Student Life


The Black Hills

John Witherspoon College is located in Rapid City, South Dakota, among the beautiful Black Hills and within 25 miles of the historic national monument, Mount Rushmore. Families love the area’s friendly attractions, history buffs are drawn to the rich culture and heritage of the region, and adventure seekers find a wide array of outdoor activities awaiting them, such as hunting, fishing, boating, hiking, biking, rock climbing, skiing, snowmobiling, and more. 

The Community and Facilities

The Black Hills region is home to almost 200 churches representing a wide range of congregational size, denominational identity, worship style, and mission and ministry focus. John Witherspoon encourages students to serve in local churches, and to participate fully in the life of the local community.

The main campus of John Witherspoon College is located at 4021 Range Road, which is located in West Rapid City, SD, close to Stevens High School. The College Library is located a few blocks away in the JWC Annex at 414 South Canyon Road. 

Housing Information

JWC does not maintain student residence facilities, and does not assume responsibility for providing student housing. However, the College maintains a list of housing opportunities for students who have been admitted and who have paid their Advance Deposits. Students and their parents are responsible for determining the suitability of housing options. College staff will assist students and their families in every way possible in arranging contacts and providing information on quality housing opportunities.

Many of these housing opportunities are with Christian host families. Students and their families seeking such housing situations will normally contact an interested family directly to confirm personally the arrangements for the next academic year. Each situation is different, with varying costs, house rules, and expectations, so students and their families should carefully arrange the right match.

Off-Campus Employment

Employment in and around Rapid City is readily available. However, since completing a degree at John Witherspoon College is a full-time activity, we recommend students limit off-campus employment to twenty (20) hours per week.