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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
4,568
Acceptance Rate
65%
Average HS GPA
3.79

GPA Breakdown

67%
Over 3.75
16%
3.50 - 3.74
9%
3.25 - 3.49
6%
3.00 - 3.24

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SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
550 - 670
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
530 - 687.5
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
370
with Terminal Degree
279

206
Men
164
Women
39
Minority
11
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
56%
Graduate in 5 years
71%
Graduate in 6 years
72%

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

Simply put, Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri offers undergraduates a “great education” at a “great price.” Students fortunate enough to attend join a “strong community” that quickly becomes a “home away from home.” Academically, undergrads here applaud the school’s wide “variety of classes, majors and minors.” This virtually guarantees, “There is a way for everyone to study what they enjoy.” Of course, some undergrads do note that Truman is especially known for its “education program and nursing program.” Many individuals also site the “very low” student-professor ratio as being a huge advantage. Indeed, these “small” classes translate into a “more personal” learning experience. As one thankful student expounds, “The professors want to get to know you and know your name and do everything they can to help you succeed in life.” While classes “are demanding,” the workload is certainly “not unreasonable.” Nevertheless, some students do caution, “you have to be prepared to really engage with the material in order to do well at Truman.” Though they just as readily acknowledge that this emphasis on critical thinking translates into “very good..job placement/graduate school entrance rates.” All in all, undergrads concur that a Truman education is “really worth the hard work.”

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

Eric S. Schmitt
43rd Attorney General of Missouri

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
56%
Graduate in 5 years
71%
Graduate in 6 years
72%

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)
$46,500

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$85,400

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$49,000

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$90,600

Percent High Job Meaning
50%

Percent STEM
16%


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
$8,670

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$7,846

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,248

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
54%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$24,432

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$9,094

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$7,425
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$14,277
Required Fees
$304
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,000

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$2,990
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

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
5,504
Foreign Countries Represented
48

Demographics

2.67%
Asian
4.08%
African-American
3.20%
Hispanic
77.78%
Caucasian
7.30%
International

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

Students Say

Not surprisingly, a large percentage of Truman undergrads hail from the midwest and “most are Missouri residents.” Therefore, it often feels as though the majority of students here hold “similar small town/suburban midwestern conservative values.” Beyond these shared morals, Truman undergrads are also united in their “eager[ness] to learn” and the library is continually “packed..with students trying to better themselves.” Many also describe their peers as “very open” and “friendly.” More importantly, Truman undergrads “are always willing to help each other.” And while they do recognize that “there is not much ethnic diversity,” students rush to assert that “the school overall shows a considerable warm and accepting atmosphere.” Rest assured, “racial nor gender discrimination is tolerated on campus.” Many also love that the university is “big enough that you can always meet new people, but small enough that you always see someone you know no matter where you go.” And they greatly appreciate that their classmates “are always prepared for conversation.” As one supremely satisfied student sums up, “Truman has led me to my very best friends.” And what more could you hope for in your collegiate experience?

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Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
45%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
97%

Campus Environment
Village

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Frat Sorority
Theme Housing

Students Say

Truman has plenty to offer when it comes to extracurricular opportunities and entertainment. For starters, there are “several hundred clubs” in which students can participate. Additionally, “the school does a good job of hosting different events, such as performers, comedians, or informational speakers.” The Student Union is fairly active as well, sponsoring everything “from movie marathons to dances.” On the weekends, it’s relatively easy to stumble upon “parties..in fraternities or people’s off-campus houses.” And while they are often well attended, a handful of students assure us that they “don’t usually get too crazy.” Additionally, when the weather’s nice, undergrads can often be found sneaking off to “hang out at Thousand Hills State Park” and squeezing in a little hiking. Further, while some might describe hometown Kirksville as “boring”, others insist there are plenty of low-key options. Students “grab coffee on the Square, go to $1 bowling,” and “check out the Farmer’s market.” Finally, when students want a little more action, they often take a “day trip to Columbia” which tends to offer “better food and shopping.”

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Student Access and Disability Services

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Julie K. James Sneddon

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
253
Number of Honor Societies
20

Number of Social Sororities
7
Number of Religious Organizations
19

21% join a fraternity

Sports

Athletic Division
Division II

28% 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 Center for Diversity and Inclusion 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://diversity.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
Rose Potter
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. Hampton Inn is located on the north side of Kirksville, approximately 10 minutes away.


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