Welcoming College Town

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

Nestled in the heart of northeast Missouri, Kirksville has practically everything you need within easy reach—shopping, restaurants, farmer’s market, nightlife, local festivals, outdoor concerts, and historical points of interest.

Distance to Kirksville

  • Columbia, MO:  88 miles
  • Des Moines, IA:  150 miles
  • Kansas City, MO:  180 miles
  • Quad Cities, IA/IL: 186 miles
  • St. Louis, MO:  200 miles
  • Springfield, IL:  208 miles
  • Springfield, MO: 260 miles
  • Cape Girardeau: 319 miles
  • Chicago, IL:  384 miles

    Map of cities near Truman State University in Missouri, Iowa, and Illinois

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 near Kirksville, Mo.