Truman attracts students who excel both inside and outside the classroom. High school performance and standardized test scores are the foundation for admission decisions, yet our individual holistic review process involves consideration of an admission essay, special abilities, talents, and co-curricular involvement. The holistic review process is designed to identify students who are well-prepared to succeed at Truman. The Admission Committee looks deeper than your GPA and test scores to understand your past accomplishments, your interests and your potential. That holistic review continues when your application is considered for scholarships. Want to know more about the required parts of an admission application? Check out the freshman student application page.
High School Curriculum
Admission preference is given to individuals who have consistent strong performance in college preparatory curriculum that includes:
- four units of English
- three units of mathematics (four are strongly recommended)
- three units of social studies or history
- three units of natural science
- one unit of fine arts
- two units of foreign language (same language)
Truman as a Highly Selective Institution
As a part of the holistic review process, Truman considers all aspects of preparation including the Missouri Department of Higher Education guidelines for highly selective institutions. Students admitted to Truman typically have records that exceed the highly selective “Combined Ability” guidelines. You can figure your combined ability by adding your high school rank percentile to the national percentile of your ACT or SAT score.