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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.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I do not know due to living on campus

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: Good times were had by all

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It's so cheap! I'm living in a 3 bedroom apartment next year which costs $450 total. So I'll be paying $150 a month!

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are some great restaurants. Greek Corner Gyro has great Greek food. There are 3 good Mexican restaurants, and a few other nice restaurants here.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: They are very strict in the dorms. Don't drink or do anything stupid in the dorms.

College Sophomore

Party Scene: I don't go to parties, so I don't really know. If you want to party, we have plenty of them.

5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Truman is a very affordable school and they are very generous with scholarships. You can even apply for more scholarships once you're already at Truman. They have so many!

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: It's nothing special. The dining halls are hit or miss. The food at the SUB is usually pretty good.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Academic buildings are so close to the residence halls. My longest walk to class is 5 minutes. There are dining halls in 3 of the dorms and a convenience store in 2 of the dorms. Most everyone is really nice here and it's easy to meet people.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: pretty easy to find housing that is really cheap, especially if you live with other people.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Not too many options. Three Mexican restaurants, two McDonalds, a Taco Bell, and mostly fast food.

3 Recent Alumnus

Administration: Truman can sometimes be too strict on smaller policies in the residence halls.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: Truman is a great value. There's no question.

3 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: Parties are pretty much all frat or house parties. They get really boring after your freshman year. Bars are more fun once you turn 21, but even those become repetitive after a while. If you're looking to party, I would say another school is a better option. I've actually seen someone studying at a party before. That's Truman for you.

2 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: Sodexo does not offer enough fresh fruits and veggies and their menus are boring.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Most of the dorms have been renovated, and there are great opportunities to choose whether you want to live in a community or suite style dorm your first year. Residence Life staff is pretty involved and invested in the students. The downside is that half of Blanton Nason Brewer is Greek, because sororities are not allowed to have their own houses. That is a huge disadvantage if you are a freshman, so I would avoid there. The residence halls are all incredibly close to campus, minus the "on-campus" apartments, which end up feeling like off-campus apartments if you live in Campbell. Campbell are nice transition apartments. Overall, living on-campus is a pretty good experience for your freshman and sophomore years.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greeks are everywhere. Most people can get along but most Greeks tend to stick to themselves.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: There are many people who are involved in varsity and intramural sports but I haven't felt overwhelmed by the need to participate in sports here.

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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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