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  2. Value
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  4. Campus
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  5. Athletics
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  6. Party Scene
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  7. Professors
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  8. Location
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  9. Dorms
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  10. Campus Food
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  11. Student Life
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  12. Safety
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Truman State is a highly rated public university located in Kirksville, Missouri. It is a mid-size institution with an enrollment of 5,187 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Truman State acceptance rate is 68%. Popular majors include Business, Psychology, and Biology. Graduating 72% of students, Truman State alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $32,700.
About Truman State University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (with football)
Athletic Conference
Great Lakes Valley Conference
Address
100 E Normal Avenue
Kirksville, MO 63501
Website

Truman State University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
68%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
1070-1330
ACT Range
24-30
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

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Cost

Net Price
$12,478/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $8,238/ year
  • $30-48k
    $9,116/ year
  • $49-75k
    $11,969/ year
  • $76-110k
    $14,940/ year
  • $110k+
    $16,055/ year
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Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
17:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
88%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.72 responses
52%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.77 responses
38%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.77 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
5,187Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
25%
Varsity Athletes
9%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 42 responses
Report
  • Hardworking
    71%
  • Interesting and "interesting"
    12%
  • Average
    5%
  • Stressed
    5%
  • Weird
    5%
  • Nerd
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
53%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.78 responses
Poll
67%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.89 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 38 responses
Report
  • Harvard of the Midwest
    37%
  • Great value for such a low price
    21%
  • Not What You Were Expecting
    13%
  • The Midwest's Harvard, for the community college $
    13%
  • Much Better than Expecting
    5%
  • Pretty much what I expected
    5%
  • Necessary self-construction
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$43,700/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
72%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
96%
National
83%
95%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.37 responses
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Truman State University is lovingly referred to by students as "nerd school." The Truman experience is not what one might get at a bigger party school, though there are still plenty of parties and shenanigans. The students here have a talent for finding a balance. Classes are typically rigorous, but students don't have to sacrifice their college experience to thrive. There are many opportunities for on-campus or community jobs. I am a part of the school's music department, which is very tight-knit; I have too many professors that I might ask for letters of recommendation for graduate school - I'll have to pick!
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Truman State University is a school for individuals who are willing to dedicate themselves to their major and academia. The students are academically motivated and are always able to manage their school with friends and family. It is a University that is small, but can offer so many opportunities for students who are motivated to see what the collegiate experience can offer. Overall, the University provides an ideal situation for those who are not aiming for a large campus or large school. Buildings are no more than 10 minutes away from one another and the chances of bumping into someone you know is very high. Students tend to be interactive when walking to classes and it is just a healthy environment for students who are wanting to get to know others in their major and in the dorms and all over campus. I highly recommend Truman State University and any student can get the most from attending this University!
I came to Truman very confused. Honestly, I did not even think I was going to end up there. Now that I have been there for a year I am really glad I went there! Getting over the food quality and the bad dorms was the hardest part. Once I got used to the atmosphere, I realized it was a very good school. The academics are amazing and the professors are some of the most helpful I have ever had in my life. Over the course of this year I have made some of the best friends in my life. Everyone at Truman has similar goals - we all came there because it is cheap, sure, but mostly we came for the good education. It is a much higher education for the small price that we pay. Truman is a good choice for anyone who wants a good education but cannot afford the outrageous prices of most universities.