Truman State University

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100 E. Normal Street

Kirksville, MO 63501

Phone: (660) 785-4000
2013-2014 Tuition
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rolling admission

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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#10 Overall Score: 73 out of 100. Regional Universities (Midwest)

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Truman State University is a public institution that was founded in 1867. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,872, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 140 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Truman State University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (Midwest), 10. Its in-state tuition and fees are $7,368 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $13,240 (2013-14).

Located in the rural town of Kirksville, Mo., Truman State University is about a three hour drive southeast of Des Moines and four hours northwest of St. Louis. Undergraduate Truman students can choose from around 30 areas of study, and graduate students can choose from six, including accounting through its business school. Truman helps students secure their post-college plans through the career center, which helps with résumés and interviews, and the Truman in Washington Program, which connects students with internships and alumni in D.C. Each fall, students kick off the academic year by enjoying music and games at Truman’s Dawg Fest celebration, and then they explore extracurricular opportunities at the Activity Fair. Truman students can get involved with Greek life, around 250 student organizations, or intramural sports. Truman also offers about 20 varsity sports teams, called the Bulldogs, which compete in the NCAA Division II Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association. One of Truman’s most notable alumni is Ken Norton, who was one of the few boxers to beat Muhammad Ali.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Truman has forged a national reputation for offering exceptionally high-quality undergraduate education at an affordable price. A commitment to student achievement and learning is at the core of everything Truman does. This commitment is evidenced by faculty and staff members who recognize the importance of providing students with the opportunity to interact with their professors both in and out of the classroom. With 92 percent of courses containing less than 40 students, and 100 percent of faculty teaching undergraduates, students find ample opportunity to ask questions of professors as well as interact with their multi-talented peers. Truman's academic environment is enhanced by a student body that achieves at remarkable levels. In addition, numerous opportunities exist for students to engage in experiential learning through study abroad, internships, service learning, and undergraduate research. To encourage active learning and engagement, Truman offers Student-Initiated Courses and Learning Opportunities that allow students to customize their learning experience by creating, coordinating and leading courses and co-curricular projects under the mentorship of our professors. Each year, approximately 1,000 students work side by side with professors on University research projects, gaining greater confidence, knowledge, and skill in their chosen disciplines. With more than 200 student organizations that include service, Greek, honorary, professional, religious, social, political, and recreational influences, Truman students have tremendous opportunities to become involved while enrolled at the University. Truman's Student Activities Board provides popular culture entertainment. Recent events include comic acts Jay Pharoah of Saturday Night Live, and Aasif Mandvi of The Daily Show, plus musical artists like Sara Bareilles and Lee Brice. Admission to all varsity athletic events, Truman theater productions, and Lyceum Series events is free to Truman students. Recent main stage theater productions include Spring Awakening, Into the Woods, Godspell and Little Women. Truman is Missouri's premier liberal arts and sciences university and the only highly selective public institution in the state. The Liberal Studies Program is the heart of Truman's curriculum, intended as a foundation for all programs of study. The program is a blend of two intellectual traditions in higher education, one that emphasizes the traditional thought and learning of the culture as reflected in the classical works produced by it, and the other that emphasizes personal investigation and freedom of discovery. 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. Truman is providing the kind of education in the liberal arts and sciences that has historically been offered only at private colleges. Due to our liberal arts foundation, Truman is part of COPLAC (Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges). We are currently one of four COPLAC institutions in the Midwest. Truman also offers a challenging Honors Scholar Program, which is open to everyone at the University. This program provides students with the opportunity to select rigorous honors courses to satisfy the liberal arts component of their respective programs. Students who successfully complete this program benefit from a richer academic experience and receive special recognition at graduation.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1867
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $28,237,444


When applying to Truman State University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. It is more selective, with an acceptance rate of 73.7 percent.

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Selectivity more selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 73.7%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by N/A

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Truman State University is 17:1, and the school has 19.8 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Truman State University include: Business Administration and Management, General; Kinesiology and Exercise Science; Biology/Biological Sciences, General; English Language and Literature, General; and Psychology, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 86.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 17:1
4-year graduation rate 57%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business Administration and Management, General 15%
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 10%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 9%
English Language and Literature, General 9%
Psychology, General 8%

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Student Life

Truman State University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,872, with a gender distribution of 40.6 percent male students and 59.4 percent female students. At this school, 45 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 55 percent of students live off campus. Truman State University is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 6,237
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA II

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Campus Info & Services

Truman State University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Truman State University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Truman State University.

Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Truman State University, 51.6 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $6,582.

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In-state tuition and fees $7,368 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $13,240 (2013-14)
Room and board $7,720 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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