About Truman

Pursue What Matters to You

A public liberal arts and sciences university located in Kirksville, Missouri, Truman State University provides a transformative educational environment for intellectual and personal growth.

Here you’ll find a special scholarly world filled with exceptional academic opportunities you expect from a top-ranked university. A place where friendly, generous people come together to prepare for lives that matter.  And where affordable tuition, coupled with a generous scholarship program, creates an amazing value.

We provide an active, residential campus where most students—and most professors—are actually present. An interdisciplinary approach to learning inspires you to dream big and seek more. Students with similar interests live together in Living/Learning Communities. And you learn from the best and brightest professors who advise academic clubs and honor societies, suggest internships and guide research. Above all, they put teaching you first.

No. 1 Public School in the Midwest

Truman ranked among America's best colleges by U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News & World Report lists Truman State University as the No. 1 public school in the Midwest regional rankings. The only public school in the top 25 spots for the Midwest region, Truman received additional recognition among:

  • Best Values
  • Best Undergraduate Teaching
  • Most Innovative Schools
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Our People

At Truman, you’ll find company in the pursuit—friends and mentors, teachers and fellow learners. Starting with dedicated professors who share their knowledge with you, to classmates who care about your success, Truman celebrates community. Chances are you’ll be greeted by a smile from friendly students, professors, and staff the first time you step on campus.

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Our Campus

A campus is more than a place to live and study. It’s where you pursue lifelong friendships and shared experiences. A place for expanding your mind. For creating stories worth sharing long into the future. And the Truman campus provides a beautiful setting where you have the flexibility to chart your own course.

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Student Outcomes

What you need for your next step is knowledge, mentorship, hands-on experiences and real-world skills. And the flexible and adaptive way of thinking you develop at Truman gives you the ability to stand out in any career or graduate school you pursue. This results in far-reaching opportunities that allow you to succeed anywhere.

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Our Community

Once you get to know Kirksville, you’ll discover several unexpected opportunities to connect with the local community. And you’ll meet amazing, funny, kind-hearted and unique people. From hiking at Thousand Hills State Park to shopping at the Farmer’s Market, there’s always something you can do with friends.

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At Truman, you’ll be among the best!

More about our rankings

Truman ranked among America's best colleges by U.S. News & World Report

Affordable.com ranks Truman as No. 9 on list of 50 most affordable colleges

Truman recognized as one of the best master's universities in the Midwest by Washington Monthly

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TEDx Speaker Application ExtendedTEDx Speaker Application Extended

May 6, 2019

The application deadline for the 2019 TEDx speaker series, hosted by Student Government, has been extended to June 15.

BBQ Celebrates GraduatesBBQ Celebrates Graduates

May 6, 2019

The annual Graduating Student BBQ will take place from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. May 8 on the Mall. All May and August 2019 undergraduate and master's graduates are invited to attend.

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Keilah Sullivan

Truman’s exceptional faculty and coursework will equip you with both the technical know-how and critical-thinking skills to excel wherever your career takes you.

Keilah Sullivan, Class of 2018