Home of the Watermelon Warriors

Welcome to Stanhope State University, home of the Watermelon Warriors! 

First, let’s let you in on the inside joke. Since the early 1990s, an idea was born, a small little land grant institution of fun. A years went by, with one of a kind shirts, stickers, sweatshirts and hand painted signs, we are able to fool the most trivia and well-read folks that this college of everything awesome really does exist. In the names of all things Tooth Fairy, Easter Bunny and Santa Claus… yes Virginia, there really is a Stanhope State University. It exists in your hearts, it is a complete state of mind and well-rounded education in fun. Garage parties with your friends, where the underdog always wins and good times are always had.

Over the years, our great institution of higher learning has become a cheerleader for the community and celebrating small town living. We give back a portion of our sales to local projects and sponsor events. 

Our alumni have literally been spotted all over the World rocking their SSU gear: 5 continents, 27 countries, 46 states and almost every county in Iowa. 

Thank you for stopping by and we hope you enroll today. Good news is, we don't believe in homework or tests and our football team is undefeated. We look forward to seeing you on campus or at the next alumni tailgate.


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