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At Truman, you study everything. Study what you need. Study what sparks new questions. Study what you plan to do. Work side-by-side with other bright students and compelling Truman professors. Make a plan for what and how. Adapt. Understand your own pursuits. Invent your future.

Truman Freshman Application

Truman’s online application is the first step in the pursuit of becoming a Bulldog. If you prefer, you may also apply using the Common Application or a printable freshman application. There is no application fee when applying as a freshman student to Truman.

There is also no additional application for scholarships. Consideration is automatic! Students who apply by December 1 receive the fullest consideration for competitive scholarships. However, admission decisions are made on a rolling basis so it’s never too late to apply!

To make an admission decision, the Office of Admission requests the following items in addition to the completed application:

  • High school transcripts
  • ACT or SAT score
  • Essay (1 to 3 pages) – view the essay prompts
  • Activities List or Resume – strongly recommended

Truman Transfer Application

Truman’s online application is the first step in the pursuit of becoming a Bulldog. If you prefer, you may also apply using the Common Application or a printable transfer application. There is no application fee when applying to transfer to Truman. Although students are admitted on a rolling basis, if you are applying for a fall start, apply by March 15 for the fullest scholarship consideration. Want to start in the spring? You should apply by November 1.

Check out the transfer requirements page to learn about your benefits as an incoming transfer student. Or, see if your college credit will transfer to Truman.

To make an admission decision, the Office of Admission requests the following items in addition to the completed application.

  • Official college transcripts
  • Essay (1 to 3 pages) – view the essay prompts
  • High school transcripts – if less than 24 hours of transferable credit
  • ACT and/or SAT scores – if less than 24 hours of transferable credit
  • Activities List or Resume – strongly recommended

Truman International Application

The Center for International Students processes the applicants for all students who plan to attend Truman on an F-1 or J-1 visa and students who were educated outside of the United States no matter their immigration status.

Truman offers both full and conditional admission. Application requirements for international students are available here.

Truman does not charge an application fee of undergraduate students and the application fee for graduate students is waived for international students. Truman does not require a separate scholarship application.  All applications automatically undergo scholarship review.  Truman is a member of the Common Application. We encourage you to choose Truman on your Common Application. For further information, contact the Center for International Students.

If you are not a J-1 or F-1 student and if you were not educated outside the US,  you should complete the domestic application for admission.

Graduate Application

Truman offers seven graduate programs in different areas of study. From accounting to leadership, Truman can help you pursue the advanced degree you are looking for. The small size of our programs leads to engaged learning through rich discussion, and close interaction with your professors adds depth to your courses. As a masters student in our engaged community of learners, you can participate in assistantships, fellowships, and one-on-one research learning opportunities usually reserved for doctoral students at larger institutions.

Truman’s graduate studies are ideal for smart and curious students looking for highly regarded programs at a remarkable value. Contact the Graduate Studies Office if you have any questions.

Returning Student Form

Maybe you previously graduated from Truman and want to complete a second degree? Maybe you took a semester to move home or travel the world? If you want to return to Truman, fill out the returning student form and we will take care of the rest!

If you took classes at another university during your time away, please complete the transfer application.

Our Institute for Academic Outreach is dedicated to the promotion of exciting new learning experiences that extend beyond the traditional borders of the University.  The Institute serves learners from a variety of walks of life including pre-college learners in K-12 programs, adult learners seeking professional development, and retirees seeking personal enrichment.

Undergraduate Non-Degree Seeking Application
  • High school students planning to take courses on the Truman campus or online and who are not participating in a dual credit or dual enrollment course offered in partnership with their high school
  • Undergraduate students attending other colleges or universities
  • Adults who have not earned an undergraduate degree
Graduate Non-Degree Seeking Application
  • Anyone who has completed a Bachelor’s Degree (even if you only plan to take undergraduate-level courses at Truman)
Dual Credit and Dual Enrollment
  • High school students planning to participate in a dual credit or dual enrollment course offered in partnership with their high school

Common Application

Freshman or transfer students may apply to Truman using the Common Application. Just like the Truman Applications, there is no fee! Plus, there is no additional application for scholarships. Consideration is automatic! Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis so it’s never too late to apply.

To make an admission decision, the Office of Admission requests the following items. You may upload these documents within the Common Application Student Portal or submit the documents directly to the Office of Admission.

  • High school transcripts – freshmen or transfers with less than 24 credit hours
  • College transcripts – transfer students
  • ACT or SAT score – freshmen or transfers with less than 24 credit hours
  • Essay (1 to 3 pages) – see the essay prompts
  • Activities List or Resume – strongly recommended

Have Questions?

If you ever have any questions, our friendly staff will be happy to talk with you! You can contact the Office of Admission or you can also contact one of our Admission Counselors.

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Truman is a supportive and personal community. At Truman, you can count on the fact that your professors will know your name, say “hi” to you on campus, ask about life, and go out of their way to help with everything from research to internships to studying abroad.

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