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Black Hills State University is a public, four-year institution located in Spearfish, South Dakota. It is the third largest comprehensive public university in the state. BHSU’s history can be traced back to the founding of the Dakota Territorial Normal School in 1883. By the end of its first term, there were 40 students in attendance, all training to become teachers. In 1922, the school began offering four-year degrees. BHTC’s enrollment grew rapidly following World War II as course offerings expanded with the addition of programs in business and technology, and the arts and sciences. The college’s name was changed to Black Hills State University to reflect the expanded mission and curriculum.

Today, BHSU is a full-service, four-year liberal arts university with a total enrollment of over 4400 undergraduate and graduate students. The school’s academic program is organized into three colleges: the College of Liberal Arts; the College of Business and Natural Sciences; and the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences. 72 academic courses of study are offered leading to the awarding of associate, bachelor and master degrees. In addition to traditional classroom study, BHSU employs an “Experiential Learning” program that blends theory and coursework with hands-on real world experience.

The main campus is situated on 123 acres in Spearfish. Nearly 850 students choose to live on-campus in the school’s five co-ed residence halls and eight apartment complexes. Students actively involve themselves in school-sponsored events, intramural sports and a wide variety of clubs and organizations. Students and visitors also avail themselves of the many cultural, entertainment and outdoor activities of nearby Rapid City and the surrounding Black Hills.

Besides the Spearfish campus, BHSU offers courses at satellite locations in Rapid City and Sioux Falls, as well as through a growing online system.

The varsity athletic teams of BHSU, known as the Yellow Jackets, participate on the NCAA Division II level as members of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

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