Campus Profile: South Dakota State University

South Dakota State University is a public university in Brookings. Around 9,700 undergraduate students are enrolled at the university.

Campus Reform Campus Profiles evaluate individual American college campuses based on liberal bias, speech codes, and other relevant policies and factors.

South Dakota State University is a public university in Brookings. Around 9,700 undergraduate students are enrolled at the university.

Official Political Student Organizations: 

Conservative Organizations: 

College Republicans

Jacks for Life

Turning Point USA

Young Americans for Freedom Chapter

Liberal Organizations:

Black Student Alliance

College Democrats

Feminist Equality Movement

Gender and Sexuality Alliance

FEC Data on South Dakota State University Political Donations:

According to Campus Reform’s analysis of Federal Election Commission (FEC) data, South Dakota State University employee political donations contributed 41.62% to Democrat candidates, while 58.38% went to Republican candidates during the 2020 cycle.

Foundation for Individual Rights in Education Rating:

South Dakota State University has been given a yellow light speech code. According to FIRE, “Yellow light colleges and universities are those institutions with at least one ambiguous policy that too easily encourages administrative abuse and arbitrary application.” FIRE also notes that a yellow light policy at a public institution is unconstitutional.


South Dakota State University is NOT requiring a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for students and employees.