Facts About Truman

Having class on the Quad


Truman’s beautiful 180-acre residential campus, located in Kirksville, Missouri, 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 a library filled with natural light and plenty of group study areas make campus a comfortable place to study, make new friends, and socialize.


Truman has been accredited since 1914 by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Rankings and Recognition

Truman consistently achieves national recognition in well-known college rankings produced by publications such as U.S. News and World ReportPrinceton Review, Consumers Digest, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, and Washington Monthly.
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Student-to-Faculty Ratio

Truman’s student-to-faculty ratio of 16:1 means professors get to know their students well enough to provide meaningful references for internships and jobs. Students also have access to numerous academic support services to help ensure their success.

Learning Outside the Classroom

High-impact learning experiences, such as internshipsresearch, and study abroad, allow students to apply what they learn in the classroom to real-world situations.

Active Student Body

There is always something taking place on campus — sports, plays, music performances, art shows, live entertainment — and with around 240  student organizations, student media, Bulldog athletics, intramural recreational sportsGreek Life, and more, students can pursue their interests and discover new ones.

Successful Outcomes

Employers and graduate and professional schools recognize the value of a degree from Truman — a fact that is reflected in our placement rate after graduation — 89% of Truman graduates are employed, in graduate school, serving in the military, or participating in a volunteer or service opportunity within six months of graduation.

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

Truman has the highest freshman-to-sophomore retention rate among Missouri public universities.

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.

Rich History

With a history that dates back to 1867, cherished traditions are an important part of the college experience. One campus myth predicts that if a couple first kisses at midnight on one of the benches in the Sunken Garden, they will eventually marry.

Unique Mission

The Missouri Legislature gave Truman a statewide liberal arts and sciences mission in 1985. The well-rounded education that a liberal arts and sciences education is known for prepares students for life beyond their first job — it increases the chances for success in a world where individuals are switching jobs on a regular basis.

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Suzanne Hunn

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