Saturday, June 4, 2016

Harris-Stowe State University Ranks Among the Nation’s Most Affordable HBCUs

Harris-Stowe State University (HSSU) was named one of the nation’s top 25 historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) by AffordableSchools.netwhich provides profiles of a large number of affordable public schools and private schools with solid academic reputations.  The University ranked No. 14 and is the oldest institution on the listing. Rankings for this list were compiled with data from National Center for Education Statistics, a bureau of the Dept. of Education (NCES).

The website mentions that Harris-Stowe supports and supplements its 31 areas of study with dual-degree programs, internships, online studies and study abroad programs. The post highlights Harris-Stowe’s fairly low 13:1 student-to-faculty ratio and its small class sizes as indicators that can contribute to students’ academic success.

“Harris-Stowe is ranked nationally for granting degrees to African-Americans in mathematics and statistics and in education,” said Dr. Dwaun J. Warmack, President of Harris-Stowe State University.  “This recognition moves us one step closer to becoming a premier regional university and is one more reason for students and their parents to give Harris-Stowe a look.”

Because the ranking focuses on affordability, the website notes several positive factors:  Any student can take up to 16 credit hours a semester for the price of 12; the university continues to offer the most-affordable bachelor’s degrees in the state of Missouri; and returning, resident combat veterans can qualify for up to 75 percent tuition discounts. also lists the university’s exceptional financial aid offerings and mentions that in the 2013-14 academic year, HSSU provided an average of $4,678 per receiving undergraduate student. In addition, nearly 85 percent of Harris-Stowe students received Federal student loans, for an average of $6,181 per receiving student, according to the website.

About Harris-Stowe State University
Harris-Stowe State University (HSSU), located in midtown St. Louis, is a fully accredited four-year institution that offers 31 majors, minors and certificate programs in education, business and arts & sciences. In 2014, HSSU ranked No. 1 in the state of Missouri and No. 47 in the nation in granting degrees in mathematics and statistics to African Americans according to Missouri Department of Higher Education and Diverse: Issues In Higher Education, a news magazine that has ranked institutions conferring the most degrees to minority students for the past 30 years. Harris-Stowe also ranked No. 28 among the 2016 Top HBCUs in the country according to Niche, an online content provider of reviews and insight on more than 1,100 colleges nationwide. The University, which has origins dating back to 1857, offers the most affordable bachelor’s degree in the state of Missouri. Visit for more information.

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