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Harris-Stowe State University

Harris-Stowe State University

Location: St. Louis, Missouri
School Size: 1,400 undergraduate students
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Harris-Stowe State University in Midtown, St. Louis, is expanding, with about 1,500 undergraduate students and a diverse range of educational opportunities for the surrounding neighborhood and the surrounding area. Harris-Stowe State University is descended from two of the earliest teacher education institutions west of the Mississippi River: Harris Teachers College for white students and Stowe Teachers College for African American students. The two institutions were combined in 1954 as part of a series of efforts to integrate St. Louis' public schools, supervised by the Board of Education of St. Louis Counties. In 1963, the merged institution relocated to its current Midtown location, which had formerly been Vashon High School. As the newest member of the state's public higher education system, Harris-Stowe College was renamed Harris-Stowe State College in 1979, marking the institution's 50th anniversary. On August 25, 2005, Harris-Stowe State College was granted university status, concluding a long process.