Truman State University Admissions

ACT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

Truman State University
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Truman State University Description:

Since its founding in 1867, Truman State University has gone through a series of name changes. "Truman State" was adopted in 1996. As a public liberal arts college, Truman offers the rare combination of a small college experience with a state university price. The value is exceptional, even for out-of-state students. Truman State's strengths in the liberal arts and sciences earned the school a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. Academics are supported by a 16 to 1 student / faculty ratio and an average class size of 24. Located in the small town of Kirksville, Missouri, Truman State isn't for the student looking for the bustle of an urban setting. Nevertheless, with 25% of students in the Greek system and about 240 student organizations, there's plenty to do on the weekends. In athletics, the Truman State Bulldogs compete in the NCAA Division II Mid-American Intercollegiate Athletic Association.

Admissions Data (2016):

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 6,379 (6,039 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 41% Male / 59% Female
  • 86% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $7,456 (in-state); $13,940 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,000 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $8,558
  • Other Expenses: $3,800
  • Total Cost: $20,814 (in-state); $27,298 (out-of-state)

Truman State University Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 100%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 99%
    • Loans: 47%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $8,853
    • Loans: $6,014

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Accounting, Biology, Business Administration, Communication Studies, English, Kinesiology and Exercise Science, Psychology.

Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 87%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 56%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 72%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Football, Track and Field, Baseball, Swimming, Wrestling, Soccer, Tennis
  • Women's Sports: Track and Field, Cross Country, Soccer, Swimming, Volleyball, Tennis

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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Truman State University Mission Statement:

complete mission statement available at​

"The mission of Truman State University is to offer an exemplary undergraduate education to well-prepared students, grounded in the liberal arts and sciences, in the context of a public institution of higher education. To that end, the University offers affordable undergraduate studies in the traditional arts and sciences as well as selected pre-professional, professional, and master's level programs that grow naturally out of the philosophy, values, content, and desired outcomes of a liberal arts education."