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Truman’s online application is the first step in the pursuit of becoming a Bulldog. 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. Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis so it’s never too late to apply!
Applicants who qualify for a TruMerit scholarship or students who have at least a 27 ACT or 1260 SAT and a 2.5 GPA will qualify for accelerated admission review and will receive an admission decision in just a few workdays. To learn if you are eligible for the TruMerit scholarship, visit netprice.truman.edu. Students outside of these academic parameters will benefit from Truman’s holistic review policy,
There is also no additional application for scholarships. Consideration is automatic when you apply. Students who apply by December 1 and have submitted an essay and activities list receive the fullest consideration for competitive scholarships.
Transcript: Transcripts with at least six semesters of high school grades are required for admission review. If you are homeschooled, have a GED, or are graduating high school in less than four years, reach out to the Office of Admission to learn about what academic documents will be required.
ACT or SAT score: We ask all students to submit a standardized test score — either the ACT or SAT, we don’t have a preference.
Essay: The admission essay (1 to 3 pages in length) provides you the opportunity to personalize your application. Applicants who qualify for an accelerated admission review will have the admission essay requirement waived and review timeline expedited. Note that all students are strongly encouraged to submit an essay for competitive scholarship review. View the current essay prompts at truman.edu/essay.
Activities List: An Activities List, or resume, is strongly encouraged for competitive scholarship review.
Truman’s online application is the first step in the pursuit of becoming a Bulldog. 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.
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
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 for 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 United States, you should complete the domestic application for admission.
Truman’s various graduate programs have different application requirements and specific supporting documentation may be required. Before applying to a graduate program, please review the application & entrance requirements. If you have any questions, please contact the Graduate Studies Office
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.
- 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
- Anyone who has completed a Bachelor’s Degree (even if you only plan to take undergraduate-level courses at Truman)
- High school students planning to participate in a dual credit or dual enrollment course offered in partnership with their high school
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
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.