Black Hills State University

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Motto: Where Anything is Possible

Type: Public university


Academic affiliations: Space-grant

President: Laurie Nichols

Provost: Chris Crawford

Students :4,244



Location: Spearfish, South Dakota, United States
44°29′49.63″N 103°52′22.18″W

Black Hills State University (BHSU) is a public university in Spearfish, South Dakota. Close to 4,000 students[1] attend classes at its 123-acre (50 ha) campus in Spearfish, at sites in Rapid City and Pierre, and through distance offerings.

Enrollment comes from 64 out of 66 counties in South Dakota, 43 states, and 29 countries. BHSU is governed by the South Dakota Board of Regents.


The predecessor to Black Hills State University operated from 1881 to 1883 and was called Dakota College or Dakota Academy. Dakota College was funded by the Congregational Church and was not affiliated with BHSU. In 1883, in support of a new normal school, John Mauer put up a plot of land west of Spearfish Creek for sale for $800.

Joseph Ramsdell collected money from donors and bought the land for $790.85. John Wolzmuth, Frank J. Washabaugh, and E.M. Bowman also gathered funds for the school.

Established by the Dakota Territorial Legislature, the new school was called Dakota Territorial Normal School,[3] and a temporary building was constructed in late 1883.

Van Buren Baker became the first administrator and teacher at the school on April 14, 1884; he left Spearfish in December after leaving the school nearly bankrupt. The school reopened in September 1885 under the leadership of Fayette Cook; 70 students were enrolled at that time.

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BHSU graduate online application. Official BS/BA transcript from an accredited college/university with evidence of cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or above on a 4.0 scale.