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Reviews 714 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are some nice places for fancy dinners or cheap late night meals. Rosies and Diner 54 offer good diner food for the whole family. They are close and low cost.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The choices are few and pricy.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: The greek parties arent open until late. You've got to know people to get to some parties.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: The parking people are always tripping. Somehow people get away with smoking in the buildings which is very annoying and dangerous.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Truman almost pays you to go there. They have a large number of automatic and renewable scholarships. Definitely apply to the foundation scholarships.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: A late night option would be nice. The C-Store has snack and munchy options galore. Chicken bowl is a legend and the staff can be nice. Jazmins is a cute coffee shop but expensive. The SUB is also expensive for what you are getting.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The rooms are big enough. Only one dorm does not have air. The best dorm for freshman year is Dobson, but for everyone else it is probably Ryle. They have cable, kitchens, tools to rent, and food that is okay. All dorms are close to academic buildings. The lounges are great places to meet other people.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Living on campus at Truman has been a great experience for me. Our SA's are very friendly people and they really create a community within the building you live in. The floor lounges and kitchens are great and extremely convenient. There is a lot of construction going on with some of the buildings though, so there have been things like constant fire alarms and water issues that are a bit of a bother, which is why only 4 stars. Otherwise, living conditions are great.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Most off-campus housing is very close to the school, right on the edge of campus which is definitely a plus. Housing is also ridiculously cheap which is fantastic, but to some degree, you do get what you pay for. Houses/apartments are not the best, but when you consider that one college group after another has been moving in on and off for 20+ years, they're really not that bad.

3 College Junior

Party Scene: Truman is a small school, so the parties are not going to be as great as they are at major universities and colleges. However, Truman students do like to party, and there are definitely some good places to go on the weekends.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Off-campus dinning is mostly fast food, Mexican, and Chinese, but there are a few local places too that are really nice. The hours can be weird—most places are closed only on Sunday when the dinning halls are closed—but otherwise, there's some good food for good prices.

4 College Junior

Administration: The campus really isn't to strict about anything. It is a dry campus, and they take that pretty seriously. But honestly, as long as you keep to yourself and don't broadcast the fact that you have alcohol on you/have been drinking, then people are pretty chill about it. The visitation in the dorms is fantastic too. You have to sign someone in as a guest after midnight, and that is absolutely it. There's none of the hassle that other colleges have for dorm visitation.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: I have not had any problems with financial aid, however I have many friends who have had to struggle due to a loss of paperwork or improper filing in the financial aid office. If you need to deal with the financial window in McClain—just don't. Those people have no idea what they're doing and will take up much of your precious time. Go straight to the financial aid office, and when they try to turn you away, just keep asking to speak with someone. You'll do fine.

2 College Junior

Campus Food: Food on campus, especially in the dinning halls, is not healthy. There is a salad bar and that is the extent of anything healthy or even colorful for that matter. All the food is white, gray, or brown. The SUB does have healthy options, and sometimes the convenience stores do as well, but they cost a lot of dinning dollars and meals which is not really encouraging for students who want to eat healthy.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I don't go off-campus for food very often. Most of it is fast food - McDonald's, Subway, Taco Bell. There are a few local places, but I haven't really tried them out yet.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: My grades are pretty good so I got decent scholarships. I took some time deciding on what college I wanted to go to, and as I waited to decide they kept increasing my scholarships by a little bit at a time. So do well in high school and be indecisive, I guess. In the end, I got my whole tuition covered.

The only hassle comes from having to work service hours if you have a scholarship over a certain amount. You'll have to get a job and work 60 hours a semester, which isn't too bad, but you've still got to apply and stay on top of logging your hours or you'll lose the scholarship. You don't have to have a scholarship job freshman year, but to maintain any scholarships for the next three years you will.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food is relatively okay. You have some people who say it's the worst thing, and those like me who aren't incredibly impressed, but at least it's better than high school. They have some interesting options in the dining halls - spanikopita, lots of stir fry and such - it's mostly bland but it's edible and convenient if you live in a residence hall with a cafeteria. The Mainstreet Market is similarly okay, less healthy options there and kind of overpriced, but what else are you going to use the dining dollars for? Overall, I didn't have a lot to complain about when it came to the dining options at Truman.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I lived in Centennial Hall, which I believe is one of the oldest dorms on campus. The rooms are fairly spacious (I lived in a regular double room). The showers always look a little dubious, the floors are kind of smudged, etc. It's an older building so the rooms have a bit of wear. There's no air conditioning, which is really only a problem during the first few weeks and the last few weeks, so if you can handle that you're good. I was matched with a random roommate my first semester and we did not get along, but I was impressed with how easy it was to switch rooms when it became clear we couldn't get along for another semester. My biggest complaint was noise in my new room. There are "quiet hours" but they are not enforced, and walls are quite thin. If you're a heavy sleeper, no problem for you. But if you're not, try to get a room as far away from the floor lounges as possible.

5 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: The town is pretty safe and offer a lot of off campus options for students. A majority of the housing options are NOT pet friendly. Quality definitely increases with cost, but overall you can find a pretty decent first apartment/house for a good price. Most landlords in town are friendly and reasonable.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: The surrounding area does not offer a lot of options as far as food goes, unless you are okay with nothing but fast food or Chinese and Mexican restaurants. I personally love local, family owned restaurants and there are not many option as far as that goes. The cost of the options that we do have are good for the typical broke college student and are very close to campus. The Chinese and Mexican restaurants offer a lot of student discounts.

4 College Senior

Party Scene: I love the social life at Truman. Since it is a very academic school the student population has very similar personalities and interests. While you typically won't find a super crazy party on the weekends, there's always something going on somewhere where people can just go hang out, dance, play games, and de-stress from the rough week of school. For the most part parties held on campus are generally safe and not "creepy."

4 College Senior

Administration: Being a liberal-arts school Truman is very open about letting their students express themselves. Protests and demonstrations are held pretty regularly for a wide array of events. Students are also given the opportunity to travel between dorms during most of the day and night since many of the students study in groups. Like many schools, Truman is a dry campus, so the use of alcohol or drugs anywhere on campus is forbidden. Noise violations are broken from time to time depending on the student advisers in charge for that year. Finally, while it is very encouraged that you attend all your classes, many professors believe that once someone is in college they can make the decision for themselves whether or not they wish to attend class or do something else with their time.

4 College Senior

Scholarships: Academic scholarships are easy to come by but they are hard to maintain since Truman is a very academically intense school and maintaining the minimum GPA for full scholarships is difficult. But if you are in need of financial aid there are many options for help.

3 College Senior

Campus Food: While there are plenty of locations on campus to get food, whether you want to just quickly grab a sandwich or sit down for a full meal, there are not many options as far as choice. You can get the usual hamburger or pizza, but healthy options are hard to come by.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: Truman offers a wide range of dorms on campus that are close to the academic buildings and provide a safe, clean, friendly environment for the students. The quality of room options are well worth the low prices.


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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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