Location
Kirksville, MO
Undergrads
5,357
Tuition (in-state)
$12,968 ($7,096)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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Reviews 838 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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3 College Senior

Overall Experience: When it comes to the academic side I feel like Truman is a lot about just getting by. I think college is much more than just getting the good grades. I think it is about finding who you are, what you want to do with your life, and just who you want to become. But in order to do that you do have to take your nose out of the books ever once in a while. I am not saying go party every thirsty Thursday there is. But make friends meet new people, travel places, stay up late studying with friends, do the hard things and make each moment count. Truman is a place that wants to offer you all this, but doesn't always realize that not everyone learns these things in the same way. The majority of the professors there are all about the class they are teaching and nothing else. If you can't keep up you are out of luck. Many times in the last 3 years I have felt like I was drowning just trying to stay a float with my course work. I don't think that is what college should look like.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Truman is known as being a great school so when you graduate that does give you something. If you search for opportunities you will find them.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Campus housing is ok. The buildings are all nice and clean. You don't have to walk far at all to go to classes. But the cost is just ridiculous.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: For a small town there really are some great options! From cheap taco bell or McDonalds to a more expensive but not so great sushi place and all the other stuff in-between.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: Greek life is not a huge thing on campus. If you are in it and a part of it then that is all that you do and are revolved around. But if you are not in greek life than you really aren't bothered by greek life or know what is going on with it.

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3 College Senior

Campus Dining: When I lived on campus I got tired of the food really quick. But now that I live off campus I love anytime I am able to eat on campus.

3 College Senior

Nightlife: I honestly don't really participate in this scene much so don't have much to say. There are always things to do though.

5 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Seriously the cheapest living you can find! Price does pay for quality if you pay for the cheap places there will be some weird quirks about the place but I have found that those quirks are well worth it! There are also a good amount of nice new apartments that have been built very recently. These newer apartments you will pay more for but are in very good shape.

4 College Senior

Campus Strictness: The school has a set of rules that are reasonable and respected. This makes it easy for everyone to follow and a lot easier to enforce. When students break the rules they will face some sort of consciences depending on their actions.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe at anytime during my 3 years on campus. Whenever there is an incident the campus police are always on top of it and will send out emails so that all of the students know what is going on and can be paying attention to it.

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: It is the perfect small town college atmosphere. Even though there may not be things that you can always go do like there is in big cities, no one ever gets bored. There is a really pretty state park with a nice lake on it that is perfect place for picnics or barbecues. The town has a cute square with some awesome thrift store shopping and good places to eat a meal or just grab a coffee. This is a town that is built around the college and has so many things available to the college campus in order to make the students lives better.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: It's not amazing b any means but it is fine. There are usually plenty of options.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I am a biology major and I love it. I've had great professors and I'm constantly learning new things.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: We have a decent sized campus with a nice quad people use to study and hang out. People hang out all over campus and seem to enjoy themselves.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: We have a very diverse group of people and everyone is accepted.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: I love the biology department and professors. It is easy to learn and they are always looking for ways to help you.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: We have many available majors and minors with great professors.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I have always felt safe while on campus.

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.

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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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