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Undergrad Profile

Truman State University is Missouri’s premier liberal arts and sciences university and the only highly selective public institution in the state. 

Truman has established an impeccable reputation in the Midwest and throughout the nation for the high-quality undergraduate programs offered. In fact, for the 20th consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Truman State University as the #1 master’s-level public institution in the Midwest. 

Truman offers more than 40 areas of study in the fine arts, classical and modern languages, English and linguistics, accounting and business administration, health sciences, mathematics and computer science, life and physical sciences, and humanities. Professional paths include (but are not limited to) dentistry, engineering, law, medicine, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and veterinary medicine. 

Students at Truman are active both inside and outside the classroom. Around 350 Truman students participate in life-changing study abroad experiences each year. Truman offers a wide variety of experiential internships. The Truman in Washington program provides work experience opportunities in the nation’s capital, and the Missouri legislative internship program pairs students with state lawmakers. More than 40% of graduates go on to graduate/professional school, while the majority of others are employed within six months of graduation. In recent years students have completed internships with United States senators, the United States Supreme Court, the governor of Missouri, business and industry managers, advertising agencies, physical therapists, and artists. The University is also proud of the annual Student Research Conference, a showcase for more than 1,200 student projects.

With a high-achieving student population, it’s not surprising that Truman has the highest overall graduation rate among Missouri’s public colleges and universities. Truman boasts a 70% medical school placement rate over the last 10 years and a 94% law school placement rate over the last five years, and has become a top producer of Peace Corps volunteers and Fulbright Scholars. Half of Truman students graduate without any student debt, and the other half graduate with debt below the state and national averages.

Students interested in being considered for all scholarships are encouraged to apply by December 1 of their senior year. Each applicant is evaluated for admission based upon academic and cocurricular records, ACT or SAT results, and the admission essay. The application for admission also serves as the application for the automatic and competitive scholarship programs, and it is free to apply. Truman is also now accepting the Common Application.


Read about Truman in:
The Fiske Guide to Colleges

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine

• The Princeton Review’s The Best 373 Colleges

U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges”

Consumers Digest


Location: Kirksville, Missouri

- Undergraduate: Approximately 5,800
- Graduate: Approximately 350
- International: Approximately 400 from more than 50 countries
- In state: 75%
- Out of state: From nearly 40 other states
- Male-female ratio: 40:60

Freshman Academic Profile:
- Over 90% had high school GPAs of 3.25 or higher.
- 85% earned 24 or higher ACT
composite scores.
- Nearly 80% graduated in the top 25% of their class.

- Student-faculty ratio: 16:1
- Nearly 100% of faculty teach undergraduate courses.
- Approximately 1% of classes are taught by graduate teaching assistants.
- Average class size: 24 students
- 97% of classes have fewer than 40 students.
- Freshman-to-sophomore retention: 89%
- Graduation rate: 73% in six years (or 71% in five years), the highest overall graduation rate among Missouri’s public colleges and universities
- Graduates entering graduate school immediately: More than 40% 

Activities and Athletics:
- Number of student organizations: Over 200
- Students involved in Greek fraternities and sororities: 21% of men and 18% of women, respectively
- NCAA Division II, 20 varsity teams, with the highest number of Academic All-Americans in the country