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Truman Recognized As No. 1 Public in the Midwest Region


For the 17th year in a row, Truman has been recognized as the No. 1 Public University in the Midwest Regional category by U.S. News and World Report.
This recognition comes from the newly released U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges 2014" guidebook. Truman is also ranked 10th overall in the Midwest Regional category among both private and public institutions that provide a full range of undergraduate and master's programs.
"External validation such as this is always nice but never why we do what we do," University President Troy Paino said. "Our talented students, faculty and staff year in and year out demonstrate an unwavering commitment to academic excellence and civic responsibility in
fulfillment of our vitally important public purpose."
Other notable entries for Truman in this year’s rankings include No. 5 in the “A Strong Commitment to Teaching” section, where the University was one of only six schools in the Midwest Region to be listed.
Additionally, Truman earned the No. 8 spot in the region in the “Great Schools at Great Prices” section. Of the 15 schools listed, Truman was the only public institution.
Truman also shows up in the “A Focus on Student Success” section in the category of “Undergraduate Research/Creative Projects.” Truman’s research program has garnered national recognition over the years since many students are able to participate in research at the undergraduate level as opposed to waiting until graduate school. Inclusion in this section is based on nominations from college presidents, chief academic officers and deans of admissions. The schools with the most nominations were listed alphabetically.  
Among Missouri schools, Truman is the only one to be listed in the Midwest Region for the “A-Plus Schools for B Students” category, which emphasizes schools where “spirit and hard work could make all the difference to admission offices.”
U.S. News & World Report bases its regional rankings on peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, graduation rate performance, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving. Complete listings are available at