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For the 17th year in a row, Truman State University has been recognized as the No. 1 Public University in the Midwest Regional category.

— U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges 2014"

Truman ranks No. 5 in the Midwest Region for "Strong Commitment to Teaching," which is based on surveys that identify schools where the faculty have an unusually strong commitment to undergraduate teaching.

— U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges 2014"

Truman is ranked No. 10 overall in the Midwest region among both private and public institutions that provide a full range of undergraduate and master's programs.

— U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges 2014"

Truman is listed at No. 8 in the Midwest Region under "Great Schools at Great Prices." Of the 15 schools listed, Truman was the only public institution.

— U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges 2014"

Truman is highlighted in the Princeton Review's publication, "The Best 378 Colleges," which is based on student-conducted surveys.

— Princeton Review 2014 Edition - "The Best 378 Colleges"

Truman is ranked No. 3 in the Master's University category of the 2013 Washington Monthly College Rankings. Truman is the only Missouri school listed in the top 75, and the only public Missouri school in the entire Top 100 Master's Universities list.

Washington Monthly bases its rankings on three criteria: social mobility, which gives college credit for enrolling low-income students and helping them earn degrees; research production, with particular emphasis on school where undergraduates eventually earn Ph.D.s; and commitment to service. More information can be found here.

— 2013 Washington Monthly College Rankings

Truman was listed as a "Best Value College" by the Princeton Review.

— Princeton Review 2013 Edition: Best Value Colleges

Truman is recognized 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.

— U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges 2014"

Truman is the only Missouri school, and one of only 48 schools nationally, to be recognized as a College of Distinction in the Public Colleges of Distinction 2013-14 eGuidebook. A College of Distinction is: nationally recognized by education professionals as an excellent school; strongly focused on teaching undergraduates; home to a wide variety of innovative learning experiences; an active campus with many opportunities for personal development; and highly valued by graduate schools and employers for its outstanding preparation. For more information, visit collegesofdistinction.com.

— Public Colleges of Distinction 2013-14 eGuidebook

Truman State University has again been recognized by Kiplinger's Personal Finance as one of the nation's best values in public education. Truman ranked No. 12 in the nation, on Kiplinger's recently released list of the 100 "Best Values in Public Colleges." 

This report features schools that deliver a high-quality education at an affordable price.  Truman is the highest-rated Missouri school on Kiplinger's list and was the only university in the state to be included in the top 50. Truman is also ranked 9th in the nation for best out-of-state value and is highlighted on the website at www.kiplinger.com/slideshow/college/T014-S003-best-public-colleges-for-out-of-state-students/index.html.

The annual public school rankings will appear in Kiplinger's February 2014 magazine and will be available at newsstands Dec. 31. Web visitors will find special features, including information about how the public colleges are ranked and a tool that lets reader’s sort by in-state and out-of-state cost, average debt at graduation, and admission rate. Kiplinger’s ranks schools based upon measures of academic quality and affordability. Schools are sorted based on quality measures such as the admission rate, the test scores of incoming freshmen, and four- and six-year graduation rates as well as cost data which includes tuition, fees, room and board, and financial aid for in-state and out-of-state students

Read more at www.kiplinger.com/article/college/T014-C000-S001-faqs-on-our-public-college-rankings.html?si=1#ywTyhjmGuz0chgXQ.99

— Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine, February 2014

Truman is listed as one of the "Top Ten Best Value Public Colleges" for universities that offer an excellent education at an affordable cost, due to low tuition rates and/or generous financial aid policies.

— www..collegeinquirer.com

Truman is ranked the No. 1 Value in Public Colleges and Universities by Consumers Digest (2011).


Listed as one of the nation's best universities for undergraduate education and ranked 17th in the category "Students Happy with Financial Aid."

— The Princeton Review, "The Best 368 Colleges," 2009

Truman is listed as one of 20 best public buys in the “Fiske Guide to Colleges 2013.” The guide evaluates public and private colleges by cost and academics. Truman was on their list of 41 schools, 20 public and 21 private, as a best buy. Truman is the only Missouri school included on the Best Buy list. 

— Fiske Guide to Colleges, 2013

Truman State University has made its first appearance in the Peace Corps annual rankings of schools producing volunteers for the organization. Truman ranks 25th on their list of medium-sized schools producing Peace Corps Volunteers. Truman has 20 alumni currently serving as Peace Corps Volunteers. Other schools listed in the top 25 include University of Virginia, Georgetown University, Washington University in St. Louis, University of Notre Dame, Brown University and Yale.


Truman is "a nationally recognized leader in curriculum innovation and one of the best education values in the nation."

— Barron's Best Buys in College Education, 11th Edition

The website Parents & Colleges,  lists Truman as one of  the "Ten Best Value Public Colleges and Universities," for universities that offer an excellent education at an affordable cost, due to low tuition rates and/or generous financial aid policies.

— www.parentsand colleges.com

Truman's accounting students ranked in the top 20 in the nation for six of the past eight years for students passing all four parts of the Uniform CPA examination on the first attempt.  During this period, Truman graduates ranked in the top 10 four times.

— Data from the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy

Truman has the highest NCAA-Student Athlete Academic Success Rate and federal student-athlete graduation rate among all Missouri and conference schools with an impressive 87 percent.

— Data provided by NCAA

Truman has produced the highest number of academic All-Americans in Div. II athletics in the history of the program.

— ESPN the magazine

Recognized as a top producer of U.S. Fulbright students for 2010-2011 in "The Chronicle of Higher Education."  The university tied for second nationally among master's institutions, with a total of four Fulbright students.


Truman is the No. 5 school in the Midwest Region on the list of 'Top Up-and-Coming Schools,' for making 'the most promising and innovative changes in academics, faculty, students, campus or facilities.' Truman is the only Missouri school listed.

— U.S. News & World Report's 2012 edition of "America's Best Colleges"