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Black Hills State University

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About Black Hills State University

Black Hills State University is a masters-level state university with 4,500 students. The campus leads the region in sustainability efforts and maintains top academic programs in business (AACSB), exercise science, natural sciences, social sciences, the arts, mass communication, health sciences and education.

The university, founded in 1883, is located in the northern Black Hills, a region abundant with outdoor activity and culture. Spearfish, S.D., is recognized as one of the top 10 most livable small town in the USA and has also been recognized nationally for outdoor recreational opportunities.

A second location, BHSU-RC, was recently established in Rapid City, the state’s second largest city.

Campus information

The Black Hills State University campus consists of 123 acres (50 ha) and 20 main buildings in addition to Ida Henton Park and Lyle Hare Stadium.

Construction was completed in 2009 for the Student Union expansion that has more than doubled the amount of space available for students. An $8-million science building opened in 2011. The 26,000-square-foot (2,400 m2) science building is located west of the current Jonas Science wing. Clare and Josef Meier Hall, a state-of-the-art a music and classroom building, was added in the center of campus in 2003. This 44,919-square-foot (4,173.1 m2) building includes a 280-seat recital hall, choir and band rooms, faculty studios, classrooms, soundproof practice rooms, conference rooms, instrument storage areas, keyboard, listening and piano labs and faculty offices.

A majority of the university’s instructional programs and offices are housed in Woodburn Hall, Wenona Cook Hall, Jonas Hall, and the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center. The E.Y. Berry Library-Learning Center, the first South Dakota library to implement electronic catalog system, contains learning resources, both print and electronic.

Six residence halls and an eight-building apartment complex accommodate nearly 1000 students. The David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union serves the social and recreational needs of the students. The Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center provides fitness facilities and an aquatics center, as well as classrooms and faculty offices. The Joy (Proctor) Krautschun Alumni Foundation Welcome Center offers space for alumni, students and the community to hold campus and community meetings and events.

Hiking through ancient forests. Exploring a couple of the longest caves in the world. Ice-climbing waterfalls. There are plenty of good reasons to travel through the Black Hills. On the border between western South Dakota and eastern Wyoming, the granite peaks and ponderosa forests of this mountain range are some of the oldest on the planet. Combine that natural beauty with American Indian heritage, a dose of Western history and a location central to North America, and you’ve got a big place to explore. 


The Peaks
The Peaks is the three building complex of Heidepriem Hall, Thomas Hall, and Crow Peak Hall. The three residence halls are joined together by the Lookout Lodge room.

Crow Peak Hall
The Crow Peak Hall is the newest residence hall on campus. The nearly 50,000-square-foot residence hall connects two existing halls, Heidepriem and Thomas, with a central living area that is the resident life hub for all three buildings. It includes a two-story great room, residential kitchen for student use, fireplace, a snack area and multi-media study rooms.

Heidepriem Hall
Heidepriem Hall, or "Heide" as it is commonly known, is the largest co-ed residence hall on the BHSU campus with room for 154 residents. Residents in Heide often spend their time just hanging out with one another. Heide holds many amenities like the cooking area on the second floor, and the TV lounge and ping-pong table on the first floor. Both places are perfect for spending time with friends. Heide is comprised of 2 male wings and 4 female wings, all of which conveniently house their own washer and dryers. Living in Heide will also give you easy access to the Disc Golf course, the large campus green, and beautiful scenery. Whatever your interests are, there is a place for you in Heide.

Thomas Hall
Thomas Hall, or "T-Hall" as it is commonly referred to, is one of the larger co-ed residence halls with capacity for 152 residents. Thomas Hall is a great place to make any student feel comfortable in the college setting because of the large recreation lounge, study lounge, and TV/movie lounge. Students who live in Thomas have a great experience with all that is offered by their fun and dynamic staff. Thomas Hall will be a staple of your college experience!

Humbert Hall
Humbert is conveniently located across the street from the Student Union. This residence hall is a close-knit community building, housing 80+ students. Laundry services are provided on the 1st floor and the 2nd floor houses a kitchen combined with a TV/Movie lounge area. The Residence Life Office is also located on the first floor, with a separate outside entrance.

Wenona Cook Hall
Wenona Cook, or “Dub-C” as it is commonly referred to, is BHSU’s oldest residence hall. Named after the wife of BHSU's first President, Wenona Cook personifies the historic beauty of our campus. Residents of Wenona Cook enjoy a very close proximity to Lyle Hare Stadium and many other great areas on the BHSU campus.

The Yellow Jacket Apartments
The Yellow Jacket Apartments are the perfect option for students over the age of 19 who need a little more privacy but still want to stay connected to the exciting environment of campus living. Living in the suites does work to fulfill the two year live-on requirement. There is a focus on sustainability at the campus suites our programs promote residents to make eco-friendly choices.  

The Set Up:
There are eight buildings (one which is set aside for family housing), each building is comprised of eight suites. Every suite is set-up to house three students: one in the single bedroom and two in the double bedroom. The living room and kitchen area are open to each other giving a spacious feel to the living space. The three roommates share a generous sized bathroom. There is a laundry room located in each building. All suites are furnished with a couch, beds, dressers, an air-conditioner, and a full kitchen. Suites designed for students with disabilities are available. 

Each suite has 790 square feet of living space and is heated with thermostatic controlled hot water heat.  Rooms are carpeted, except for the kitchen area and bathroom.  The single bedroom is approximately 11'3" x 10' with a small closet and the double bedroom is 11' x 12' plus a walk-in closet.  The living room is 13'6" wide.  Parking spaces are conveniently located.  Annual parking permits are required.  No boats, campers, trailers, etc. will be allowed in the parking lot. 


Courses available 10

Accounting & Finance 1 Applied, Pure Sciences 2 Business, Management 1 Creative Arts & Design 1 Education and Teaching 1 Humanities & Social Sciences 2 Mass Communication & Media 2 MBA 1


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