Rankings & Recognition
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National Rankings and Recognition of Academic Quality and Affordability
National recognition and rankings consistently praise Truman's lively learning community. And the message is loud and clear—Truman has earned a reputation for offering a top-ranked education and an outstanding economic value. As a result, Truman is consistently ranked among the nation's best colleges and universities. And you don't have to take our word for it. Here's what others are saying about Truman State University.
One of the Best Universities in the Midwest
- No. 1 Public University in the Midwest region for 19 years running. Also recognized for:
- Strong Commitment to Undergraduate Teaching
- Great Schools, Great Prices
- Most Innovative Schools
- A-Plus Schools for B Students
- Best Colleges for Veterans
—U.S. News & World Report’s "America's Best Colleges" (2016)
- Named the best "hidden gem" college in the state of Missouri.
—College Raptor (2015)
One of the Nation's Best Values for High-Quality Academics
- No. 1 on the list of best values for public colleges and universities.
—Consumers Digest (June 2015)
- No. 15 on list of "Best Public College Values" in the nation.
—Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine (2016)
- A "Best Buy" school.
—Fiske Guide to Colleges (2016)
- Named among "Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Best Value Colleges and What It Takes to Get In"
—Princeton Review (2015)
- No. 40 on the list of best public colleges in America based on 19 indicators of academic excellence, affordability and diversity.
— The Business Journals (2015)
- "A nationally recognized leader in curriculum innovation and one of the best education values in the nation.”
— Barron’s Best Buys in College Education (11th edition)
- One of the best colleges in Missouri for the money.
—College Factual published by USA Today (2015)
- Named among the smartest schools in the country.
—Business Insider (2015)
A College of Distinction
- Recognized for commitment to engaged students, great teaching, vibrant community, and successful student outcomes. A College of Distinction is:
- Nationally recognized by education professionals as an excellent school.
- Strongly focused on teaching undergraduates.
- Home to a wide variety of innovative learning experiences.
- An active campus with many opportunities for personal development.
- Highly valued by graduate schools and employers for its outstanding preparation.
— www.collegesofdistinction.com (2015-2016)
Ranked Among the Top Master's Universities
- No. 2 among master's universities; No. 1 public university and the only Missouri school on the entire top 100 master's universities list.
—Washington Monthly (2015)
Preparing Students to Make a Difference
- Recognized as a top producer of U.S. Fulbright students for the 2014-2015 academic year.
— Chronicle of Higher Education
- No. 19 on list of top volunteer-producing mid-sized colleges and universities across the country.
— Peace Corps Volunteer Rankings (2015)
- Named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.
— Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, presented by the President of the United States (2014)
Talented and Smart Athletes
- Truman has produced the highest number of academic All-Americans in Division II athletics in the history of the program.
—ESPN the magazine
- Truman has the highest NCAA student-athlete academic success rate among all public schools in Missouri and the Great Lakes Valley Conference.
— Data provided by NCAA
"The liberal arts and sciences have taught me not what to think, but how to think. I feel incredibly blessed to have had the opportunity to sit and think and talk through complex ideas with the leaders in their respective fields. This university has prepared me, not for a specific career with one skill set, but the tools to succeed in an ever increasingly diverse and complex society."
– Caroline Hamera, Communication Major/Spanish Minor