Truman State University Summary

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The Quad

Basic Statistics

Location
Kirksville, MO
Website
www.truman.edu
Full-Time Undergrads
5,357
Part-Time Undergrads
515
Setting
Town
In-State Tuition
$7,096
Out-of-State Tuition
$12,968
Room & Board
$7,720
Acceptance Rate
74 %
Admission Difficulty
Easy
Average SAT Scores
1100–1360
Average ACT Scores
24–29

Best ThingsMore . . .

  • The faculty
  • The value
  • Impromptu snowball fights in winter and the big trees on campus in the fall
  • SAB Concerts

Worst ThingsMore . . .

  • Sodexo
  • Walking to class in the snow
  • Re-lofting your dorm room bed
  • DPS

Frequently ComparedCompare . . .

Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

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.

Truman State Student Reviews

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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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