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The Office of University Relations: 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 offers the most affordable baccalaureate degree in the metropolitan St. Louis area.

Around 85 percent of HSSU students receive financial aid.

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

The Hornet is Harris-Stowe’s mascot.

Harris-Stowe’s school motto is “affordable, accessible, diverse.”

HSSU currently has enrolled nearly 1,500 students.

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

Harris-Stowe State University offers 31 degree programs.

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

Harris-Stowe has teamed with other local universities in order to create three collaborative master’s 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 Harris-Stowe Lady Hornets Basketball Team won its first-ever American Midwest Conference (AMC) Tournament title on March 3, 2007.

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

Famous alumni include:
Julius Hunter, former anchorman, 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, radio personality, Clear Channel Radio  

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