Truman State University

Truman State University

Kirksville, MO
student ratio
total students
$7,152 | $13,376
in-state | out-of-state tuition
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
Moderately Difficult
admission difficulty
Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
sat math
sat reading
sat writing
act composite


The University

Truman has forged a national reputation for offering an exceptionally high-quality undergraduate education at a competitive price. For the 18th consecutive year, "US News & World Report" has ranked Truman as the number one public institution in the Midwest offering bachelor's and master's degrees. In addition, Truman is number one on Consumers Digest list of best value public colleges and universities.

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 opportunities to interact with their professors both in and out of the classroom. With class sizes averaging only 24 students and 80 % having fewer than 30 students, scholars find ample opportunity to ask questions of professors as well as interact with their multitalented peers. Truman's academic environment is enhanced by a student body that achieves at remarkable levels. The 2014 freshman class had an ACT midrange of 25 to 30 and an average GPA of 3.76 on a 4.0 scale. In addition, numerous opportunities exist for students to engage in undergraduate research. Each year, approximately 1,200 students work alongside professors on university research projects, gaining confidence, knowledge, and skill in their chosen disciplines. The university offers these students the opportunity to present the results of their research at the annual Student Research Conference. In addition, selected students travel to the National Undergraduate Research Symposium to present their research findings. Undergraduate research stipends are also available.

Students wishing to attend Truman to become teachers must first complete their bachelor's degrees in an academic discipline and then apply for admission into professional study at the master's level to obtain Master of Arts in Education (MAE) degrees. Through this program, certification can be achieved for elementary education, middle school education, secondary education, and special education.

With more than 200 university organizations available to students, encompassing 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 special guests such as Olympic Gold Medalist Shawn Johnson and RJ Mitte, comic acts such as Vanessa Bayer, and musical artists like B.o.B., Lee Brice, and Phillip Phillips. In addition, admission to all varsity athletic events, Truman theater productions, and Lyceum Series events is free to Truman students. Recent theater productions have included "The Drowsy Chaperone," "You Can't Take it With You," and "Bedroom Farce."


Truman is located in Kirksville, a town of approximately 17,000 nestled in the northeast corner of Missouri. The town square, located within walking distance of the Truman campus, provides a connection to Kirksville's past. A multiplex movie theater is located on the town square; local merchants operate specialized gift, book, and clothing stores; and several restaurants offer a wide selection of American and international cuisine.

The Kirksville Aquatic Center is a great place to have fun and get fit. This indoor/outdoor pool complex offers a variety of activities, classes, and programs designed to appeal to people of all ages. The complex includes a six-lane indoor swimming pool, perfect for swimming, relaxing, or playing a game of water-basketball. The outdoor pool is designed with a zero-depth entry, a 1-meter diving board, and four 25-yard outdoor lap lanes as well as a 20-foot water slide.

The northeast region of Missouri is also home to Thousand Hills State Park. A 3,252-acre state park and 573-acre lake for camping, hiking, biking, fishing, swimming, boating, and waterskiing is located within 10 minutes of the Truman campus.

Majors and Degrees

Undergraduate degree programs offered by Truman include the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree program, the Bachelor of Science (BS) degree program, the Bachelor of Music: Performance (BM) degree program, the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree program, and the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program. Truman offers more than 40 areas of study in the following disciplines: accounting, agricultural science, athletic training, art, art history, 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, music: performance, 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, and veterinary medicine.

Academic Programs

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 and is intended to serve as a foundation for all major programs of study offered by the university. Truman's mission is to offer an exemplary undergraduate education, grounded in the liberal arts and sciences, in the context of a public institution of higher learning. Truman seeks to provide the kind of education in the liberal arts and sciences that has historically been offered only at private colleges. 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 on 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. All students graduating from Truman must complete 63 or more credit hours in liberal arts and sciences courses.

Truman also offers an especially challenging Honors Scholar Program. This program provides students with the opportunity to select the most rigorous honors courses to satisfy the liberal arts component of their respective programs. Students who successfully complete this program benefit from an even richer academic experience and also receive special recognition at graduation and distinction on their academic transcripts. Departmental honors are also available in several disciplines.

Off-campus Programs

Each year, approximately 400 Truman students participate in enriching and life-changing study-abroad experiences. Truman's own study-abroad programs, combined with programs offered through Truman's membership in the College Consortium for International Studies, International Student Exchange Program, AustraLearn, and the Council on International Educational Exchange, provide students with study-abroad opportunities in more than 60 countries worldwide, including Australia, China, England, Finland, France, Italy, Russia, Spain, and Thailand.

In cooperation with the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars, Truman offers a wide variety of experiential internships in Washington, DC. Included are work-experience opportunities in such areas as public administration, the fine and performing arts, foreign affairs/diplomacy, government affairs, criminal justice, international relations, health and human services, environmental policy, business administration, and communications as well as other areas. Placement sites include nonprofit groups, media organizations, the State Department, Congress, museums, and much more.

Truman requires internships in education, health science, and exercise science and annually offers internship opportunities with the Missouri State Legislature. In recent years, students have completed internships with United States senators, the governor of Missouri, business and industry managers, zoos, broadcast and print media professionals, accountants, advertising agencies, physical therapists, musicians, artists, and the United States Supreme Court.

Academic facilities

The Truman campus is beautifully situated on an expanse of 140 acres near downtown Kirksville. Featured among the 40 facilities on campus is Pickler Memorial Library. This 460,116-volume facility provides a state-of-the-art library resource for students and faculty members alike. Materials not available in Pickler Memorial Library can be obtained through the Interlibrary Loan Office and MOBIUS.

Recent improvements to campus facilities include the expansion of the Pershing Building with the new health sciences wing, which was completed for the fall 2011 semester. Facility improvements included the new Fontaine C. Piper Movement Analysis Lab, a human performance lab, an expanded clinic for communication disorders, athletic training rooms, and a brand-new nursing simulation center. The renovations to the Student Union Building were completed in 2008 with an expanded Center for Student Involvement, new technology, mural restoration, and a completely renovated university bookstore.

The West Campus Suites opened to students in 2006. Each suite is equipped with a living room, two bedrooms housing two students each, closet space, a large bathroom, and central air conditioning. Renovations completed on Missouri Hall included a 2,500-square-foot addition, laundry facilities on every floor, and individually controlled heating and cooling in each room. Renovations are also complete on Blanton/Nason/Brewer, Dobson Hall, Ryle Hall, and Centennial Hall which was finished in 2013.

Additional campus facilities include a student media center with a TV studio, a radio station, print media production facilities, a biofeedback laboratory, an organic chemistry lab, an analytical chemistry lab, an observatory, a greenhouse, a 5,000-seat football stadium, a soccer field, tennis courts, softball and baseball diamonds, a 3,000-seat arena with three basketball courts, an Olympic-size swimming pool, a multicultural affairs center, a writing center, a student success center, and a career center.


Tuition for Missouri residents for the 2015--16 academic year is $7,152; out-of-state tuition is $13,376. Room and board totals for both Missouri residents and nonresidents averages at $8,480. Additional fees included a $315 freshman orientation fee, an annual $90 activities fee, a $54 Student Health Center fee, an annual $100 athletic fee, a $34 Information Technology fee, $115 parking fee for those with a vehicle, and the 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.

Several scholarships are awarded to students for excellence in music, theatre, debate/forensics, or art. These scholarships are available for instrumental or vocal music; acting or dramatic production; speech or debate; and studio art or art history. Of special interest to piano students is the Truman Piano Fellowship Competition.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association 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 (FAFSA) and participates in all Federal Title IV financial aid programs. Financial aid estimates are available upon request.


Truman State University is committed to teaching the academically talented undergraduate student. The university has 318 full-time faculty members and 50 part-time faculty members. Of these, 98% teach undergraduates and graduate teaching assistants only teach 1% of classes. Most major graduate institutions are represented among the Truman faculty, including Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Brown, Cornell, Oxford, and the Sorbonne. The student-faculty member ratio at Truman is 16:1.

Student Government

Student Senate is the official elected governing body of the Student Association, representing approximately 5,800 students. Its mission is to represent the views of the Student Association in the formulation of the University policy through legislation and membership on all university committees; to facilitate communication and mutual understanding among the Student Association, faculty and staff members, and administration; to maintain a cohesive vision for the future of the university; and to actively participate in the fulfillment of the university's mission as an exemplary public liberal arts and sciences university.

Admission Requirements

Admission to Truman is competitive. Each applicant is evaluated for admission based upon academic and cocurricular record, ACT or SAT results, and the admission essay. Truman requires the following high school core: four units of English, three units of mathematics (four recommended), three units of social studies/history, three units of natural science, one unit of fine arts, and two units of the same foreign language.

Application and Information

The priority deadline for admission is December 1. Students who have applied by this date are considered for all applicable competitive scholarships. Applications are processed on a rolling basis. There is no application fee. Students may apply online at the university's website. Truman also accepts the Common Application.

For further information or to schedule a campus visit, students should contact:

Admission Office

Ruth W. Towne Museum and Visitors Center

Truman State University

100 East Normal

Kirksville, Missouri 63501

Phone: 660-785-4114


Fax: 660-785-7456



Location & Contact

100 East Normal Avenue
Kirksville, MO 63501-4221

Melody Chambers

Director of Admissions

Phone: 660-785-4114
Fax: 660-785-7456

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
  • Agriculture
    • Agriculture
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Business/marketing
    • Accounting
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business Administration and Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Communication/Journalism
    • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Computer and information sciences
    • Computer and Information Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • Creative Writing
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • English
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Foreign languages and literature
    • Classics and Classical Languages
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • French
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • German
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Linguistics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Romance Languages
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Russian
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Spanish
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Health professions and related sciences
    • Athletic Training
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Communication Sciences and Disorders
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting, and protective services
    • Criminal Justice/Safety
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Interdisciplinary studies
    • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Parks and recreation
    • Health and Physical Education/Fitness
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Philosophy and religious studies
    • Philosophy and Religious Studies Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Physical sciences
    • Chemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • Economics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Political Science and Government
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sociology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Art
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Dramatic/Theater Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Fine/Studio Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music Performance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.


74% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied4,095
    • Accepted3,050
    • Acceptance Rate74%
    • Enrolled5,910
    • Female Applicants2,385
    • Females Accepted1,801
    • Female Acceptance Rate75%
    • Male Applicants1,710
    • Males Accepted1,249
    • Male Acceptance Rate73%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee$
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Transcript of high school record
      official college entrance exam scores required, activities list/resume recommended
    • Required for Some
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.76
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen September 1st Yes
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen September 1st Yes
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer Yes
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 628 570 690
    • SAT Math 610 560 680
    • SAT Writing
    • ACT Composite 27 24 30
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$7,152
    • Out-of-state tuition *$13,376
    • In-district tuitionNot Reported
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$304
    • Room and board *$8,480
    • Room only *$5,730
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredInstallments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionChildren of Alumni, Employees or children of employees, Senior Citizens

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students5,910
    • Male Student Percentage41%
    • Female Student Percentage59%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino2.81%
    • Black or African American3.59%
    • White or Caucasian80.52%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.14%
    • Asian1.88%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.1%
    • Two or more races2.62%
    • Unknown1.76%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout6.58% representing 50 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students19% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements None
    • Housing options Coed housing , Special housing for disabled
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 49%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station Yes
    • Student-run television station Yes
    • Marching band Yes
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center Yes
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities Yes
    • Greek sororities Yes
    • Local fraternities Yes
    • Local sororities Yes
    • Other organizations Yes
    • Most popular organizations Alpha Phi Omega (co-ed service fraternity), American Medical Student Association, Alpha Sigma Gamma (service sorority), Nursing Students' Association, Beta Beta Beta (biology honors)
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Yes
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other patrols by commissioned officers, perimeter access system, dual 911 call center for campus/community, emergency text messaging system


Member of the: NCAA Division II
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Badminton Yes No No
    • Baseball No Division 2 Yes
    • Basketball Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Bowling No Division C No
    • Cheerleading No Division C No
    • Cross-country running Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Equestrian sports No Division C No
    • Football Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Golf No No No
    • Lacrosse No No No
    • Rifle No Division C No
    • Rock climbing No Division C No
    • Rugby No Division C No
    • Skiing Yes No No
    • Skiing (cross-country) Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Softball Yes No No
    • Swimming Yes Division 2 No
    • Table Tennis Yes No No
    • Tennis Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Track Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes Division C No
    • Volleyball Yes Division C No
    • Weight Lifting No Division C No
    • Wrestling No Division 2 Yes
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Badminton Yes No No
    • Baseball No No No
    • Basketball Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Bowling No Division C No
    • Cheerleading No Division C No
    • Cross-country running Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Equestrian sports No Division C No
    • Football Yes No No
    • Golf No Division 2 Yes
    • Lacrosse No Division C No
    • Rifle No Division C No
    • Rock climbing No Division C No
    • Rugby No Division C No
    • Skiing Yes No No
    • Skiing (cross-country) Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Softball Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Swimming Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Table Tennis Yes No No
    • Tennis Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Track Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes Division C No
    • Volleyball Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Weight Lifting No Division C No
    • Wrestling No No No


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty391
    • Full-time Percentage81%
    • Part-time Percentage19%
    • Female Percentage43%
    • Male Percentage57%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio17:1 or 5,751 students to 342 faculty