Admission decisions are made at Harris-Stowe State University without regard to race, color, age, creed, gender, marital status, religious beliefs, disability or national origin.
An applicant for admission to Harris-Stowe State University must complete an admission application form. As early as possible, the following must be requested to be sent to Harris-Stowe State University:
These official documents must be received by the University’s Office of Admissions before the applicant’s admission to the University can be completed. Applicants are urged to contact the Office of Admissions regarding application deadlines.
Missouri’s college-bound curriculum requirements for admission to public four-year colleges and universities include:
Note: First-time college applicants who graduated from high school in May 1996 or after, and who apply for admission to a Missouri public four-year college, must have completed the Missouri “college-bound” core curriculum. Equivalent core substitutions are determined by the University’s Director of Admissions. GED recipients and international students are exempted from the college-bound core curriculum requirement.
All prospective Harris-Stowe students are urged to visit the University. To schedule a visit, call the Office of Admissions at (314)340-3300.
Note: Transfer applicants who require high school transcripts for admissions, who graduated from high school in May 1996 or after, and who apply for admission to a Missouri public four-year college, must have completed the Missouri “college-bound” core curriculum. Equivalent core substitutions are determined by the University’s Director of Admission. GED recipients and international students are exempted from the college-bound core curriculum requirement.
Harris-Stowe welcomes transfer students and encourages all persons who are considering transferring to the University to discuss their transition with the Office of Admissions. Early discussions help facilitate the transfer process and may enable the student to arrange to take courses that fit well within the student’s anticipated degree program. It is the policy of the University to award credit for courses taken at institutions accredited by a regional accrediting agency that have been approved by the Council on Post-Secondary Accreditation. However, the student’s last 30 credit hours toward his or her degree program must be completed in residence at Harris-Stowe State University.
Transfer students with fewer than 30 transferable credit hours must submit their high school transcripts and ACT/SAT exam scores. Eligibility for the admission of transfer students is determined by the number of credit hours completed with a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher on a 4.00 grading scale. When evaluating submitted transcripts, Harris-Stowe State University will calculate a transfer grade point average based upon all credits. That transfer GPA will only be used to determine the applicant’s admissibility to HSSU. The student will begin their matriculation at HSSU based solely upon their HSSU GPA.
Harris-Stowe prepares a course evaluation of all courses presented to the University for transfer credit. All questions regarding these evaluations must be referred to the Office of Admissions. Transfer credit concerns remaining thereafter must be stated in writing during the semester of University admission and presented to the chair or dean of the department in which the contested course is offered. The chair or dean will respond in writing to the student and forward a copy of that response to the Office of Admissions. If that response favors the student, an updated evaluation related thereto will be made by the Office of Admissions. If the chair’s response supports the evaluation originally made by the office, the student may submit a written appeal to the Vice President for Academic Affairs for review and decision. The decision of the Vice President for Academic Affairs is final.
Transfer students must submit official documents, as identified in the Admissions General Policy section of this document. Additionally, in order to be eligible for admission to the University, transfer students must satisfy the same cumulative grade point average (CGPA) requirements related to satisfactory academic progress, as are required for all Harris-Stowe students who have the same number of college credit hours.
Note: Transfer credit is awarded and posted to transcripts ONLY for students who enroll at Harris-Stowe subsequent to completing course work at other institutions. Admission to Harris-Stowe does not, in and of itself, guarantee admission to a specific degree program. Students must refer to the appropriate sections of this document (The University Catalog) for degree-program admissions and requirements.
INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ADMISSION
Students from foreign countries are identified as international students and are required to provide the same academic credentials as domestic students. Further, international students are admitted under the same policies.
Note: Certified translations of high school and college transcripts from foreign institutions must be provided in English.
Students from non-English speaking countries are required to demonstrate proficiency in English by scoring 500 or higher, on paper-based; 173 on computer-based, or 61 or higher on the internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The official score must be sent directly to Harris-Stowe State University from the Educational Testing Service. Additionally, Harris-Stowe will issue the I-20 Form, required by the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) upon receipt by the University of the following official documents related specifically to the applicant:
Note: Adequate financial support is defined as funds sufficient to cover all University and personal living expenses. Included also in the definition is proof of the deposit of funds at Harris-Stowe to cover all tuition and fees at the rate required for non-Missouri residents for at least one semester.
Students who were enrolled at Harris-Stowe during its previous semester (excluding summer sessions) and who did not withdraw from the University during that semester before the census date of that semester, are called continuing students. Continuing students do not have to be re-admitted to the University.
RETURNING STUDENT ADMISSION
Students who stop out for one semester (spring or fall) and have not attended another recognized accredited college or university since their last attendance at HSSU may enroll without reapplying for admission. These students would be readmitted under the same classification and degree program requirements, as set forth under the HSSU Catalog which was in effect at the student’s initial enrollment. Students who desire to change their major/degree program shall be readmitted under the academic policies and degree requirements of the current HSSU Catalog, including meeting the general education requirements for their baccalaureate program.
Students who stop out for the period of one semester (spring or fall) and have attended another recognized accredited college or university since their last attendance at HSSU, will be readmitted under the same classification and degree program requirements, as set forth under the HSSU Catalog which was in effect at the student’s initial enrollment. Students who desire to change their major/degree program shall be readmitted under the academic policies and degree requirements of the current HSSU Catalog, including meeting the general education requirements for their baccalaureate program. Readmitted students who have earned college credit from another recognized accredited college or university must have official transcripts sent from the transferring institution, prior to readmission. A course evaluation of transfer credits will be prepared and equivalents determined and applied to the student’s degree program curriculum, if applicable.
A student who sits out for two consecutive semesters or more is required to reapply for admission. Students shall be readmitted under the academic policies and degree requirements of the current HSSU Catalog, including meeting the general education requirements for their baccalaureate program. All official transcripts, of all course work completed since the student’s previous enrollment at HSSU, must be sent from the transferring institution(s), if applicable.
ADMISSION OF STUDENTS POSSESSING A BACCALAUREATE OR HIGHER
Persons who already possess a baccalaureate or higher degree often seek admission to Harris-Stowe for various reasons, including teacher certification.
In such cases, the student must apply for admission to the University under the appropriate non-degree-seeking categories identified in the General Policy statement of this section. These categories are:
VISITING STUDENT ADMISSION
A student in good standing with another college or university may be enrolled at Harris-Stowe as a visiting student for a specified academic period. The student must provide evidence of completion of prerequisites, prior to enrollment into any course which requires prerequisite fulfillment.
As a token of a student’s intent to enroll at Harris-Stowe State University, an enrollment deposit of $100 is required of each accepted applicant. The deposit also secures any scholarship offered. Applicants who plan to enter for the fall term must forward their $100 deposit by August 1st. Applicants who plan to enter for the spring term must forward their $100 deposit by Dec. 15th. If a scholarship offer is made after May 1st for the fall term, the student will need to submit the deposit by the date indicated on the letter, unless the deposit was submitted prior to the scholarship offer. A second deposit, in this case, is not required.
HOUSING APPLICATION FEE
The Housing Application Fee for first-year students is $175. It is important to note that room assignments are made on a first-come, first-served basis. Housing applications can be found online on the Residence Life page of the Harris-Stowe State University website. Priority is given to those that have paid the fee with their application and submitted appropriate immunization records. Each student must be enrolled as a full-time student in order to reside on campus.
The Housing Application Fee is non-refundable, regardless of the submission date. The Enrollment deposit may be refunded when a written request for a refund is received in the Admissions Office by May 1st for the fall term or Dec. 1st for the spring term. In special cases, when a written request is received by the Director of Admissions after the referenced dates, but before the beginning of the semester, refunds may be granted, provided that:
1. The circumstances involved are deemed beyond the student’s control and warrant such action
2. The student forwarded the deposit based upon a conditional acceptance that was subsequently rescinded
3. The student is withdrawing to enter military service
MIDWEST STUDENT EXCHANGE PROGRAM STUDENT ADMISSION
Under the provisions of the Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP), students from states that are members of this program may enroll in courses at Harris-Stowe. MSEP students will pay no more than 150% of the in-state resident tuition rate. In addition, MSEP students must pay, in full, any other fees that Harris-Stowe students are required to pay, including:
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