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Truman State University

Kirksville, Missouri

An Amazing Experience


Truman State University believes in the joy of learning. Your college experience will be more than memorizing facts. You’ll enjoy small classes, participate in discussions, discover real opportunities, and learn from the people around you. You’ll join campus groups and make friendships that last a lifetime. Most of all, you’ll receive an education that prepares you to excel in any field.

Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
5,853 undergraduate students
89% of undergrad students are full time
41% male — 59% female
21% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
333 full-time faculty
46 part-time faculty
16 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Moderately residential: 42% of students live on campus.

School Location

Kirksville, Missouri.

Retention Fall 2015

89% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full-time, first-time freshmen)

6-Year Graduation Rate 2015

73% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 7%
Hispanic/Latino 3%
Black or African American 4%
White 79%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 2%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 3%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 2%


NCAA Division II, Mid-American Intercollegiate Conference. 20 varsity sports (10 men’s: baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, indoor track, outdoor track, soccer, swimming, tennis, wrestling; 10 women’s: basketball, cross-country, golf, indoor track, outdoor track, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, volleyball), and a variety of club sports and intramurals. Of the nearly 300 NCAA Division II schools, Truman has produced the highest number of Academic All-Americans in the history of the program.

Other Information

Truman State University is a four- year, public, liberal arts university founded in 1867.

Academic Programs

Accounting, Agricultural Science, Art, Art History, Athletic Training, Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Classics, Communication Disorders, Communication, Computer Science, Creative Writing, Economics, English, Exercise Science, French, German, Health Science, History, Interdisciplinary Studies, Journalism, Justice Systems, Linguistics, Mathematics, Music, Nursing, Philosophy and Religion, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Romance Languages, Russian, Sociology/Anthropology, Spanish, Theatre, Undeclared.

Pre-professional areas in: Pre-Dental, Pre-Engineering, Pre-Law, Pre-Master of Arts in Education (Elementary, Middle School, Secondary, and Special Education specializations available), Pre-Medicine, Pre-Medical Technology, Pre-Occupational Therapy, Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Physical Therapy, Pre-Physician’s Assistant, Pre-Veterinary

More Distinctions

  • Truman was once again listed as the No. 1 Public University in the Midwest Region by U.S. News & World Report’s 2013 edition of “Best Colleges.” Truman has received this No. 1 recognition for the past 16 years.

  • U.S. News & World Report also ranked Truman No. 8 overall in the “Best Regional Universities” category among both private and public institutions that provide a full range of undergraduate and master’s programs.

  • Truman received a No. 1 ranking in the Midwest Region for “Strong Commitment to Teaching” with the U.S. News & World Report, which is based on surveys that identify schools where the faculty have an unusually strong commitment to undergraduate teaching.

  • Truman comes in at No. 4 in the Midwest Region on the list of “Great Schools, Great Prices.”  This best value ranking relates a school’s academic quality, as indicated by its 2013 U.S. News Ranking, to the 2011-2012 academic year net cost of attendance for a student who receives the average level of need-based financial aid.

  • Truman is recognized for the strength of its undergraduate experience specifically related to both “Study Abroad” and “Undergraduate Research/Creative Projects.”

  • Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine has once again ranked Truman on its list titled “100 Best Values in Public Colleges,” which ranks four-year institutions that deliver “strong academics at reasonable prices.”  For the 2012 ranking, Truman was the top ranked Missouri school and the only one from the state to be listed amongst the top seventy-five schools.  Truman is also recognized as the 14th best educational value for out-of-state students.

  • The Chronicle of Higher Education listed Truman as being a top Fulbright Scholar producer for 2011-2012.  These scholarships issued by the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs are considered an incredibly high honor. Fulbright Scholars are students, scholars, teachers, and/or professionals undertaking graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools.

  • Washington Monthly recently listed Truman in the top 10 for its “2012 College Rankings,” rating the University as the No. 6 university offering bachelors and masters degrees nationwide. Truman was the only Missouri school ranked in the top 50 and was the only Missouri public school on the entire Top 100 Master’s Universities list.

  • Washington Monthly also listed Truman at 19th for the number of alumni who go on to serve in the Peace Corps and 4th for the number of bachelors degree recipients who go on to earn a PhD.

  • Truman is ranked the No. 1 Value in Public College and Universities by Consumers Digest, 2011.

  • The website Parents & Colleges selected Truman as one of America’s Best Colleges for 2010 in the category “Top 10 Best Value Public Colleges and Universities.” Truman was ranked No. 5.

Distinguished Leaders

Truman students are distinguished leaders that actively participate in campus life and in their communities. During the 2011-2012 academic year, approximately 1,700 students, faculty and staff participated in the Big Event, a one-day program that coordinates volunteers across the Truman campus to work on community betterment projects in the Kirksville area.

Students are also encouraged to participate in service-learning opportunities both in and outside of class. The nationally innovative Service-Learning Advantage program provides an opportunity for Truman students to demonstrate community-engaged leadership through participation in service-learning beyond the classroom.

Diverse Student Body

Truman State works hard to sustain and support a diverse culture, and around 11% of our student body is African American, Asian, Hispanic, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander or Native American. Truman’s largest class of international students in several decades enrolled in Fall 2012 with 355 students from 52 different countries!  Truman also hosts a variety of traveling scholars and international professors every year.

Study Abroad

The Truman Center for International Education provides students with study abroad opportunities in approximately 500 programs situated in about 60 countries all across the globe. Semester, year-long, week-long and summer programs are available for virtually every major that Truman offers. About 25% of Truman students travel abroad during their college careers to destinations like Australia, Brazil, China, England, Fiji, France, Germany, Ghana, Italy, Japan, Malta, Morocco, New Zealand, South Africa, Thailand, and more!

Different Cultures and New Experiences

Part of the liberal arts experience is opening one’s mind to different cultures and new experiences. Truman’s cultural programming facilitates this by hosting speakers and events for all students; a small sample includes musicians like Ben Folds, OneRepublic, Sara Bareilles and Regina Spektor; TV personality and scientist Bill Nye the Science Guy; and medical doctor and social activist Patch Adams.


Truman students don’t have to wait until graduate school to conduct groundbreaking research. Each year well over one thousand students participate in faculty-supervised research projects. Truman also typically sends the largest delegation of undergraduate students to the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, as well as to many regional and national research conferences.

The Liberal Studies Program:

The liberal studies program is at the heart of all of Truman’s academic majors. This unique program develops and strengthens skills essential to lifelong learning, ranging from writing and speaking to solving mathematics-based problems and understanding personal and social health issues.

The Portfolio Project

The portfolio project at Truman is a great way for students to keep track of their achievements. Students keep an evolving record of projects in several areas, including critical thinking, interdisciplinary thinking, historical analysis, scientific analysis, aesthetic analysis, and creative work and reflection. Students can track how they have grown and developed over the course of their college experience.

The Honors Scholar Program

All Truman students are eligible for the Honors Scholar program. The program is designed for students who are academic thrill-seekers wanting a greater challenge. By taking advanced, specialized courses in lieu of their general studies requirements, Honors Scholars can explore in-depth topics and develop an even more sophisticated viewpoint on the subject matter.


Truman offers varsity athletics, intramurals and over 250 clubs representing a variety of interests. The Truman Student Senate has a strong voice in campus government and that’s just the beginning…


Truman State is in Kirksville, Missouri – a town of approximately seventeen thousand located in the northeast corner of the state. The historic downtown area is within walking distance of the Truman campus and provides a connection to the Kirksville community. Kirksville offers a variety of cultures, nationalities, interests, talents, abilities, values, and experiences.

Community Events

Cultural events on and off campus offer students the opportunity to broaden their horizons through exposure to new viewpoints. Whether it is a production by the Truman theatre department, a blues festival at the historic Round Barn, or a volunteer project within the community, cultural opportunities at Truman abound.

Campus Living

Nearly half of Truman’s roughly 6,100 students opt to live on campus each year. Truman oversees seven residence halls and three apartment complexes, all of which include modern living facilities and are located within easy walking distance of academic buildings. Within these communities are exciting opportunities for personal, social, educational, physical and emotional growth.

Active Students

The Kirksville community has several unique recreational opportunities for active students to enjoy. The Kirksville Aquatic Center, an indoor/outdoor pool complex, offers a variety of activities, classes, and programs designed to appeal to people of all ages, including a six-lane indoor pool perfect for swimming and relaxing. Thousand Hills State Park includes 3,080 acres of beautiful rolling hills and a 573-acre lake. Located ten minutes from the Truman campus, Thousand Hills provides the perfect setting for hiking, camping, fishing, swimming, boating and waterskiing


At Truman, ties are created that last a lifetime. Truman alumni can be found all over the world, in every field, and will serve as a powerful network for students in the future.

Truman graduates demonstrate courageous, visionary and service-oriented leadership as responsible citizens who make significant contributions to their families and their communities. They carry with them the desire to learn for the sake of knowledge, the sensitivity and insight to appreciate cultural diversity, and the ability to think freely and communicate effectively.

Career Preparation

Truman is committed to offering students the best possible undergraduate preparation. 97% of Truman’s 2011 graduates reporting plans indicated employment or intent to pursue graduate or professional studies.  Over half of Truman graduates typically pursue graduate or professional school within six months of graduation (the national average is 25% according to the National Association of Colleges & Employers).

Truman graduates have a long tradition of success in a variety of fields and are in demand by companies and agencies such as Boeing, Cerner, the Peace Corps, the IRS, IBM, Monsanto, Eli Lilly, the Mayo Clinic, Hallmark, major accountancy firms and many others who regularly interview students on campus. Truman’s Career Center helps students search for jobs, prepare resumes, hone interview skills and tap into other valuable resources.

Many alumni continue their educations at such institutions as Yale, Washington University, Stanford, Harvard, MIT, Vanderbilt, Georgetown and the University of Chicago, among others.


Admissions Fall 2015

3,900 Total Applicants 
3,080 Total Admissions 
1,262 Total Freshman Enrollment

78.97% of applicants admitted

Freshman Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 580 730
SAT Math 560 680
SAT Writing    
ACT Composite 25 30
ACT Math 23 28
ACT English 24 32
ACT Writing    


A completed application for admission (There is no application fee.)
An official transcript with the results of coursework through the sixth or seventh semester of high school and a transcript of any completed college-level work.
ACT or SAT I results.
A one to three page essay on any topic that is important to you.

Admission Application Deadline
Scholarship Priority Deadline (non-binding): Apply by December 1st (Notification of acceptance is on a rolling basis beginning in late September.)


Net Price Calculator 


Expenses In-State Out-of-State
Tuition $7,152 $13,376
Fees $304 $307
Total $7,456 $13,683
Room and Board (on campus) $8,480 $8,480
Room Only $5,730 $5,730
Board Only $2,750 $2,750
Estimated Total On Campus $15,936 $22,163 


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

99% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded any financial aid
49% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded student loan aid

$8,760 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid awarded
$5,975 Average amount of student loan aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduates

Additional Information

Truman State University looks for students who enjoy challenges, who are intellectually curious, and enjoy discovering more about themselves in an engaging atmosphere.  Truman highly recommends the following high school core curriculum: four units English/language arts, three units mathematics (four units are strongly recommended), three units social studies/history, three units science, one unit fine arts and two units foreign language (in the same language).   

Admission to the University is based upon individual, holistic review of all admission application materials.  Under guidelines for highly selective institutions from the Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education, the students who receive the strongest consideration for admission to Truman will have a 140 combined ability score. The combined ability score is determined by adding the high school class rank percent to the national percentile on the ACT or SAT college entrance exam.