Academics

Location
Kirksville, MO
Undergrads
5,357
Tuition (in-state)
$12,968 ($7,096)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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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.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: As a biology/chemistry major:

It's alright. Most classes you will do fine in if you put enough time in on your own. I have never really felt like professors actually cared about my success, rather I felt like they were just there to read the material and give us tests.

3 College Student

Academics: If you live on campus, there are great study rooms available all night, with the communal kitchen just a stone's throw away for heating up late night snacks.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Communication major is semi-difficult. You cover a variety of subjects and do practical work that gets you ready for jobs in media or PR, etc. Plenty of internship opportunities.

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3 College Sophomore

Academics: Can be overwhelming at times, but this is due to the mandatory liberal arts courses and not my major courses.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 245th
    Professors Most Interested in Classes
  • 256th
    Smartest Professors
  • 509th
    Most Caring Professors
  • 939th
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 1101st
    Best Online Course Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jessica Gasch
Major
French/Linguistics
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Writing papers on weekends here is not only acceptable—it's the standard. The dorm lounges are full of people studying on Saturday nights (and socializing at the same time). Truman students are nothing if not hard working and for good reason: The amount of a student's financial aid package drops substantially after freshman year, if he or she receives anything less than a 3.25. Also, many undergraduates here have double majors, especially if they bring transfer credits from high school.

Truman professors make accessibility a priority. Regular office hours are required, and dinner parties at professors' homes are not uncommon. If a student here makes the effort to attend class and get involved, he or she can depend on graduating with not only a slew of heartfelt recommendations, but also a few close professor friends. Any teacher willing to pack up and move to Kirksville—home of a Super Walmart, a bunch of meth farmers, and that's pretty much it—has to be either dedicated to education or desperate for a job. With Truman's academic reputation on a rapid rise, it's more than likely the former. Classes at Truman are small, and discussions abound. Academics are not just a background against which to enjoy the weekends, and it shows. All in all, the courses here are Truman's strongest asset, and the students who benefit from them will surely agree.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
17:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
318
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
52
Total FT Faculty
318
Faculty with Terminal Degree
80%
Average Faculty Salary
$61,780
Full-Time Retention Rate
89%
Part-Time Retention Rate
100%
Graduation Rate
74%
Programs/Majors Offered
47
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 40%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 56%
  • 50 or More Students: 4%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • School of Arts and Sciences
  • School of Business
  • School of Health Sciences & Education
  • School of Science & Mathematics
  • School of Social & Cultural Studies
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Accounting: 4%
  • Biology and Biological Sciences: 4%
  • Business Administration and Management: 4%
  • English Language Studies: 4%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • Computer literacy
  • English (including composition)
  • Foreign languages
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Student-designed major
Best Places to Study
  • "Quiet room" in the Student Union Building
  • Dorm lounges
  • Library
  • On the quad when the weather is nice
Tips to Succeed
  • Actually go to the Career Center.
  • Become friends with your professors.
  • Check Facebook and your email after every class.
  • Choose LSP (Liberal Studies Program) classes wisely.
  • Drink coffee or get sleep.
  • Get help but don't get stretched too thin.
  • Get help during office hours.
  • Research possible majors yourself; don't trust your adviser.
  • Use the hour you have between classes productively.
Did You Know?
  • On some evenings during finals week, the dormitory dining halls offer doughnuts, ice cream, and other sugary refreshments at midnight.
  • Former University president W. Jack Magruder called Truman the "Harvard of the Midwest." The name stuck, and students have been making fun of it ever since.
  • Students who want to take more than 17 credit hours will have to pay for it. Anything more than that is considered an "overload," and it costs more than $230 for each additional hour, which is why advisers encourage students to write out a four-year plan.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 42 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 43 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

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