Rankings & Recognition

One of the Best Universities in the Midwest

Truman has a longstanding reputation for providing an exceptionally high-quality education paired with an outstanding return on investment. As a result, Truman is consistently ranked among the nation’s best colleges and universities.


US News and World Report "Best Colleges"
No. 1 public school in the Midwest region for 24 years running and No. 7 overall. More»
—U.S. News & World Report
“America’s Best Colleges” (2021)

Ranked 9th out of 50 most affordable colleges
Ranked No. 9 in the top “50 Most Affordable In-State Public Universities,” Truman is the only Missouri school to make the top 10. More»
AffordableColleges.com (2020)
Fiske - Best Buy School
One of the top 10 public schools named as a “Best Buy” offering outstanding educational value. More»
Fiske Guide to Colleges (2021)

Truman ranked #12 best master's university in the nation by Washington MnthlyNo. 12 best master’s university in the nation.  More»
Washington Monthly (2020)

Princeton Review - Best 386 CollegesRanked as one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduates to earn their college degree. More»
—Princeton Review College Guide (2021)

One of the Best Values for High-Quality Academics

  • Named among 200 Schools with Exceptional ROI for Your Tuition Investment. More»
    Princeton Review, The Best Value Colleges (2020)
  • Ranked among the 500 Best College Values in the nation, coming in at No. 55. More»
    Kiplinger’s Personal Finance (2019)
  • Ranked No. 9 on list of Best Value Colleges and Universities. More»
    College Consensus (2020)
  • Ranked as No. 81 on the list of best public colleges in the U.S. More»
    Business First (2020)
  • Ranked in top 1% of best values nationwide. Also ranked No. 5 on list of Best Affordable U.S. Colleges and Universities for Students from Outside the USA. More»
    CollegeFactual.com (2020)
  • The only public university listed on the 30 Best Liberal Arts Colleges in the Midwest. More»
    —Great Value Colleges (2020)
  • Nationally recognized as a leader in curriculum innovation and one of the best education values in the nation.
    Barron’s Best Buys in College Education (11th edition)

A College of Distinction

Preparing Students to Make a Difference

  • One of only about 25 universities nationwide to have a Peace Corps Prep partnership, Truman is one of the top universities in the nation for producing Peace Corps volunteers.
  • Truman is included on the list of U.S. colleges and universities that produced the most Fulbright U.S. students in 2020. More»

Talented and Smart Athletes

  • Truman is one of five NCAA Division II public schools nationally that boasts an Academic Success Rate of 86% or above.
  • Truman has been a national leader in producing Academic All-Americans since the program’s inception in the 1950s. The Academic All-Americans award is the most prestigious academic and athletic award for student-athletes. All nominees must have a grade-point average of 3.30 or above.
    College Sports Information Directors of America, cosida.com