Location
Kirksville, MO
Undergrads
5,357
Tuition (in-state)
$12,968 ($7,096)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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Reviews 820 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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4 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Truman is strict if it catches you doing something that is against policy. However, people do not go out of their way to find people breaking the rules.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There are very limited options. Mostly Kirksville has fast food restaurants, Chinese food places, a Ruby Tuesdays, and a Colton's Steakhouse.

5 College Senior

Campus Housing: Truman's Residence Life does an excellent job of promoting community in each Residence Hall. There are not a lot of restrictions (i.e. boys and girls can be in each other's rooms 24/7) and the Student Advisors are always willing to help with any issues students may be facing.

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: Though the quality is not incredible, there is a nice variety of basic foods everyone is sure to enjoy (cereal, pizza, etc.).

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: There are several apartment complexes within walking distance of campus.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: Truman is great about rewarding those who succeeded in high school. However, I would have liked to have seen more financial aid available for upper class men who have excelled throughout their time at Truman.

3 College Senior

Athletics: Truman is not known for its great athletes or sports teams. However, games are still relatively well attended.

4 College Senior

Nightlife: There are several bars to choose from. The best spot is the Dukum Inn, which has All You Can Drink for only $8 on Thursday evenings. The only downside is that it is difficult to go out with friends to these places on Friday and Saturday nights if you are under 21.

4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Truman is traditionally a pretty nerdy school and the boys and girls who choose to attend it reflect that. Many of the students form long-term relationships, so one-night-stands are not as common. Partying is not a huge priority, though it certainly occurs. Only about 20% of Truman's students are in Greek Life.

4 College Senior

Facilities: Truman State University's Student Activities Board is extremely helpful in keeping students busy and entertained. Each semester a big-name band and comedian are brought in (usually free of charge for students).

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: not sure what is being asked here...

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: just average small college town options

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: have to write something in here

3 College Freshman

Diversity: There really isn't that much diversity on campus, at least ethnically. There are some foreign exchange students but that's about it.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel fairly safe walking alone across campus at night. Everything is pretty well lit and there are emergency call boxes spread around all over campus.

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4 College Freshman

Weather: The winter is long and cold, but it's definitely bearable. It's even kind of fun when it snows because you get to build snowmen and have snowball fights on the Quad with friends. And when it's nice outside it's absolutely gorgeous on campus. There's flowers everywhere that smell heavenly and laying out on the Quad to do homework or just relax is one of the best things in the world.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Living off campus is cheaper than living on campus, but a lot of the apartments and houses for rent around Truman are in a sketchy neighborhood.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Although Kirksville is small, there is a little downtown area called The Square just a few blocks from campus with tons of cute local restaurants. There's everything from a deli to a sushi place to a gelato place to a diner. It's all within walking distance and the food's great!

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Kirksville's kind of small so there's not as wide of a variety of bars and clubs as in bigger college towns, but students still manage to find plenty of opportunities and places to go.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: A large majority of the students drink and party, but there are definitely a good portion of students who don't also. Being one who doesn't, I never feel left out socially or peer pressured into drinking.

5 College Freshman

Majors: I love my major! I'm a Biology major and I want to be an optometrist. I love the classes in my major - the professors are wonderful and I've learned a lot in the classes. I think I will be really well prepared to go on to Optometry school.

5 College Freshman

Majors: There's not a specific admission for the Biology program, you just have to get into Truman. Truman has high admission standards, but it's not really difficult to get in if you are smart and put in some effort in high school.

5 College Freshman

Academics: The teachers are so helpful and really want to get to know each student individually. They all really care and want to help students learn as much as they can.

4 College Freshman

Computers: The WiFi can be a bit finicky sometimes, great otherwise.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: I've never really been that interested in sports.

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Jessica Gasch
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If you ask a Truman student why he or she is at Truman, as opposed to a different college, chances are you'll hear, "It was the money." For in-state kids, Truman is a fabulous deal, especially because the school gives out so many scholarships. When push comes to shove, that's why a majority of students initially enroll. But however majestic the buildings are, how impressive and wonderful the professors are, or how many scholarships are awarded, it's the other students who make or break the college experience. Truman students are a pretty motivated, involved, and accepting bunch of people.

If you choose Truman, be prepared to delve whole-heartedly into college life because there's not much to do outside of the University. But there is always something to do on campus: movie nights, plays, concerts, karaoke, lectures, and demonstrations for every interest under the sun. A lot of colleges claim to be involved in student life, but Truman definitely makes good on its own assertion. While many people scorn finances as a top reason to choose a school (and perhaps they're right on principal), it makes life a lot more comfortable to be able to afford dinners in restaurants, laundry, and printer ink while receiving a top-notch education. If you want to be a famous lawyer, by all means, look at Harvard. If you want to make it big in the music business, you'll obviously consider Berklee or the UMKC Conservatory. But you have just as high of a chance at achieving anything you want with a diploma from Truman State University, an opinion received from both employers and graduate schools alike. Truman fosters a sense of responsibility, real companionship, and a thirst for excellence that you won't find in more pretentious institutions.

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