Truman State University

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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.

Financial Aid

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.

Student Housing

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.

General Information

Admission Office

Ruth W. Towne Museum and Visitors Center

100 E Normal Ave

Kirksville, MO 63501

(660) 785-4114

(800) 892-7792

Fax: (660) 785-7456

[email protected]

Contact: Melody Chambers

Director of Admission
Main Address

100 East Normal Street

Kirksville, MO 63501

(660) 785-4000

Total undergrads: 5,586

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 1,334

Degree-seeking undergrads: 5,497

Graduate enrollment: 256


Rural setting

Large town (10,000 – 49,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: No

Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 79%

Percent students who return sophomore year: 85%

College Majors

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

Biology B
Exercise Physiology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business Administration/Management B
Finance/Banking B
Management Information Systems B
Marketing Management B

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric B
Journalism B

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

Classics B
French B
German B
Linguistics B
Romance Languages B
Russian B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Athletic Training/Sports Medicine B
Communication Disorders B
Health Services – General B
Nursing (RN) B
Predentistry B
Premedicine B
Prepharmacy B
Preveterinary Medicine B
Public Health B


History – General B

Law & Legal Studies

Prelaw B


Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Interdisciplinary Studies B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Exercise Sciences B
Health/Physical Fitness B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Security & Protective Services

Criminal Justice Studies B

Social Sciences

Economics B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor's degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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