Truman in the News

Truman has been recognized by three publications recently.

Ashley Rufus, a sophomore chemistry major from Chillicothe, Ill., was recently featured in Time magazine’s article “Who Needs Harvard?” in the Aug. 21 issue. Rufus was spotlighted for giving up her coveted spot on Harvard’s waiting list to attend Truman instead. Rufus, who received a full-ride to Truman, made her decision to attend Truman to avoid eight years of debt for both undergraduate and graduate studies. She was also impressed with the small student-faculty ratio and the “very impressive” rate of acceptance to medical schools.

For the 10th year in a row, Truman State University has been recognized as the No. 1 Public University in the Midwest Region–Master’s Category by U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges 2007.” Truman also was ranked No. 8 overall in the Midwest region among both private and public institutions. Truman is the only public university in Missouri to be included in the top 10 public university-master’s ranking. The Midwest region category includes Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

Truman was also highlighted as having two programs, The Senior Capstone and Undergraduate Research, which are considered outstanding academic programs that lead to student success.

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

Truman State University offers students an outstanding undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review College Guide’s 2007 edition of “The Best 361 Colleges.” Truman is among a select group of schools featured in the latest edition that looked at academic programs, institutional data, feedback from students at the schools, and visits to schools during the years. Opinions of independent college counselors, students and parents were also considered. Efforts were made to have a wide representation of colleges in the book by region, size, selectivity and character. Truman also ranked No. 5 in the category “Students Happy With Financial Aid.” More than 97 percent of incoming freshman receive a University scholarship and/or federal financial aid.

Only about 15 percent of the four-year colleges in America and two Canadian colleges are in the book. The book contains two-page profiles on each University listed.
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