Truman ranked regionally, nationally

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Truman State University jumped forward 16 spots on the Kiplinger’s list of 500 Best College Values for 2019 to No. 55 in the nation. Meanwhile, The Princeton Review released their top 20 colleges in the U.S. with the most unhappy students, and Truman was named No. 12. 

Truman is the only Missouri public institution in the top 300 in Kiplinger Magazine list. 

“We are always gratified to be recognized in the Kiplinger’s national college ranking as it focuses on the essential components of a Truman education — high quality and value,” President Sue Thomas said in a statement. “A liberal arts and sciences education is the education for the 21st century, and to have the impactful work of our students, faculty and staff recognized with such a striking move forward in the rankings is outstanding.” 

Truman was also named the No. 1 public school in the Midwest. Among the top five were the University of Michigan, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, and Purdue University. 

When compared to both public and private schools in the Midwest, Truman was ranked No. 11. 

“We are committed to the continuous advancement of the Truman experience,” Thomas said in a written statement.  

The Princeton Review ranking was published this month in The Princeton Review’s The Best 385 Colleges, and the data was based on surveys of 140,000 students. However, The Princeton Review said on their website that no ranking list reflects their view or rating of the colleges, but the ranking is entirely the result of what its own students surveyed by The Princeton Review reported. 

The ranking was based on how strongly students disagree with the statement “I am happy at my school.”

The Princeton Review describes Truman on its website as, “Missouri’s premier liberal arts and sciences university and the only highly selective public institution in the state.”

Truman has an impeccable reputation throughout the nation for its high quality undergraduate programs, The Princeton Review wrote.