Black Hills State University: Narrative Description

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1200 University St.
Spearfish, SD 57799
Tel: (605)642-6011
Free: 800-255-2478
Admissions: (605)642-6343
E-mail: [email protected]
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State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of South Dakota University System. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1883. Setting: 123-acre small town campus. Endowment: $7.5 million. Research spending 2003-04: $629,401. Educational spending 2003-04: $3027 per student. Total enrollment: 3,846. Faculty: 194 (115 full-time, 79 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 21:1. 1,424 applied, 49% were admitted. 6% from top 10% of their high school class, 23% from top quarter, 55% from top half. Full-time: 2,533 students, 62% women, 38% men. Part-time: 1,120 students, 68% women, 32% men. Students come from 35 states and territories, 6 other countries, 19% from out-of-state, 3% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 1% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.4% international, 28% 25 or older, 20% live on campus, 13% transferred in. Retention: 56% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: education; business/marketing; parks and recreation. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at South Dakota State University. ROTC: Army.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, electronic application. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA in core curriculum, SAT or ACT. Entrance: minimally difficult. Application deadline: 7/18.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $20. State resident tuition: $2372 full-time, $150.60 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $7538 full-time, $312.05 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $2448 full-time, $76.50 per credit part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load and reciprocity agreements. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load and reciprocity agreements. College room and board: $3449. College room only: $1903. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 60 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 1% of eligible men and 1% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Student Activities Committee, student government. Major annual events: Swarm Days, Big 100 Week. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. College housing designed to accommodate 788 students; 790 undergraduates lived in college housing during 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. E. Y. Berry Library-Learning Center with 310,210 books, 370,738 microform titles, 485 serials, 751 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $414,343. 220 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Spearfish, population 10,000, is in a beautiful agricultural valley at the mouth of Spearfish Canyon. There are libraries, museums, churches, hospitals, and a number of civic and service organizations in the community and surrounding area. Recreational activities include hunting, fishing, hiking, skiing, golf, and boating. The Black Hills Passion Play is presented during the summer months in a specially constructed amphitheater. Part-time employment is available.

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