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The Office of University Relations: HSSU Fun Facts

Harris-Stowe State University traces its origin back to 1857 and therefore just celebrated 150 years of educational excellence.

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 2,000 students.

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

Harris-Stowe State University offers 14 degree programs.

HSSU has a low 15:1 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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