Truman Earns Another No. 1 Value Ranking

In the June 2011 issue, Consumers Digest rated Truman No. 1 on its list of “Top 50 Values for Public Colleges and Universities.”
Truman was one of some 2,000 colleges and universities that offer four-year degrees examined by the publication since October 2010 for its exclusive report on the “Top 100 College Values.” Separate top 25 lists for private schools and private liberal arts schools were combined to establish the top 100 schools. Not only was Truman the No. 1 public school overall, it was one of only two Missouri schools on the public list. The University of Missouri-Columbia came in at No. 40.

Consumers Digest looked at students’ academic excellence based on standardized test scores, high-school rank and the grade-point average of entering freshmen, as well as the quality of education offered as indicated by the student-to-faculty ratio, graduation rates and student retention rate, among others.

Rankings were calculated using only nonresident tuition figures and, even using the higher out-of-state rate, Truman’s annual cost of $18,438, which includes tuition, fees and room and board, was well below the average annual cost of $26,344 for Consumer Digest’s top public colleges and universities.