U.S. News & World Report Lists Truman as No. 1 Public University-Master’s Category & Highlights Truman’s Undergraduate Research Program

U.S. News & World Report Lists Truman as No. 1 Public University-Master’s Category & Highlights Truman’s Undergraduate Research Program

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. – Truman State University has been recognized, once again, as the No. 1 Public University in the Midwest Region–Master’s Category by U.S. News & World Report’s 2008 edition of "America’s Best Colleges." Truman has received this No. 1 recognition for the past 11 years. Highlights of the college rankings will be in the Aug. 27 issue of U.S. News & World Report.

Truman also ranked No. 8 overall in the "Best Universities-Master’s" category, for the Midwest region, among both private and public institutions that provide a full range of undergraduate and master’s programs. The Midwest region category includes Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

In addition, U.S. News  & World Report listed Truman as having an excellent Undergraduate Research/Creative Projects Program that is an outstanding example of an academic program that leads to student success. Each year approximately 1,200 students have the unique opportunity, usually reserved for graduate school, to be involved in undergraduate research with a faculty member. 

U.S. News & World Report bases its regional master’s rankings on peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving, among those institutions whose focus is primarily undergraduate and master’s-level programs.

"Truman represents one of the nation’s best values in public higher education," Truman State University President Barbara Dixon said. "Truman students are exceptional in that they not only excel academically, but they are engaged in community and leadership activities that prepare them for productive and meaningful lives. The 2007 freshman class is entering with a high school GPA of 3.75, and 98 percent of them have leadership experience." 

Truman State University in Kirksville is one of only two public universities in Missouri with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter, the nation’s most prestigious liberal arts honor society. More than 50 percent of Truman’s graduates pursue an advanced degree immediately upon graduating. The University enrolls approximately 5,800 students.