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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 more than two decades, 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.

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Overview

Applicants
5,263
Acceptance Rate
67%
Average HS GPA
3.79

GPA Breakdown

68%
Over 3.75
17%
3.50 - 3.74
10%
3.25 - 3.49
5%
3.00 - 3.24

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Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
605 - 705
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
580 - 715
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
24 - 30

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
16:1
Total Faculty
398
with Terminal Degree
298

215
Men
183
Women
35
Minority
16
International

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
59%
Graduate in 5 years
73%
Graduate in 6 years
75%

Majors

  • AGRICULTURE, AGRICULTURE OPERATIONS, AND RELATED SCIENCES.

  • Agriculture, General.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Accounting and Related Services.
  • Business Administration, Management and Operations.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • Creative Writing.
  • English Language and Literature, General.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General.
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics.
  • French Language and Literature.
  • German Language and Literature.
  • Linguistics.
  • Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General.
  • Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Athletic Training/Trainer.
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders, General.
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse.

  • HISTORY.

  • History.

  • HOMELAND SECURITY, LAW ENFORCEMENT, FIREFIGHTING AND RELATED PROTECTIVE SERVICES.

  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.
  • Statistics.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other.

  • PARKS, RECREATION, LEISURE, AND FITNESS STUDIES.

  • Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General.
  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Chemistry, General.
  • Physics.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Research and Experimental Psychology.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Economics, General.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Sociology.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Art/Art Studies, General.
  • Commercial and Advertising Art.
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General.
  • Music Performance, General.
  • Music, General.
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General.


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."

Degrees

Bachelor's
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


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.

Chuck Woods
leader in Aerospace Industry

Cody Sumter
Co-founder of Behavio (acquired by Google)

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

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
59%
Graduate in 5 years
73%
Graduate in 6 years
75%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$45,000

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$83,200

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$46,600

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$88,300

Percent High Job Meaning
53%

Percent STEM
14%


Students Say

The fall semester gets a jumpstart at Truman with Career Week, hosted by the Career Center, complete with speakers, employer information sessions, and a career expo that has included Boeing, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, IBM, and Target. Other career calendar highlights are a spring Non-Profit conference, Alumni Mock Interview Day, and a host of grad school prep events like “How to Attend Graduate School for Free.” Alumni who visited PayScale.com report an average starting salary of $45,000, and 53 percent believe their works hold a high level of meaning.

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Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Jan 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$8,717

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$7,824

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,431

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
57%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$24,938

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$8,943

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$7,352
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$14,136
Required Fees
$304
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,000

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$2,750
Transportation for Commuters
$1,425

On-Campus Room and Board
$8,630
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Federal TEACH Grant
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

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

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)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

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Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
5,898
Foreign Countries Represented
45

Demographics

2.79%
Asian
3.68%
African-American
2.77%
Hispanic
78.86%
Caucasian
1.11%
Unknown
7.02%
International

59% female
41% male
87% are full time
13% are part time

Students Say

Students coined the "term T.T.S. (Typical Truman Student)…to describe academically 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 sorority/fraternity." Truman is not an overly diverse campus, 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."

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Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
42%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
98%

Campus Environment
Village

Housing Options

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

Students Say

College life is hectic and amazing all at the same time. "Truman is an academically 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 excellent." "Also, the atmosphere on campus is very safe and welcoming." However, administrative services sometimes make life difficult. "A lot of the offices (financial aid, study abroad, registrar, etc.) are extremely disorganized."

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Disability Services

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Dr. Michelle Blakely

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
Yes

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
248
Number of Honor Societies
21

Number of Social Sororities
7
Number of Religious Organizations
18

9% join a fraternity

Sports

Athletic Division
Division II

27% participate in intramural sports
8% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Bulldogs)
10 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Football
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Wrestling
Women's Sports (Bulldogs)
10 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups: PRISM: Truman's pride alliance. Also, PRISM members have a resource center for students and try to offer a comfortable climate on campus for students. Website: http://prism.truman.edu

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: http://mac.truman.edu

Army ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability


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: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

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: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell and Apple.

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Elizabeth Gregory
Campus Visit Coordinator

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

Phone
660-785-4114

Email
visit@truman.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Student Recreation Center
Pickler Memorial Library
Student Union Building
The Quadrangle
Starbucks

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
660-785-4114

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Scheduled upon request

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
visit@truman.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Transportation

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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