Truman State University Reviews

3.45 out of 5 stars
(13 Reviews)
  • Kirksville (MO)
  • Annual Tuition: $14,601
60% of 13 students said this degree improved their career prospects
77% of 13 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

1.6 out of 5 stars
Karen Vega - 11/12/2019
Degree: Art & Design
Graduation Year: 1994
"I feel like Truman State University did a poor job at preparing me for a real world job. My concentration was photography and within less than 5 years everything was digital and all my training was in 35mm. I was already out of my element and I was barely 28 years old. I honestly can not fathom that the art department did not see that HUGE transition in the field of photography coming. Not only that but there was a tremendous emphasis on art history. While that is clearly important, taking 30 hours in it was a bit over kill and wasted time that could have been focused on concrete learning of process."
2.2 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 10/28/2019
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2021
"Truman prides itself on being a "challenging" school, but it is really just professors who don't know how to teach and make classes much more intense than they need to be. The nursing school does nothing to help students who are struggling, even though students continuously fail the same classes year after year. Nothing gets changed. Being in northeast Missouri, the clinical sites are terrible and they do not prepare you to be a nurse. If you are wanting to go into nursing, do not come here. Go to a school that actually cares about their students."
4.6 out of 5 stars
Alyssa Zuelke - 6/14/2019
Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2019
"I attended Truman State University and received a degree in health science. I would highly recommend Truman to future students as I believe there are many unique benefits the school offers. The first is a focus on preparing students for graduate school. Many who attend the school are accepted into competitive programs whether it be for medicine, law, or a PhD. The professors work closely with students to ensure we learn to think critically and acquire the skills necessary to be successful. The cost of attending the university is also good considering the quality of the education. This is the perfect school for those who want quality and affordability."
3.6 out of 5 stars
TJ - 4/13/2017
Degree: Music
Graduation Year: 2017
"Truman is a good school if you are on a tight budget; most of the students get a financial aid, and compared to other schools, the tuition is much more affordable. The faculty to student ratio of 1:16 makes communications between students and faculty much easier, as well. Overall, the campus is pretty safe, and if you are looking to focus on academic only, it is a decent school to go to. Those facts aside, the city of Kirksville does not offer many places to go for shopping or too much entertainment, which could be a downer for some people. And unless a student brings in a college credit, due to the liberal arts curriculum, you will have to take more gen. ed (LSP courses) compared to the other universities, which could take away your time to focus on your own major study (especially as a music major, this took away my time to practice for my solos and ensemble music). Overall, Truman State is a good school and affordable to many. And the education program (MAE) lets the student get a Masters Degree within five years, and most students get a job after the degree."
2.7 out of 5 stars
Annabeth Baudendistel - 2/27/2017
Degree: Exercise Science
Graduation Year: 2009
"Truamn State was a great school for academics and the teachers were some of the tops in their field. I feel like it was extremely difficult to graduate any program at Truman within a 4 year timeline and this does not allow for your typical college experience. Although Truman is a less expensive public school, my particular degree forced me to attend graduate school, and I no longer have the funds in my federal funding to complete schooling without finishing school on my own. My advice to future students looking at Truman, although the teachers and the education are phenomenal make sure that the degree you receive is one that can help you without having to continue further if you do not wish to go to graduate school."
4.3 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 7/22/2016
Degree: Performing Arts
Graduation Year: 2015
"Truman is an excellent choice for any student looking for academic rigor and a supportive academic community. My classes were challenging, but my professors were all rooting for my success, and were willing to help me in any way possible. There are hundreds of organizations on campus, so there are a multitude of opportunities to get involved doing something that you love, or something that you've always wanted to try. While the town of Kirksville is small and fairly unexciting, SAB does a great job of providing fun events to attend throughout each semester. There is almost always something happening every evening, so it isn't easy to get bored. Truman provided me a great academic experience for a great price, and it set me up for future success."
4.4 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 7/22/2016
Degree: Business Administration
Graduation Year: 2005
"Great, challenging college at reasonable cost. Ivy League type education at small state school prices. Teachers and staff are very approachable for 1 on 1 help when necessary."
3.0 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 11/30/2015
Degree: Fine Arts
Graduation Year: 2008
"It was an excellent school with high standards and passionate professors. It was not easy, but it was interesting and worth the work."
4.5 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 10/13/2015
Degree: Chemistry
Graduation Year: 2011
"Truman was amazing! I loved the small class sizes and close interaction with professors. I had the chance to do undergraduate research, which wouldn't have been possible in a larger school, and doing that gave me so much experience!"
4.1 out of 5 stars
Joe Brie - 10/13/2015
Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2006
"Wonderful experience. Small classes , engaged students. Not a walk-through college. You'll work hard to get through, but your preparation will be the reward."