Truman State University is committed to the advancement of knowledge, to freedom of thought and inquiry, and to the personal, social, and intellectual growth of its students. The university strives to identify and maintain a recognized standard of excellence in all of its educational activities. The mission of Truman State University is to offer an exemplary undergraduate education, grounded in the liberal arts and sciences as well as selected pre-professional, professional, and master's level programs that grow naturally out of the philosophy, values, content, and desired outcomes of a liberal arts education. The highest goals of a liberal arts education are to ignite the individual's curiosity about the natural and social universe and then aid him or her in developing the skills and personal resources to channel knowledge into productive, satisfying activity.
In pursuing these goals, the university seeks to cultivate in its students: intellectual integrity, tolerance of difference and diversity, informed ethical values, and courageous aspiration toward the best for oneself, one's family, one's society, and the world; a sense of the joys and uses of creative and critical thought, including skills of intellectual problem-solving through effective reading and research, clear writing, and articulate speech; the willingness and ability to exercise personal and intellectual leadership in his or her chosen field of endeavor. The university will achieve its mission through emphasizing and supporting excellence in teaching, in pure and applied research, and in public service consistent with the educational emphases and goals of the university. In fulfilling this mission, Truman State University recognizes its duty to: maintain a living and learning environment that will attract and challenge outstanding students; prepare its students to succeed in rigorous professional and graduate programs; provide a physical environment and support services that will help members of the university achieve their educational goals and enhance their social and physical development and that will further serve as a source of pride to the university, the alumni, the community, and the state; offer services to the community, the region, and the state in the areas of research and public service that are natural outgrowths of the academic mission of the university, and strive to ensure that the university serves as a cultural resource for the broader community of which it is an integral part; develop and maintain sources of public and private support and merit such continued support through public accountability for the quality of its programs and resources; provide appropriate encouragement and recognition of each member of the university community who contributes to the fulfillment of the university's goals.
Founded in 1867, Truman State University has a long history of being recognized nationally for its innovative assessment program and commitment to providing a high-quality liberal arts and sciences education at an affordable price. U.S. News & World Report this year recognized Truman, for the 5th year in a row, as the number one public university in the Midwest, as well as the 7th best university in the Midwest. Truman is the only public university in Missouri to appear on their top 15 listing. Money magazine has also recognized Truman, for five consecutive years, as one of the nation's top ten best educational values. Truman is Missouri's premier statewide public liberal arts and sciences university.
Truman State University is also the only member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges in Missouri. This council consists of schools that "have been recognized nationally as outstanding in many diverse ways, including small classes, innovations in teaching, personal interactions with faculty, opportunities for faculty-supervised research and supportive atmospheres."
With a population of approximately 17,000, the City of Kirksville offers a safe and friendly environment that is intertwined with many advantages of a larger city. Truman students enjoy spending their free time at Kirkville's Downtown Cinema 8, or the new community Aquatic Center, featuring a 6-lane indoor pool, an outdoor pool, and an incredible waterslide. You will also find Truman students enjoying the outdoors at Thousand Hills State Park. This 3,252 acre park just 2 miles west of Kirksville offers many recreational activities including camping, hiking, biking, swimming, motor boating, sailing, water skiing, and fishing. As a part of the Kirksville community, you will be a part of a variety of cultures, nationalities, interests, talents, abilities, values and experiences. Regardless of where you come from you will find a comfortable blend of social, economic, religious, and ethnic backgrounds at Truman. It is our hope that as a part of your Truman experience you will open your mind to the arts, to different cultures, and to new experiences. The cultural events on and off campus will broaden your horizons by exposing you to new viewpoints. Whether it is a production by the Truman Theatre Department, a Blues Festival at the local Round Barn, a speaker presented by the Distinguished Visiting Scholars Program, or a volunteer project within the community, cultural opportunities at Truman abound.