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More about Great Plains IDEA at South Dakota State University

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Founded

1881

Main Campus Location:

Brookings, South Dakota (pop. 23,657)

Accredited By

Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
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Undergrad Population

10,844

Graduate Population

1,334

Number of Colleges

6

Nickname

Jackrabbits

School Colors

Yellow and Blue

Mascot

Jack the Jackrabbit

TRADITIONS

SDSU’s Hobo Day, a part of homecoming week, first came about in 1912 when a costumed parade included hobos. The present-day Hobo Day parade includes a 1912 Model-T Ford that first appeared in the 1939 parade.

The SDSU Coughlin Campanile is a famous South Dakota landmark. At its completion in 1929, it was then South Dakota’s tallest building at 165 feet high.