Harris-Stowe State University is Our April 2018 School of the Month



Inspiring Change

Located in midtown St. Louis, Harris-Stowe State University (HSSU) has the fastest growing enrollment in the state of Missouri. St. Louis’ only HBCU is fully accredited and offers excellent academic programs with 31 majors, minors and certificate programs in education, business and arts and sciences. HSSU is consistently ranked as one of the nation’s top 100 institutions for awarding education degrees to African American students by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, a national diversity publication. Offering the most affordable bachelor’s degree in the state of Missouri, Harris-Stowe is ranked #18 on the 50 most affordable HBCU’s in the U.S. by BestValueSchools.com (2017-18).

Over 1,400 students from across the country participate in HSSU’s vibrant student life as they prepare to become change agents and global leaders through innovative initiatives and programs, such as Sustainability and Urban Ecology, the soon-to-be realized Center for Entrepreneurship, and award-winning STEM initiatives. Most importantly, HSSU continues to lead the region in providing diverse populations with a quality education at an affordable price.

Harris-Stowe State University (HSSU) traces its origin back to 1857. Harris Teachers College was established to prepare white teachers for white elementary schools. The school was the first public teacher education institution west of the Mississippi River and the 12th in the United States.
In 1890, Stowe Teachers College was created by the St. Louis Board of Education to prepare black teachers to teach in black elementary schools. With the historic Brown vs. Board of Education in Topeka Kansas, the St. Louis Board of Education merged the two colleges, retaining the name Harris Teachers College.
Later, in response to the many requests from alumni of Stowe Teachers College and members of the greater St. Louis community, the Board of Education agreed to restore to the College’s name the word “Stowe” and to drop the word “Teachers.” 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.
Harris-Stowe College added the word “state” to its title and was named one of the nations’ Historically Black Colleges and Universities in 1993. On August 25, 2005, by mandate of the State of Missouri, Harris-Stowe State College obtained university status. In 2015, then Missouri Governor Jay Nixon signed Senate Bill 334 allowing Harris-Stowe graduate degree granting authority.


Harris-Stowe State University President, Dr. Dwaun Warmack, talks about the school and its goals.

In the video below, Tom Joyner has a message for all supporters of Harris-Stowe.

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