Apply to Truman

Truman is a place where you can reach for the horizon, for the life you want to live and the difference you want to make in the world. Whether you’ve always known you wanted to become a Bulldog or you’ve just discovered how great Truman’s academics are and how affordable it can be, it all starts when you apply.

And we’re here to guide you through the process.

Truman Freshman Application

TruMerit Automatic Admission

If you’re eligible for our TruMerit Scholarship – determined by a combination of ACT/SAT score and GPA – or are applying with at least a 27 ACT/1260 SAT and 2.5 GPA, you are automatically admitted to the University when you submit your application, transcript, and verified test scores. To determine if you’re eligible, see the TruMerit Scholarship charts or use our Net Price Calculator. If you fall outside of the TruMerit Automatic Admission academic parameters, you will benefit from Truman’s holistic review policy.

How to Apply
Select the method that works best for you:  Online ApplicationCommon Application or Printed Application.

  • All freshman applications are free to submit!
  • There is no additional application for scholarships. Consideration is automatic with your completed admission application. Competitive scholarship review begins December 1.

Application Materials

  • Transcript: Transcripts with at least six semesters of high school grades are required for admission review. If you are homeschooled, have a GED, or are graduating high school in less than four years, reach out to the Office of Admission to learn about what academic documents will be required.
    • For students entering in the Fall 2020 semester, Truman will accept unofficial transcripts for admission consideration. Please contact your Admission Counselor to learn more!
  • ACT or SAT score: We ask all students to submit a standardized test score — either the ACT or SAT, we don’t have a preference. Scores sent directly from the testing agency or the high school are considered official and can be used for admission review.
    • Fall 2021 Freshman Applicants: Unable to test due to site cancellations or other circumstances? View our Test-Flexible Policy to learn more about consideration without a test score.
  • Essay: The admission essay (1 to 3 pages) lets you personalize your application. Applicants who qualify for TruMerit Automatic Admission will have the admission essay requirement waived for admission review. All students are strongly encouraged to submit an essay for competitive scholarship review. View essay prompts. Essays can be uploaded within the application, emailed after submission, or mailed to the Office of Admission.
  • Activities List: An activities list, or resume, is strongly encouraged for competitive scholarship review. Activities lists can be uploaded within the application, emailed after submission, or mailed to the Office of Admission.
Fall 2021 Test-Flexible Policy

Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis so it’s never too late to apply.

Truman Transfer Application

Truman’s online application is the first step in the pursuit of becoming a Bulldog. You may also apply using the Common Application or a printable transfer application. There is no application fee when applying to transfer to Truman. Although students are admitted on a rolling basis, if you are applying for a fall start, apply by March 15 for the fullest scholarship consideration. Want to start in the spring? You should apply by November 1.

Check out the transfer requirements page to learn about your benefits as an incoming transfer student. Or, see if your college credit will transfer to Truman.

To make an admission decision, the Office of Admission requests the following items in addition to the completed application.

  • Official college transcripts
  • Essay (1 to 3 pages) – view essay prompts
  • High school transcripts – if less than 24 hours of transferable credit
  • ACT and/or SAT scores – if less than 24 hours of transferable credit
  • Activities List or Resume – strongly recommended

Have questions? Email our Admission Counselor for Transfer Programs at

If you took previously have taken classes at Truman State University, please complete the Returning Student Form, found below.

International Undergraduate Application

The Center for International Students processes the applicants for all students who plan to attend Truman on an F-1 or J-1 visa and students who were educated outside of the United States no matter their immigration status.

Truman offers both full and conditional admission. Application requirements for international students are available here.

Truman does not charge an application fee for undergraduate students, and the application fee for graduate students is waived for international students. Truman does not require a separate scholarship application.  All applications automatically undergo scholarship review.  Truman is a member of the Common Application. We encourage you to choose Truman on your Common Application. For further information, contact the Center for International Students.

If you are not a J-1 or F-1 student and if you were not educated outside the United States,  you should complete the domestic application for admission.

Application info for graduate programs

Our graduate programs have different application requirements and specific supporting documentation may be required. Before applying to a graduate program, please review the application requirements and deadlines. If you have questions, feel free to reach out to our Graduate Office.

Returning Student Form

Maybe you previously graduated from Truman and want to complete a second degree? Maybe you took a semester to move home or travel the world? If you want to return to Truman, fill out the Returning Student Form and we will take care of the rest!

The Returning Student Form should be completed for any student who has previously been admitted to and attended courses at Truman State University, even if you have taken classes at another university in your time away.

For more information and resources for returning students, visit the Center for Academic Excellence site here.

Our Institute for Academic Outreach is dedicated to the promotion of exciting new learning experiences that extend beyond the traditional borders of the University.  The Institute serves learners from a variety of walks of life including pre-college learners in K-12 programs, adult learners seeking professional development, and retirees seeking personal enrichment.

Undergraduate Non-Degree Seeking Application
  • High school students planning to take courses on the Truman campus or online and who are not participating in a dual credit or dual enrollment course offered in partnership with their high school
  • Undergraduate students attending other colleges or universities
  • Adults who have not earned an undergraduate degree
Graduate Non-Degree Seeking Application
  • Anyone who has completed a Bachelor’s Degree (even if you only plan to take undergraduate-level courses at Truman)
Dual Credit and Dual Enrollment
  • High school students planning to participate in a dual credit or dual enrollment course offered in partnership with their high school

Common Application

Freshman or transfer students may apply to Truman using the Common Application. Just like undergraduate Truman applications, there is no fee! Plus, there is no additional application for scholarships. Consideration is automatic! Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis so it’s never too late to apply.

To make an admission decision, the Office of Admission requests the following items. You may upload these documents within the Common Application Student Portal or submit the documents directly to the Office of Admission.

  • High school transcripts – freshmen or transfers with less than 24 credit hours
  • College transcripts – transfer students
  • ACT or SAT score – freshmen or transfers with less than 24 credit hours
  • Essay – waived if eligible for TruMerit Automatic Admission
  • Activities List or Resume – strongly recommended


Have Questions?

If you ever have any questions, our friendly staff will be happy to talk with you! You can contact the Office of Admission or you can also contact one of our Admission Counselors.

To request the application in an alternate form, please contact the Office of Student Access and Disability Services.

Truman State University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request an accommodation, please contact the Office of Student Access and Disability Services at:

Office of Student Access and Disability Services
Pickler Memorial Library 109A
100 E. Normal
Kirksville, MO 63501
(660) 785-4478

Truman State University, in compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or protected veteran status in its programs and activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs and activities. Inquiries may be directed to the Institutional Compliance Officer at:

Institutional Compliance Office
Violette Hall 1308
100 E. Normal
Kirksville, MO 63501
(660) 785-4354



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Truman is a supportive and personal community. At Truman, you can count on the fact that your professors will know your name, say “hi” to you on campus, ask about life, and go out of their way to help with everything from research to internships to studying abroad.

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