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5 College Senior

Academics: The professors are (for the most part) amazing!

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.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: The academics are great at this school but they don't offer a huge variety within each major like bigger colleges do. It's also a lot of hard work since the school is well recognized for its well rounded students.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: I love the biology department and professors. It is easy to learn and they are always looking for ways to help you.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: We have many available majors and minors with great professors.


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Writing papers on weekends here is not only acceptable—it's the standard. The dorm lounges are full of people studying on Saturday nights (and socializing at the same time). Truman students are nothing if not hard working and for good reason: The amount of a student's financial aid package drops substantially after freshman year, if he or she receives anything less than a 3.25. Also, many undergraduates here have double majors, especially if they bring transfer credits from high school.

Truman professors make accessibility a priority. Regular office hours are required, and dinner parties at professors' homes are not uncommon. If a student here makes the effort to attend class and get involved, he or she can depend on graduating with not only a slew of heartfelt recommendations, but also a few close professor friends. Any teacher willing to pack up and move to Kirksville—home of a Super Walmart, a bunch of meth farmers, and that's pretty much it—has to be either dedicated to education or desperate for a job. With Truman's academic reputation on a rapid rise, it's more than likely the former. Classes at Truman are small, and discussions abound. Academics are not just a background against which to enjoy the weekends, and it shows. All in all, the courses here are Truman's strongest asset, and the students who benefit from them will surely agree.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Part-Time Retention Rate
Graduation Rate
Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 40%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 56%
  • 50 or More Students: 4%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • School of Arts and Sciences
  • School of Business
  • School of Health Sciences & Education
  • School of Science & Mathematics
  • School of Social & Cultural Studies
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Accounting: 4%
  • Biology and Biological Sciences: 4%
  • Business Administration and Management: 4%
  • English Language Studies: 4%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • Computer literacy
  • English (including composition)
  • Foreign languages
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Student-designed major
Best Places to Study
  • "Quiet room" in the Student Union Building
  • Dorm lounges
  • Library
  • On the quad when the weather is nice
Tips to Succeed
  • Actually go to the Career Center.
  • Become friends with your professors.
  • Check Facebook and your email after every class.
  • Choose LSP (Liberal Studies Program) classes wisely.
  • Drink coffee or get sleep.
  • Get help but don't get stretched too thin.
  • Get help during office hours.
  • Research possible majors yourself; don't trust your adviser.
  • Use the hour you have between classes productively.
Did You Know?
  • On some evenings during finals week, the dormitory dining halls offer doughnuts, ice cream, and other sugary refreshments at midnight.
  • Former University president W. Jack Magruder called Truman the "Harvard of the Midwest." The name stuck, and students have been making fun of it ever since.
  • Students who want to take more than 17 credit hours will have to pay for it. Anything more than that is considered an "overload," and it costs more than $230 for each additional hour, which is why advisers encourage students to write out a four-year plan.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 70 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 35 responses

  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 34 responses

  • 24% This was my dream school.
  • 59% This was one of my top choices.
  • 18% This was a school I settled for (safety school).



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