Don't Follow. Pursue.
Truman State University: A Public Liberal Arts and Sciences University in Kirksville, Missouri
Consistently ranked among the nation's best colleges, Truman State University offers 48 undergraduate majors, 58 minors, eight graduate programs and two graduate certificate programs, and several pre-professional areas of study. As Missouri's only highly selective public liberal arts and sciences university, Truman is best known for offering exceptionally high-quality academic programs and an amazing educational value.
A small college with a whole lot of heart, Truman is home to an engaged community of learners where individuals matter. Students discover connections across a wide range of perspectives and learn important critical-thinking, problem-solving, and communication skills. Challenging academics, dedicated and compelling professors, high-impact learning experiences outside the classroom (such as research, internships, service learning, and study abroad), and nearly 240 student organizations create opportunities that allow budding intellectuals to thrive so they can pursue their dreams.
As part of the Truman experience, students explore the questions that intrigue them so can they tie their education to their passions as they prepare for lives that matter — as leaders, thinkers, citizens and doers.
A 16:1 student-to-faculty ratio and a student population numbering around 6,000 makes access to professors the norm. Our professors know their students by name and work hard to provide meaningful learning opportunities, such as research, in and out of the classroom.
Truman attracts academically talented students who are natural leaders — the type of students who like to surround themselves with other smart students. Truman students seek a well-rounded education that gives them the tools to solve problems and the broader perspectives to see opportunities.
Supportive Learning Environment
In step with Truman's strong focus on preparing students for success in all aspects of their lives, our faculty pursue excellence in teaching and compelling scholarship—guiding, mentoring, and challenging students.
High Placement Rate After Graduation
Our graduates have the ability and the confidence to succeed in whatever they put their minds to because of the experiences they have at Truman. Employers and graduate and professional schools recognize the value of a degree from Truman — a fact that is reflected in our high placement rate after graduation.
National Rankings and Recognition
Truman achieves national recognition in well-known college rankings produced by publications such as U.S. News and World Report and Kiplinger's Personal Finance, which consistently rank Truman among the nation's leading universities.
A Place Where Students Build Important Work and Life Skills
Equipped with the skills, knowledge, and experience to meet the challenges of the world today, our graduates stand out above the crowd. Across industries and sectors, Truman alumni are pursuing lives as capable professionals, engaged citizens, and supportive colleagues. And they show support for their alma mater by investing in Truman and assisting current students.
Picturesque and Lively Learning Community
Dating back to 1867, our beautiful 180-acre campus blends old and new with a mix of historic and contemporary red-brick buildings that provide modern living and learning facilities. Lush green spaces like the Quad and the Sunken Garden and an impressive library filled with natural light and plenty of group study areas make campus a comfortable place to study, make new friends, and socialize.
Truman’s vibrant, active campus exemplifies the ideals held by its namesake, Harry S. Truman, who embraced and promoted the value of an affordable, well-rounded education for everyone. We do, too. We pursue it.
"I chose Truman because of the affordability and its academic reputation. I looked at other schools, both public and private, and discovered that Truman is on par academically with so many universities but for a fraction of the cost. I knew that I wanted a stellar education but didn’t want to graduate with thousands of dollars in debt, so Truman fit that mold perfectly."
– John R., English Major, Communication & Film Studies Minor