Athletics

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

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

2 College Sophomore

Athletics: Not a big influence on campus. A decent number of people regularly attend the Rec Center to work out and play sports recreationally and in intramurals. It's OK...

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Our school's main focus is not athletics.

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: I can only say, "So so ..."

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: we've got some teams that I've heard are decent but i've never attended a single event. Football is pretty bad.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 487th
    Best Intramural Sports
  • 1189th
    Most Active Varsity Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jessica Gasch
Major
French/Linguistics
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If you prefer to spend weekends decked out in your school colors, cheering on the University football team to a landslide victory, Truman just isn't the place. The smaller student body here makes the pickings a little slimmer when it comes to varsity superstars. Truman athletes are undoubtedly dedicated and talented, but school spirit is not as infectious as at the Big 10 or Big 12 schools. And from the looks of the Pershing Arena, school spirit hasn't managed to take hold of University administrators either—some of the facilities are in sad disrepair. This is even more frustrating for those in the athletic department, considering Truman has ranked in the top 10 for the Division II Director's Cup in recent years. Education budget cuts are making it difficult for facilities and recruiting efforts to improve.

The women's volleyball and swim teams have ranked in the top 3 nationally for the last several years, and the natatorium sees a bigger crowd during swim meets than Stokes Stadium ever will. Intramural sports garner the most spectators, and during soccer matches between frats, cheers and shouts can be heard from across campus. Intramurals provide a competitive outlet for beginners as well as recent varsity high schoolers, and with everything from basketball to badminton, nearly everyone on campus participates in IMs by graduation.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (with football)
Athletic Conferences
Football: Mid-America Intercollegiate Ath Assoc
Basketball: Mid-America Intercollegiate Ath Assoc
School Colors
Purple and white
School Nickname
Bulldog
Men Playing Varsity Sports
275 - 12%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
146 - 5%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 98
Basketball: 23
Baseball: 16
Cross Country/Track: 29
Other Sports: 147
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 63%
Basketball: 100%
Baseball: 50%
Cross Country/Track: 47%
Other Sports: 78%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Wrestling
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Dance
  • Dodgeball
  • Equestrian
  • Golf
  • Iron Dogs
  • Roller hockey
  • Rugby
  • Running
  • Sharpshooters
  • Showgirls dance team
  • Soccer
  • Student Athlete Advisory Committee
  • Tennis
  • TruOutdoors
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
Intramurals
  • 5K run
  • Amazing Race
  • Badminton
  • Baggo
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Floor hockey
  • Golf scramble
  • Kickball
  • NCAA Football Pick'em
  • NFL Pick'em
  • Pickleball
  • Rock climbing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Texas Hold'em poker
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Whiffleball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Bulldog Pitch
  • Bulldog Softball Park
  • Pershing Arena
  • Stokes Stadium/Gardner Track
  • Student Recreation Center
  • Weight room
Most Popular Sports
For varsity, the women's volleyball team and both swim teams attract massive crowds. Soccer maintains a close following as well. Intramurals are very popular; volleyball and soccer are particularly widespread.
Most Overlooked Teams
The roller hockey team always ends up in championship-worthy good standing, but few people outside of the St. Louis hockey crowd follow it. The equestrian team is also competitive.
School Spirit
Both the Truman and Kirksville communities participated in the search for a new name for the University in the 1990s, and Harry S. Truman's namesake was chosen because of his unprecedented support of public funding of education and establishing the first National Committee on Higher Education. The school became Truman State University on July 1, 1996.

The Student Union Building is the only union building in Missouri to be built using student funds.
Getting Tickets
Tickets are free to students. Non-students can purchase tickets through gobulldogs.truman.edu.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Kenneth Track, to the square in Kirksville, in the Sunken Garden

Student Polls

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 33 responses

  • 21% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 39% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 36% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 3% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 33 responses

  • 0% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 52% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 12% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 36% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 33 responses

  • 18% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 73% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 6% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 3% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.

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