From the School

Truman State University is Missouri's premier liberal arts and sciences university and the only highly selective public institution in the state. As one of the very few publicly funded liberal arts schools in the nation, Truman successfully combines affordability with the type of education and personal attention typically only offered at a private institution.

Truman has established an impeccable reputation in the Midwest and throughout the nation for the high-quality undergraduate programs offered. In fact, for the fifteenth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Truman State University as the number one master's level public institution in the Midwest. A commitment to student achievement and learning is the focus of the University.


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
540 - 680
SAT Math
540 - 680
ACT Composite
25 - 30

Other Admission Factors


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Class Rank
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores


From The School

The Liberal Studies Program is the heart of Truman's curriculum and is intended to serve as a foundation for all major programs of study. The philosophy behind the Liberal Studies Program is based upon a commitment that Truman has made to provide students with essential skills needed for lifelong learning, breadth across the traditional liberal arts and sciences through exposure to various discipline-based modes of inquiry, and interconnecting perspectives that stress interdisciplinary thinking and integration as well as linkage to other cultures and experiences.

Students at Truman complete a "capstone," or culminating experience their senior year. This experience prompts seniors to reflect on the knowledge they have gained throughout their learning experience and to integrate the knowledge, skills, and attitudes of liberal learning with an in-depth understanding of the major.

Truman also offers a challenging Honors Scholar Program. Students have the opportunity to select the most rigorous honors courses to satisfy the liberal arts component of their respective programs. Those who successfully complete this program benefit from an even richer academic experience at Truman and receive special recognition at graduation. Departmental honors are also available in several disciplines.

Students at Truman are active both inside and outside of the classroom. More than 500 Truman students participate in enriching and life-changing study abroad experiences each year. Students can participate in programs ranging from a couple weeks to a year in duration, and can choose from numerous destinations worldwide. In recent years, Truman has continued to rank among the top 25 in the nation among master's level institutions for number of students studying abroad, according to the "Open Doors" survey conducted by the Institute of International Education.

Truman offers a wide variety of experiential internships, a required component of some academic programs. The "Truman in Washington" program provides work-experience opportunities in the nation's capitol in such areas as foreign affairs/diplomacy, government affairs, criminal justice, international relations, health and human services, and communications as well as other areas. Truman also offers internship opportunities with the Missouri State Legislature. In recent years, students have completed internships with United States senators, the United States Supreme Court, the governor of Missouri, business and industry managers, advertising agencies, physical therapists, and artists.

Students Say

If you are looking for “value,” check out Truman State University. “Few schools can provide a similar undergraduate experience at a comparable price.” Most current students were hard-pressed to find a better deal than they got at this “highly regarded,” “very affordable” school located in Kirksville, Missouri. A high percentage of students receive financial aid and/or scholarships making Truman “far more affordable than other institutions.” One out-of-state student who experienced this firsthand says, “It was far cheaper for me to go to Truman than to any of the schools in my own state or to any private school to which I applied. Between Truman scholarships and private scholarships, I’m basically being paid to go here. My friends from high school are already panicking about how they’re going to pay off their loans, and knowing I’m graduating debt-free is the best feeling in the world.” Students do not appear to be sacrificing quality for a cheaper education. They say professors “really push you to work hard.” They are all “very qualified,” and students say, “Grades actually reflect the student’s qualifications.” Small class sizes enable “fantastic one-on-one experience between professors and students.” “The faculty care way more about teaching than about their own research or interests.” Classes are “small and engaging,” and “Nearly all [professors] are available beyond their scheduled office hours and do their best to make sure we understand material.” Students did also mention that there seems to be a lack of funding recently and that “some majors seem short-staffed.” “Truman could improve by offering more classes and hiring more professors in order to decrease the congestion in classrooms for the more popular courses.” One student sums up why this school was a good choice: “I wanted a college where I could be academically challenged as well as actively involved in [extracurricular] activities. I wanted to be surrounded by intellectually stimulating peers and professors in order to gain a comprehensive liberal arts education. I found all of this at Truman and saved a significant amount of money in the process.” Another student is concerned that “Truman is a small school and is not easily recognized on a national scale. In the post-graduation job search, this fact could become very frustrating.”

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years



Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Prominent Alumni

John J. Pershing
Pulitzer Prize for history and 5-Star General

Fred Schwengel
8 term U.S. Rep., founder U.S Capital History Soc.

Raymond F. Bentele
former pres. and CEO of Mallinckrodt

Bud Hunter
Chairman of Board and CEO of Huntco Inc.

Jenna Fischer
Emmy nominated actress; best known for her role in NBC's "The Office"

Harry Gallatin
NBA Hall of Famer

Alphonso Jackson
13th Secretary for U.S. Dept. of HUD


From The School

Tuition for Missouri residents for the 2011-12 academic year is $6,772; out-of-state tuition is $12,316. The average room and board rate for both Missouri residents and nonresidents is $7,254. Additional fees include a one-time $305 freshman orientation fee, and annual fees including an $84 activities fee, a $100 athletic fee, a $52 Student Health Center fee, a $100 parking fee for those with a vehicle, and costs of books and personal expenses.


Financial Aid Rating
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms


Bottom Line

Residents of Missouri pay $7,096 in tuition; nonresidents pay just $13,160, which is still a bargain. There are two full-ride awards offered to incoming freshmen: the Truman Leadership Award (only available to Missouri residents), which offers continuing leadership programming throughout undergrad, and the General John J. Pershing Scholarship which includes an additional stipend for a future study abroad experience. Financial aid programs to help fund undergraduate research and study abroad experiences are also available.

Bang For Your Buck

Truman offers a private school education at a public price; students and their families can even set up a flexible payment plan through the Business Office. The school offers four separate types of loans for students, covering everything from tuition to a new computer to study abroad, and there are numerous federal and state aid options also available. Automatic scholarships are offered to incoming freshmen based on academic merit, and additional opportunities to apply for endowed foundation scholarships occur each spring. The school understands that everything costs money (except the application—it’s free!), and their comprehensive financial aid programs can be used to make sure that students are able to focus on their studies. One out-of-stater says, “Between Truman scholarships and private scholarships, I’m basically being paid to go here.” Basically, if a student wants to attend Truman, then numbers can be crunched.

While the deal Truman offers may seem too good to be true, the quality of the education on offer here remains high. Students report their professors “really push you to work hard,” and “are available beyond their scheduled office hours and do their best to make sure we understand the material.” Classes are “small and engaging,” enabling a “fantastic one-on-one experience between professors and students.”

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Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
Tuition (Out-of-State)
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Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Other
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Nursing Loans
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender


From The School

With approximately 250 student organizations to choose from, encompassing service, Greek, honorary, professional, religious, social, political and recreational influences, Truman students have tremendous opportunities to become involved on campus and in the Kirksville community. Truman student organizations sponsor a number of events throughout the year, such as Truman Live, International Idol, guest speakers, poetry slams, musical performances, dance recitals, volunteering events, and ever-popular food nights.

The Kohlenberg Lyceum Series also provides a variety of cultural programs that interest students throughout the year. Past programs have included brilliant performances by the Peking Acrobats, The 5 Browns, the Duke Ellington Orchestra, and the Russian Festival Ballet.

Truman's Student Activity Board sponsors a variety of entertainment events. Recent SAB concerts include Flogging Molly, Regina Spektor, Jack’s Mannequin, and Ben Folds. Comedic acts like Daniel Tosh and Demetri Martin have also come to Truman's campus in recent years.

Students Say

Students coined the "term T.T.S. (Typical Truman Student) describe academi­ cally focused, very studious students." This is reflected in classrooms where "teachers barely ever take attendance because people go to class." That term seems to fit most, but definitely not everyone on campus. Students point out, "People definitely party; somewhat during the week, and a lot on the weekends, especially if they're involved in a sororityI fraternity." Truman is not an overly diverse cam­ pus, but classmates are "accepting of others." A student says, "It is not hard to fit in at this school. Every single person I have met brings something unique to this institution."

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Out of State

Foreign Countries Represented



60% female
40% male
17% are out of state
91% are full time
9% are part time


From The School

The Truman campus is beautifully situated on 140 acres in Kirksville, a town of approximately 17,000 located in the northeast corner of Missouri. The historic downtown area is within walking distance of the Truman campus and provides a connection to the Kirksville community with local restaurants, shops, and entertainment.

Students Say

"College life is hectic and amazing all at the same time." "Truman is an aca­ demically challenging school, so separating your school time and social life is an important task that we need to learn." The school's "very pretty" campus might be "in the middle of nowhere," but Truman brings "tons of really great activities, shows, bands, etc., to campus to keep us entertained." "Kirksville is not a big town," and homework consumes much of a student's day. Still, "there is always time to have a social life though. Hanging out with friends and just watching a movie or going out to [see] a comedian or performance on campus are viable options on any given weekend. A social life is just something that you have to plan for rather than something that is just given to you." "On the weekends, students usually go out to parties. The students who do not party will go to events on campus or hang out with friends in the dorms." Students are pleased with facilities, including "newly renovated" dorms, and the "library is excel­ lent." "Also, the atmosphere on campus is very safe and welcoming." However, administrative services sometimes make life difficult."A lot of the offices (finan­ cial aid, study abroad, registrar, etc.) are extremely disorganized."

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

Quality of life rating
First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Fire safety rating

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Frat Sorority
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

21% join a fraternity
18% join a sorority


Athletic Division
Division II

Men's Sports (Bulldogs)
10 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Bulldogs)
10 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups: PRISM: student organization that promotes the acceptance of gay, lesbian, and transgendered undergraduates. Also, PRISM members have a resource center for students and try to offer a comfortable climate on campus for students. Website:

Minority Support Groups: Truman has a Multicultural Affairs Center which promotes a campus environment that nurtures underrepresented students academically, socially, culturally, and personally. There are also various student organizations that promote and support minority students. Website:

Army ROTC Offered on-campus


Green Rating

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources:

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Dell and Apple.

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

Erin Lewis
Campus Visit Coordinator

Truman State University
100 E. Normal Ave.
Kirksville, MO 63501



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Student Recreation Center
Pickler Memorial Library
Student Union Building
The Quadrangle
Jazzman's Coffee Shops

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Thousand Hills State Park
The Square (downtown district)
Farmer's Market
DuKum Inn Bar & Grille
Downtown Cinema 8

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday through Friday
8am to 5pm

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: No
Dates: Year-round
Times: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

Scheduled upon request

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

Contact Admissions Office


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Nearest airports: Kirksville Regional Airport (Cape Air offers affordable flights to and from St. Louis three times daily), St. Louis and Kansas City Amtrak into LaPlata, MO (12 miles south of Kirksville) Kirk-Tran public busing service has stops on campus.

Driving Instructions to Campus
Entering Kirksville from the South: From Highway 63, take the Baltimore St exit just south of town, continue on Business 63, turn left onto Franklin Street and continue approximately 1 mile. Entering Kirksville from the North: From Highway 63, take the Baltimore St exit, continue on Business 63, turn right onto Normal Street. From Highway 6, continue straight onto Franklin St. From Highway 11, continue straight on Illinois, take a left on Marion.

Local Accommodations
Over 10 hotels/bed and breakfasts are available in Kirksville, ranging in price from $40 to $120. The Holiday Inn Express, Super 8, and Knights Inn are closest to campus.
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