Students pursuing a range of subjects from music to communication to biology can pursue their curiosity in depth using our state-of-the-art classrooms and learning facilities. The Truman campus features multiple classroom buildings, scientific teaching and research laboratories, a greenhouse, a music computing lab, and an electronic music studio, among many others. Want to see more of campus? Take our virtual tour, view our Photo Gallery or schedule a visit.
Ruth W. Towne Museum and Visitors Center
Located on the north side of campus, the Ruth W. Towne Museum and Visitors Center is where you will find Truman State University’s Admission Office. Our admission staff will meet with you and your family one-on-one when you visit campus. You can also explore the museum to learn more about the region and Truman State University
Baldwin Hall is one of the major academic buildings on campus. The first floor is home to the Center for International Students, the Center for International Education Abroad, and the Center for Diversity and Inclusion. Along with offices for faculty members and GTRAs, the building houses classrooms, collaborative study rooms, and foreign language computer labs and tutor rooms. Additional functional spaces include six music practice rooms, interfaith prayer spaces and two conference/meeting rooms, as well as informal lounges and study spaces on all three floors.
Located on the southwest corner of campus across from Stokes Stadium, Barnett Hall is the hub for all student media, including radio and television studios and our magazine and newspaper production space. Barnett is home to several programs including Communication, Justice Systems, Psychology and Sociology/Anthropology. In addition, Barnett is home to Truman’s ROTC program.
Located on the lower level of the Student Union Building, the University Bookstore has a selection of textbooks, general books, computers, course materials and supplies. The bookstore also has an assortment of collegiate apparel including T-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, gifts and more.
Health Sciences Building
Our Health Sciences Building is connected to the Pershing Building and gives Athletic Training, Nursing, Communication Disorders, Health Science and Exercise Science students the opportunity to put theory into practice with the best hands-on learning available. Our Speech and Hearing Clinic serves clients from all over northeast Missouri, and we have state-of-the art labs for health and exercise sciences research. The Nursing Simulation Center is designed to run just like an actual hospital providing a place where nursing students can practice their skills on life-like “manikins.”
This historic building is home to the Center for Academic Excellence, which helps students make a smooth academic and social transition to Truman, beginning with Summer Orientation and Transfer Student Orientation. Our academic advisors assist all new students with registration and ensure that students find the campus resources they need for success. The University’s Publications Office, Writing Center, and the Language Company (a private, intensive English program) are also located in the Kirk Building.
Located on the south edge of the Quad, Kirk Memorial is a well-known campus landmark. A statue of University Founder Joseph Baldwin faces the entrance to the building, and the Sunken Garden is located behind the building. The large dome is topped by a cupola with a weathervane that was welded in place to forever point northeast as a tribute to the former names of the University, including Northeast Missouri State University.
The primary center for the study of science at Truman State University is Magruder Hall, which is home to the School of Science and Mathematics. This modern science facility has classrooms, research labs and prep rooms, a greenhouse, a solar garden, and a planetarium. Students and visitors like to drop by the Herpetology Lab. Students interact one-on-one with faculty and take part in research in this vibrant learning facility. Magruder Hall is home to programs including Agricultural Science, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
Many of the University’s administrative offices, such as Financial Aid, Registrar’s Office and Business Office, are located on the west side of McClain Hall. This building also houses the School of Social and Cultural Studies, Classical and Modern Languages, History, Economics, Creative Writing, English, Linguistics, Philosophy and Religion and Political Science. The east side of the building has classrooms and faculty offices.
The Natatorium is open throughout the year for students, faculty, and staff free of charge as well as the general public with a valid pass. The facility houses a 6-lane, 25-yard swimming pool and numerous courses are conducted in the swimming pool ranging from basic swimming to American Red Cross Lifeguard Training, Lifeguard Training Instructor, Water Safety Instructor and CPR for the Professional Rescuer. Truman’s men’s and women’s swim teams use this facility for daily practices and hosting dual swim meets.
You can view the planets, moon, constellations and other objects in the sky at the University’s Observatory, located west of campus on the University Farm. Stargazers, a University organization for all students interested in astronomy, hosts several open house events at the observatory each semester. During these events, members of the Stargazers organization set up several telescopes, including the big one under the Observatory’s dome, and point them at interesting objects in the night sky — anyone from the Truman and Kirksville communities can come out to the Observatory and have a look.
The Fine Arts Center in the Ophelia Parrish Building is home to the School of Arts and Letters and serves as the hub for Truman’s art, music, and theatre programs. Here you will find beautiful performance and gallery spaces, including the James G. Severns Theater, a 240-seat courtyard theater. In addition, there is a 500-seat performance hall that has fantastic acoustics and is perfect for vocal and instrumental recitals. The University hosts many guest artists and concert performances, and our Fine Arts Center houses the University Art Gallery where faculty and student works are on display — the gallery also hosts traveling collections of fine art.
The Pershing Building is named after one of Truman’s most distinguished alumni, General John J. Pershing. This facility houses Truman’s large arena where you can cheer on the Bulldog basketball, volleyball and wrestling teams, and the December commencement ceremony takes place in Pershing Arena.
Several facilities in the Pershing Building are available for use by chartered campus organizations and university departments at Truman including Pershing Arena, the Small Gym, the Dance Studio, and six classrooms.Information on reserving rooms
Pickler Memorial Library
Pickler Memorial Library is the place to go when it is time for some serious study. Meet up with your study partners or find a nice sunny and quiet place by a window and study alone—there all kinds of nooks where you can study. The library also has meeting spaces for groups study sessions. And when you need a break from your studies, grab a coffee at Starbucks on the first floor.
The Del and Norma Robison Planetarium is located in Magruder Hall, Truman’s science facility. The 60-seat, 1,800-square-foot planetarium, the only one of its kind within 90 miles, serves as a resource for all Truman students, as well as members of the local community.
Located on the south edge of campus, Truman’s 4,500-seat Stokes Stadium is home to the Bulldog football team and the track and field teams. The football field is surrounded by the state-of-the-art Gardner Track, which features an all-weather surface.
Student Recreation Center
Burn off stress and make yourself healthier in the Student Recreation Center, also known as the Rec. This modern facility features a fantastic weight room, three basketball courts, a track, a multipurpose gym, an aerobics room, and more than 50 pieces of cardio equipment. All kinds of free classes are available to students each semester. There is something for everyone in the Student Recreation Center. Information on reserving rooms
Student Union Building
In the Student Union Building, more commonly known as the SUB, you can find meeting and activity rooms, as well as the Hub, a popular space for lounging and relaxing. In the University Bookstore on the lower level, you can find textbooks and load up on Truman apparel. You can also grab a bite to eat in the food court on the main level or stop by for your favorite specialty coffee. The Career Center, located on the top floor, hosts a Career Expo in the SUB each semester.
The 400-acre University Farm, located about a mile from campus, provides an experiential learning environment for Truman students. Activities at the farm range from classwork, to research, to recreation, including picnics and horse riding. And the open spaces at the University Farm are perfect for some nighttime stargazing at the University Observatory.
Home to the School of Business and the School of Health and Exercise Sciences and Education, Violette Hall houses departments that offer programs in Accounting, Business Administration, Education, Mathematics and Computer Science. The classrooms and offices in Violette Hall surround a beautiful atrium area, and the second level features a large computer lab and a relaxing lounge area.
I love how easy it is to get to know people at Truman because of the size. Whenever I go to class or attend an event on campus, I always know at least a handful of people.