Cougar Days

As time has gone by, Cougar Days has become the overarching title for many activities and celebrations taking place around USF Homecoming. Make plans to come home again and celebrate Cougar Days with friends, family and fellow classmates! It will be a full weekend of events that you will not want to miss!

Sept. 29 - Oct. 1 | Cougar Days 2023 will include:

  • Milestone Class Reunion Events for classes ending in three
  • Choir Reunion
  • Family Weekend
  • Alumni Achievement Awards Celebration
  • Hall of Fame Banquet
  • Homecoming Game and Festivities
  • Athletic and Fine Arts Events

Below is the 2023 schedule of events.

Find an Event for you!

Alumni

Register
 

Friday, September 29

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. | Historical Campus Tours | McDonald Center, Ward Lobby
Join USF alumnus Jon Hiatt '97 and special guests for a historical walking tour of campus. Learn about the unsung heroes of the University's history, pranks and traditions, and the many pervasive urban legends of campus.

12 - 1 p.m. | Class Reunion Lunch | McDonald Center Conference Room
Take a walk down memory lane with old friends. Enjoy lunch with classmates from all the milestone reunion classes ending in '3' and reminisce and share some laughs over wonderful memories made at "the COO". 

1 - 2 p.m. | Back to Class | Various Classrooms
Reconnect with the reason you first came to USF — learning! Choose from a variety of classes.

2 - 3 p.m. | Campus Tours | McDonald Center, Ward Lobby 
If you haven't been on a tour of campus in a while (or ever!), here's your chance! Get your bearings for the fun-filled weekend ahead while learning more about campus life. See what's new, what's improved and what's just as you remembered it! 

3:15  p.m. | Outdoor Band Concert | Salsbury Science Center Plaza
Join the USF Music Department for an instrumental music concert in the beautiful plaza between the Jeschke Fine Arts Center and the Salsbury Science Center.

4 - 5 p.m. | Homecoming Cornhole Tournament | Quad
Come play in the homecoming cornhole, beanbags, bags, — or whatever you call it — tournament and compete for the first place prize during this single-elimination tournament!

4 - 6 p.m. | Faculty Art Reception | Jeschke Fine Arts Center Gallery 
Join the Art Department for an exhibition celebrating the artwork of our faculty! Be sure to stop by and enjoy some incredible artwork and tasty refreshments.

6 - 8:30 p.m. | Alumni Achievement Awards Celebration & Dinner | Hilton Garden Inn - Downtown
Celebrate all things USF at this high-spirited dinner and program as we honor the 2023 Alumni Achievement Award and Perisho Award recipients. The celebration will begin with a social at 6 p.m. followed by a dinner and program at 6:30 p.m. Cash bar available. Semi-formal dress recommended.

6:30 - 8:30 p.m. | Hall of Fame Banquet | Holiday Inn - City Centre
Celebrate the newest inductees of the University of Sioux Falls Athletics Hall of Fame. Join us as we honor those who left indelible marks at USF. Cash bar available. Semi-formal dress recommended. Social and Dinner 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. | Program 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 30

8:30 - 10 a.m. | Cougar Days 5K Run/Walk | Cherry Rock Park
All are welcome to join the fun in this family-friendly run/walk. Each participant will receive a USF track and field shirt and can race to win prizes in various divisions! All proceeds from the event will support USF Track and Field. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. and the race starts at 9 a.m.

10:30 - 11 a.m. | Campus Visit | McDonald Center, Ward Lobby
Future Cougars are invited to tour the University of Sioux Falls! Start off with a presentation from an admission counselor followed by a student-led campus tour.

11 a.m. - 12 p.m. | Campus Tours | McDonald Center, Ward Lobby
If you haven’t been on a tour of campus in a while (or ever!), here’s your chance! Get your bearings for the fun-filled weekend ahead while learning more about campus life.

11 a.m. - 1 p.m. | Tailgate and Family Carnival | USF Sports Complex
Outdoor fun for all ages – enjoy a casual environment with food trucks, inflatables, lawn games and more! Food and beverage available for purchase.

1:00 p.m. | Homecoming Football Game vs. Augustana University | USF Sports Complex
Come cheer on your Cougars as they take on the Vikings in the annual Key to the City game! 2023 Hall of Fame inductees will be recognized and Homecoming Coronation will take place at half-time. Tickets can be purchased at www.usfcougars.com/tickets after August 7.

7 - 9 p.m. | USF's Got Talent | Jeschke Fine Arts Center - Meredith Auditorium
From across campus, talented USF students will share a variety of acts ranging from singing, dancing, comedy, magic, stunts and more to compete to be named the next USF's Got Talent winner! Plus this year there will be a special performance by USF's alumni choir! 

Sunday, October 1

9:00 & 10:30 a.m. | USF Sunday | First Baptist Church
The USF Concert Chorale will contribute to worship at First Baptist Church of Sioux Falls at both services. Traditional service held at 9:00 a.m. Contemporary service held at 10:30 a.m.
 

Choir Alumni Reunion

Register

Saturday, September 30

9:30 - 11 a.m. | Alumni Choir Rehearsal | Jeschke Fine Arts Center - Meredith Auditorium

12:40 p.m. | Perform the National Anthem prior to the Homecoming football game vs. Augustana University | USF Sports Complext - Bob Young Field (69th and Cliff Ave)

7 p.m. | USF's Got Talent featuring Alumni Choir | Jeschke Fine Arts Center - Meredith Auditorium

Please see above events in "Alumni" drop down for more ways to fill your weekend! 

Family Weekend

Register

Friday, September 29

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. | Historical Campus Tours | McDonald Center, Ward Lobby
Join USF alumnus Jon Hiatt '97 and special guests for a historical walking tour of campus. Learn about the unsung heroes of the University's history, pranks and traditions and the many pervasive urban legends of campus. 

11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. | Lunch at the Caf | McDonald Center, Salsbury Dining Hall
Enjoy lunch in the Salsbury Dining Hall.

1 - 2 p.m. | Back to Class | Various Classrooms
Put yourself in your student's shoes and experience a college course! Choose from a variety of classes. 

2 - 3 p.m. | Campus Tours | McDonald Center, Ward Lobby
If you haven't been on a tour of campus in a while (or ever!), here's your chance! Get your bearings for the fun-filled weekend ahead while learning more about campus life. See what's new, what's improved and what's just as you remembered it! 

3:15 p.m. | Outdoor Band Concert | Salsbury Science Center Plaza (weather permitting)
Join the USF Music Department for an instrumental music concert in the beautiful plaza between the Jeschke Fine Arts Center and the Salsbury Science Center.

4 - 5 p.m. | Homecoming Cornhole Tournament | Quad
Play in the homecoming cornhole, beanbags, bags - or whatever you call it - tournament and compete for the first place prize during the single-elimination tournament! 

4 - 6 p.m. | Faculty Art Reception | Jeschke Fine Arts Center Gallery 
Join the Art Department for an exhibition celebrating the artwork of our faculty! Be sure to stop by and enjoy some incredible artwork and tasty refreshments.

5 - 6:30 p.m. | Dinner at the Caf | McDonald Center, Salsbury Dining Hall
Enjoy dinner in the Salsbury Dining Hall.

6:30 - 8:30 p.m. | Fall Fest | Quad
USF's second annual Fall Fest will include carnival games, snacks, candy apples, music, lawn games and good family fun!

8 p.m. | Guytano | Salsbury Science Center Plaza
Minneapolis-based indie rockers Guytano have been playing together for over a decade, when they formed their groups as middle schoolers in Sartell, MN in 2010. Composed of brothers Grant and Eddie Hamilton, Isaac Hesse and Colter Benoit, they've amassed a tight-knit fanbase over the last few years.

Saturday, September 30

8:30 - 10 a.m. | Cougar Days 5K Run/Walk | Cherry Rock Park
All are welcome to join the fun in this family-friendly run/walk. Each participant will receive a USF track and field shirt and can race to win prizes in various divisions! All proceeds from the event will support USF Track and Field. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. and the race starts at 9 a.m. 

10:30 - 11 a.m. | Campus Visit | McDonald Center, Ward Lobby
Future Cougars are invited to tour the University of Sioux Falls! Start off with a presentation from an admission counselor followed by a student-led campus tour.
 
11 a.m. - 12 p.m. | Campus Tours | McDonald Center, Ward Lobby
If you haven’t been on a tour of campus in a while (or ever!), here’s your chance! Get your bearings for the fun-filled weekend ahead while learning more about campus life.

11 a.m. - 1 p.m. | Tailgate and Family Carnival | USF Sports Complex
Outdoor fun for all ages – enjoy a casual environment with food trucks, inflatables, lawn games and more! Food and beverage available for purchase.

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. | Brunch at the Caf | McDonald Center, Salsbury Dining Hall
Enjoy brunch in the Salsbury Dining Hall.

1 p.m. | Homecoming Football Game vs. Augustana University | USF Sports Complex
Come cheer on your Cougars as they take on the Vikings in the annual Key to the City game! 2023 Hall of Fame inductees will be recognized and Homecoming Coronation will take place at half-time. Tickets can be purchased at www.usfcougars.com/tickets after August 7.

7 - 9 p.m. | USF's Got Talent | Jeschke Fine Arts Center, Meredith Auditorium
From across campus, talented USF students will share a variety of acts ranging from singing, dancing, comedy, magic, stunts and more to compete to be named the next USF's Got Talent winner!

Sunday, October 1

9 & 10:30 a.m. | USF Sunday | First Baptist Church
The USF Concert Chorale will contribute to worship at First Baptist Church of Sioux Falls at both services. Traditional service held at 9:00 a.m. Contemporary service held at 10:30 a.m.

General

Register

Friday, September 29
10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. | Historical Campus Tours | McDonald Center, Ward Lobby
Join USF alumnus Jon Hiatt '97 and special guests for a historical walking tour of campus. Learn about the unsung heroes of the University's history, pranks and traditions, and the many pervasive urban legends of campus.

2 - 3 p.m. | Campus Tours | McDonald Center, Ward Lobby
If you haven’t been on a tour of campus, here’s your chance! Get your bearings for the fun-filled weekend ahead while learning more about campus life. See what's new, what's improved and what's just as you remembered it!

3:15 p.m. | Outdoor Band Concert | Salsbury Science Center Plaza
Join the USF Music Department for an instrumental music concert in the beautiful plaza between the Jeschke Fine Arts Center and the Salsbury Science Center. 

4 - 6 p.m. | Faculty Art Reception | Jeschke Fine Arts Center Gallery 
Join the Art Department for an exhibition celebrating the artwork of our faculty! Be sure to stop by and enjoy some incredible artwork and tasty refreshments.

6 - 8:30 p.m. | Alumni Achievement Awards Celebration & Dinner | Hilton Garden Inn - Downtown
Celebrate all things USF at this high-spirited dinner and program as we honor the 2023 Alumni Achievement Award and Perisho Award recipients. The celebration will begin with a social at 6 p.m. followed by dinner and program at 6:30 p.m. Cash bar available. Semi-formal dress recommended.

6:30 - 8:30 p.m. | Hall of Fame Banquet | Holiday Inn - City Centre
Theater Celebrate the newest inductees of the University of Sioux Falls Athletics Hall of Fame. Join us as we honor those who left indelible marks at USF. Cash bar available. Semi-formal dress recommended. Social and dinner 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. | Program 7:30-8:30 p.m. 

Saturday, September 30

8:30 - 10 a.m. | Cougar Days 5k Run/Walk | Cherry Rock Park
All are welcome to join the fun in this family-friendly run/walk. Each participant will receive a USF track and field shirt and can race to win prizes in various divisions! All proceeds from the event will support USF Track and Field. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. and race starts at 9 a.m.

10:30 - 11 a.m. | Campus Visit | McDonald Center, Ward Lobby
Future Cougars are invited to tour the University of Sioux Falls! Start off with a presentation from an admission counselor followed by a student-led campus tour.

11 a.m. - 12 p.m. | Campus Tours | McDonald Center, Ward Lobby
If you haven’t been on a tour of campus in a while (or ever!), here’s your chance! Get your bearings for the fun-filled weekend ahead while learning more about campus life.

11 a.m. - 1 p.m. | Tailgate and Family Carnival | USF Sports Complex
Outdoor fun for all ages – enjoy a casual environment with food trucks, inflatables, lawn games and more! Food and beverage available for purchase.

1 p.m. | Homecoming Football Game vs. Augustana University | USF Sports Complex
Come cheer on your Cougars as they take on the Vikings in the annual Key to the City game! 2023 Hall of Fame inductees will be recognized and Homecoming Coronation will take place at half-time. Tickets can be purchased at www.usfcougars.com/tickets after August 7.

7 - 9 p.m. | USF's Got Talent | Jeschke Fine Arts Center - Meredith Auditorium
From across campus, talented USF students will share a variety of acts ranging from singing, dancing, comedy, magic, stunts and more to compete to be named the next USF's Got Talent winner! Plus this year there will be a special performance by the USF's alumni choir! 

Sunday, October 1

9 & 10:30 a.m. | USF Sunday | First Baptist Church
The USF Concert Chorale will contribute to worship at First Baptist Church of Sioux Falls at both services. Traditional service held at 9:00 a.m. Contemporary service held at 10:30 a.m.

Students

Check your campus email for the line-up of homecoming events and registration info. We hope your family will join us during Cougar Days - click the dropdown above to see the list of Family Weekend events.

Virtual Offerings

Anytime
Virtual 5K Run/Walk | All are welcome to join the fun in this family-friendly run/walk. Each participant will receive a USF track and field shirt. All proceeds from the event will support USF Track and Field. ($25)

Virtual Campus Tour | If you haven't been on a tour of the campus in a while (or ever!), here's your chance to learn more about campus life.

Saturday
1 p.m. | Homecoming Football Game | Cheer on your Cougars! Stream here!

Sunday
9 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. | USF Sunday | The USF Concert Chorale will contribute to worship at First Baptist Church of Sioux Falls at both services. Traditional service held at 9 a.m. Contemporary service is held at 10:30 a.m. Stream here!

USF Athletic Events

Cheer on the USF Cougars!

Friday | 2 p.m. | Women's Soccer vs. Minnesota State Moorhead
Saturday | 1 p.m. | Football vs. Augustana University
Sunday | 1 p.m. | Women's Soccer vs. Northern State University

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Cougar Central

The official bookstore of USF.
Save 20% on the latest USF Cougars t-shirts, hoodies, sweatshirts, blankets and more.

Cougar Central Hours
Friday | 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday | 9-11 a.m. & at the football game

Shop online

Cooper's Cafe

Starbucks Coffee Shop in the Student Union
Friday | 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday | 8:30 a.m.-11 a.m.

Lodging

Downtown Sioux Falls
Holiday Inn City Centre | (605) 339-2000 | Mention “University of Sioux Falls Rate” for $98 per room/per night (subject to availability)
Hilton Garden Inn | (605) 444-4700 (Ext. 2) | Mention “University of Sioux Falls corporate rate” for 15% off (subject to availability)


Near Campus
Home2Suites | (605) 332-5461 (ext. 0) | Book by 9/1 and mention "USF Homecoming block" for a rate of $149 per room/per night.

Parking

Cougar Days guests are able to park in any main campus parking lot throughout the weekend for free. Parking at the USF Sports Complex for the Homecoming Football Game is $5 (cash only).