Truman State University

Truman State University

Truman State University is a public, co-educational, liberal arts and sciences university located in Kirksville, Missouri. It was established in 1867 as the North Missouri Normal and Commercial School.

Truman State University is organized in the following schools and colleges:

  • College of Arts & Sciences
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • School of Business
  • School of Health Sciences & Education

The sports teams of Truman State University are known as the Bulldogs. The mascot of the university is Spike the Bulldog. Men's teams from TSU participate in baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, swimming, tennis, track & field and wrestling. Women take part in basketball, cross country, golf, softball, soccer, swimming, tennis, track & field and volleyball.

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Contacting Truman

Truman State University
100 E Normal
Kirksville , MO 63501-4221
General Phone: (660) 785-4000

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Truman Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts281linguistics, Russian language, German language, French language, Spanish language, Classical languages, English, interdisciplinary studies, economics, ...
Business and Management234business management, accounting
Therapy and Counseling142psychology, communication disorders
Science133biology, chemistry, physics
Education and Teaching112special ed, elementary school teaching, art education, English teaching, foreign language teaching, math teaching, music teaching, physical education teaching, science teaching, ...
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy92health and physical education, exercise science
Media58communication studies
Music43music, music performance
Security and Law Enforcement38criminal justice and safety
Art Studies36art studies
Nursing and Emergency Medicine36registered nursing
Agricultural Science and Management18agriculture
Religion and Philosophy13philosophy and religious studies
Computer Science and Engineering11computer science
Drama and Performing Arts8drama
Fine Arts5art history and criticism

Number of programs and degrees for Truman in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree1,10433
Master's degree18016

Truman Student Body

In 2007-2008, Truman had a total enrollment of 5,920 students (5,737 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 42%
Women 58%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 86%
Graduate 14%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 75%
Black 4%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 2%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 12%
(Foreign Students) 4%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 41%
20-21 41%
22-24 13%
25-29 1%
30-34 0%
35-39 0%
40-49 0%
50-64 0%
65+ 1%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)


Truman Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 88 %

Truman Room and Board (2007)

Truman offers campus housing for 2,860 of its 5,737 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Kirksville, Missouri for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Missouri Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Truman Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal540700
SAT Math570690
ACT Verbal2533
ACT Math2430
ACT Composite2531

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT13%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT94%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required

Truman Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 6,692
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 11,543
Room and board $ 6,290
Room charge $ 4,238
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,052
Books and supplies $ 1,000
Other expenses $ 3,800

Financial Aid:
Truman participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 249500)

Truman Faculty

Truman has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track2618
Non-tenured and not on tenure track3443

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year1*0*
Associate professorcalendar year1*1*
Assistant professorcalendar year0*1*
Instructorcalendar year2*2*
No academic rankcalendar year1*0*
All faculty totalcalendar year5$73,2554$52,498

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year95$74,70938$71,353
Associate professoracademic year67$58,75936$55,098
Assistant professoracademic year42$45,52335$50,290
Instructoracademic year10$39,69725$40,339
All faculty totalacademic year214$62,351134$55,698

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Truman Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Basketball Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Baseball Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Track Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports5889147

Truman Degree Programs (2007)

Agricultural Science And Management
Agriculture, General

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Foreign Language Teacher Education
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Social Science Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation

Liberal Arts
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, General
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Russian Language and Literature
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Music Performance, General
Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Health and Physical Education, General
Kinesiology and Exercise Science

Religion And Philosophy
Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Physics, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Communication Disorders, General
Psychology, General

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What Sets Truman Apart:

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Number of degree programs
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Top 12%Truman % of degrees in nutrition and exercise therapy
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Faculty/student ratio (full-time)
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Top 15%Truman % of degrees in music
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Top 17%Truman % of degrees in media
% students on athletic fin. aid
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% of degrees in art studies
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Top 19%Truman % of degrees in art studies
% of degrees in therapy and counseling
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Top 20%Truman % of degrees in therapy and counseling

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checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
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checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked Has ROTC (army)
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checked NCAA athletic conference member

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