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.

Best Colleges in US News and World Report's rankings

No. 1 public school in the Midwest region for 23 years running. Truman is also No. 7 overall and the only Missouri public school in the top 75. More»
—U.S. News & World Report
“America’s Best Colleges” (2020)

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 (2019)

Washington Monthly Ranks Truman Among Top Master's Universities
No. 10 best master’s university in the nation. Truman is the only Missouri public school to be included on the entire Master’s University list, which ranks 200 institutions. More»
Washington Monthly (2019)

Fiske Guide Best Buy School

One of the top 10 colleges named as a “Best Buy” school for offering outstanding educational value. More»
Fiske Guide to Colleges (2020) 

Best Colleges - Princeton Review 2020

Included among “Best 385 Colleges” and “Best Midwestern Colleges.”
—Princeton Review College Guide (2020)


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)
  • Truman jumped 16 spots on the list of 500 Best College Values, coming in as the No. 55 school in the nation. More»
    Kiplinger’s Personal Finance (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)
  • No. 64 on the list of best public colleges in the U.S., and No. 14 in the Midwest. More»
    Business First (2019)
  • One of the best colleges for the money. More»
    CollegeFactual.com (2019)

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 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
Melanie-Jones3

Truman provides its students with an abundance of opportunities that prepare us for success. The number of resources we have on our campus for academic support, emotional support, social support, career support, financial support, and so many others is truly incredible and is something I feel fortunate to have available to me.

Melanie Jones, Class of 2020