Facts About Truman
Best known for offering a high-quality education at an amazing value, Truman’s academic programs offer students a college experience full of intellectual pursuits that help them succeed in college and beyond. With our beautiful campus located in a friendly college town, Truman features everything bright and curious students need to stay active, learn, develop, and most importantly, to grow into informed, responsible citizens.
Outcomes, such as Truman’s outstanding post-graduation placement rate, show that a high percentage of recent graduates were either employed or attending a graduate or professional school. Employers know they are getting quality students from Truman, and graduate and professional schools like Truman’s reputation for producing graduates who are well-equipped to successfully further their education.
Truman has been accredited since 1914 by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and various agencies also fully accredit specific programs.
Truman’s student-to-faculty ratio of 16:1 means students get to know their professors on a first-name basis and have more opportunities to interact with fellow students. The average class size is 24 students.
Active Student Body
There is always something taking place on campus — sports, plays, music performances, art shows, live entertainment — and with nearly 240 student organizations, student media, Bulldog athletics, intramural recreational sports, Greek Life, and more, it’s easy for students to get involved at Truman.
Rankings and Recognition
Truman consistently 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.
Our students have the opportunity to conduct master’s level research as undergraduates, as opposed to having to wait until graduate school.
Truman is ranked among top master’s universities for percent of students studying abroad — and Truman is the only Missouri university in the ranking.
High Graduation Rate
According to the Missouri Department of Higher Education, Truman has the highest overall graduation rate among Missouri’s public colleges and universities.
High Retention Rate
Once they arrive on campus, our students like to stick around. Truman has the highest freshman-to-sophomore retention rate among Missouri public universities.
Bright Flight Scholars
Smart students like to surround themselves with other smart students. Truman has the highest percent of students with Missouri’s prestigious Bright Flight Scholarship.
Phi Beta Kappa
Truman is one of only two Missouri public universities with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter, America’s oldest academic honor society for the liberal arts. Phi Beta Kappa is one of the nation’s most prestigious honor societies.
Traditions are an important part of the college experience, and with a history that dates back to 1867, Truman has accumulated a number of cherished traditions. New students quickly learn why so much purple can be seen on campus each Friday and why an annual activity called the “Big Event” is so popular among students.
The Missouri Legislature gave Truman a statewide liberal arts and sciences mission in 1985. To fulfill this mission, Truman provides an outstanding education to academically talented students from across the state of Missouri and the nation at an affordable price.
"I love how easy it is to get to know people at Truman because of the size. Whenever I go to class or attend an event on campus, I always know at least a handful of people."
– Suzanne H., Communication Disorders Major