Truman State University
About Truman State University
Truman State University, founded in 1867, has the distinction of being Missouri's only statewide public liberal arts and sciences university and the only public university in the state with highly selective admission standards.
For the eleventh year in a row, U.S. News and World Report has recognized Truman as the number one public university in the Midwest Region - Master's category. Truman also was ranked eighth overall in the Midwest region among both private and public institutions. Truman is the only university in Missouri to be included in either top 10 category. Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine's February 2007 issue listed Truman State University as 27th on its exclusive survey list of 100 public colleges and universities that combine "outstanding value with a first-class education." The magazine also ranked Truman as the seventh best educational value in the nation for out-of-state students.
The Princeton Review's "America's Best Value Colleges", 2008 edition ranks Truman as the 2nd best Public College Value in the nation. Truman is also listed as one of the nation's best universities for undergraduate education and ranked 14th in the category "Students Happy with Financial Aid," according to The Princeton Review, "The Best 366 Colleges," 2008 edition. In addition to being highlighted by several news magazines, Truman has been featured in The Washington Post, The New York Times, USA Today, The Dallas Morning News, The Kansas City Star and The St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Truman State University has a long history of being recognized nationally by higher education experts for its innovative assessment program and its commitment to providing a high-quality liberal arts and sciences education at an affordable price. Truman's program of assessment allows the university to measure the results of the teaching-learning process and to gather critical information on student growth and development to ensure that graduates are prepared for future success.
Truman's curriculum provides each student, regardless of intended specialization, with a foundation of knowledge appropriate to a traditional liberal arts and sciences education. It also requires major field specialization, providing each student with in-depth knowledge and mastery of a discipline. This exemplary undergraduate education provides graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful on graduation. Over 50% of Truman's graduates enter graduate and professional schools within a year of their graduation while the remainder secure jobs with many of America's largest companies and government agencies which actively seek Truman graduates.
Truman's students consistently rank among the highest in their high school graduating classes. For example, the middle 50 percent of the fall 2007 freshmen class scored between 25 and 30 on the ACT, while the high school grade point average was a 3.75 on a 4.00 scale. In addition to their academic abilities, about 99 percent of the class had leadership roles while in high school.
Truman's almost 5,800 students pursue degrees in 45 undergraduate and six graduate areas of study in eight academic, degree-granting divisions.
Truman emphasizes high-quality teaching as its top priority. Truman students benefit from a 15:1 student/faculty ratio and 23 student average class size, which allows for greater one-on-one interaction. In addition to the classroom experience, about one-sixth of the University's undergraduate students engage in major research projects with faculty mentors outside the classroom during their Truman experience.
Truman has been accredited since 1914 by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. It also is fully accredited by AACSB International-The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, American Chemical Society, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, National Association of Schools of Music, National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Truman State University is committed to the advancement of knowledge; freedom of thought and inquiry; and the personal, social, and intellectual growth of each of its students. Truman strives to maintain a recognized standard of excellence in all of its educational endeavors and a responsible stewardship of the resources provided by the people of Missouri.