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The university has a long and proud history dating back to 1857, with Harris Teachers College, a normal school for white students to train future teachers. Later in 1890, the Sumner Normal School for black students was founded, which changed its name to Stowe Teachers College. The two schools existed separately for decades, until the historic Brown v. Board of Education mandate of 1954 when the two merged but retained only the Harris name. Later, alumni and others pointed out that the Stowe name should be attached, and was known as Harris-Stowe College until 2005 when the school became Harris-Stowe State University.

The school today has expanded beyond just a teacher’s college and is now a public university awarding a variety of degrees. The institution can be found in St. Louis, Missouri on a 31-acre campus in an urban setting. It has been recently rated as one of the best regional colleges in the Midwest and was also listed as one of the remaining historically black colleges or universities. Part of the school’s baseball field was once used as the Negro National League Stars’ Park – a fact of pride among students and alumni.


Based on its tuition rates, the school is found to be one of the most affordable baccalaureate degree-awarding schools in the St. Louis area. The university is composed of three different schools and colleges: the Anheuser-Busch School of Business, the College of Arts & Sciences and the College of Education.

Bachelor of Science degree programs are offered including Accounting, Biology, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Health Care Management, Hospitality and Tourism Management, Information Sciences & Computer Technology, Mathematics, Middle School Education, Professional Interdisciplinary Studies, Secondary Education, and Urban Education. Students who pursue these degrees must also complete general education requirement classes, to give a firm foundation for upper classwork.

Out of the 15-degree programs offered the most popular majors are Business Administration and Management, Elementary Education and Teaching, Accounting and Criminal Justice/Safety Studies.

Class sizes are generally small and there are no classes offered containing 50 students or more. For the most part class sizes consist of fewer than 20 students, however there are a small percentage of classes which contain 20-49 students.

Most Popular Fields of Study


Students interested in attending must complete an application for admission, send official college/university transcripts (when applicable), send official high school transcripts or GED scores, send ACT or SAT scores, and pay a small nonrefundable application fee. Applications can be submitted online or printed and mailed to the Office of Admissions.

Transfer students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 for admission to the Teacher Education programs and a minimum GPA of 2.0 for all non-teaching programs. Transcripts will be evaluated on a course-by-course basis for all transfer students that have not completed an Associate of Arts degree or 42 semester hours of general education.

International students whose native language is not English must take the TOEFL and send their scores to the university. These students must also provide evidence that they will be financially secure while in the US.

Financial Aid

Most students here receive some type of financial aid assistance. Federal loans and grants are available and students are required to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). State assistance available for Missouri residents include the Access Missouri Financial Assistance Program, Four New Missouri Student Assistance Programs, Bridge Scholarship Program, Advantage Missouri Program, MOSTARS Higher Education Savings Program, and Missouri College Guarantee Program.

There are also external scholarships available and these include The Alpha Kappa Alpha Educational Advancement Foundation Inc. Scholarships and Fellowships, ProNet International Gifts & Scholarships Inc., and Thurgood Marshall College Fund Science, Technology, Engineering or Math Emergency Scholarship Program. There are also various scholarships offered by the university and information regarding these scholarships can be found on the school’s official website.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 3915th for the average student loan amount.
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This is in large part a commuter-school and most students live off campus. Almost all students have a car on school premises, regardless of where they are living.


Students who are interested in living on campus must fill out an application and pay a housing deposit to the Department of Residential Life. Freshmen are guaranteed housing if they pay the housing deposit by a certain date and therefore students are encouraged to apply and pay the deposit as early as possible. There are both single-bed suites and double-bed suites available for freshman. The on-campus housing available for upperclassman is the Gillespie Residence Hall. All rooms come fully-equipped with telephone service, cable TV, and high speed Internet access. Even if a student is of legal age, alcohol is not permitted in student housing. No student over the age of 25 is eligible to live in on-campus regardless of their student status.


The library is a member of the Bridges Cluster within the MOBIUS library association, along with eight other members, allowing the library catalog to be linked with the catalogs’ of all of the Bridges Cluster members and to the full MOBIUS complement of member catalogs. This allows the catalog to contain information from more than 50 academic and public libraries across the state of Missouri.

Jazz and HSSU:

Donald Wolff and his wife donated their jazz collection to HSSU in April of 2002. From this contribution, the Don & Heide Wolff Jazz Institute was created allowing students as well as the community to learn more about jazz music and its various artists.

Greek Life:

Most of the Greek organizations offered at the school are historically Black Greek organizations, which were started to help bring African-Americans together and provide unity to college campuses in the early 1900s. In order to be a member of a Black Greek letter organization students must be enrolled full-time, have a minimum GPA of 2.5, meet the required community service hours, obtain formal letters of recommendation, meet the guidelines of the chapter and/or membership intake committee, attend an informal meeting and their sponsored events, and participate in an interview by the organization.

The Greek organizations offered include:

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.

Iota Phi Theta Fraternity Inc.

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc.

Omega Alpha Psi Fraternity & Ministry

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc.

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc.

Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity Inc.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.

Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc.

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


The athletic program is a member of the NAIA and the American Midwest Conference (AMC). The school’s mascot is the Hornets and their colors are brown and gold. Soccer and basketball teams are available for both men and women. Men are also able to compete on a baseball team and women can also compete in volleyball and softball.


Notable alumni include:

  • Julius Hunter, former anchorman for KMOV Channel 4
  • Charles Shaw, federal judge
  • Bobby C. Wilks, first African-American to reach the rank of Coast Guard Captain and the first African-American Coast Guard aviator.


Accreditation is provided by The Higher Learning Commission for the school.

The Anheuser-Busch School of Business receives further accreditation from the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) and the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).

Furthermore, the School of Education receives its accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Information Summary

Ranks 87th in Missouri and 3543rd overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 1 0.06
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 2 0.13
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Saint Louis, MO 63103-2136
Surrounding communityLarge city (inside urban area, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population4,603 (4,603 urban / N/A rural)
Households2,670 (1.44 people per house)
Median Household Income$17,852
Families503 (2.57 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Baccalaureate Colleges — Diverse Fields
UndergraduateProfessions focus, no graduate coexistence
Undergraduate PopulationMedium full-time four-year, inclusive
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate four-year
Size & SettingSmall four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringBachelor's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District2901

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1614th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $4,776 $4,776 $9,409
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $444 $444 $444
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $199 $199 $392
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $20,120 $20,120 $24,753
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $16,788 $16,788 $21,421
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $10,220 $10,220 $14,853

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $4,553 $5,110 $4,553 $5,110 $8,562 $9,648
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,000(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $8,300 $8,500
On-Campus – Other Expenses $5,000(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $6,568(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,000(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,000(N/C)

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NAIA
NAIA Basketball Conference American Midwest Conference
NAIA Baseball Conference American Midwest Conference

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity428
Meals per Week18
Room Fee$6,300
Board Fee$2,600

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 3658th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $48,114 ($46,516 male / $48,107 female)
Number of FT Faculty 46 (24 male / 22 female)
Number of PT Faculty 167
FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
Total Benefits $1,144,860

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