Welcoming College Town

Kirksville provides the best of both worlds with its friendly atmosphere and a location within easy driving distance of several major cities.

Nestled in the heart of northeast Missouri, Kirksville has practically everything you need—shopping, restaurants, a farmer’s market, nightlife, and more—just a few blocks from the Truman campus.

With events taking place throughout the year, there’s always something to do from local festivals to outdoor concerts. You can also explore historical points of interest.

Map of cities near Truman State UniversityNearby Cities

2-3 Hours:
Des Moines, IA
Kansas City, MO
Springfield, IL

3-4 Hours:

Quad Cities, IA/IL
St. Louis, MO

Campus Engagement

Because Truman is so central to the community and economy of Kirksville, many students gain valuable experience as community leaders. The SERVE Center, a student-led service team, has partnered with more than 130 Kirksville community agencies and hosts “The Big Event”— an all-day event with more than 1,200 students participating in service projects throughout the community.

Nature and Recreation

There are three large conservation areas in the region where you can explore nature. Drive 15 minutes, and you’re fishing, hiking, kayaking, swimming, and skiing at Thousand Hills State Park.
Lake at Thousand Hills State Park

What I like about the local community…

“I enjoy the Kirksville community because it has a welcoming, small-town vibe in which people look after each other. I have never felt unsafe on Truman’s campus or in the town of Kirksville because there are always people around that have your best interest in mind.”
—Patrick

“I love the events Kirksville puts on. Red Barns Arts Festival is my favorite—local artisans selling candles, crafts, art, and more! The farmers market on Saturday has some of the best food I’ve tasted!”
—Michaela

“The small-town feel makes it feel like a home away from home, and it helps ease the overwhelming feeling of being away from home for the first time.”
—Megan

“I loved that everything in Kirksville was about a 15-minute drive, from 1000 Hills to the grocery store, or the numerous restaurants in the area. There are so many opportunities to serve and become involved with the community through the numerous events that the city or shops sponsor.”
—Natalie