Founded in 1867 originally as the First Missouri Normal School and Commercial College, today it is known as Truman State University, a public, liberal arts and sciences university located in Kirksville, Missouri. Its current name honors Harry S. Truman, the only Missouri-born President of the United States.
Truman State's 6,000 students study in the school's 48 undergraduate and nine graduate programs. In 2012, U.S. News & World Report ranked Truman eighth in the Midwest amongst regional universities, outranking all other Missouri schools in this category.
Truman State has five designated schools:
- The School of Arts and Letters, which houses the departments of Art, Classical & Modern Languages, English & Linguistics, Music and Theater. The school has 17 undergraduate majors and six graduate programs.
- The School of Business, which offers degrees in business administration with emphases in finance, management, marketing and international business. The business school also offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting.
- The School of Health Sciences & Education, which offers degrees in communication disorders, nursing, health science, exercise science and education.
- The School of Science and Mathematics, which offers degrees in agricultural science, biology, chemistry, mathematics, computer science and physics, as well as the state's only undergraduate interdisciplinary degree in mathematical biology.
- The School of Social & Cultural Studies, which offers degrees in communication, economics, history, justice systems, military science, philosophy and religion, political science, psychology, geography and sociology/anthropology.
Truman State is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Truman State offers a competitive scholarship program as well as a host of talent-based awards in athletics, forensics (speech and debate) and fine arts. Federal financial aid is also available in the form of grants, loans and work-study.
The Pickler Memorial Library has more than 505,000 items in its collection, including books, special collections, archives and periodicals. In addition, there are nearly 1.5 million pieces of micromaterials and 136,421 non-book materials.
The Truman mascot is the Bulldog. Truman's teams are members of the NCAA Division II, playing in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. They just joined that conference after having played in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association since 1912. There are 20 teams, evenly divided between men and women.
Campus residence halls are maintained by ResLife, a group of students and professionals who live in the halls and act as administrators. A recent $90 million renovation gave the halls a facelift.
Ruth W. Towne Museum and Visitors Center
100 E Normal Ave
Kirksville, MO 63501
Fax: (660) 785-7456
Contact: Melody Chambers
Director of Admission
100 East Normal Street
Kirksville, MO 63501
Total undergrads: 5,586
First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 1,334
Degree-seeking undergrads: 5,497
Graduate enrollment: 256
Large town (10,000 – 49,999)
College has an application fee: No
Percent applicants admitted: 79%
Percent students who return sophomore year: 85%
Agriculture & Related Sciences
Agricultural Business B
Agriculture – General B
Agronomy/Crop Science B
Animal Sciences B
Equestrian/Equine Studies B
Arts, Visual & Performing
Art – General B
Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Arts – General B
Commercial/Advertising Art B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Music – General B
Music – General Performance B
Biological & Biomedical Sciences
Exercise Physiology B
Business, Management, & Marketing
Business Administration/Management B
Management Information Systems B
Marketing Management B
Communications & Journalism
Computer & Information Sciences
Computer/Information Sciences – General B
Education of Speech Impaired B
English Language & Literature
English Language & Literature – General B
Speech/Rhetorical Studies B
Foreign Language & Literature
Romance Languages B
Health Professions & Clinical Sciences
Athletic Training/Sports Medicine B
Communication Disorders B
Health Services – General B
Nursing (RN) B
Preveterinary Medicine B
Public Health B
History – General B
Law & Legal Studies
Mathematics – General B
Interdisciplinary Studies B
Parks, Recreation & Fitness
Exercise Sciences B
Health/Physical Fitness B
Philosophy & Religion
Religion/Religious Studies B
Psychology – General B
Security & Protective Services
Criminal Justice Studies B
Political Science/Government B
Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:
B = Bachelor's degree
C = Certificate or diploma
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