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Black Hills State University Admission Requirements

Spearfish, South Dakota

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Chances of getting into Black Hills State University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
88.3%
Admission Difficulty for Black Hills State University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsEasy
Applicant CompetitionVery Low
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How hard is it to get into Black Hills State University and can I get accepted? The school has a 88% acceptance rate ranking it #7 in South Dakota for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 1,641 out of 1,858 applicants were admitted making Black Hills State University an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance assuming you meet the requirements.  Academically, it has easy requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 65 percent. Black Hills State University typically accepts and attracts "B" average high school students. Only 30% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Black Hills State University SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
960-1180
Applicants Submitting SAT
8%
SAT Scores for Black Hills State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 490
SAT Math 25th 470
SAT Composite 25th 960
SAT Scores for Black Hills State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 600
SAT Math 75th 580
SAT Composite 75th 1180
Average SAT Score 1070

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What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Black Hills State University?

Black Hills State University typically requires applicants to be in the top 68 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 960 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 850. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1070 out of 1600. The school ranks #7 in South Dakota for highest average SAT composite score. 8 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2018 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Black Hills State University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1180 and Above Good >93%
1070 to 1180 Avg + 88%-93%
960 to 1070 Avg - 81%-88%
850 to 960 Reach 72%-81%
Less than 850 Low <72%
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Black Hills State University ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
18-24 
Applicants Submitting ACT
84%
ACT Scores for Black Hills State University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 16
ACT Math 25th 17
ACT Composite 25th 18
ACT Scores for Black Hills State University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 23
ACT Math 75th 24
ACT Composite 75th 24
Average ACT Score 21

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Black Hills State University?

Admission data indicates that Black Hills State University regularly accepts students with ACT's of 18 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 62 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 15 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 21 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 24 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #7 in South Dakota for highest average ACT composite score. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 84 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Black Hills State University.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2018 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Black Hills State University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
24 and Above Good >93%
21 to 24 Avg + 88%-93%
18 to 21 Avg - 81%-88%
15 to 18 Reach 72%-81%
Less than 15 Low <72%
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Black Hills State University GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.22*
Typical High School Grades
B

What GPA do you need to get into Black Hills State University?

Applicants need about average high school grades to get into Black Hills State University. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Black Hills State University was 3.22 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #7 in South Dakota for highest average GPA. If your high school grades are above the average 3.22 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as Black Hills State University accepts 88% of all applicants.

 What do these ratings mean?

*This school has not released high school GPA data for its incoming freshmen. In these cases, CollegeSimply employs an artificial intelligence (AI) process to predict GPA based on this school's test scores and a large sample of other colleges' data. 3.22 is an estimate of the school's average incoming freshman GPA.

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Admission Statistics

Black Hills State University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 1,130 728 1,858
Accepted 1,003 638 1,641
Acceptance Rate 89% 88% 88%
Enrolled 322 167 489
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 32% 26% 30%

Fall 2021 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Jul 1, 2021
Days left to Apply
223

Applicants have 223 days left until the Fall 2021 term applications are due on Jul 1, 2021.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Black Hills State University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Black Hills State University Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Required
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Black Hills State University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=219046 IPEDS survey data for Black Hills State University.

FAQs

Does Black Hills State University prefer SAT or ACT?

8% of students submit their SAT scores to Black Hills State University. 84% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Black Hills State University?

88% of those who apply are granted admission to Black Hills State University. Admission competition is and the college has easy admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Black Hills State University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 960 and 1180. 8% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Black Hills State University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 18 and 24. 84% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.