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Kirksville, MO
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$12,968 ($7,096)
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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.

3 College Sophomore

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

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: so we are stereotyping now?

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Overall nice people. As far as attractiveness it's really pretty average.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: It's a mixed pool which averages out.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 82nd
    Smartest Guys
  • 98th
    Smartest Girls
  • 221st
    Most Creative/Artsy Girls
  • 276th
    Friendliest Girls
  • 314th
    Most Religious Guys

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jessica Gasch
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Eh—that's all that can be said. There's nowhere else to go once you're in Kirksville, unless you make friends with the med students at the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, so everyone tends to adopt a love-the-one-you're-with perspective. The guys may not be buff, and most of the girls aren't models, but there are some remarkably attractive people walking around, if you're looking for the kind with black-framed glasses and an iPod in tow. People have been known to go to Mizzou, an hour-and-a-half drive, for the purpose of a good hookup. Rumor has it the students there are twice as pretty and twice as dumb.

There's a 6-to-4 ratio of girls to guys, so a lot of single girls aren't happy with their classmates as far as looks are concerned. But there are very happy couples with a remarkable variation in traditional attractiveness. And it seems that anyone can find a willing makeout buddy on a Saturday night if they're looking for a meaningless good time. However, you're more likely to study what makes someone sexually attractive (a 1.618 ratio between certain facial angles and a 0.7 waist-to-hips ratio for women, in case you're wondering) than to find a wide selection of specimen. There may be many fish in the sea, but Kirksville, unfortunately, is as landlocked as they come.

Facts & Statistics

Female Undergrads
Male Undergrads
Birth Control Available?
Two brands of birth control pills are offered. Proof of a recent Pap smear is required, but the center can do the examination if needed. The student health center also sells condoms at three for $1.
Best Places to Meet Guys & Girls
  1. The rec center
  2. The "big four" frats
  3. The SUB
  4. TrueMen (a cappella men's choir)
Best Places to Hook Up
  1. Frat houses
  2. Off-campus parties
  3. Empty classrooms and dorm rooms
  4. The elevators
  5. The Sunken Garden
Social Scene
An advantage of attending Truman is the friendly atmosphere that accompanies the small campus and town. The easiest way to get assimilated into collegiate culture is to participate in Truman Week, the adjustment period for freshmen. Everyone waves to everyone else, and the upperclassmen become your allies. Almost every student seems to have been an overachiever in high school, so there's no stigma attached to being studious. Jocks have computer science friends, and anime addicts date Republicans. But students who want a wide circle of friends will have to go looking.
Hookups or Relationships?
Hookups are pretty frequent. The morning walk across campus in heels and smudged mascara or a crinkled shirt full of tequila stains following a "sleep over" has been decreed the Walk of Shame. Yet, more than 1,500 people at Truman will list their Facebook status as "in a relationship." Hmm . . . .
Best Places to Meet Guys/Girls
Sadly, the library. While it's a bit cliché, most students date those with similar interests. However, meeting a potential boyfriend or girlfriend at a party is not uncommon, especially at smaller get-togethers thrown by mutual friends. Alcohol, or just the general tone of a weekend night, makes it easier to open up and get to know people. Fair warning though: It might not be smart to commit "dormcest" and date your next-door neighbor. If the relationship goes sour, he or she can still see you with bed hair or sans makeup.
Dress Code
Lots of fraternities and sororities require weekly dress-up days, so you're likely to see sport coats and stilettos from time to time. As far as the non-Greek population is concerned, jeans are uniform, and sweatpants come in second. But there are many students who dress sharp every day, so expect button-down shirts and cashmere in some classes. During the winter, everyone gives up on looking good because no one can see clearly out of their puffy coats and scarves anyway.

Student Polls

I would say girls on campus are    Based on 27 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

I would say guys on campus are    Based on 27 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

What kinds of relationships have you had since coming to school?    Based on 30 responses

  • 24% Long-distance relationship
  • 20% Long-term relationship with someone at your school
  • 16% Exclusively dating someone at your school
  • 13% None
  • 11% Casual dating at your school
  • 11% Random hook-up with someone at your school
  • 4% Casual dating at a neighboring school
  • 0% Exclusively dating someone at a neighboring school
  • 0% Long-term relationship with someone at a neighboring school
  • 0% Random hook-up with someone at a neighboring school

How would you rate the social scene on campus?    Based on 31 responses

  • 3% Lacking, with almost no interesting or popular activities.
  • 13% Quiet, with few popular activities and chances to meet new people.
  • 77% Active, with a handful of popular activities.
  • 6% Very vibrant, with lots of popular activities available almost every day.

What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?    Based on 5 responses

  • 80% Hardworking
  • 20% Average
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