Truman Celebrates 25 Years at No. 1


Truman has reached a milestone after being recognized as the No. 1 public school in the Midwest Region for the 25th consecutive year according to U.S. News & World Report.

In the 2022 Best Colleges rankings, Truman came in at No. 6 overall among both public and private institutions in the Midwest Region, an improvement of one spot from last year. In addition to being the No. 1 public university in the region, Truman was the only Missouri public school in the top 70 spots.

Truman secured an additional No. 1 award on the Best Value Schools rankings. Among both public and private schools, Truman was again tops in the Midwest Region in terms of affordability. It was the only Missouri public school included in the top 50 spots.

“Twenty-five years as the top public Midwest Region university is a spectacular accomplishment and a true testament to the sustained excellence exhibited by every member of our campus community,” University President Susan L. Thomas said. “Truman provides an exceptional education that prepares our students to thrive both professionally and personally. Our students graduate at high rates with low debt, ready to make a profound impact on the world. We have consistently ensured our students realize the full promise of higher education.”

Among this year’s supplemental rankings, Truman was again recognized on the list of Best Undergraduate Teaching, coming in as the No. 1 public university, No. 8 overall, in the Midwest Region. Of the 24 schools listed, Truman was the only Missouri institution, and the highest ranked of the four public schools to be honored.

Truman earned a spot on the list of Most Innovative Schools, which recognizes institutions making improvements toward curriculum, faculty, students, campus life, technology and facilities. Truman was the lone Missouri university to make this particular list of 17 schools. Of the two public institutions, Truman was the highest rated, coming in tied for No. 12 overall in the Midwest Region.

Three Truman undergraduate programs also earned recognition on stand-alone lists compiled by U.S. News & World Report. The computer science, nursing and business programs all met selective criteria which led to their inclusion on three respective lists.

U.S. News & World Report bases its rankings on several indicators of academic excellence, including graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, assessment by peers, financial resources, student excellence and alumni giving. Complete listings are available at