Public university in the Midwest for 18 years running (U.S. News & World Report)
Students pursuing a range of subjects from music to communication to biology can pursue their curiosity in depth using our state-of-the-art classrooms and learning facilities that include multiple scientific teaching and research laboratories, a greenhouse, a music computing lab, and an electronic music studio, among others. Want to see more of campus? Take our virtual tour or schedule a visit.
Ruth W. Towne Museum and Visitors Center
Located on the north side of campus, the Ruth W. Towne Museum and Visitors Center is where you will find Truman State University's Admission Office. Our admission staff will meet with you and your family one-on-one when you visit campus. You can also explore the museum to learn more about the region and Truman State University.
Student Union Building
The Student Union Building, more commonly known as the SUB, is located in the heart of campus. Here you can find meeting and activity rooms, as well as the Hub, a popular space for lounging and relaxing. In the University Bookstore on the lower level, you can find textbooks and load up on Truman apparel. You can also grab a bite to eat at Mainstreet Market, order your favorite specialty coffee at Jazzman’s Café, and pick up your favorite fruit smoothie at Freshens. The Career Center, which is located on the top floor, hosts a Career Expo in the SUB each semester.
Student Recreation Center
Burn off stress and make yourself healthier in the Student Recreation Center, also known as the Rec. This modern facility features a fantastic weight room, three basketball courts, a track, a multipurpose gym, an aerobics room, and more than 50 pieces of cardio equipment. All kinds of free classes are available to students each semester. There is something for everyone in the Student Recreation Center.
Pickler Memorial Library
Pickler Memorial Library is the place to go when it is time for some serious study. Meet up with your study partners or find a nice quiet place by a window and study alone—there all kinds of nooks where you can study. The library also has meeting spaces for groups study sessions. And when you need a break from your studies, grab a coffee at Jazzman’s Café on the first floor.
This historic building is home to the Center for Academic Excellence, which helps students make a smooth academic and social transition to Truman, beginning with freshmen orientation (Truman Week) and transfer student orientation. Our academic advisors assist all new students with registration and ensure that students find the campus resources they need for success. The University's Publications Office and the Language Company, a private, intensive English program, are also located in the Kirk Building.
Fine Arts Center in Ophelia Parrish Building
The Fine Arts Center in the Ophelia Parrish Building is home to the School of Arts and Letters and serves as the hub for Truman’s art, music, and theatre programs. Here you will find beautiful performance and gallery spaces, including the James G. Severns Theatre, a 240-seat courtyard theatre. In addition, there is a 500-seat performance hall that has fantastic acoustics and is perfect for the annual spring opera as well as vocal and instrumental recitals. The University hosts many guest artists and concert performances, and our Fine Arts Center houses the University Art Gallery where faculty and student works are on display — the gallery also hosts traveling collections of fine art.
The primary center for the study of science at Truman State University is Magruder Hall, which is home to the School of Science and Mathematics. This modern science facility has classrooms, research labs and prep rooms, a greenhouse, a solar garden, and a planetarium. Students and visitors like to drop by the Herpetology Lab, which is where George, the Chinese water dragon lives. Students interact one-on-one with faculty and take part in research in this vibrant learning facility. With Truman’s liberal studies program, all students take science courses so Magruder Hall is bound to show up on your schedule sooner or later. Magruder Hall is home to programs including Agricultural Science, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
Our Health Sciences Building, which opened in the fall of 2011, is connected to the Pershing Building and gives Athletic Training, Nursing, Communication Disorders, Health Science and Exercise Science students the opportunity to put theory into practice with the best hands-on learning available. Our Speech and Hearing Clinic serves clients from all over northeast Missouri, and we have state-of-the art labs for health and exercise sciences research. The Nursing Simulation Center is designed to run just like an actual hospital providing a place where nursing students can practice their skills on life-like "manikins."
Many of the University's administrative offices, such as Financial Aid, Registrar's Office and Business Office, are located on the west side of McClain Hall, which also houses the School of Social and Cultural Studies. This building is also home to several programs including Classical and Modern Languages, History, Economics, Creative Writing, English, Linguistics, Philosophy and Religion and Political Science. The building also houses classroom space, some faculty offices, the Writing Center, and Foreign Language Learning Labs.
Home to the School of Business and the School of Health and Exercise Sciences and Education, Violette Hall also houses departments that offer programs in Accounting, Business Administration, Education, Mathematics and Computer Science. The classrooms and offices in Violette Hall surround a beautiful atrium area, and the second level features a large computer lab and a relaxing lounge area.
Baldwin Hall has a 1,400-seat auditorium where some of the largest campus events take place, like the Homecoming Step Show and the annual Lip Sync Contest. The Kohlenberg Lyceum Series also brings cultural events to campus from around the world to perform in Baldwin Auditorium. This building is also home to classrooms for language, literature and social science courses, as well as offices for the Center for International Education, which guides students through the process for study abroad, and the International Student Affairs Office, which assists international students attending Truman.
Located on the southwest corner of campus across from Stokes Stadium, Barnett Hall is the hub for all student media, including radio and television studios and our magazine and newspaper production space. Barnett is home to several programs including Communication, Justice Systems, Psychology and Sociology/Antropology. In addition, Barnett is home to the ROTC program — at Truman, when you are a member of the Army ROTC program, you earn a minor in military science and upon graduation, you will be a fully commissioned officer.
The 400-acre University Farm is located about a mile from campus. Activities at the farm range from classwork, to research, to recreation. And the open spaces at the University Farm are perfect for the University Observatory.
The Del and Norma Robison Planetarium and Multimedia Theater is located in Magruder Hall, Truman's science facility. The 60-seat, 1,800-square-foot planetarium, the only one of its kind within 90 miles, serves as a resource for all Truman students, as well as members of the local community.
Pershing Building and Stokes Stadium
Home to the Bulldogs, the Pershing Building is named after one of Truman’s most distinguished alumni, General John J. Pershing. This facility houses Truman’s large arena, which is the site for basketball and volleyball games.
Pershing also has a natatorium, weight rooms, a dance studio, classrooms, and athletic training facilities. If it’s raining on graduation day, the commencement ceremony is held in Pershing Arena, but if it is sunny, you will probably pick up your diploma in Stokes Stadium, Truman’s 4,500-seat stadium and home to the Bulldog football team. Several facilities in the Pershing Building are available for use by chartered campus organizations and university departments at Truman including Pershing Arena, Small Gym, Dance Studio, and Six Classrooms (see Pershing Reservations).
"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