harris stowe state university logoHarris–Stowe State University is a historically black, public university located in midtown St. Louis, Missouri. The University is a member-school of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. Harris–Stowe State University established in 1857 & their nickmane is Hornets. Their colors are black and white and their motto is Affordable, Accessible, Diverse.

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3026 Laclede Ave, Saint Louis, Missouri 63103-2136
Phone: (314) 340-3366
Website: www.hssu.edu
Type: 4-year, Public
Awards offered:
Bachelor's degree
[thirdlast]Campus setting:
City: Large
Campus housing: Yes
Student population: 1,716 (all undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio: 15 to 1


    Harris Stowe Col history

  • Founded in 1857, Harris–Stowe State University is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in Missouri.
  • The earliest predecessor of Harris-Stowe State University was a normal school established for white students only by the Public School System of the city of St. Louis.
  • This school was later named Harris Teachers College in honor of William Torrey Harris who had been a Superintendent of Instruction in the St. Louis Public Schools and also a United States Commissioner of Education.
  • The College began offering in-service education for St. Louis white teachers as early as 1906.
  • In 1920, Harris Teachers College became a four-year undergraduate institution authorized to grant a Bachelor of Arts in Education Degree.
  • In 1924, the college received accreditation from the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
  • In 1924, the Sumner Normal School became a four-year institution with authority to grant the baccalaureate degree.
  • In 1929, its name was changed to Stowe Teachers College, in honor of the abolitionist and novelist Harriet Beecher Stowe.
  • In 1979, the General Assembly of the State of Missouri enacted Senate Bill 703 under which Harris-Stowe College became the newest member of the State system of public higher education.
  • Finally, on August 25, 2005, by mandate of the State of Missouri, Harris-Stowe State College obtained university status.


It has an urban setting and the campus size is 31 acres. Centrally located in St. Louis, there is no shortage of activities available to students — we are within walking distance of theaters, restaurants and many historical and cultural activities within the city.

Our Students

  • Total Students 1,882
  • Full-time Students 1,234
  • Part-time Students 648


  • Number of faculty members: 276
  • Student-teacher ratio: 15:1
  • Full-time faculty members: 38
  • Part-time faculty members: 64
  • Faculty with doctorates or other terminal degrees: 62%


Harris–Stowe State offers over twelve degree programs including: Bachelor of Science in Education, Bachelor of Science in Urban Education, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with specialization areas, Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration, Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Bachelor of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management, Bachelor of Science in Information Systems and Computer Technology with specialization areas.


  • Harris-Stowe State University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, day care, and health service.
  • Harris-Stowe State University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc).
  • The organization also provides active leadership in securing scholarship funds and awarding such scholarship funds to a junior or senior student enrolled full time while taking into consideration financial need, scholastic achievement, community responsibility and other such guidelines.
  • The Office of Admissions supports the mission of the University by providing accurate and quality services to prospective, new and continuing students while recruiting, admitting and enrolling a diverse population of students.
  • The HSSU Summer Academy for College Preparation (SACP) is being offered to a limited number of entering freshmen.


The HSSU Alumni Association strives to develop and implement the educational goals of HSSU by acting as a source of leadership in the educational and civic life of the St. Louis community, with special emphasis on the needs of urban education.

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