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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 the nineteenth 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.


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Each applicant is evaluated for admission based upon academic and co-curricular record, ACT or SAT results, and the admission essay. Truman requires the following high school core: 4 units of English, 3 units of mathematics (4 recommended), 3 units of social studies/history, 3 units of natural science, 1 unit of fine arts and 2 units of the same foreign language.

Candidates are considered for admission on a rolling basis, although those interested in scholarship and financial aid programs are strongly encouraged to apply for admission and submit a resume/activity list by December 1. There is no application fee. Students may apply online at the website listed below or through the Common Application. For further information or to schedule a campus visit, students should contact:

Office of Admission
Truman State University
100 East Normal
Kirksville, Missouri 63501
Telephone: 660.785.4114 or 800.892.7792
Fax: 660.785.7456


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

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
550 - 680
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
520 - 650

Concordant SAT Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
550 - 670

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


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

Selectivity Rating

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Academic Programs

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 400 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. The Chronicle for Higher Education recognized Truman as a top producer of Fulbright students for the 2014-15 school year. This federal grant provides funds for studying or working abroad after graduation.

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. For the fall 2015 semester, Truman had three interns at the White House.

Majors and Degrees Offered

Undergraduate degrees offered by Truman include the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Bachelor of Music (B.M.), Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.), and Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.). Truman offers more than forty areas of study in the following disciplines: Accounting, Agricultural Science, Art, Art History, Athletic Training, Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Classics, Communication, Communication Disorders, Computer Science, Creative Writing, Economics, English, Exercise Science, French, German, Health Science, History, Interdisciplinary Studies, Justice Systems, Linguistics, Mathematics, Music, Nursing, Philosophy and Religion, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Romance Languages, Russian, Sociology/Anthropology, Spanish, and Theatre.

Professional paths include but are not limited to dentistry, engineering, law, medicine, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, occupational therapy and veterinary medicine.

The teaching degree at Truman is the Master of Arts in Education. Students wishing to pursue a teaching career first complete a bachelor’s degree in an academic discipline and then apply for admission into professional study at the master’s level. Master’s programs in special education, elementary education, middle school education, and secondary education are available.

Truman also offers Master’s level degrees in Accountancy (MAc), Biology (MS), Communication Disorders (MA), Counseling (MA), English (MA), Leadership (MA) and Music (MA).

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.

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


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

Graduation Rates

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


  • 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

  • Communication Studies/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
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Linguistics
  • Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

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

  • History

  • History

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General
  • Statistics

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Health and Physical Education, General
  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Physics

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Security and Protective Services

  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

  • Social Sciences

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

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • 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."


Post-Bachelor's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


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
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


ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

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

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

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)

Percent High Job Meaning

Percent STEM

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 report an average starting salary of $45,000, and 53 percent believe their works hold a high level of meaning.


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Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

Tuition for Missouri residents for the 2015-16 academic year is $7,152; out-of-state tuition is $13,376. The average room and board rate for both Missouri residents and nonresidents is $8,480. Additional fees include a one-time freshman orientation fee, and annual fees including an activities fee, an athletic fee, a Student Health Center fee, a sustainability fee, a technology fee, and a parking fee for those with a vehicle, plus costs of books and personal expenses.

Financial Aid

Truman offers automatic scholarships ranging from $500 to $5,000. Competitive scholarship awards vary from $500 up to full tuition, room and board, plus a $4,000 study-abroad stipend. The application for admission also serves as the application for the automatic and competitive scholarship programs, and it is free to apply.

A limited number of scholarships are awarded to students for excellence in fine arts, debate or foreign language. These scholarships are available for instrumental or vocal music; acting or dramatic production; studio art or art history; speech or debate; and foreign languages offered at Truman. Of special interest to piano students is the Truman Piano Fellowship Competition, a February competition offering scholarships to top pianists.

Truman, a National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II member, offers 20 men’s and women’s sports. The NCAA and the University authorize a limited number of grants to outstanding athletes. The value of this aid may vary with each individual recipient.

Truman accepts the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) and participates in all Federal Title IV financial aid programs. Financial aid estimates are available upon request.


Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Jan 1

Required Forms


Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

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

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

On-Campus Room and Board
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology

Scholarships and Grants


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

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)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


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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, American Shakespeare Center, Vocalosity, and the Russian Festival Ballet.

Truman’s Student Activity Board sponsors a variety of entertainment events. Recent SAB concerts include Phillip Phillips, Andy Grammer, and Todrick Hall. Comedic acts like Vanessa Bayer and Pete Davidson have also come to Truman’s campus in recent years.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Foreign Countries Represented



59% female
41% male
86% are full time
14% 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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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.

Campus Facilities & Equipment

Students take advantage of numerous academic resources and facilities available to them. Improvements to campus facilities have included the expansion of Truman's Science facility, Magruder Hall. Renovations to Barnett Hall include a new Student Media Center encompassing facilities for the student-produced newspaper, Midwest travel magazine, radio station, and TV studio. Students also enjoy dining, socializing, and relaxing in the newly renovated Student Union Building.

The Health Sciences Building houses a speech and hearing clinic for Communication Disorders students, an independent learning center for Nursing students, a Human Performance lab, and the Fontaine C. Piper Movement Analysis lab. Additional facilities include a biofeedback laboratory, an organic chemistry lab, an observatory, a 400-acre university farm, a multicultural affairs center, student health center, and a career center. Athletic facilities include a 5,000-seat football stadium, a 3,000-seat arena with three basketball courts, an Olympic-size swimming pool, soccer and rugby fields, baseball and softball fields, tennis courts, a dance studio, and a Student Recreation Center.

Truman has been measuring its energy consumption and is implementing appropriate measures to lower it. Solar panels are located on five different buildings across campus. During the 2014-15 academic year, Truman saw a reduction of 113.5 tons of CO2 emissions producing 108 kW of useable energy from these panels. Efforts to manage the consumption of our natural resources are also a priority. We are proud of our beautiful campus, which has been named a Tree Campus USA site by the Arbor Day Foundation.

Residence halls also provide comfortable and enriching living environments for students. Most of the halls have been renovated within the last five years. All residence halls offer lounges, kitchenettes, laundry facilities, high-speed internet (including wireless), cable TV, and many other amenities. Students can eat in dining halls or in the food court style dining in the Student Union Building.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment

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

Dr. Michelle Blakely

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams

Dictionary allowed in exams

Computer allowed in exams

Spellchecker allowed in exams

Extended test time



Oral exams


Distraction-free environment

Accommodation for students with ADHD

Reading machine

Other assistive technology

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

4% join a fraternity


Athletic Division
Division II

28% participate in intramural sports
8% participate in intercollegiate sports

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: 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:

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


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

Sophie Krautmann
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

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

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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