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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?

1,216 Undergraduate Awards
$20,651 Avg Cost After Aid
67% Acceptance Rate
  • The student loan default rate at Truman State is 4%, which is significantly lower than the national rate of 10.1%. That's great news for students who are worrying about paying off their student loans.
  • The highest award offered at Truman State is the master's degree.
  • In 2017-2018, 88% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, Truman State bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $44,500 a year. That's about 9% more than their peers at other schools.
  • On average, it takes about 4.2 years for students from Truman State to earn a bachelor's degree. This is excellent when compared to the average of 4.4 years.

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Truman State University Rankings

We have ranked Truman State as #443 out of 2,320 colleges and universities in the country in our 2021 Best Colleges list. Out of the 56 colleges in Missouri, it is ranked at #9.

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
#4 Best Value Visual & Performing Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#10 Best Value Drama & Theater Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#15 Best Value Communication & Media Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#21 Best Value History Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#27 Best Value English Language & Literature Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#34 Best Visual & Performing Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#43 Best Music Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#45 Best Drama & Theater Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#47 Best Health & Physical Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#57 Best Fine & Studio Arts 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
#3 Best Value Colleges for English Language & Literature College Factual
#7 Best Value Colleges for Business, Management & Marketing College Factual
#8 Best Value Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting College Factual
#10 Best Value Colleges for History College Factual
#14 Best Value Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies College Factual
#19 Best Value Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences College Factual

Where Is Truman State University?

Location of 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?

67% Acceptance Rate
61% Of Accepted Are Women
5% Submit SAT Scores
Truman State has an acceptance rate of 67%, which means it is fairly selective. Take that into account when you are working on your application and gathering requested materials. Do what you can to stand out among other applicants.

Approximately 39% of accepted students are men and 61% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 63%, and the acceptance rate for women is 71%.

Average Test Scores

About 5% 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 605 and 705. Math scores were between 580 and 715.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Truman State University  ( 605 to 705 )

SAT Math Scores for Truman State University  ( 580 to 715 )
Truman State received ACT scores from 95% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 24 and 32. Math scores were between 24 and 28. Composite scores were between 24 and 30.

ACT English Scores for Truman State University  ( 24 to 32 )
ACT Math Scores for Truman State University  ( 24 to 28 )
ACT Composite Scores for Truman State University  ( 24 to 30 )

Can I Afford Truman State University?

$20,651 Net Price
47% Take Out Loans
3.7% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Truman State is $20,651. 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

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Truman State, approximately 47% of students took out student loans averaging $6,192 a year. That adds up to $24,768 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Truman State is 3.7%. 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

4,269 Full-Time Undergraduates
60% Women
14% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 4,939 undergraduate students at Truman State, with 4,269 being full-time and 670 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Truman State

There are also 292 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 4,269 full-time undergraduates at Truman State, 40% are male and 60% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Truman State

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Truman State Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 112
Black or African American 164
Hispanic or Latino 147
White 3,278
International Students 363
Other Races/Ethnicities 205

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

467 Took All Classes Online
684 Took At Least One Class Online
1.9% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 684 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 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Truman State

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Truman State University was 1.9%. This is the #1,911 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 14%

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 #57
Computer & Information Sciences #359

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 Master’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 147 5 152
General Biology 103 5 108
Health & Physical Education 108 0 108
General Psychology 103 0 103
Accounting 71 26 97
General English Literature 76 6 82
Public Health 79 0 79
Communication Sciences 29 30 59
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 48 48
Nursing 48 0 48
Communication & Media Studies 47 0 47
General Agriculture 45 0 45
Computer Science 43 0 43
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 37 37
History 33 0 33
Music 23 4 27
Political Science & Government 26 0 26
Romance Languages 25 0 25
Criminal Justice & Corrections 25 0 25
Mathematics 22 0 22
Chemistry 20 0 20
Fine & Studio Arts 20 0 20
Writing Studies 17 0 17
Sociology 17 0 17
Statistics 14 0 14
Drama & Theater Arts 14 0 14
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 13 0 13
Economics 12 0 12
Allied Health Professions 8 0 8
Physics 8 0 8
Special Education 0 6 6
Germanic Languages 6 0 6
Other Philosophy & Religious Studies 6 0 6
Classical Languages & Literature 4 0 4
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 3 0 3
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 1 0 1
Computer Software & Applications 0 0 0
Student Counseling 0 0 0
TOTAL 1,216 167 1,383


*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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