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Study at 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 and Sciences
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • School of Business
  • School of Health Sciences and 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 and field and wrestling. Women take part in basketball, cross country, golf, softball, soccer, swimming, tennis, track and field and volleyball.

Profile of Truman State University

Truman is found in Kirksville, MO. Kirksville is a self-contained town. The school is a public institution. Students can earn degrees up to and including the Master's degree at Truman.

Course Topics

The school is known for its programs in science, music, art studies, therapy and Counselling, and nutrition and exercise therapy.

Truman Selectivity

Admission to Truman is not automatic; not everyone who applies gets in. Three quarters of students in 2007 had SAT verbal scores of at least 570. Half of math SAT scores of accepted students fell between 560 and 670.


Truman has a tenure system for senior faculty.

Student Enrolment

Students numbered 5, 920 in 2007 at the school.

Student Life

Full-time students are the norm at Truman. The school offers dorm rooms to a higher percentage of its students than do most colleges. Truman values student athletics, and belongs to the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association.

Truman Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Liberal Arts259English, history, political science, sociology, Spanish language, French language, linguistics, interdisciplinary studies, . . .
Business and Management235business management, accounting
Therapy and Counselling140psychology, communication disorders
Science133biology, chemistry, physics
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy110exercise science, health and physical Education
Education and Teaching98elementary school teaching, social science teaching, special ed, English teaching, music teaching, foreign language teaching, physical education teaching, art education, . . .
Media83communication studies
Nursing and Emergency Medicine37registered nursing
Art Studies36art studies
Security and Law Enforcement31criminal justice and safety
Music31music, music performance
Computer Science and Engineering27computer science
Religion and Philosophy19philosophy and religious studies
Agricultural Science and Management16agriculture
Drama and Performing Arts15drama
Fine Arts2art history and criticism

Contact: Truman

Truman State University

100 E Normal

Kirksville, MO 63501-4221

General Phone: (660) 785-4000


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