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.

Truman is recognized nationally for its leadership in the assessment of student learning and continuous improvement.

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

Here you develop an interdisciplinary, flexible and adaptive way of thinking that prepares you for success in any career or graduate school you pursue. This type of mindset opens the door to 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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Nationally Recognized as a Top University

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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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March 16, 2019

Senior printmaking major Morgan White and printmaking professor Laura Bigger attended the SGCI conference 2019 in Dallas, TX. Both participated in the open portfolio sessions, attended panels, lectures, demonstrations, and visited many printmaking exhibitions.

Alumna Nala Turner Featured in All The Art

March 9, 2019

Nala Turner, whose 2018 BFA ceramics show consisted of a series of very large vessels inspired by important women in her life, is interviewed in the spring 2019 issue of All The Art, the Visual Art Quarterly of St. Louis.  In addition to the two-page spread on pages 16 and 17, Nala’s work is featured…Read more Alumna Nala Turner Featured in All The Art

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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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