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Black Hills State University Demographics & Diversity

Spearfish, South Dakota

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Racial Demographics & Diversity

Racial Diversity
Very Low

A college's ethnic diversity is indicated by the student body's equal inclusion of students from different backgrounds . Students at Black Hills State University are mostly White with a small Hispanic population. The school has very low racial diversity. 17% percent of students are minorities or people of color (BIPOC). The ethnic breakdown is detailed in the following table.

Racial demographics of Black Hills State University students
Race Percent of Students
White 83%
Black 2%
Hispanic 5%
Asian 0%
American Indian / Alaskan 4%
Hawaiian / Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 4%
International 1%
Race Unknown 1%

Gender Demographics & Diversity

Gender Diversity

There are 69% more female students than male students enrolled at Black Hills State University with a gender ratio of 63% women to 37% men. Compared to the US average of 56% female students, Black Hills State University has a lower gender diversity than other US colleges and is less inclusive of males.

Male to female gender ratio for Black Hills State University students
Gender Percent of Students
Men 37%
Women 63%
Enrollment by gender for Black Hills State University students
Gender Number of Students
Men 1,341
Women 2,267

Geographic Diversity

Geographic Diversity

Black Hills State University serves a low number of students outside of South Dakota, with 61 percent of the student body residing in-state.

Enrollment by geographic location for Black Hills State University students
Origin Percent of Students
In State 61%
Out of State 38%
Foreign 0%
Unknown Location 1%

Economic Diversity

Median Household Income
$49,477 per year

34% of students can be considered low-income as indicated by their receipt of Federal Pell Grant Aid.

Undergrad Student Population

Undergrad enrollment by age and part time status
Segment Percent of Students
Students Over 25 Years Old 25.7%
Part time Undergrads 24.2%

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