Kirksville, MO
Tuition (in-state)
$12,968 ($7,096)
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5 College Sophomore

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

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.

3 College Senior

Diversity: Many students exchange students study here; however, it is a small town and still not as diverse as some larger cities. Still, most other students are accepting of ethnic, economic, religious, and sexual diversity.

3 College Student

Diversity: Most diverse place in Kirksville, Missouri.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: I think the people at Truman are smart enough to realize that everyone's doing their own thing and with a school this size, why discriminate against peers you'll probably end up in class with?

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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jessica Gasch
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Every so often, a traveling preacher comes unwelcomed to Truman's campus and stands on the Quad, shouting about fire and brimstone and holding up posters proclaiming that gays, feminists, liberals, non-Americans, and non-Christians are going to hell. The furious conversations among students after such an event will assure even the most skeptical that Truman, despite its somewhat creamy appearance, is as accepting of differences—or more so—than the next college.

The international student population is very high for a small, public institution in the landlocked Midwest—a tribute to our state-of-the-art study abroad program, which has boosted Truman's international reputation. However, just because foreign students are here, it doesn't mean they have been immersed in American collegiate culture, so it's important to reach out and make them feel welcome. Sometimes birds of a feather tend to stick together. This is also true of some minority groups, though there are notable exceptions. Truman, like most other schools, is always trying to draw more minority students, and the University would certainly be open to a larger minority population. As the gay and transgender community has slowly become more vocal in the last decade, Truman students, faculty, and staff have shown a remarkable move toward cultural and lifestyle appreciation.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • Foreign countries
  • Illinois
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Nebraska
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 42%
20-21: 42%
22-24: 14%
25+: 2%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 1%
Asian American: 6%
Hispanic: 3%
International: 0%
Native American: 0%
White: 87%
Unknown: 3%
Gay Pride
The campus is very accepting of gay, bisexual, and transgendered students. Nearly all tolerance activities, including an incredibly popular semiannual dance and drag show, go through an umbrella organization called PRISM. Students also celebrate National Coming Out Day.
Political Activity
It's difficult to determine whether Truman leans right or left. Universities are traditionally politically liberal, but as Truman is located in rural Missouri, conservatism is vocal, as well. Both parties are strongly represented, but there are more extracurricular groups dedicated to the aims of social liberalism.
Economic Status
All levels, but most students here are from rural or suburban middle-class families.
Most Common Religions
Catholic, Protestant
Minority Clubs on Campus
Minority clubs include: African Students Association, Association of Black Collegians, Hispanic American Leadership Organization, International Students Club, Namaste Nepal, PRISM, and Society for Sino-American Studies. There are also a number of traditionally African American fraternities and sororities.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 36 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 19% Not sure
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 19% Conservative
  • 22% Moderate
  • 31% Liberal
  • 8% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 36 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 6% Conservative
  • 22% Moderate
  • 31% Not sure
  • 36% Liberal
  • 6% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 37 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 37 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 37 responses

  • 0% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 3% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 43% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 54% Very accepting.


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