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Truman State University Overview

Truman State University is a public institution located in Kirksville, Missouri. Kirksville is a great place for students who enjoy small town life.

What Is Truman State University Known For?

1,196 Undergraduate Awards
$21,057 Avg Cost After Aid
72% Acceptance Rate
  • Students at Truman State have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 4%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
  • The master's degree is the highest award offered at Truman State.
  • In 2017-2018, 89% of the faculty were full-time.
  • A student who earns a bachelor's degree from Truman State makes roughly $44,500 a year. This is 9% more than their peers from other colleges and universities.
  • The average Truman State student graduates in 4.2 years. That's better than the national average of 4.4 years.

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Truman State University Rankings

We have ranked Truman State as #291 out of 2,587 colleges and universities in the country in our 2022 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation. Truman State also holds the #4 spot on the Best Colleges in Missouri ranking.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Truman State.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#14 Best Agriculture Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#17 Best Music Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#36 Best Health & Physical Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#39 Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure & Fitness Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#50 Best Fine & Studio Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#55 Best Drama & Theater Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#58 Best Visual & Performing Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#118 Best Business, Management & Marketing Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#130 Best Accounting Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#171 Best Business Administration & Management Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Truman State has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#32 Best Health & Physical Education Schools College Factual
#34 Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Schools College Factual
#90 Best Visual & Performing Arts Schools College Factual
#177 Best Business, Management & Marketing Schools College Factual
#225 Best Healthcare Schools Healthcare Degree Search
#276 Best Health Professions Schools College Factual

Where Is Truman State University?


Contact details for Truman State are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 100 E Normal Avenue, Kirksville, MO 63501-4221
Phone: 660-785-4000

How Do I Get Into Truman State?

You can apply to Truman State online at:

Admission Requirements for Truman State

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank considered but not required
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Truman State?

72% Acceptance Rate
60% Of Accepted Are Women
9% Submit SAT Scores
Truman State has an acceptance rate of 72%, which means that is not quite as selective as some other schools. Still, you'll need good grades and a solid application if you want to be admitted.

Approximately 40% of accepted students are men and 60% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 70%, and the acceptance rate for women is 74%.

Average Test Scores

About 9% of students accepted to Truman State submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 550 and 680. Math scores were between 530 and 650.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Truman State University  ( 550 to 680 )

SAT Math Scores for Truman State University  ( 530 to 650 )
Truman State received ACT scores from 95% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 23 and 33. Math scores were between 23 and 28. Composite scores were between 24 and 30.

ACT English Scores for Truman State University  ( 23 to 33 )
ACT Math Scores for Truman State University  ( 23 to 28 )
ACT Composite Scores for Truman State University  ( 24 to 30 )

Can I Afford Truman State University?

$21,057 Net Price
39% Take Out Loans
3.5% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Truman State is $21,057. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Truman State, approximately 39% of students took out student loans averaging $5,831 a year. That adds up to $23,324 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Truman State is 3.5%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Truman State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

3,687 Full-Time Undergraduates
59% Women
13% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 4,389 undergraduate students at Truman State, with 3,687 being full-time and 702 being part-time.


There are also 266 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 3,687 full-time undergraduates at Truman State, 41% are male and 59% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Truman State University students is as follows.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 93
Black or African American 123
Hispanic or Latino 138
White 2,897
International Students 266
Other Races/Ethnicities 170

Geographic Diversity

Missouri students aren't the only ones who study at Truman State University. At this time, 26 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 49 countries are represented at Truman State. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, Nepal, and Vietnam.

Online Learning at Truman State University

542 Took All Classes Online
3,167 Took At Least One Class Online
-2.1% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2019-2020, 3,167 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Truman State has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 70th most popular in Missouri for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2019-2020.

Online Affordability Rankings of Truman State

The following table shows how Truman State is ranked for affordability for both in-state and out-of-state students among colleges and universities that are not mostly online.

Major Tuition for In-State Students Tuition for Out-of-State Students
Communication & Journalism #40 #31
Communication & Media Studies #43 #31

Online Growth Rankings of Truman State

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Truman State University was -2.1%. This is the #1,878 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Truman State regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Truman State majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Computer & Information Sciences 19%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Truman State ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Truman State.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Computer Software & Applications #145

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Truman State University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 124 0 7 131
Accounting 70 0 40 110
Health & Physical Education 104 0 0 104
General Biology 97 0 1 98
General Psychology 93 0 0 93
General English Literature 77 0 8 85
Public Health 73 0 0 73
Communication Sciences 41 0 25 66
Communication & Media Studies 50 0 0 50
Nursing 50 0 0 50
Computer Science 44 0 0 44
Criminal Justice & Corrections 37 0 0 37
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 36 36
Fine & Studio Arts 34 0 0 34
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 0 32 32
Political Science & Government 32 0 0 32
Music 23 0 9 32
Mathematics 30 0 0 30
History 29 0 0 29
General Agriculture 22 0 0 22
Statistics 21 0 0 21
Writing Studies 18 0 0 18
Romance Languages 17 0 0 17
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 15 0 0 15
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 15 0 0 15
Economics 15 0 0 15
Sociology 15 0 0 15
Chemistry 14 0 0 14
Computer Software & Applications 0 9 0 9
Special Education 0 0 9 9
Physics 9 0 0 9
Other Philosophy & Religious Studies 7 0 0 7
Allied Health Professions 4 0 2 6
Drama & Theater Arts 6 0 0 6
Classical Languages & Literature 5 0 0 5
Germanic Languages 2 0 0 2
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 2 0 0 2
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 1 0 0 1
Student Counseling 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 1,196 9 169 1,374


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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