About Truman

Pursue What Matters to You

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.

Our interdisciplinary approach challenges you to 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. Invent your future.

Truman is an active, residential campus where most students—and most professors—are actually present. Talking. Advising. Mentoring. Learning. Teaching. Students with similar interests live together in Living/Learning Communities. Professors advise academic clubs and honor societies. They suggest internships and guide research. They have the credentials in their own professions. Above all, they put teaching you first.

No. 1 Public School in the Midwest

Ranked No. Public University in the Midwest

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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Ranked No. Public University in the Midwest

Ranked 9th out of 50 most affordable colleges


New Gallery Shows Opening This WeekNew Gallery Shows Opening This Week

January 22, 2019

We have three great exhibitions opening in the University Art Gallery this week. Retrospective: Wynne Wilbur – in the Main Gallery View a career-spanning retrospective of work created by Truman ceramics professor Wynne Wilbur. Dreamwork: New Work by ceramicists Leah Bowring, Emily Nickel, and Alexander Thierry – in the Main Gallery Dreamwork features three ceramic artists, Truman alumni…Read more New Gallery Shows Opening This Week

Welcome Back! With snowy images from new Lindsey Dunnagan showWelcome Back! With snowy images from new Lindsey Dunnagan show

January 12, 2019

Truman’s Spring 2019 semester begins on Monday.  We are getting about six inches of snow before classes start, so be safe as you come back to campus. Painting professor Lindsey Dunnagan begins 2019 with a new show in the Twin Cities area (in Silverwood Park, Saint Anthony, on the northern side of Minneapolis). Her exhibition, “Skimming Boundaries,” was rooted in her experience…Read more Welcome Back! With snowy images from new Lindsey Dunnagan show

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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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