Harris-Stowe State University (HSSU) is proud to announce that it has surpassed last year’s enrollment for the largest freshman and transfer students. This year’s first-time freshman and new transfer student enrollment of nearly 600 is a more than 30 percent increase, up from last year’s 452. This highlights a two-year trend that represents a 50 percent increase over the 2014-15 academic year.
For example, Harris-Stowe’s 2016 graduating class of 152 graduates was nearly 90 percent African-American. By contrast, of the 34 universities and colleges in Missouri, 30 percent graduate less than 50 African-Americans and 60 percent graduate less than 100 African-Americans. At the same time, the University is casting a wider net and attracting a more diverse student population and offers the most affordable baccalaureate in the metropolitan St. Louis area.
“We provide an academically-challenging education at an affordable price in a thriving urban environment. Harris-Stowe is very competitive and attracts students from across the country and around the world,” said Loretta McDonald, director of Harris-Stowe’s Office of Admissions. “Harris-Stowe is continuing to develop and broaden our aggressive recruitment strategy and it is yielding great results.”
“Many of our local students are even choosing to live on campus because of the broad range of academic and social activities – they enjoy an authentic HBCU college experience,” said Shawn Baker, senior associate dean of students for Harris-Stowe State University. “In addition to direct access to student activities, our residents benefit from targeted Learning Communities that are helping students excel academically.”
Over the past two years, the University has more than doubled its degree offerings, which attracts students to its most popular business and science programs. Also, Harris-Stowe’s intimate, nurturing environment, and its 13:1 student-to-faculty ratio are other factors that attract students. Another testament to growth is the 2016 graduating class of 152 students was the 5th largest in more than 30 years.