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  Information about Black Hills State University graduate programs, registering in a technical degree program to develop job skills, and taking free practice tests online. Which college degrees will give you the best chances of finding a job after graduation? Some students select a major because it offers practical skills that are valuable in the workplace. Other students choose their major because they enjoy the subject material. If you're having trouble gaining admission to a selective school, consider applying to a less-competitive department, and switching after your freshman year. The most popular college major is business administration, split equally between men and women. On the other hand, men make up the large majority of computer science and engineering majors. For women, the fields of education, English and liberal arts dominate the list.

Online courses support faculty innovation in teaching, by requiring professors to develop new courses. Distance education enables students who cannot make the commute to campus to have access to accredited courses. Online education gives you the opportunity to take difficult courses that won't show up on your transcript, if you so choose. Alternatively, you may be able to complete online credits for a grade. Advanced Placement exams are offered in a variety of subjects, offering college credit for classes that you have done well in. Test yourself with free practice exams, before visiting the College Board website to register to take your actual AP Tests. If you earn a score of 3 or higher on an AP Exam, you may be able to receive advanced placement in college.

Online Courses - MOOCs

Black Hills State University graduate programsIf a high school student wants to get into a selective college, but doesn't have high grades, he or she may apply via a degree major that is less popular, or harder for the school to fill. If you stay true to your career interests, not just going after salary, your overall job earnings will increase over time as you gain experience. If you focus your degree choices on salary alone, there's greater risk that you'll suffer early signs of burnout, and be forced to change careers.

Technical training programs are a low-cost alternative to attending a regular, four-year college, and you may earn good money as a highly-skilled, technical specialist. By taking some of your degree courses online, you also may be able to graduate earlier, saving money on tuition. If you're currently employed, you can take online courses in your spare time to advance your present career. Massive Open Online Courses are known as MOOCs, utilizing cloud-based software and Google apps.

An online degree may be just as marketable as a college degree earned on campus. Udemy online learning, a site which allows anyone to take online courses, is a new startup with backing from the founders of Groupon. Khan Academy now offers over 3,900 micro-lectures available via YouTube. Coursera, another online-learning software platform, has millions of enrolled students around the world. Recently, MIT made it's open courseware platform available to students and instructors at no cost.

Online Tests - Free Practice!

This section offers practice tests in a variety of academic subject areas. Each of the following multiple-choice tests has 10 questions to work on. No sign-up required, just straight to the test.
Business Tests

Nursing Tests

English Tests
Engineering Tests

Other colleges near Spearfish, South Dakota:

Take a few moments to browse other colleges and universities near Spearfish. It's a good idea to compare all schools in the area, as well as consider taking some of your classes online, to save on tuition fees. By continuing your education, you can improve your salary prospects or train for a more interesting position. According to the Occupational Outlook Quarterly, from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, college graduates are twice as likely to find employment as those without a college degree in today's competitive job market. Further, it may be possible to receive degree credit via Advanced Placement exams, as well as through honors classes that you've taken.

Financial aid deadlines are typically scheduled well in advance of regular admission dates, so be sure to apply early. You may request free information from several different schools below, without making a commitment.

College GuidePhoneIn-state TuitionOut-of-state TuitionStudent Body SizeRequest Info
Augustana College
    Sioux Falls, SD
(605) 274-0770$$$$$$$$ medium Program Info
Mount Marty College
    Yankton, SD
(800) 658-4552 $$$ $$$ small Program Info
University of South Dakota
    Vermillion, SD
(605) 677-5301 $$ $$ large Program Info
Presentation College
    Aberdeen, SD
(605) 225-1634 $$$ $$$ small Program Info
University of Sioux Falls
    Sioux Falls, SD
(605) 331-5000$$$$$$$$ medium Program Info
Oglala Lakota College
    Kyle, SD
(605) 455-6000 $ (low) $ (low) small Program Info
Southeast Technical Institute
    Sioux Falls, SD
(605) 367-7624 $ (low) $ (low) medium Program Info
Lake Area Technical Institute
    Watertown, SD
(605) 882-5284 $$ $$ medium Program Info
Dakota Wesleyan University
    Mitchell, SD
(605) 995-2600 $$$ $$$ small Program Info
Sinte Gleska University
    Mission, SD
(605) 856-8100 $ (low) $ (low) small Program Info

College Admissions

Just be yourself, and work on improving your grades during your final years in high school. The overall time-span for higher education is lengthening, because attending college as an undergraduate is increasingly likely to lead to graduate school. About half of colleges use a waiting list, particularly those which are more selective, and it's worthwhile to note that almost 30% of wait-listed students are eventually accepted. On average, over half of juniors retaking the SAT as a senior saw improvements in their scores, so test yourself with practice exams online, before visiting the College Board website to register. Further, if you earn a score of 3 or higher on an AP Exam, you may be able to receive course credits or advanced placement in college.

Financial Aid

Peterson's scholarship search is good to check not only for college scholarships, but also for the extensive resources on the college application process. Borrowers of privately subsidized student loans may face the same restrictions to bankruptcy discharge as in the case of government based loans. Please note that financial aid application deadlines are strictly enforced by the financial aid office. The official FAFSA website is and is free. Loan programs generally issue loans based on the credit history of the applicant and any applicable cosigner. This is in contrast to federal loan programs that deal primarily with need-based criteria, as defined by the FAFSA form.

Federal Direct Student Loans, also known as Direct Loans, are funded by the US Treasury. Private student loans, however, are not guaranteed, and are offered directly to students by a commercial bank, employee credit union, or finance company. Student loans should be seen as 'the measure of last resort,' as this entails graduating with substantial debt. Student credit cards may seem like a good short-term solution, but the interest rates are high, and credit cards often carry an annual fee. If you do end up using credit cards to meet some expenses, pay off the outstanding balance in full every month.

Business & Medical Job Listings

Although most jobs which pay six-figure salaries require a college degree, technical fields offer high salaries based more on ability than which school you graduated from. Students will impress future bosses more with an impressive portfolio than with an advanced degree, so practice your skills as a consultant for local companies. Candidates with prior industry experience are preferred by interviewers, so you resume must show a clear pattern of success over time, based on numeric results and personal achievements.
Professional Careers
Each link lists current openings:
Starting Salary
(up to)
10 Year Salary
(up to)
Advertising & Sales$51,350$71,280
Casino Dealers$45,750$79,170
Computer Programmers$75,500$104,050
EMT, Paramedics$36,390$65,280
Graphic Designers$49,400$77,820
Financial Analysts$71,240$118,000
Flight Attendants$56,150$95,300
Private Investigators$38,290$64,380
Registered Nurses (RN)$49,730$83,440
Stock Brokers$60,190$80,280

In order to become an RN (Registered Nurse), a bachelors degree in nursing is recommended. RN's command a greater salary, and are responsible for an enlarged scope of practice over LPNs and CNAs. Students will receive classroom instruction and clinical training in a hospital setting. A 4-year BSN program allows students to further specialize in the areas of pediatrics, geriatrics and mental health. After completing your nursing education, you must be licensed by the state in which you'll be practicing, given that state boards of nursing each have specific certification requirements.

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1200 University St
Spearfish, SD 57799-9500

Phone: (605) 642-6011
Fax: (605) 642-6763

Black Hills State University Degree Courses
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Black Hills State University
1200 University St
Spearfish, SD 57799-9500

Phone: (605) 642-6011
Fax: (605) 642-6763
Fill out the form to request Black Hills State University course info.
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University of Sioux Falls
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Skilled Careers
Current openings:
Starting Salary
(up to)
Computer Programmers$75,500
EMT, Paramedics$36,390
Financial Analysts$71,240
Graphic Designers$49,400
Film & Video Editors$58,100
Public Relations$40,670
Registered Nurses (RN)$49,730
Stock Brokers$60,190
Website Designers$42,640

Black Hills State University has a reputation for academics, allowing you to pursue the degree program that's right for you. Additionally, career placement services can help you to structure your job search after graduation. If you'd like to request course information, please use the inquiry form at the top of this page.

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