Welcoming College Town

A Comfortable Place to Live, Learn, and Grow

Pagliai'sFondly referred to as the “Ville,” Kirksville provides the best of both worlds with its friendly, small-town atmosphere and a location within easy driving distance of several major cities. Practically everything you need is within walking distance with shopping, restaurants and cafes, nightlife, movie theater and more located downtown just a few blocks from campus.

With events taking place throughout the year, there’s always something to do. Buy fresh vegetables at the Farmers Market. Enjoy music at the Phi Mu Alpha Jazz Festival. Run in the FLATS Trail Half Marathon. Or participate in a number of other activities that take place in the community.

Enjoy the Great Outdoors

Lake at Thousand Hills State ParkWe know nature makes people happy, and you can take it all in at three large conservation areas in the region. Or grab some friends and head out to Thousand Hills State Park to explore hiking and biking trails, historical petroglyphs, and a 573-acre lake for kayaking, swimming, fishing, and other water sports.


Welcome Event for New Students

Each fall at the New Student Welcome event held downtown on the lawn of Kirksville’s historic courthouse, local businesses and organizations offer coupons, product samples and more to welcome new students to the community.
Student Welcome downtown Kirksville

Community Involvement

Looking for ways to get involved in the community? The SERVE Center at Truman can help you find service opportunities in the community that match your interests.

What I like about the local community…

“The people and the fun atmosphere of the town. There are a lot of unexpected and cool places in this town.”
—Lindsey A.

“I enjoyed the variety of activities in the Kirksville community. From hiking at Thousand Hills State Park to bowling to shopping at the thrift stores, there was always something you could do with friends.”
—Samantha B.

“I would not be the woman I am today as well as striving to be the woman I will be in the future if it were not for all the amazing, brilliant, hilarious, kind-hearted, intelligent, and unique people I have encountered during my time in Kirksville.”
—Caitlin D.

“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 K.

Summer Music on the Courthouse Lawn
Red Barn Arts and Crafts Festival

Forest Lake at Thousand Hills State Park