Mission & Vision
Truman State University is here to open opportunity, promote access and social mobility, foster excellence, recognize merit, and do all things that urge our students to make themselves productive, free and equal.
Our destination is unmoving – to offer an exemplary and affordable public residential education to well-prepared students that is grounded in the liberal arts and sciences.
The Missouri Legislature gave Truman a statewide liberal arts and sciences mission in 1985. Truman provides an outstanding liberal arts education to academically talented students from across the state of Missouri and the nation at an affordable price.
Truman is Missouri’s only highly selective public university according to Missouri Department of Higher Education guidelines.
Assessment and Accountability
Truman is nationally known for its assessment program, which is designed to measure student learning and outcomes. Truman’s retention and graduation rates are consistently among the highest in the state.
Affordability and Quality
Truman is consistently recognized in national publications such as U.S. News & World Report, Consumers Digest, Washington Monthly, Kiplinger's Personal Finance, and Forbes for being a university that offers a high-quality education at a price that is accessible and affordable.
"I love the easiness to get to know your professors and the resources that are available for students. It is easy to see the faculty’s dedication toward the students’ success, and I especially like that we are constantly challenged to be better."
– Roberto R., Psychology & Biology Double Major