Home of the Watermelon Warriors


First, let’s let you in on the inside joke. Since the early 1990s, an idea was born… a little land grant institution of fun. Back then, there was one off shirts, stickers and hand painted signs that were able to fool the most trivia and well-read folks that this college of everything awesome really does exist.

But in the name of all things Tooth Fairy, Easter Bunny and Santa Claus… yes Virginia, there really is a Stanhope State University, it exists in the hearts of every small-town kid. The garage parties with your family, heading uptown with your buddies on weekends and where the underdog always wins.

Our great institution of higher learning creates unique casual apparel that celebrates small town living with go-to shirts and gifts that will put smiles on your favorite Midwesterner. These days, Stanhope State has grown in enrollment as our students and alumni have been spotted all over the World rocking their SSU gear: 5 continents, 27 countries, 46 states and almost every county in Iowa and counting!

Thanks for stopping by and we hope you'll consider enrolling today. The good news is, we don't believe in homework or tests and our football team is undefeated. Please be sure to declare your major for your diploma as graduation will be here before you know it.

We look forward to seeing you on campus or at the next alumni tailgate.


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