Facts About Truman
Truman’s beautiful 210-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 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 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 Report, Princeton Review, Consumers Digest, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, and Washington Monthly.
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
Active Student Body
There is always something taking place on campus — sports, plays, music performances, art shows, live entertainment — and with 200+ student organizations, student media, Bulldog athletics, intramural recreational sports, Greek Life, and more, students can pursue their interests and discover new ones.
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.
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.
Bright Flight Scholars
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.
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.
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