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4 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: Kirksville is pretty small compared to the last city I lived in (Columbia, MO). But it has a movie theater, Walmart/Hyvee, Starbucks, farmer's market, Kirksville Bacon Fest, and other activities and events to enjoy.

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4 College Freshman

Local Area: While it's not in a big city with a lot of attractions, Truman is a safe and friendly area.

3 College Freshman

Local Area: Kirksville is a very small town that the Truman State University community partakes in.

3 College Freshman

Local Area: K-Vegas has it's charm. There really is no night life, unless you're 21 or Greek, but there are always things to go do!

3 College Senior

Local Area: There are some small town people here, but to me this is a big town so I think there are plenty of things to do. There is a Wal-mart in town!! (When I'm at home, I have to go to another town to get to Wal-mart.)

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If you are looking for museums or big-city sports teams, you're not going to find them in Kirksville, so it is a testament to the University that so many students choose Truman. Nearly any kind of entertainment or nightlife you'll find is on campus. In fact, Truman has been rated No. 8 in the country by the Princeton Review for most stuff to do on campus. The city of Kirksville is sleepy, which makes it a great escape from the hustle of campus life. Spend a Saturday wandering through the shops on the square, particularly when the farmers' market is held, and you'll find delicious and cheap fresh jams and Amish cinnamon rolls. It's very hard to get lost in Kirksville, and besides waiting at the three downtown stoplights, which begin flashing red at 8 p.m., there is never traffic.

The residents are friendly, although Truman students admittedly do not interact with them often. Kirksville sponsors the Round Barn Blues Festival and an arts and crafts fair annually, which are don't-miss events. Spend time at Thousand Hills State Park—the scenery is breathtaking, and hosting a barbecue with friends is a perfect way to while away a Sunday afternoon. Since many students come from cities like St. Louis and Kansas City, they assume Kirksville will be something of a cross to bear. Instead, most find they never miss a thing.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine was the nation's first osteopathic university.
  2. The popular song "Just as the Storm Passed O'er" was based on the Kirksville cyclone that killed 32 people in 1899. The Kimball Piano Company exploited the disaster by advertising that one of its instruments survived after being carried by the tornado.
  3. The average annual snowfall is 21 inches.
  4. The Kirksville Daily Express is printed six days a week. Kirksville is also served by the Index, a TSU student-run publication that prints every Thursday.
  5. Joseph Baldwin, who founded the University, was a pioneering educator and known by some as "the father of the normal school system."
Notable Natives
  • Gordon Bell – early computer engineer
  • Robert J. Behnen – geneaologist, former Republican member of the Missouri House of Representatives
  • Debra Di Blasi – prize-winning writer
  • Rusty Draper – singer
  • Geraldine Page – Academy Award-winning actress
  • Rhoda Vincent – award-winning bluegrass singer
  • John Wimber – keyboardist for the Righteous Brothers
Local Slang
  • K-Ville: Nickname for Kirksville
  • The square: Kirksville's downtown region, located roughly between Franklin and Marion streets
Points of Interest
  • Downtown farmers' market
  • The square
  • Thousand Hills State Park
Shopping Centers
Columbia Mall (90 miles away)
Movie Theaters
Downtown Cinema 8
115 Elson St.
(660) 627-7469
Major Sports Teams
  • Kansas City Chiefs: NFL
  • Kansas City Royals: MLB
  • St. Louis Blues: NHL
  • St. Louis Cardinals: MLB
  • St. Louis Rams: NFL
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Kansas City: MO: 3 hours
  • St. Louis: MO: 3.5 hours

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 44 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 44 responses

  • 0% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 7% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 73% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 0% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 20% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 44 responses

  • 25% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 43% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 32% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 44 responses

  • 0% Totally.
  • 30% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 70% No way.


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