About Truman

Truman students

As Missouri’s only highly selective public liberal arts and sciences university, Truman State University offers exceptionally high-quality academic programs that prepare our students to make a difference in the world. Consistently ranked among the nation’s best colleges in publications such as U.S. News & World Report, Truman has forged a reputation as a public university that provides a private school experience at an affordable price. Truman offers undergraduate majors and minors, graduate studies and graduate certificate programs, and several pre-professional areas of study.

A college small enough for professors to know their students by name, Truman encourages students to pursue questions across subject areas and to discover connections between classroom learning and the real world through research, study abroad and internships. Important life skills, such as critical thinking, problem solving, and communication, empower our graduates for success in multiple career paths throughout their lives.

Founded in 1867, the University has been committed to academic excellence and has espoused the belief that a strong education is the best means of preparing for a life of continuing personal growth and service. Challenging academics, compelling and supportive professors, and transformational learning experiences, along with nearly 240+ student organizations, create an environment where intellectually curious students can thrive.

In order to prepare citizens for the intellectual and ethical challenges of the global community, we demonstrate dedication to the liberal arts education of our students by:

  • Focusing on students and their personal, social and intellectual growth within a supportive and challenging environment
  • Cultivating a diverse, engaged community of high-achieving students, faculty and staff
  • Providing affordable access to an exceptional education
  • Committing to continuous improvement through assessment
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Makenna Farrier 2 2016

I love the size of Truman. It is small enough that you see people you know everywhere you go, but it is big enough that there are always new people to meet.

Makenna F., Psychology Major & Disability Studies Minor