Multiple Outlets Include Truman Among Best Colleges

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As the new school year begins, Truman has been acknowledged as one of the best colleges in the country according to two different outlets.

Money included Truman on its “Best Colleges in America 2023” list. Truman earned 4.5 of a possible 5 stars in Money’s rating system, which was calculated by factoring quality of education (30%), affordability (40%) and outcomes (30%).

After initially evaluating more than 2,400 institutions, Money narrowed the list to 736. To make the cut colleges had to: have at least 500 undergraduate students; have sufficient, reliable data to be analyzed; not be in financial distress; and have a graduation rate that was at or above the median for its institutional category (public, private or historically black college or university), or have a high “value-added” graduation rate (a score in the top 25% of graduation rates after accounting for the student body). Schools that met the requirements were ranked on 26 factors in the three categories of quality, affordability and outcomes.

Truman was one of five Missouri public four-year colleges included on the list. Compared to its Show-Me-State peers, Truman had the lowest estimated full price for the 2023-24 school year, as well as the highest graduation rate.   

Truman also earned nods on two popular rankings available on The University comes up on the list of “Best Public Colleges,” described as nationally competitive public colleges that provide an excellent value for in-state students. Truman also comes up on the list of “Best in the Midwest.”

Another familiar outlet to highlight Truman is the Princeton Review with its recent publication of “The Best 389 Colleges: 2024 Edition.”

Unlike college rankings that focus exclusively on academics, and that are derived solely from institutional data and college administrator “peer” reviews, The Princeton Review rankings, tallied in multiple categories, are derived from student reports of their experiences. Schools in this book comprise 15% of America’s four-year colleges and universities. The profiles have information on admission and aid application requirements, enrollment, acceptance rates and student body demographics.
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