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3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: I don't go to the athletic center that often but it's nice for its size. The student center is a great place to study, eat and listen to live music to relax. The library is just about everyones second home on campus because we all need to study for the hard curriculum that Truman has. Everything else is basically by preference. I like the dorms because they have nice lounges, the dining halls are ok and the campus activities are just alright because they have little to do with my culture but some are still fun.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: It's great that everything is within walking distance.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: We have a decent sized campus with a nice quad people use to study and hang out. People hang out all over campus and seem to enjoy themselves.

4 College Senior

Campus Quality: Truman State University's Student Activities Board is extremely helpful in keeping students busy and entertained. Each semester a big-name band and comedian are brought in (usually free of charge for students).

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3 College Student

Campus Quality: It's easy to make friends here, most people are willing to be open if you're willing to be the same way.

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The pretty campus is routinely one of the deciding factors for prospective students, according to Truman's admissions office. The campus may be small, but picturesque brick buildings and majestic, shady trees give the University a grander, almost Ivy-League feel, particularly Violette Hall, which is covered in red ivy in the fall. Truman tries hard to match the insides of campus buildings with the natural atmosphere.

Most students agree that the athletic facilities are far from great, but as Truman's Division II football team is rarely at the top of its division, it's easy to see that athletics are not the focus here. Conversely, the rec center is new and very convenient. It has a track, soccer/hockey rink, volleyball, basketball, and badminton courts, dozens of exercise machines, and a state-of-the-art weight room. Students eat, study, gossip, play arcade games and billiards, and participate in activities at the Student Union Building (SUB). Truman recently renovated its science building, Magruder Hall, which features almost 50 high-tech biology and chemistry labs, as well as new classrooms and faculty offices. Like most universities, Truman's facilities could always stand to be better, but for the price, everything is relatively effective and in good condition.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
140 acres
Student Centers
Student Union Building
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
Pickler Memorial Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • The dorm lounges
  • Jazzman's Café
  • The Quad (when it's not 10 degrees)
  • The SUB
Bar on Campus
No, Truman is a dry campus.
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
Yes, Jazzman's Café, downstairs in the Student Union Building. There's also one in the library.
Movie Theater on Campus
"Green" Initiatives
There are sustainability-related courses in all types of majors, from English & literature ("Advanced Nonfiction: Nature Writing") to nursing ("Rural Public Health Nursing") to political science ("Environmental Politics").
School Slang
  • APO: Alpha Phi Omega, the largest service fraternity; boasts almost 200 active members
  • BNB: Blanton-Nason-Brewer Hall, a dorm
  • The Bubble: The round entrance way to the library, a popular meeting spot
  • C-Hall: Centennial Hall
  • Cisco: The online residence hall network
  • Elbow: The corners on each floor in Centennial
  • JINS: Junior interdisciplinary seminar classes
  • Kum & Go: The gas station a half-block from campus
  • LSP: Liberal Studies Program, basically general education courses
  • MO: Missouri Hall
  • Natty Light: Natural Light, the cheapest beer possible
  • OP: Ophelia Parrish, the fine arts building
  • Patty's: The alternative to the campus bookstore
  • Pickler Club: Late-night studying at the library
  • The Rec: Student Recreation Center, the athletic facility
  • SA: Student adviser
  • Senate: Student Senate, student body leadership and advocacy group
  • The SUB: The Student Union Building
  • TrueMen and Minor Detail: The men's and women's a cappella groups, respectively
  • Flame to the Second Century: The Flame to the Second Century, currently located in the brick courtyard by Kirk Memorial, was first lit and dedicated at the Centennial Convocation on Sept. 2, 1967, to celebrate the University's first 100 years. Originally, the flame was meant to burn for 24 hours each day, but an energy crisis led to the flame being burned for one hour each school day and all day on national holidays. Due to increasing gas costs over the years, it is now only lit for memorial services, Homecoming, commencement, and other significant events.
  • The Gum Tree: Lore has it that the concept of the gum tree originated in the 1920s, when it was against the rules to chew gum in class. Students who had classes in Pickler Memorial Library found the perfect repository before heading to class-an antique suit of armor, affectionately called Oscar, on display just inside the front door. Later on, Oscar was replaced by a tree on the east side of the quad, convenient to both the Kirk Building and Ophelia Parrish.
  • Hickory Stick: The Hickory Stick dates back to 1930, when Northwest Missouri State University presented the polished branch to football players at the then-named Northeast Missouri State University. Since then, it has been a traveling trophy between the two schools, and the winning team keeps the stick each year.
  • Statue of Joseph Baldwin: During graduation, valedictorians ceremoniously lay a wreath at the base of the statue of Joseph Baldwin, the founder of the University.
Urban Legends
  • Missouri Hall was built from the architectural plan of a Pennsylvania prison.
  • Several Truman locations are rumored to be haunted. The ghost of Centennial Hall is said to be a student killed in an auto accident in the 1970s. The fourth floor of Grim Hall is haunted by "Charlotte," a student who succumbed to a diabetic coma there during the 1930s. "Gina" supposedly watches over the women of Ryle. The theater in Baldwin Hall is also supposedly haunted, and staff members and student assistants swear doors slam shut and lights switch on and off.
  • There is a legend that if a couple has their first kiss in the Sunken Garden, they are destined to marry one another. Some specify the kiss has to be at midnight.
Favorite Things To Do
It's common to meet friends for coffee at Jazzman's or take up a game of volleyball at the rec. Movies, bowling, and beer are all off-campus activities, but on campus you'll find everything from Hebrew Read-A-Thons and physics colloquiums in the SUB activities room to theater productions in the Ophelia Parrish Black Box Theatre. The most you'll pay for a play, Homecoming event, dance recital, or a cappella concert is a whopping $2. On a stroll through the campus, you'll see impromptu games of Frisbee, students holding coffee cups from Jazzman's, goggled artists throwing pots outside the ceramics building, and a gaggle of people of all ages carrying tennis shoes, heading to and from the Student Recreation Center.
Student Newspaper
The Index
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Model UN
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Opera
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 52 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 23 responses

  • 25% Train bridge!
  • 19% Reading Day Eve
  • 13% Homecoming
  • 10% Career Week or truman week
  • 9% Greek Week
  • 7% Big Event
  • 6% Student Research Conference
  • 4% Thousand Hills
  • 1% Statue of Joseph Baldwin
  • 1% The Gum Tree
  • 1% Flame to the Second Century
  • 1% Truman Week
  • 0% Hickory Stick

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 22 responses

  • 30% Hang out on the Quad during nice weather
  • 23% Go to the recreation center
  • 19% Hangout in the Student Union Building
  • 12% Chill in the dorm lounge
  • 7% Have friends over in the room
  • 5% Take a walk.
  • 2% LARP
  • 2% Play sports outside of C hall

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 26 responses

  • 42% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 46% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 12% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 0% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 50 responses

  • 42% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 48% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 8% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 2% I hate my school and have no school spirit.



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