Rankings & Recognition


22 consecutive years

The #1 public school in the Midwest

U.S. News and World Report

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.

Ranked No. Public University in the Midwest
Ranked 9th out of 50 most affordable colleges

One of the Best Universities in the Midwest

  • No. 1 public school in the Midwest regional rankings for the 22nd year; No. 9 school overall for the area; the only public school in the top 25 spots for the Midwest region. More»
    —U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” (2019)
  • Included among “Best 384 Colleges” and “Best Midwestern Colleges.” More»
    Princeton Review, The Best 384 Colleges (2019)
  • No. 64 on list of best public colleges in the U.S., and No. 14 in the Midwest. More»
    Business First (2019)

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 (2019)
  • Recognized as one of the best master’s universities in the nation coming in at No. 7. More»
    Washington Monthly (2018)
  • The highest rated Missouri public school to be included in the 2018 Best College Values ranking.” More»
    Kiplinger’s Personal Finance (2018)
  • One of 10 public colleges named as a “Best Buy” school noted for its quality academic offerings and affordable cost. Truman is the only Missouri institution to be included. More»
    Fiske Guide to Colleges (2019)
  • “A nationally recognized leader in curriculum innovation and one of the best education values in the nation.”
    Barron’s Best Buys in College Education (11th edition)
  • Ranked No. 9 in top “50 Most Affordable In-State Public Universities”—Truman is the only Missouri school to make the top 10. More»
    AffordableColleges.com (2018)
  • One of the best colleges for the money. More»
    CollegeFactual.com (2019)

A College of Distinction

  • Recognized for commitment to engaged students, great teaching, vibrant community, and successful student outcomes. A College of Distinction is:
    • Nationally recognized by education professionals as an excellent school.
    • Strongly focused on teaching undergraduates.
    • Home to a wide variety of innovative learning experiences.
    • An active campus with many opportunities for personal development.
    • Highly valued by graduate schools and employers for its outstanding preparation.
      www.collegesofdistinction.com (2018-2019)

Preparing Students to Make a Difference

  • Truman is one of only about 25 universities nationwide to have a Peace Corps Prep partnership and 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 2018-19 Fulbright students. More»

Talented and Smart Athletes

  • Truman is one of five NCAA Division II public schools nationally that boasts an Academic Success Rate of 88% or above. Truman is the leader among the six GLVC public schools and the eight Division II schools in the state of Missouri.
  • Truman has 247 student-athletes who have been named Academic All-GLVC while 11 Truman teams have earned Academic All-GLVC honors.
  • Truman has been a national leader in producing Academic All-Americans with 114 since the program’s inception in the 1950s.
    College Sports Information Directors of America, cosida.com
Aaron Tjarks

You have an opportunity to develop in so many capacities and rub elbows with brilliant people. The campus is large enough to meet new people but small enough that it feels tight-knit. The faculty truly care about student well-being and success.

Aaron Tjarks, Class of 2012