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U.S. News & World Report Lists Truman as No. 1 Public University-Master’s Category

 U.S. News & World Report Lists Truman as No. 1 Public University-Master’s Category

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. – Truman State University has been recognized, once again, as the No. 1 Public University in the Midwest Region–Master’s Category by U.S. News & World Report’s 2009 edition of “America’s Best Colleges.” Truman has received this No. 1 recognition for the past 12 years. Highlights of the college rankings will be in the Sept. 1 issue of U.S. News & World Report.
Truman also ranked No. 8 overall in the “Best Universities-Master’s” category, for the Midwest region, among both private and public institutions that provide a full range of undergraduate and master’s programs. The Midwest region category includes Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

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

“We are always thrilled to be recognized as the No. 1 Master’s institution in the public sector,” Truman State University President Barbara Dixon said. “The external validation is helpful as we begin the recruitment process for next year’s class. I believe the rankings do serve to inform the public of some of the specific measures that suggest the outstanding quality of education students receive at Truman.”

The 2008 freshman class is entering with a high school GPA of 3.76, and 98 percent of them have leadership experience. Truman is one of only two public universities in Missouri with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter, the nation’s most prestigious liberal arts honor society. More than 50 percent of Truman’s graduates pursue an advanced degree immediately upon graduating. The University, located in Kirksville, enrolls more than 5,800 students.