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Truman State University

Truman tops the U.S. News & World Report rankings, and its inclusion on several supplemental lists proves the school is offering a student-focused, high-impact, great-value education that produces graduates with the skills to flourish in today’s world.

Bachelor's programmes

Business & Management (8)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (5)
Arts, Design & Architecture (4)
Applied Sciences & Professions (1)
Computer Science & IT (1)
Law (1)



Truman bears a long history of name changes, each reflecting a new institutional mission. First established as the North Missouri Normal School and Commercial College in 1867, the first name change occurred on Dec. 29, 1870, when as a result of persistent leadership by Joseph Baldwin and Adair County citizens, Missouri’s General Assembly acted to make Baldwin’s private college the First District Normal School, the first Missouri-supported institution of higher education established for the primary purpose of preparing teachers for public schools.


Truman State University is here to open opportunity, promote access and social mobility, foster excellence, recognize merit, and do all things that urge our students to make themselves productive, free and equal.Our destination is unmoving – to offer an exemplary and affordable public residential education to well-prepared students that is grounded in the liberal arts and sciences.


Truman provides many different venues for both undergraduate and graduate students to participate in original research, whether classroom-based or faculty-directed research projects. There are also several summer research programs dedicated to fostering student research, such as the McNair Program and the TruScholars Program.

Research opportunities are available to everyone at Truman State University, from undergraduate students to faculty members


A well-rounded educational experience that blends breadth as well as depth to academic pursuits results in graduates who excel in a wide range of industries and professions. With unlimited opportunities to explore everything that intrigues you as a student at Truman, your career path might end up aligning directly with your major.

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2019

GSSA 2019

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Housing services

Campus housing is more than a place to sleep. It’s a comfortable place you can call home. Our on-campus housing features six residence halls and two apartment complexes that place you within easy walking distance of the academic buildings. You can also consider one of the living and learning communities within the residence halls where residents with similar interests can live and learn together

Library services

The library fulfills its mission by:

  • Supporting the teaching, study and research activities of the Truman State University community
  • Teaching users to locate, obtain, and evaluate information, and assisting them in adapting to changes in information platforms and methods of access
  • Providing an environment in support of individual and collaborative learning

ICT services

We want you to have everything you need to succeed. Here, you’ll find helpful resources that can make your transition into college as seamless and stress-free as possible.

Medical services

Our Student Health Center keeps you healthy, University Counseling Services offers confidential counseling, and our Public Safety Department makes sure everything keeps running smoothly.

Student Life

Campus life

Living on campus allows you to experience college life to its fullest and make friendships that will last a lifetime. You are close to classes, the library, and the Rec Center, with easy access to the student activities that make campus life so rewarding. Home to nearly all of our freshmen as well as a majority of our sophomores, juniors, and seniors, each of our university residences has a unique personality

Sports facilities

Active bodies lead to engaged minds. Truman offers robust fitness and recreation activities and programming, including aerobics, intramural sports, workout facilities, outdoor adventures, workshops, and more. 

Student clubs

With more than 250 student clubs and organizations, you can pursue the activities you enjoy, discover new passions, find people who share your interests, and develop your leadership skills along the way. There’s something for everyone—fraternities and sororities, service organizations, intramural sports, campus media, music ensembles, political groups, debate and much more. You can even leave a legacy on campus by starting a new student organization through the Center for Student Involvement.


Accreditation is a mark of quality, and Truman State University has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since 1914. Truman has maintained full accreditation for all of its programs through the years.

Student Reviews

Affordable Quality Education
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

I think Truman's greatest perk is although it has cheaper, more affordable tuition rates, the quality of education is still incredible. But, one of the biggest things I've struggled with is finding classes I actually want to take or that I would enjoy taking, because the university is on the smaller side. But, because it is a small, I've been able to connect with other...

International student in Truman
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

As an international student, this is very supportive, open to diversity and excellent academic wise.

Kirksville, Missouri, United States

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