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Truman State University

Truman State is Missouri's only highly selective liberal arts and sciences university, and it's earned a reputation for delivering a high-quality education for a reasonable price. Its five schools -- arts and letters, business, health sciences and education, science and mathematics, and social and cultural studies -- offer dozens of undergraduate majors. Residence halls include Living Learning Communities, which group students by similar academic pursuits or interests; examples are communities for future teachers, Romance languages, sustainability, and service learning. Public service, in fact, plays an important role at TSU; every spring, during The Big Event, students fan out across Kirksville to rake leaves, wash windows, and paint for residents as a way to thank the community for the support it gives them. Students at Truman love to get involved -- 71% of them are in at least two organizations. Clubs include Clay People, a ceramics group; Detours Magazine, a travel publication; and the Spellcasters, a group that plays Quidditch and holds analytical discussions of the Harry Potter series.
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$22,000
% of students who get any grants
77%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$13,400
Average price for low-income students
$7,560
admissions
Acceptance rate
67%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1300/27
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
5,241
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
94%
% of need met
84%
% of students who get merit* grants
38%
Average merit grant
$5,992
student success
Graduation rate
75%
Average time to a degree
4.2 years
Average student debt
$22,400
Average salary within 3 years
$46,500
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
29%
key deadlines
Early decision application
N/A
Regular application
Rolling

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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