Congratulations! You have been accepted to a Graduate Program at Truman! Just like you probably had in your undergraduate career, you will need to be sure to complete the following checklist items in order to be ready to start taking classes as a graduate student. Please note, even if you attended Truman as an undergraduate, the graduate level works a little differently. While you have the advantage of already knowing the campus, town and potentially even some of our graduate faculty, think of this as a fresh start with a new degree! We assure all students (new or returning to Truman), that this checklist will help get your first foot in the right direction toward graduation!
The checklist below is divided into two categories: “Before Arrival” and “After Arrival.” Even current Truman students need to read through and complete both sections.
- Receive admission letter
- Submit necessary paperwork
- Send official transcripts
- Familiarize yourself with TruView
- Contact your advisor
- Complete Health Center forms
- Enroll in courses
- Arrange housing
- Make travel plans
- Student ID card pickup
- Attend GTRA orientation, if applicable
- Pay tuition/fees
- Obtain parking permit
- Purchase books/supplies
- Attend Graduate Student Open House
- Attend departmental orientation sessions, if applicable
- Go to first class!
Before Arrival Item Details
Receive admission letter
If you are admitted to a graduate program, you will receive a notification to check your application page in the application system by email. Make sure you read it thoroughly! We recommend keeping a copy of it somewhere safe.
Submit necessary paperwork
Out-of-state students from Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota or Wisconsin may be eligible for financial assistance through the Midwest Student Exchange Program. Additional information can be found on the application here. This application is due to the graduate office one month before the semester begins.
Some programs have specific additional paperwork you must complete; if your program does, it will be listed below.
The following items need to be completed and sent to the Athletic Training Program Director Brandy Scheinder (address, email and phone number provided below). Please contact Brandy for any questions as well.
Send all information to:
Health Science Building 1222
100 East Normal Ave
Kirksville, MO 63501
The following items need to be completed for all CMDS students (Contact Connie Ikerd for any questions):
- Completion of I9 and W-4 forms
In order to receive any fellowships, gifts, or reimbursement from Truman, you must have the following on file. Please do this as soon as you can. Unless you have previously worked at the University, you must complete an I-9 and W-4 form for the Payroll Office in McClain Hall 105. In order to complete the required forms, you must have your:
- Passport, or
- Social Security Card or Birth Certificate and
- Driver’s License or Picture I.D.
The completed I-9 and W-4 must be on file in the Payroll Office before you can begin working. You can go online to complete this process. Please see below concerning procedures for completing this process.
Go to TruView then to Student Tab then to Student Employment—left side of screen [click on W-4/I-9 forms]. If you have completed these forms previously, you do not need to do this again. However, for newly hired employees, you MUST fill out BOTH forms, print them out, and take them to McClain Hall 105. If you have questions, please contact Eric Davis, Assistant Operations Manager: (660) 785-4151, email@example.com
- Documentation of Completed Observation Hours and Clock Hours
New graduate students, please send copies of documentation verifying completion of clock hours and observation hours. You should send this information to the address below. Truman students – we already have clock hour/observation hour information for you. Connie Ikerd, Secretary
Communication Disorders Department
Health Sciences Building 2252
100 East Normal Ave
Kirksville, MO 63501
- Contact Information
Connie Ikerd prepares your clinician’s schedule cards for Ms. Passe’s use in scheduling your therapy sessions. Please send the telephone number and email address that we should use to contact you [when you arrive on campus] to Connie Ikerd at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Documentation for Criminal Background Check
Ms. Passe will also need a copy of your Social Security Card for participation in the Criminal Background Check process. You will need to bring $13.25 for background check. Please bring cash or a check payable to Ms. Passe to the Beginning Clinician’s Meeting.
- Beginning Meeting Dates
- Graduate Student Orientation: The Communication Disorders Department will be hosting a CMDS Graduate Student Orientation. You will receive specific details regarding this via email. It is important that you attend as several topics will be discussed during the orientation activities.
- Beginning Clinicians Meeting: This is a mandatory meeting for all new/beginning clinicians [undergraduate or graduate] – you MUST be there. Please allow at least two hours for this activity – so please plan your evening accordingly. Ms. Passe will be conducting this meeting and will be giving you guidelines/procedures concerning rules/regulations within the Speech and Hearing Clinic, client procedures, etc. Again, details will be shared via email. Please note: If you are a first-time clinician, you will be required to purchase a clinician’s name badge [$3.00]. These CMDS name badges are worn by the clinicians during their therapy sessions and taken with them for internship purposes and all off-site clinical obligations. These will hopefully be ready for you to purchase during the Beginning Clinician’s meeting. You will also be required to purchase a Language Sampling Booklet [$7.00]. Please bring $3.00 and $7.00 exact change [as we will not be able to make change for you] to the Beginning Clinician’s Meeting. Sorry NO CHECKS.
Send official transcripts
Before being a fully admitted graduate student, you must submit an official copy of your transcript showing receipt of your Bachelor’s Degree. If you graduated from Truman with your undergraduate degree, you do not need to request transcripts to be sent. We will do that on your behalf.
Send transcripts to:
ATTN: Graduate Office
McClain Hall 203
100 E. Normal Ave
Kirksville, MO 63501
Familiarize yourself with Truview
If you have attended Truman previously, you should already be very familiar with TruView. If not, you should have received your login information (username, Banner ID, and email address) from the University. Contact the Graduate Office at email@example.com if you need to have this information/instructions resent.
Be sure to explore the Student tab in TruView, as that is where you will find your Student Billing Account Suite and Registration actions.
Contact your advisor
Included in the text of your acceptance letter, you will find your assigned advisor. Be sure to contact your advisor in regards to classes needed, any prerequisite courses that need to be completed and to just introduce yourself! They will be your main contact for questions now that you are an accepted student!
Complete Health Center Forms
If you did not attend Truman as an undergraduate, the following forms need to be completed and returned to the Health Center ASAP. Failure to do so will result in a hold being placed on your account ,and you will not be permitted to enroll in courses. Please disregard all dates on these forms but do be sure to get them turned in AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
Please mail (postal system) the completed documents above to:
Student Health Center
100 East Normal Ave
Kirksville, MO 63501
Enroll In Courses
Before thinking about enrolling in courses, you will need to accept the Registration Agreement. To do so, go to TruView, select the Student Tab and go to the Student Data section on the right hand side. Then select the Registration tab — the Registration Agreement is about halfway down the links listed.
Your advisor will help give you an idea of which courses you should be taking each semester. Once you know that information, you can enroll in courses after the date posted on the Registrar’s website via Truview.
You might be moving to a new town, or you might be renewing a contract/lease for the same place in Kirksville. Regardless, be sure to find somewhere to live for your time as a graduate student. Some local rental agencies can be found below. If you are interested in living on campus, contact Truman Residence Life. Another suggestion is just to come visit and walk around Kirksville, many places will advertise when apartments/houses are open to renting.
Make Travel Plans
You don’t want to miss your first day! Make sure you have time to travel to Kirksville and set up your space before classes start. The Truman academic calendar will give you details about when classes start. For new GTRAs, keep in mind that your contracts start before the academic term, and you are responsible for being on campus for the date listed on your contract.
After Arrival Item Details
Student ID card pickup
If you have not previously been a Truman student, you will need to pick up a student ID. You can get your photo taken and ID created by visiting MH (Missouri Hall) 1100. (You can receive discounts from a number of places in town with a valid Truman student ID!)
Attend GTRA orientation, if applicable
All new GTRAs are required to attend orientation. Details will be shared with you over the summer months (or winter break) via emails from the Graduate Office.
Tuition and fees can be paid via the Student Billing Account Suite in TruView or by visiting the Cashier’s Window located in McClain Hall (near the Registrar’s Office on the first floor) between 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Obtain parking permit
Students are eligible for parking permits each year. Please note that you will need to register your vehicle in the Truman tab of TruView. Once on campus, you will then need to pick up your parking sticker from the Department of Public Safety (first floor of General Services Building) during normal business hours.
The Truman Bookstore is a convenient option for purchasing or renting textbooks but you are more than welcome to do so from any other source as well. Book information can be found by navigating to the Student tab in TruView, then clicking “Course Schedule.” Select the correct semester, and the “View Book Information” link is at the top of the page.
Attend Graduate Student Open House
Each August, the Graduate Office holds an Open House for all students to come and visit with the Dean of Graduate Studies, meet other graduate students and get to know graduate faculty! Be sure to be on the lookout for the details for this year’s open house in the monthly newsletters from the Graduate Office. New and returning students are all welcome to attend!
Attend departmental orientation sessions, if applicable
As a graduate student, you are an important member of Truman’s community, and more specifically, your department community! Many departments on campus provide opportunities for students to meet each other and get oriented as new grad students to the department office and faculty within your particular program.
Go to first class!