There are two HBCUs located in the state of Missouri: Lincoln University and Harris-Stowe State University. Founded by the 62nd and 65th United States Colored Infantries, Lincoln Institute was formally established under an organization committee on January 14, 1866. On September 17, 1866, the school opened its doors to the first class in an old frame building in Jefferson City. In 1921, the name from Lincoln Institute changed to Lincoln University and created a Board of Curators to govern the University.  Harris-Stowe State University traces its origin back to 1857 when it was founded by the St. Louis Public Schools as a normal school and thus became the first public teacher education institution west of the Mississippi River and the 12th such institution in the United States.

According to UNCF, Missouri HBCUs generates $159 million in total economic impact. Missouri HBCUs also generates 1,670 jobs in total for their local and regional economies. Of this total, 868 are on-campus jobs, and 802 are off-campus jobs.



Lincoln University of Missouri is a historically black, 1890 land-grant, public, comprehensive institution that provides excellent educational opportunities including theoretical and applied learning experiences to a diverse population within a nurturing, student-centered environment.


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Harris-Stowe State University primary mission, as set forth in Senate Bill 153, is to address the higher education needs of the metropolitan St. Louis Region. Toward the fulfillment of this mandate, the University offers a solid General Education curriculum, which serves as the foundation for the University’s various baccalaureate programs in three board professional areas, including baccalaureate degree programs in business education, and arts and sciences.

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