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Harris-Stowe State University has been in existence since 1857 and it is a Historically Black College or University (HBCU). This small university sits in St. Louis, Missouri, where it provides a post-secondary education to high school graduates. Of course, even before you arrive at the university for a visit or to move in, you know it’s located in a large city: the second largest city in the state, in fact. You can take a quick tour around the campus - it’s not large, only covering a little less than 2 acres.

Overview of Harris-Stowe State University (HSSU)

The campus is dominated by a large baseball field next door to the Givens Administration Building. Campus housing is an option which, as a freshman, many would suggest you take advantage of. During your first year or two, living on campus helps you to feel like you are more involved with activities, peers, and academic programs.

The total student enrollment is smaller than a large high school with just over 1,600 students, which means you’ll be able to get to know more of your fellow students, by sight if not by name. The student-to-faculty ratio is 17 to 1, which isn’t too bad.

General Information

School Type Public
Campus Setting City: Large
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 17:1
Graduation Rate 17%
Year Founded 1857

Student Enrollment

Total Students1,630


Undergraduate Student

Male 505
Female 1,125

Graduate Student

Male 0
Female 0

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HSSU Acceptance Rate and Admissions


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Application Fee $20
High School GPA NA
High School Rank NA
High School Transcripts NA
College Prep Courses NA
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TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) NA
Application Deadline Rolling
Common Application Accepted Yes

HSSU Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

You or your family will be financially responsible for your college tuition and other fees. The total estimated cost includes in- or out-of-state tuition, room and board, books, supplies, and other various charges or fees. In a recent school year, this amount was $21,674 altogether.

However, if you are eligible for financial aid after you fill out your FAFSA or send applications to scholarships and grants, you will pay what is called the net price, the cost left after your financial aid package is applied to the total. Harris-Stowe had an average net price of $10,551 during a recent academic year. Financial aid awards help to bring the overall cost down. However, because aid is applied based on eligibility, which is usually based on income, universities and colleges also track the net price by income. In that same year, if a family earned less than $30,000, they paid around $10,014. Families earning more than $110,000 paid around $12,225.

Almost all freshmen received financial aid at H-SSU; 98% of students qualified for this assistance. The same percentage received grants or scholarships averaging $8,749 and 61% received institutional grants and scholarships averaging $5,225.

Average net price 2018-2019
Net Price $10,551
Average Total Aid $8,749
Students Receiving Financial Aid 98%
Room & Board $9,491

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $5,484
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $10,116
  • Books and Supplies - $800
  • Room & Board - $9,491
  • Other - $5,899


You may already know what you want to major in, or you may not figure it out till the end of your first year or later. Either way, it’s good to know what degrees, majors, and minors are available before you attend any institution. The most popular degree programs offered by the school are business, management, marketing and related support services; education; homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting and related protective services; social sciences; and biological and biomedical sciences.

As you get used to living away from home, making your own decisions, and managing your assignments and time, you may realize that you like going to school here. You may decide to return for your next year, or it may be a given that you don’t even think about. The retention rate tracks how many students return for their second year after attending the school in their first and is generally considered an indicator of how well the school does meeting student needs. Harris-Stowe State University has a retention rate of 55%, which isn’t huge, but does indicate that more than half of students feel that the school meets their needs well.

Student Population Total

Student Population 1,630

Evening Classes : No
Online Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

All Business Majors 60 Total Graduates / 31%
Business Administration and Management, General 34 Graduates
Accounting 16 Graduates
Management Information Systems, General 6 Graduates
Finance, General 3 Graduates
All Education Majors 45 Total Graduates / 23%
Education, General 40 Graduates
Elementary Education and Teaching 3 Graduates
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 2 Graduates
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 39 Total Graduates / 20%
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 39 Graduates
All Social Science Majors 20 Total Graduates / 10%
Sociology 11 Graduates
Urban Studies/Affairs 5 Graduates
Political Science and Government, General 4 Graduates
All Biological & Biomedical Majors 19 Total Graduates / 10%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 19 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 7%

Outcome & Salary

Let’s consider the possibility that you attend Harris-Stowe University for four years and graduate with a degree and a new job in your field. While we can’t know exactly how much you’ll earn, we can look at the averages for current and recent graduates to provide a picture of the possibilities. Graduate’s early-career salaries averaged $51,200 and their mid-career salaries increased to $77,400.

Based on these numbers, and looking a few years down the road, that means that a graduate’s 10-year salary earning potential is $495,330 and their 20-year earning potential is closer to $1,269,330. If you then subtract your 4-year cost of education ($42,204) from these figures, (stick with me), what is left is your projected return on investment (ROI). A graduate’s 10-year projected ROI is $453,126 and their 20-year projected ROI is $1,227,126. Those are some solid numbers.

However, some high school graduates choose not to or are unable to go to college. Their national average salary is $38,792. Their 10-year projected income averages $387,920 and their 20-year projected income is $775,840. While there are outliers for those who gain trade experience or enter a niche trade or start their own businesses with wild success, these averages are eye opening and not to be ignored.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $51,200
College Grads Average Salary $49,533
College Grads Mid Career Salary $77,400
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $495,330
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,269,330
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $42,204
10 Year Projected ROI $453,126
20 Year Projected ROI $1,227,126
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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