholarship aid. In-state tuition is used for public schools.

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Black Hills State University Graduate Success


Graduation rate: 38%

(National Median: 49%)

Students returning after first year: 63%

(National Median: 68%)

Median annual earnings (10 years after first attending): $35,900

(National Median: $33,028. The salary data measures salaries of students who received federal student aid. The Salary data does not break down earnings or graduation rates by major, or by state—an important consideration, since salaries can vary widely depending on geographical region. )

Percentage earning above a high school graduate (6 years after first enrolled): 60%

Black Hills State University Admissions

Black Hills State University Acceptance Rate: 80%


Half of the recent accepted students had test scores in the range of:

SAT Math: 440 to 530

SAT Critical Reading: 440 to 570

SAT Writing: 425 to 528

ACT English: 17 to 23

ACT Math: 17 to 24

ACT Writing: N/A to N/A

Twenty-five percent of students accepted to Black Hills State University actually performed better than the range reported above.  Another twenty-five percent had scores below the reported range.

Black Hills State University Student Debt


Percentage of students awarded Pell Grants: 30%

Percentage of students receiving federal student loans: 48%

Typical student debt: $25,500

Typical monthly loan payment: $271

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Majors at Black Hills State University


These are the most popular areas of study offered at Black Hills State University:

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies – 1%
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences – 8%
  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services – 17%
  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs – 7%
  • Construction Trades – 1%
  • Education – 22%
  • Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields – 4%
  • English Language and Literature/Letters – 2%
  • History – 3%
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities – 5%
  • Mathematics and Statistics – 1%
  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies – 9%
  • Physical Sciences – 1%
  • Psychology – 7%
  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions – 4%
  • Social Sciences – 4%
  • Visual and Performing Arts – 3%

For more information about the various majors at Black Hills State University, visit their website.

Black Hills State University Diversity


Overall Composition at Black Hills State University

Percentage of Undergraduate Students who attend Black Hills State University full time:  78%

Percentage of Undergraduate Students who attend Black Hills State University part time:  22%

Percentage of Undergraduate Students who are twenty-five years old, or older at Black Hills State University:  26%

Racial Diversity Composition

American Indian/Alaska Native: 4%

Asian: 1%

Black: 1%

Hispanic: 5%

Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0%

Non-resident alien: 1%

Two or more races: 5%

Unknown: 1%

White: 82%

Black Hills State University Success Ratios

TUN ratios to help compare schools


Earnings to Debt Ratio: 1.4

The median earnings 10 years after start of attending school divided by the median federal debt of borrowers who graduated. TUN found an average of 2.5 based on data of 3,210 schools.

Earnings to Tuition Ratio: 2.3

The median earnings 10 years after start of attending school divided by the average annual cost of attendance that financial aid recipients incurred.  TUN found an average of 3.0 based on data of 3,337 schools.

Monthly Liquidity Ratio: 11.0

The median monthly gross earnings 10 years after start of attending school divided by the median monthly debt payment that borrowers who graduated experience with a 10-year repayment schedule. TUN found an average of 19.3 based on data of 3,210 schools.