The Office of Institutional Advancement
HSSU Fun Facts

Harris-Stowe State University traces its origin back to 1857.

From its two predecessor institutions, Harris Teachers College and Stowe Teachers College, Harris-Stowe State University has evolved into Harris Junior College, Stowe Junior College, Harris-Stowe College, Harris-Stowe State College and into its current title and university status.

Harris-Stowe was the first public teacher education institution west of the Mississippi River.

Harris-Stowe ranked No. 28 among the 2016 Top HBCUs according to, an online content provider or reviews and insights on more than 1,100 U.S. colleges. 

In 2014, Harris-Stowe ranked No. 1 in the state of Missouri and No. 47 in the nation in granting degrees in mathematics and statistics to African Americans according to Missouri Dept. of Higher Education and Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, a news magazine that has ranked institutions conferring the most degrees to minority students for the past 30 years.

The University has more than doubled its degree production of STEM graduates between 2003-08 and 2008-2015.

Since 2008, Harris-Stowe has received more than $4.7 million in competitive grants from the National Science Foundation.

Harris-Stowe faculty members are an integral part of the University's STEM success. They are credentialed from some of the top academic institutions in the country, including Stanford, Washington University, University of Vermont and Duke University. 

Harris-Stowe offers the most affordable baccalaureate degree in the state of Missouri.

Around 85 percent of Harris-Stowe students receive financial aid and more than 82 percent are eligible to receive a Pell Grant.

Brown and gold are Harris-Stowe’s school colors.

The Hornet is Harris-Stowe’s mascot.

Harris-Stowe's current enrollment is nearly 1,300 students.

Most classes at Harris-Stowe do not exceed 30 students.

Harris-Stowe State University offers 31 majors, minors and certificate programs.

Harris-Stowe has a low 13:1 student-to-faculty ratio.

Harris-Stowe has teamed with other universities in order to create several collaborative master’s degree programs.

Every year, Harris-Stowe hosts the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Statewide Celebration in January. 

The Dr. Henry Givens Jr. Administration Building at Harris-Stowe is a historic site.

The former site of the Negro National League Stars’ Park is now part of Harris-Stowe’s baseball field.

The Harris-Stowe Lady Hornets Basketball Team won its first-ever American Midwest Conference (AMC) Tournament title on March 3, 2007.

Famous alumni include:
Julius Hunter, former newsanchor, KMOV Channel 4
Honorable Charles Shaw, federal judge
Bobby C. Wilks, the first African-American Coast Guard aviator and the first African-American to reach the rank of Coast Guard Captain
Tammie Holland, St. Louis radio personality, iHeart Radio