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

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.

Truman State University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (660) 785-4000
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Apply Online:
Address: 100 E Normal Avenue, Kirksville, MO 63501-4221
Setting: Town: Remote
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 5,231
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 75%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 15 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 4,286 (82% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Bachelor's, Master's

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $8,120
Out-of-state Tuition: $15,314
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 99%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $8,501

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Truman State University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Truman State University.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations and Related Sciences 1
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 11
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 22
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 1
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 11
Education 12
English Language and Literature/Letters 21
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 7
Health Professions and Related Programs 41
History 1
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 1
Mathematics and Statistics 2
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 1
Philosophy and Religious Studies 1
Physical Sciences 2
Psychology 1
Social Sciences 3
Visual and Performing Arts 61
Grand total 13818

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Truman State University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $8,120
Out-of-state $15,314
Books and supplies $1,000

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $9,484
Out-of-state $16,186

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 1,087 99%
Grant or scholarship aid 1,084 99% $8,501
Student loan aid 509 46% $5,985

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 4,375 79% $8,286
Federal student loans 2,122 39% $5,970

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Truman State University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Truman State University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 4,595 1,945 2,650
Percent admitted 100% 59% 65%
Percent admitted who enrolled 20% 18% 21%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Truman State University Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 5,231
Undergraduate enrollment 4,939
Graduate enrollment 292

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Truman State University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Higher Learning Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
    • Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
  • Missouri State Board of Nursing
    • Baccalaureate Degree Nursing Programs
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
    • Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does 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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