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The Office of Admissions: Requirements

General Requirements

  • Graduation from a secondary school or a GED is required.
  • Completion of the Missouri High School Core Curriculum.
  • Transfer students must meet the specified GPA entrance requirements for their desired degree program.
  • A placement test will be required in any subject area in which the student scores below 18 on the ACT, prior to course enrollment in that area. 

All students applying to Harris-Stowe State University must submit the following documents:

  • Complete the application for admission.
  • Official copies of all college/university transcripts.
  • Official copies of your high school transcript or GED scores.
  • Official record of your ACT or SAT scores.
  • A $20 nonrefundable application fee.

Transfer Student Requirements

Transfer students must satisfy the HSSU cumulative GPA requirements for satisfactory academic progress placed on enrolled students with an equal number of credit hours. Admission to Harris-Stowe State University does not necessarily guarantee admission to a specific degree program. Students should refer to the appropriate sections of the university bulletin for program specific admission requirements. Minimum GPA for admission to Teacher Education is 2.5 and for nonteaching programs is 2.0.

Students Transferring With an Associate Of Arts Degree

The Associate of Arts degree is designated as the statewide general transfer degree. Students completing the A.A. degree consisting of a 42-semester-hour general education block of credit will have met the 42-semester-hour general education block for Harris-Stowe State University. Courses taken as part of an A.A. degree outside the general education block should be carefully chosen to ensure transferability to the program of study which the student intends to pursue at HSSU. All other associate degrees are evaluated on a course-by-course basis.

Transfer Prior to Degree or General Education Block Completion

Students who transfer without completing either an Associate of Arts degree or a 42-semester-hour general education block of credit will have their transcripts evaluated on a course-by-course basis. Lower-division credit hours completed beyond the A.A. degree will be evaluated for transfer on a course-by-course basis.

International Admissions

All international students must complete an application for admission. All academic records from institutions outside the United States must be submitted translated into English. Students from non-English speaking countries must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A minimum paper score of 500, computer score of 173 or internet based score of 61 is required. International students must provide evidence that he or she will receive a minimum of $19,722 per year while in the United States. This is the minimum cost of living and studying for a single, full-time student at Harris-Stowe State University for one year. Contact the admissions office for more details.

Translation Agency Academic and Professional International Evaluations, Inc.
P.O. Box 5787
Los Angeles, CA 90721-5787
(310) 594-6498


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