Moneywise lists BHSU as the worst college for your money


SPEARFISH, SD (KEVN) — Students are graduating in hopes of leaving college with a degree and a well-paying job.

So, attending a school ranked as the worst for a return on that investment could turn away potential students.

Black Hills State University is listed on as South Dakota’s only.

The average net price to study as a Yellow Jacket is similar to other schools across the country, but students are expected to earn just over $35,000 six years after graduation.

Vice President for Academic Affairs Pamela Carriveau says it has a lot to do with the degrees offered at the school.

“We don’t have an engineering school at Black Hills State University, we don’t have a law school, we don’t have a medical school. We primarily serve undergraduate students on the west side of the state,” Carriveau said, adding that a majority of those students go on to earn a degree in education, psychology or social services.

“You know they go into fields that, at least in South Dakota, tend to have lower pay levels,” Carriveau explained.

However, these jobs are still vitally important and Carriveauu said the average salary should not be about the students, but rather about the quality of education they receive at BHSU.

“Any college degree will definitely benefit you in the long run compared to no college degree, but a degree from Black Hills State University is still valuable compared to the national average,” Carriveau said.

The graduation rate at the school is quite low at 34% but 93% of alumni are employed within 2 years of graduation.

“I think it’s fair to point out that a lot of students choose to leave. Education majors who graduate choose to leave because they know they can earn a higher rate just across the border in Wyoming. 10 miles away,” Carriveau said.

Carriveau thinks the school is excellent for those looking to earn a degree in western South Dakota,

“We truly believe that we are providing a vital service to people in the region who need a college degree, who want a college degree, and who need to be able to access education in their backyard,” Carriveau said.

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