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Reviews 876 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: A large part of the student population never drank before coming here, and it is noticeable. There is also not a big drug scene, and it is decently hard to acquire anything other than marijuana.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Truman is a very safe school and walking alone at night is almost never a cause of alarm.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The classes here are a very good size, seeing as the largest class I've taken in two years had about 50 people in it. Most classes have around 20. The professors are experts, and have a ton of knowledge they want to give to students. They are generally very nice, approachable and willing to help students succeed. The quality of education here is very high.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The school has a very good reputation and a lot of connections, they will try their best to get you connected and sent in the right path with the right people.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Campus Housing really depends on where you are at. I'll break down each hall and my experiences and stereotypes that come with each one.Missouri: A large, community style dorm with small rooms and a dining hall. Very middle of the road, with strict SAsRyle: Probably the nicest resident hall, features a beautiful main lounge and porches, a dining hall and a great game room. Rooms are fairly small though, many athletes live here.BNB: Not much to say other than this is where many sorority girls live.Dobson: Has a convenience store, the building is nicknamed "Dirty Dob". Kinda sh***y with community bathroomsCentennial: Known as C hall, the largest hall with the most amount of freshmen. This is where I have lived the last two years and the community is wonderful. It features a dining hall and a large main lounge with a game room. The SAs are very chill and almost everyone in C hall is welcoming and kind. Known as where the poor people go, but Truman is overall not the most wealthy community. West: Apartment style housing that has a convenience store, known as snobs. SAs are strict but the building is nice. It is very easy to isolate yourself here.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Compared to other schools, Truman has great Greek life.

They are not snobby and cliquey like you would see at bigger schools, though there is still a strong sense of pride when it comes to members of Greek life. They are always looking to get more people in, and are generally very nice and welcoming.

Greek life makes up about 30% of the student population, and they have a fairly big presence on campus.

Overall, Greek life is a choice for the individual to make and it really won't hinder your college experience here if you join or not.

2 College Sophomore

Athletics: Truman is not known for it's athletics and it is very noticeable. We are a D2 school, but it might as well be community college intramurals. There is very little school spirit and fan support, though students seem to be proud to "be a bulldog". The girls sports are generally much better than guys, but that doesn't mean the turnout is good.

Overall, athletics are almost a nonexistent part of Truman.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Truman is a fantastic school with a great reputation, quality campus and engaging community. There is a lot of talk, mostly from people that come from very large cities, about how terrible Truman is. But the problem really lies with the students themselves. At Truman, you have to make your own fun, go out of your comfort zone and things do not come to you as they would at a large school/town. The town of Kirksville has a population of about 20,000, with around 6,000 from Truman and a couple thousand from ATSU, the Osteopathic college in town. The town has everything you could need, but not everything you would want. There is a basic selection of fast food, diners and bars. We have a bowling alley/skating rink, a movie theater and a lot of nature to explore. Located just outside of town is Thousand Hills State Park, a massive park that surrounds a small lake. Being just a few miles away, Truman students, ATSU and people from the town seek refuge in this park. You can rent kayaks, canoes, and other boats there. Thousand hills has many hiking trails and a beach that is open in the summer. The main hiking trial is about 12 miles long and is absolutely beautiful. Other than that, all of the action and events are on campus. There are constantly performances of any kind: theatre, choir, orchestra and comedy groups just to name a few. Truman also has their own media conglomerate named TMN, featuring a radio station that broadcasts to the surround area, a television station, magazine and weekly newspaper. The dorms are overall pretty nice and there is a strong feeling of community in them, with three of them featuring dining halls. By far the worst part of Truman is the food, the dining halls are tolerable at best. But there are a couple gas station like stores around campus that students can use their meal plans at. Truman is located only a few blocks away from the square, and everything is in walking distance.

Overall, I love it here at Truman and would recommend it

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: We have an on-campus health center that offers health screenings, STD testing, counseling services, etc. I would always trust the staff that work there and feel safe there.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: There will always be good and bad professors, and there will always be homework. You better be willing to put in the work because no one just hands you a grade here. You have to do the required work and make an effort. Most of the professors are easy to talk to, with the usual few exceptions.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Just saying "I went to Truman State" can get you an interview, and it's well earned. Truman makes sure that we are well prepared for the work force and have a broad education to prepare us for anything that might come our way.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Our campus housing is pretty great and you can find the right building for you! There are community style places, suite style, apartments, and lots of local rental property too.

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I just joined ASG and it's amazing! We don't haze or do initiation nights. Most of the Greek life at Truman is the same way and super awesome. We have honors frats (mixed gender), service sororities and frats, as well as social ones. Everyone is pretty polite and we all have great risk management plans in place. I feel really safe in Greek life, so I encourage people to join.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: While Truman is definitely more based in academics, they are always encouraging their students to stay fit and healthy. We have a top notch Recreation center and a beautiful Quad where we can lounge, play things like frisbee, and even with peoples' pets.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Truman is a great college that really challenges its students. There are over 200 clubs and organizations on campus and everyone here is super friendly. I have always felt safe on campus, and as a female that was really important to me. I will even walk across campus by myself in the evenings or go downtown alone on a sunny afternoon. Kirksville isn't super lively, but if you get out there's more going on here than you might think. Truman offers so many degree programs and it's fun to find your niche. I highly recommend checking it out!

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: Whenever we get a sexual assault email from the campus safety department, there is always information how to go about reporting sexual assault. In my three years at Truman I have only received a handful of sexual assault emails. Two were last week and one resulted in an arrest of the offender. All around campus we have these big red emergency stations that have a button and will alarm the police to your spot, and I am pretty sure they make loud noises too. I feel safe walking on campus because I know I can run to one of those stations.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: It is hard to get into classes, especially being a student athlete and only have certain hours of your day available. The psych department does not allow overrides and I have had a big issue with that going into my senior year and graduating in December. Other than that experience, my professors were always nice and willing to work with my athletic schedule and the class sizes allow for that connection with multiple professors.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I have already as an undergrad been able to substitute teach and I know friends who graduated and got jobs within the next year to start teaching. There is job opportunities always available on this campus, with the career fair, alumni networking, and the networking that classes set up for you. My education classes have in observing in La Plata and I have made great network connections out there from the secretary, the SPED teacher, the principal, and teachers throughout the building. Truman offers many opportunities for their students and want them to succeed.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: I lived in Dobson my freshman year and then lived off campus, so my only experience is that dorm. The rooms were very small, but the bathrooms were always clean and the staff were super nice! The SA's were friendly and welcoming and I wish I had taken the time to get to know them better. The cost wasn't too bad but it is a little cheaper living off campus. The dorms are all super close to the class buildings so that is nice and the housing process isn't hard at all. Overall it is good.

3 College Junior

Athletics: As I mentioned I am on the swim team, while the pool has been renovated and the locker rooms were just redone last year, it took awhile for the school to get on that. The bottom of the lockers had rusted all the way through so there was holes at the bottom. It took about four years to get new ones (according to the seniors last year). It also is unfortunate that we only have one bathroom stall in the girls locker room and it is a public one so there has been times when while we are at swim practice people have came in and stole stuff, boys and girls locker rooms. The fan base for swimming has improved but it doesn't compare to other sports and we don't get as much recognition as we should. Truman athletic twitter account took a break from posting about our conference meet that we won, to post about the boys basketball game that was at home. It is also unfair that our boys swim and have no scholarship money what-so-ever. I love my team and it is a family but we do get the short end of the stick a lot.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Truman has great degree programs, a great reputation, the faculty are always willing to work with their students, and it's easy to get involved. As being part of the swim team I have made a friendships that will last a life time. Everyone cares about each other and work to be the best we can be inside the pool and out. I would choose Truman all over again because I know this is where I belong.

3 College Student

Party Scene: There's as much nightlife in in the dorms via study groups and interest groups as there is drinking, smoking, and other non-school sponsored activities.

3 College Student

Party Scene: The fraternities throw the best parties, and sometimes the nonalcoholic parties are the most fun.

5 College Student

Academics: You have to work for it, but Truman is recognized as the Harvard of the Midwest for a reason. Employers and graduate schools recognize the prestige of a Truman degree, and job offers follow suit.

4 College Student

Diversity: We have everyone here, and (although some specific groups clash, as they always will, like the political groups) there are rarely ever any issues amongst different groups. Truman is diverse in the sectors of nationality, ethnicity, religion, political standards, sexual orientation, and professional interests, all of which are well represented by clubs.


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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.

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