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2 College Sophomore

Athletics: no one really cares for sports but people who are involved in intramural love it and have a great time.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: The school is more focused on academics than sports.

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.

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.

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.


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If you prefer to spend weekends decked out in your school colors, cheering on the University football team to a landslide victory, Truman just isn't the place. The smaller student body here makes the pickings a little slimmer when it comes to varsity superstars. Truman athletes are undoubtedly dedicated and talented, but school spirit is not as infectious as at the Big 10 or Big 12 schools. And from the looks of the Pershing Arena, school spirit hasn't managed to take hold of University administrators either—some of the facilities are in sad disrepair. This is even more frustrating for those in the athletic department, considering Truman has ranked in the top 10 for the Division II Director's Cup in recent years. Education budget cuts are making it difficult for facilities and recruiting efforts to improve.

The women's volleyball and swim teams have ranked in the top 3 nationally for the last several years, and the natatorium sees a bigger crowd during swim meets than Stokes Stadium ever will. Intramural sports garner the most spectators, and during soccer matches between frats, cheers and shouts can be heard from across campus. Intramurals provide a competitive outlet for beginners as well as recent varsity high schoolers, and with everything from basketball to badminton, nearly everyone on campus participates in IMs by graduation.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (with football)
Athletic Conferences
Football: Great Lakes Valley Conference
Basketball: Great Lakes Valley Conference
School Colors
Purple and White
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
275 - 12%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
146 - 5%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 98
Basketball: 23
Baseball: 16
Cross Country/Track: 29
Other Sports: 147
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 63%
Basketball: 100%
Baseball: 50%
Cross Country/Track: 47%
Other Sports: 78%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Wrestling
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Dance
  • Dodgeball
  • Equestrian
  • Golf
  • Iron Dogs
  • Roller hockey
  • Rugby
  • Running
  • Sharpshooters
  • Showgirls dance team
  • Soccer
  • Student Athlete Advisory Committee
  • Tennis
  • TruOutdoors
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • 5K run
  • Amazing Race
  • Badminton
  • Baggo
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Floor hockey
  • Golf scramble
  • Kickball
  • NCAA Football Pick'em
  • NFL Pick'em
  • Pickleball
  • Rock climbing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Texas Hold'em poker
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Whiffleball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Bulldog Pitch
  • Bulldog Softball Park
  • Pershing Arena
  • Stokes Stadium/Gardner Track
  • Student Recreation Center
  • Weight room
Most Popular Sports
For varsity, the women's volleyball team and both swim teams attract massive crowds. Soccer maintains a close following as well. Intramurals are very popular; volleyball and soccer are particularly widespread.
Most Overlooked Teams
The roller hockey team always ends up in championship-worthy good standing, but few people outside of the St. Louis hockey crowd follow it. The equestrian team is also competitive.
School Spirit
Both the Truman and Kirksville communities participated in the search for a new name for the University in the 1990s, and Harry S. Truman's namesake was chosen because of his unprecedented support of public funding of education and establishing the first National Committee on Higher Education. The school became Truman State University on July 1, 1996.

The Student Union Building is the only union building in Missouri to be built using student funds.
Getting Tickets
Tickets are free to students. Non-students can purchase tickets through
Best Place to Take a Walk
Kenneth Track, to the square in Kirksville, in the Sunken Garden

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 82 responses

  • 2% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 10% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 65% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 23% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 81 responses

  • 35% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 19% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 47% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 0% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 81 responses

  • 1% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 41% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 43% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 15% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.


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