Black Hills State University (BHSU) is a public university in Spearfish, South Dakota. The university began as the Dakota Territory Spearfish Normal School in 1883. It grew into Black Hills Teacher College, then Black Hills State College, before becoming a full-fledged university. Today it is situated on 123 acres in Spearfish with branch campuses in Rapid City, Pierre, Yankton, and Sioux Falls. Students come from nearly every U.S. state and several foreign countries.
Accreditation is granted by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education, National Association of Schools of Music, North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, and National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.