In its 166th year, Harris-Stowe State University continues on its path of educational and institutional excellence. As a husband of an alum, I take immense pride in the commitment towards those ends from Stowe’s excellent President Dr. LaTonia Collins-Smith, the faculty and staff, and the amazing student body.

When parents and students are looking for colleges and universities to extend their education there are many factors to consider and boxes to check. While those choices are being considered we cannot help but to advocate for HSSU and the HBCU experience they offer here at home!

HBCU Life at Home

Nestled in the heart of St. Louis, Harris-Stowe State University stands as a beacon of hope, education, and opportunity for all. For over 160 years, this remarkable institution has been dedicated to empowering its students, fostering community growth, and advancing social change. Today, we invite all St. Louisans to discover the magic within the walls of Harris-Stowe and join us in supporting this remarkable institution.

Mission Statement

Harris-Stowe State University provides educational opportunities that reflect excellence in holistic student development. We offer programs designed to nurture intellectual curiosity and build authentic skills that prepare our students for success in a diverse, global society.

HSSU Athletics

#SwarmUP and play Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Track and Field, Volleyball, or Softball at HSSU! If you have what it takes to be a Hornet then you can compete and earn a degree in STEM, Teaching, Marketing, and other disciplines. Harris-Stowe State University is a part of the NAIA athletic association and part of the American Midwest Conference.

The Harris–Stowe State men’s basketball team won the American Midwest Conference tournament championship in 2017 and 2018. The HSSU Women’s Soccer Team in 2023 is really tearing up the field and competition as it claimed its first votes to be considered in the NAIA Women’s Soccer Coaches Top 25 rankings.

HSSU Transforming Lives

At Harris-Stowe, education is not just a means to an end; it’s a transformative experience. This institution takes pride in its diverse and inclusive community, welcoming students from all walks of life. Here, students are not just numbers; they are individuals with unique dreams and aspirations. The faculty and staff at Harris-Stowe are dedicated to providing personalized support to help students achieve their goals.

The success stories of countless alumni who have gone on to make significant contributions to their communities and the world are a testament to the university’s impact. Notable alumni include; DC, San Fran, and Philadelphia Superintendent of Schools Arlene Ackerman, Retired TV Anchorman, SLU Vice President, and author Julius Hunter, record producer and entrepreneur DJ Tab, MO Rep. Cori Bush, Politician and Attorney Kim Gardner, and more.

Harris-Stowe State University in the Community

Harris-Stowe isn’t just a place of learning; it’s a catalyst for community development. Through various outreach programs, partnerships with local organizations, and initiatives that address pressing social issues, Harris-Stowe is making a tangible difference in St. Louis. The university’s commitment to community engagement goes beyond the campus, helping to create a brighter future for the entire city.

HSSU: Innovation and Excellence

In today’s fast-paced world, Harris-Stowe State University stands at the forefront of innovation and excellence. The entire region is a buzz due to the NGA soon-to-breakground on the city’s Northside corridor and both faculty and students are prepared as it offers opportunities in STEM. Students who are interested in STEM careers are able to gain Geospatial and GEOINT certifications offered by HSSU. Bioinformatics is a growing field that offers students opportunities here at home.

Harris-Stowe offers 50+ Academic options along with a 13:1 student-to-faculty ratio to ensure students do not get lost in the shuffle and emerge with their intended degree. Current and future hornets who decide to don the Brown and Gold colors of HSSU will embark on careers that will help shape the future of the St. Louis region and beyond.

Supporting Our Institutions

Now that you know the incredible story of Harris-Stowe State University, you may be wondering how you can get involved and support this institution. There are numerous ways to make a difference:

  1. Donate: Your financial contributions can provide scholarships, improve facilities, and support vital research.
  2. Advocate: Spread the word about Harris-Stowe and its positive impact on St. Louis. Encourage others to get involved and support this institution. Visit HSSU.EDU and learn more!

Possibility, Potential, and Power

Harris-Stowe State University is not just a university; it’s a force for positive change in St. Louis. By attending and supporting this remarkable institution, you’re investing in countless students’ dreams and futures and contributing to our beloved city’s growth and prosperity. Together, we can ensure that Harris-Stowe continues to shine as a beacon of hope, education, and opportunity for future generations. Join us in building a brighter future for St. Louis and its residents through the Potential, Possiblity, and Power of Harris-Stowe State University.

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