Small classes, great professors, and very reasonable tuition. Despite being lower profile nationally, I found my education trained me exceptionally well for law school and ultimately a career through the rigorous and varied liberal arts courses.Downers
Location is hard to access and it has very limited recognition out of the Missouri/Illinois/Iowa area.Comments
You will certainly get a great education, but make a point to utilize the resources of the school, particularly the access to professors and leadership opportunities.Would You Recommend
The academic climate of Truman is highly competitive, with students taking courses very seriously. Every course has its own level of difficulty, but it can be assured that most, if not all, of each Truman student's classes will require a significant amount of effort and commitment. It should be mentioned, however, that although classes are competitive, each student's schedule is completely individualized; the student has the power to decide how difficult each semester will be and which classes to take.
Overall, Truman provides outstanding teaching to students. Depending on the course, some students may find the quality of teaching to vary, but each professor genuinely cares about his or her students' success. As for my personal experience, I have found that my non-major classes have a lower quality of teaching; I think this is because the professors are experts in their field, not in teaching. This then causes conflicts in the classroom because although the professors are extremely intelligent, they struggle to translate information to students. In my education classes, however, the professors are either former or current teachers, as well, and are trained to be able to actually teach. Freshmen are, for the most part, consistently taught by full professors. Truman prides itself of this, and it is clear across campus that each student and course, regardless of the age or level, are held to the same "standards". The average class size is about 24 students.
Approximately 500 students per year study abroad. There are numerous opportunities to study abroad, and a moderate amount of emphasis is placed on doing so. Programs include semester-long options or summer options. Personally, I studied abroad Summer 2010 in Greece, where I toured the sacred sites and completed a research project on the Nemean Games. The trip was faculty-led, with two professors and 23 students in the group. The trip lasted 5 weeks and included student presentations throughout the tours. My experience was absolutely phenomenal and one of my biggest highlights of college.Quality of Life
Truman's residence halls are top-notch. In fact, they were voted 14th (best) in the nation this past academic year. All but two of Truman's halls are renovated with upgraded amenities and living spaces. The unrenovated halls are just as comfortable, however, with the same amenities, just not as new. Each residence hall includes various types of rooms, lounges, public kitchens and trashrooms, laundry, multi-purpose rooms, and hall desks for assistance, mail, and equipment rentals. The residence halls are very well maintained, with full-time housekeeping staffs in each building, and are comfortable no matter where one lives. The room selection process is very simple, with every option being online for students to choose. Students do live off campus, but they are usually upperclassmen. Most students live in the halls for at least two years.
There are three on-campus dining halls with buffet-style eating. The food is definitely edible, with some meals tasting better than others. There is always a cereal, pizza, deli, or salad bar option, though, if one doesn't like the entree choices for the meal. There is also always at least one vegetarian or vegan option at every meal. Nutrition facts for each food item are posted, as well.In addition to dining halls, there are three on-campus convenience stores with on-the-go options for students. Meal blocks, bonus dollars, or cash/credit may be used to purchase items. There is also a "Mainstreet Market" in our Student Union building. This is an alternative dining option, with a Blimpie sub place, Godfather's pizza, and Sky Ranch Grill.
Campus security is very secure. Security officers patrol 24/7 by either driving around campus, walking across the grounds, or walking through buildings, including residence halls. They have a special emergency and non-emergency number that can be called at any time. In addition, all over campus, there are emergency light poles where students can go and call Security to escort them to a location if they feel unsafe. I have never felt unsafe on campus; I have also never heard of anyone not feeling safe, inside or out. The community is extremely tight-knit, and it is a very home-like environment for students.
Kirksville is a very quaint town, with a population of about 17,000. The town is definitely dominated by college students and is rather quiet when school is not in session. The residents of Kirksville, though, are very receptive to the college environment and support events occurring on campus. As a college town, I would rate it an 8.5. It is wonderful; I love the size and the feel of the community. I only wish it was a little closer to a larger town so there were more options for shopping for essentials that cannot be found at Walmart.Admissions
The admissions process begins with the initial application. It is free to apply, and the application includes various questions and one significant essay. Once the application is submitted, the student can look around for various scholarships to have ready to submit if accepted. The early decision applicants are verified by November of their senior year of high school; regular decisions are gradual as they are submitted. When the student receives an acceptance, which is by mail, the envelope will include the acceptance letter, any granted scholarships or financial aid, and instructions on what to do next.Level
Truman is a liberal arts and sciences institution so the students are required to take an array of "general education" courses in a variety of subjects. What makes these courses different from simply a general education course is that while they may be a survey of a discipline, the curriculum focuses on how that subject is applicable to other subjects, the students' major degree program, and life after college. I personally have found the Liberal Studies Program (LSP) to be incredibly rewarding.
The major degree requirements does a great job of giving students a solid foundation in their discipline before and as a student is specializing or choosing a specific pattern or path.
Truman is unique in its academic advising in that first year students will often have 2 advisers. Aside from having a faculty member from a student's chosen field of study, student will also be assigned a general academic adviser can guide students on LSP requirements, minor requirements, study abroad possibilities, four-year plans, and possible major changes. This was very important for me in my first year at Truman because I came in as a chemistry major. My general chemistry professor was also my chemistry adviser so I was a little worried about approaching him with my uncertainty about remaining a chemistry major. I was able to talk my academic adviser who helped me assess my career goals and look at other degree programs that would be better for me.
One of the main reasons I chose to attend Truman was I really valued small class sizes, the accessibility of the professors and research opportunities. On one of my college visits, I met with one of the chemistry faculty members for over an hour. He showed my many of the labs and told me about his research. I then discussed with students their experiences doing research. When I arrived at Truman, I was thrilled to find it was just was I was hoping for: small class sizes, personal attention from the teachers, plenty of office hours and resources to get help if needed in any of my classes. There were plenty of opportunities to get involved with research, which was how I decided to change my major. Research in chemistry wasn't nearly as glamorous as I had expected it to be. This past semester I took a class in research methods for health science. My group members and I developed our own research questions, testing instrument, took and evaluated our data and presented our findings to faculty and students in the Health and Exercise Science department. Truman's focus on undergraduate research is so great that we even get an entire day off from classes in the spring so that students may present their research projects to the campus community. It's one of my favorite days of the year to learn so much from my peers!
Because Truman is a highly selective school, many of our students were at the tops of their high school classes and have prestigious goals for their future. The students can be very competitive when it comes to grades, but usually a very healthy competition in which people will study and work diligently together. The faculty realize this and generally grade very fairly with clear expectations. With the expectations for our high caliber students, the workload can be somewhat overwhelming for students. Stress is one of the most reported health issues of Truman studentsQuality of Life
I absolutely love attending Truman. Because Truman is in a small town, cost of living, crime and safety are not outrageous. Campus is beautiful, the facilities that are available to students are very high quality. The library is absolutely incredible with the resources available to us. The food is really not that bad, all things considered. The neighborhood is nice. Overall, I have incredibly happy with life at Truman.Admissions
The great thing about the Truman admission process is that for being a highly selective school, the application is very simple and free! By simply submitting an essay (about the topic of choice), transcript, and a record of the activities from high school, one can automatically be considered for the most prestigious scholarships.Level
It is a liberal arts university, so students experience a wide variety of classes. Writing is emphasized throughout most programs, as strong communication skills are essential in any degree. Classes were fantastic. The average class size when I attended was 24 students per class, which allowed students to get relevant and personal experience from the professor. There are a great number of study abroad programs available as well. The study abroad office is very helpful in organizing so you get the credits you need at Truman. The classes are challenging, but the students are never overly competitive with one another. It is a very cooperative student community.Quality of Life
Quality of life was great. The dorms have all been renovated recently and the academic buildings are for the most part in great condition. The cost of living in Kirksville is extremely low, making off campus housing and living very affordable. The town is smaller, but that provides the campus with a very safe and intimate community.Admissions
Application was free which was great. They required ACT or SAT scores, transcript, activities list, and an essay. It was very open, and the nice thing was that there were no hard requirements. They looked at me holistically for admission. It was very convenient to apply online, and application to the school also entered me for competitive scholarships, which was fantastic.Graduation Year
Since Truman is a liberal arts college we are required to take a very broad range of classes, with most of our credits required for graduation coming from classes outside of our majors. As a biology major, I am required to expand even further from my major core requirements to not just include biology classes, but also basics in general chemistry, organic chemistry, and physics. Class sizes at Truman are usually very small. I have never had a class with more that 70 people in it, which I really like. With such small class sizes, it is very easy to go talk to professors about issues you are having in their classes and it is very easy to get to know your professors. Research opportunities are also readily available at our school. Grading is fair, but since our school stresses academics so much, every professor expects your best all the time and some exams and papers really push students. This said, the work load is usually manageable, unless you procrastinate.Quality of Life
I love Truman. I love the atmosphere that the college gives off. The school is just big enough that you don't know everyone on campus, but just small enough that you actually know a fair amount of people. Campus is wonderful and I couldn't ask for a more beautiful and inviting place to go to college. The people that go here are fabulous, driven people and I really love going to school here. The library is a great place to go study and has tons of books and the librarians are very helpful. Housing on campus is nice and all the residence halls provide a homey feeling. Kirksville is a small town, so some times there is little to do, but on campus there is always something going on, whether it be a football game or a movie night. Overall I really love coming to school at Truman.Admissions
Admissions begins by coming to Truman and taking a tour. While here on the visit you get to talk to an admissions counselor about your field of interest and what classes are involved in that major. The actual admissions application was done online and a writing sample of your own choosing was also submitted with the application.Level
Academics are the main focus at Truman, and consequently there is a good amount of competition. With that said, there is great support network through the students because everyone is in similar situations. And ultimately, everyone is there to learn, and most students main focus is there academics. Classes are tough, and everyone works hard. Students are undoubtably pushed to achieve, and at times is can feel overwhelming. But there is fantastic support from faculty and other students that makes it manageable. And when all is said and done one can really see his or her hard work has paid off. Overall, Truman offers a great environment in which to learn. There are an incredible amount of study abroad opportunities. There are semester, year-long, and summer programs. Faculty also lead programs in the summers. The summer programs are especially great since they do not really interfere with students' academic program tracks.Quality of Life
Kirksville is a small community that is incredibly supportive of the school. It is large enough to offer things to students but small enough as to not loose focus on the school. Cost of living is very very low especially compared to big cities. I have never felt unsafe at school or in the community. There are patrols 24 hours a day, by foot and by car. There are a fair amount of restaurants to choose. The ones that exist are good. Throughout the community are incredibly friendly.Admissions
There are rolling admissions in place. The essay questions asked on application are fairly standard, but they give a chance for you to express who you are. Scholarship opportunities abound. Pretty much everyone that I know has a scholarship, and most are quite substantial. You simply can't beat the quality of education for the price.Level
Truman State University has a large focus on academics. Class sizes are comfortably small with lots individual attention. Staff members are very accessible if a student is struggling in a course. We also have an abudance of acadmic support resources around campus.Quality of Life
Campus activities truly make coming to Truman a positive experience. The activities on campus help build a strong community.Admissions
I feel that a great deal of attention is placed on the applicant as a overall person. Academic abilities especially in areas such as high test scores and GPA play a strong role in student's acceptance. To my recollection, the essay could be written on any subject matter which I feel demonstrates a willingness to allow applicants to freely express themselves. The application was very straight forward and scholarships were delivered upon acceptance.Level
Truman's curriculum is anchored around the Liberal Studies Program, a core selection of courses that expose students to varying perspectives and areas of study. First year advising is heavily emphasized, class sizes are appropriate and manageable. Professors are accessible and excited. You may have to go out of your way to meet with a professor about something, but it will be because of a scheduling conflict YOU have, not them. Professors seem to enjoy being around their students and helping them succeed.Admissions
My application process was straightforward. I was a regular decision. My application to Truman State was also an application for scholarships from the university. I was awarded scholarships from the school and private sources that covered the cost of my tuition and fees. In my experience, Truman does not turn down many applicants. However, applicants self select, and for this reason, the incoming class has test scores and resumes that classify Truman State as highly selective.Level
Truman State, by designation of the state, is Missouri's only Liberal Arts and Sciences university. Because of this, the general and major degree requirements are interwoven in such a way that students may examine the world through many different scholarly perspectives. In this way, the major degree program is not an isolated academic realm, but rather a study which leads to an integrated conceptualization of the world that relates easily to other fields of academia. Though a liberally-sound education, students at Truman become well-rounded learners who think critically, broadly, and questioningly.
A trained team of first-year academic advisers provide assistance to new students with curriculum and transitional concerns. Once a student has chosen an academic major, they choose a professor within that discipline to become their permanent academic adviser. These professors meet with students regularly to discuss curriculum, networking, and professional topics.
Average class size at Truman State is 24 students, and courses rarely conform to a large lecture hall style of instruction. Personal attention and posted office hours make professors remarkably accessible on a daily basis.
Research opportunities are widely available to students regardless of academic major choice, and the annual undergraduate research conference highlights the successes of these projects, while affording researchers an opportunity to present, discuss, and defend their findings in a public forum.
Being a Truman State Bulldog isn't about taking the easy route or skating by: our motto "Excellence is no accident" is supported by the insatiable work ethic of our students. The workload, reasonably, is more rigorous than most public institutions because Truman students embrace a challenge, and consequently reap the products of their labors.Quality of Life
The quality of life for a student at Truman State is very good overall. The majority of residence halls have been newly renovated, but room and board is nevertheless affordable. Pickler Memorial Library contains resources and works to suit any student's interests (millions of titles are available), and maintains wide hours of accessibility. Located in Kirksville, Missouri, Truman State is a safe place to live, and the community and university work hard to make everyone feel at home. Many restaurants, attractions, and businesses give the Kirksville community a diverse economic feel.Admissions
Although Truman State is Missouri's only public institution with a "highly selective" Carnegie classification, the admissions process is widely available. The undergraduate application is both free and electronic, and includes a writing sample. Truman's admissions process does not contain an interview component, but most certainly is not devoid of personal attention. Admissions counselors travel to high schools frequently to discuss Truman State with prospective students, and admissions faculty are always available to have a private consultation with a visiting student, while tailoring the visit to the students interests and concerns. In addition to Truman's economically-feasible tuition and fees, combined ability scholarships credit students who meet certain ACT/GPA requirements with automatic financial aid. Truman State's admissions process is the first step toward becoming a Bulldog, and reflect the university's sterling reputation as the height of excellence in the Midwest.Level
Academics are what makes Truman State University truly unique. The entire faculty is dedicated to excellence, and the students really do embrace the nickname of Truman being "The Harvard of the Midwest". That being said, the classes can be difficult, but are so rewarding when you see your hard work pay off. Truman State is a Liberal Arts school, meaning that to graduate, you must take a certain amount of hours outside of your major. In total, you must take at least one course in 6 of the 8 modes that Truman offers, and this entire system is explained fully on their website (www.truman.edu). The liberal arts system is great because is encourages the student broaden their horizons and become more well-rounded, a quality that is looked favorably upon by higher-ed institutions and future employers. Truman also makes sure your have ample time to gain a deep understanding of your major material as well. Graduates are extremely knowledgeable and well-rounded, ready to enter the workforce.
Other tidbits: Average class size is around 24. This number is a little higher for introductory level courses, and a little lower for higher level courses. Professors are very accessible and approachable. If you can't find them during their office hours, shoot them an e-mail and they'll be happy to schedule an appointment with you at your convenience. Research opportunities are available out the wazoo. I would recommend taking a class with the professor you want to do research with and then simply approach them. It's as easy as that. Grading is an A, B, C, D, F system. No plus or minuses. Tons of study abroad opportunities. There is a study abroad office in Kirk building staffed with people who are trained to help you plan a study abroad trip that will work for you.Quality of Life
I have very much enjoyed my time at Truman thus far. The campus is beautiful and full of entertainment. Kirksville is an interesting college town, because the town itself is not huge, nor does it have things such as a shopping mall. What makes up for this is the constant activity that is happening on campus. Truman really becomes it's own tight-knit community. The campus is beautiful as well. Overall, I believe there to be a very high quality of life at Truman.
All freshman are required to live on campus their first year, but this shouldn't be a worry, because the dorms are great. There are both suite style (where you have your own bathroom you share with 3 other people) and community style (where there is a bathroom per hall with tons of showers, sinks, toilets, etc). Three of the resident halls (Ryle, Missouri, and Centennial) have dining halls on their main floor. The dining halls serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and overall the food is good. Way better than high-school food, that's for sure. If you get sick of dorm food, then we also have an eating alternative called Mainstreet Market, located in the SUB. This has food that is made-to-order, and consists of a Blimpies, Godfather's Pizza, a general grill area that serves chicken and hamburger, among other things. Two of the other resident halls (West Campus and Dobson) have convenience stores (C-Stores) located on their main floor, and you can also use your meal plans here to get a snack or a drink.
Truman also has great facilities, of which I'm only going to name a few. The library is one of my favorite places on campus. The building is massive and loaded with books, and you will always be able to find a quiet place to study. The library also has a newly built coffee shop, a media library with movies and cds you can check out, and the largest computer lab on campus. Another great facility that we have is our Student Rec Center. Your ID gets you access to the Rec, and all you need to do is bring a clean pair of shoes. Within the Rec, there are 3 full size basketball courts that can also be used for volleyball, badminton, or any other sport really. Above the basketball courts, there is a 1/10 mile track with treadmills and stationary bikes surrounding that. The Rec also has a large number of free weights, classrooms for group workouts such as yoga or Zumba, and an indoor soccer field.
I've never had a problem with crime or have ever felt unsafe on Truman's campus. Recently, we have added a security access system to the dorms, which requires your ID card for entrance, just for added safety measures.
Overall, I am very happy with my quality of life at Truman. I know I'm getting a quality education and am meeting some of my best friends here on campus.Admissions
The application process consists of the general requirements that most universities have (high school transcript, resume, etc.) and also an essay. The prompt for the essay changes, but it is usually something open-ended to allow the writer to have some freedom with the topic. The application for admission is also your application for scholarships, which means you definitely want to put some time into the essay to increase your odds of getting a competitive scholarship. There are many scholarships available, some that are automatic based on your ACT and GPA, and others that a scholarship board selects. Get your application in as quickly as possible, because the earlier they see your application, the more time they have to consider you for admittance and scholarships. Also, if you are accepted and subsequently submit your housing application before February of your senior year, you are guaranteed one of the top 2 housing choices on campus.Level