Black Hills State University

1200 University Street
Spearfish, SD 57799



Black Hills State University will be recognized as an innovative, high-quality university in the Black Hills region, the state, the nation, and the world.

We, at Black Hills State University, are committed to:


We engage in the scholarship of research and creative activity to contribute knowledge and art to the community, the state, the region, the nation, and the world; we engage in the scholarship of teaching by using relevant and cutting edge practices to prepare students for the future; and, we engage in the scholarship of service by accepting leadership roles in society and making meaningful contributions to the profession and to the general public.


We accept the responsibility of transforming student lives and treat each student with dignity and respect.

Educational Excellence and Life Long Learning

We engage in doing quality work by reflecting on our performance, our creativity and ingenuity, and in continuously challenging ourselves to improve.


We adhere to ethical standards of excellence and accept accountability for personal decisions and actions, which impact our reputation as a dynamic and resourceful institution of higher learning that places students front and center.


We embrace the multi-dimensions of human differences by practicing inclusive education and unconditional positive regard, supporting multicultural learning experiences for all, and encouraging international exchange.

Innovation and Change

We anticipate future needs and use our imaginations to be responsive to unique opportunities for growth by encouraging respectful dialogue that encourages an open-minded exchange of ideas whereby active listening and critical thinking sustain a vibrant learning community for students, staff, faculty, administration, alumni, and the public.

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