Truman earns praise for career prep, affordability, producing Fulbright students and providing an overall great educational experience.
Although fall is the season typically associated with college rankings, Truman earned some praise during the spring semester.
According to The Princeton Review, Truman is one of the nation’s best colleges for students seeking a superb education with great career preparation at an affordable price.
Truman is included in the education services company’s book, “The Best Value Colleges: 200 Schools with Exceptional ROI for Your Tuition Investment.” The Princeton Review chose the schools based on data it collected in 2017-18 from surveys of administrators at more than 650 colleges. It also factored in data from surveys of students as well as surveys of alumni conducted by PayScale.com.
In total, The Princeton Review included more than 40 data points to tally return on investment ratings for the 200 schools in the book. Topics covered everything from academics, cost and financial aid to graduation rates, student debts, alumni salaries and job satisfaction.
The Chronicle of Higher Education included Truman on its list of U.S. colleges and universities that produced the most 2018-19 Fulbright students. Among master’s institutions, Truman had four Fulbright students selected from a total of 12 applications. Of the 19 universities listed in the master’s category, Truman was the only Missouri school.
The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 380,000 participants – chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential – with the opportunity to exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. More than 1,900 U.S. students, artists and young professionals in more than 100 different fields of study are offered Fulbright Program grants to study, teach English and conduct research abroad each year.
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program operates in more than 140 countries throughout the world. It is funded by an annual appropriation from Congress to the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and supported in its implementation by the Institute of International Education.
In rankings released by Business First, Truman came in at No. 64 in the nation, and No. 14 in the Midwest, for schools that offer the best educational experiences to their students.
The Business First list was limited to public schools because those institutions generally offer the least expensive path toward a college degree. In order to be considered, schools needed to grant bachelor’s degrees and have full-time enrollments larger than 1,000. A total of 505 schools were rated with the University of Michigan taking the top spot, followed by North Carolina, Virginia, California-Berkeley and UCLA rounding out the top five.
The annual rankings are based on a 22-part formula that analyzes the latest data from the National Center for Education Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau. It gives the highest marks to schools with highly selective admissions processes, strong retention and graduation rates, impressive earnings by alumni, generous resources, affordable tuition and housing costs, diverse faculties and student bodies, and economically robust communities.
A comprehensive guide to all of Truman’s rankings can be found at truman.edu/about/facts-about-truman/points-of-pride.