About Truman

Exceptionally Unconventional

Like you, we’re unique. We’re a different kind of public university, with a different kind of liberal arts and sciences curriculum that empowers you to uncover your passions and unlock your potential. We exist to challenge you and open your mind. To broaden your experiences and help you blaze a path forward.

Here you’ll find small classes, a close-knit student culture that’s as driven as you are, and the dynamic programs you expect from a top-ranked university. Your interests don’t fit neatly into one category, and at Truman we embrace that. As a Truman student, you’ll uncover multidimensional opportunities, not only academically, but also socially, on campus, and within the community.

Every journey is different: your path to graduation and throughout life will be distinct and special.

By the Numbers

#1
public University in Midwest for 23 consecutive years

16:1 
student-to-faculty ratio

25
average first-year class size

89%
of graduates employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation

72%
graduation rate (National rate: 57.6%)


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Our People

At Truman, you have the opportunity to learn from accomplished faculty members who won’t view you as a number. You’ll discuss shared interests, debate, collaborate and pursue knowledge side by side.  You’ll meet peers who will challenge and motivate you to become the best version of yourself.

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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. With the multidimensional experiences available to you as a Truman student, you can gain the ability to stand out in any career or graduate school you pursue.

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Our Community

Nestled in the heart of northeast Missouri, Kirksville is a friendly, small town that boasts a historic downtown square and two highly ranked universities. From classic community festivals to premier cultural events, Kirksville’s vibrant blend of art, history, recreation and nature will impress you.

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At Truman, you’ll be among the best!

More about our rankings

Best Colleges - US News World Report Ranking 2019

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

Washington Monthly Ranks Truman Among Top Master's Universities

News

Art Class Creates Caterpillar Sculpture on DisplayArt Class Creates Caterpillar Sculpture on Display

December 9, 2019

Students in the Introduction to the Visual Arts class constructed the caterpillar sculpture currently displayed on the quad near the west side of Ophelia Parrish.

Laser Shows Return to Planetarium for Holiday SeasonLaser Shows Return to Planetarium for Holiday Season

December 9, 2019

The planetarium will feature a series of themed laser shows for the holiday season through Dec. 14.

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Featured Events

Classes Begin
January 13
SAB presents Casino Night
January 16 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm

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Elise-Hardesty

There were a lot of things that contributed to my decision to study at Truman. I have always had a lot of interests and hobbies and through the Liberal Arts Program, Truman provided ways to get involved in all of those interests. The size was a large factor as well. I wanted a place where my professors would know me and I have yet to have a professor that doesn’t know my name.

Elise Hardesty, Class of 2021