Truman State University is a public liberal arts college located in Kirksville, Missouri. Since its foundation in 1867 as the North Missouri State Normal School and Commercial College, it has changed its name six times. In 1996 it took on its current name to honour Harry S Truman, the only native of Missouri to serve as President of the United States.
Truman State is well-regarded for its education quality and value for money. There are 16 students to every faculty member. The university has an above-average employment rate among its graduates.
There are five schools at Truman State: arts and letters, business, health sciences and education, science and mathematics and social and cultural studies. Students can create their own interdisciplinary major or take a pre-professional programme in fields including athletic training, optometry and special education.
Almost 240 student organisations are active at the university. They range from professional organisations to Greek societies to intramural sports. Windfall, the university’s student-run literary magazine, provides experience for students interested in writing and publishing. The Bulldog Student Investment Fund gives students a chance to learn about stocks and bonds with real experience of trading.
Truman State University is the top institution in Missouri for studying abroad. Over 500 international programmes are on offer.
The campus in Kirksville has the benefits of being based in a small town with a tight-knit community, and several events take place throughout the year to bring locals and students together. A farmers market and music festivals are some of the town’s regular attractions.