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2008-2009 General/Graduate Catalog - Expires August 2014 
2008-2009 General/Graduate Catalog - Expires August 2014 [Archived Catalog]


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First-Time Students


Students wishing to be considered for all scholarships and financial aid programs are strongly encouraged to apply by December 15.

Applications received after December 15 will be considered on a rolling basis.


Admission to Truman State University is based on a student’s high school curriculum, with a college preparatory course of study carrying greater weight; high school grade point average and rank; standardized test scores (ACT, SAT); special abilities, talents or achievements; and an original essay.

Under guidelines for highly selective institutions from the Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education, the students who receive the strongest consideration for admission to Truman will have a 140 combined ability. The combined ability is determined by adding the high school class rank percent to the national percentile on the ACT or SAT college entrance exam.

Students applying for admission are required to complete 16 high school units, including four units of English and language arts, three units of mathematics (four units strongly recommended), three units of natural science, three units of social science/history, two units of foreign language (the same language), and one unit of fine arts. (A unit equals one year of high school work.)

The following is an academic profile of Truman’s Fall 2007 freshman class:


Class Rank

Test Score

Upper 10%:



80 - 89%: 



70 - 79%:



60 - 69%: 



Below 60%:




Average grade point on 4.0 scale 3.75
Average test percentile 91
Average enhanced ACT test raw score 27.21
ACT mid-range 25-30

The University reserves the right to deny admission to applicants who have criminal convictions showing moral turpitude. Under University policy, Truman State University will not knowingly enroll a student who is unlawfully present in the United States.

Students who have participated in dual enrollment programs and/or those who have earned prior college credit are required to have official transcripts sent from all colleges and universities through which credit has been attempted. Official transcripts for incoming freshmen and new transfer students must be sent to the Admission Office prior to matriculation at Truman.


Students who desire to discontinue high school before graduation and attend the University must meet specific criteria. They must have a minimum of 16 high school units of credit, submit letters of recommendation from a high school counselor and principal or superintendent, and show an academic record which reflects readiness for college-level work. Admission is contingent upon approval by the Admission Committee.


Persons who have passed the GED test must submit a copy of the high school equivalency certificate and a transcript of their high school academic record up to the point of leaving school. They must also take the ACT, and their scores must meet the standard established for the admission of entering freshmen. Missouri residents who are at least 16 years of age are eligible to take the GED test. Non-resident students should seek information about the GED test through their own state department of education, since requirements vary slightly from state to state.


Students with diagnosed learning disabilities apply and are considered for admission to the University in the same manner as any other applicant and must meet the same admission standards. Applicants may submit scores from a non-standard (e.g., extended time) administration of the American College Test (ACT) to be used in evaluating credentials for admission.

Transfer Student Admission


Students who have earned previous college credit from other accredited institutions may apply for admission to Truman State University. To be considered for admission, transfer students must submit official transcripts of all previous college credit. Applicants who have earned fewer than 24 semester hours (36 quarter hours) of transferable post high school college credit at the time of their application for admission must also have their high school transcript, ACT or SAT scores and an admission essay sent for review.

Applicants receive individual consideration by the Admission Committee. Students must demonstrate a preparedness for study at Truman based on cumulative academic record, including grade point average in transferable college credit and strength of college curricula. Under University policy, Truman State University will not knowingly enroll a student who is unlawfully present in the United States.

Transfer students whose only college credits are those earned from a non-accredited institution will be considered for admission based upon their high school academic records and their college entrance examination score(s).

A transfer applicant who is on academic suspension from any other college or university, or who has been academically suspended more than once from such a college or university, will not be admitted to Truman.

A transfer student who has been academically suspended from his/her previous college will be eligible for consideration when he/she would be eligible to return to the school from which he/she has been suspended.

The Admission Committee will screen all applicants with respect to previous social conduct. In those cases where questionable conduct may be indicated, an inquiry will be made with the Dean of Student Affairs of the college from which the transfer student comes.

Students transferring credits from other recognized colleges or universities will receive advanced standing for transferable courses semester hour for semester hour. However, it should be recognized that credit accepted from another institution may or may not be applicable to specific degree programs. The University reserves the right to make the decision regarding applicability.

Credit attempted from another institution will become part of the permanent record of the student and will affect the GPA of the student for admission purposes.

Post-baccalaureate credit from other institutions will be recorded on the student’s transcript only when such work is acceptable in an advanced degree program at Truman State University.

It is recommended that transfer students apply for admission a minimum of 60 days prior to the start of the semester to ensure adequate time for the admission and registration processes. Students transferring from other colleges and universities who wish to be considered for scholarships should have their applications and official transcripts on file by April 15 for the fall term and by November 15 for the spring term. Official transcripts must be sent directly from each college and university attended to the Admission Office at Truman State University. The transcripts must indicate that the student is in good standing. Failure to reveal attendance at any institution could make the student liable to dismissal.

Transfer students must meet the same residence requirements for a degree from Truman that apply to all students. (See the “Graduation” section of this catalog.)


Prior to declaring a major in music, each student must perform for a committee of the appropriate studio faculty in order to determine that the student has reached a sufficiently advanced level of applied proficiency. While a personal audition is highly recommended, in cases where such is not possible, a recording of the student’s performance will be accepted. All transfer students are also subject to placement examinations in theory and music literature.


Admission to the Nursing major is dependant on the number of spaces available and individual evaluation of the student’s application by the Nursing Program Admission Committee.

Applicants to the Nursing Program must be accepted by Nursing in addition to being accepted to the University. A special “Application to Nursing” and a summary of career goals must be completed and sent directly to the Nursing Program. The application deadline for admission to the Nursing major is January 31 of each year.

Transfer or change of major students must meet current Program of Nursing academic requirements as part of the admission process (minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA). Qualified students may petition for advancement on a space-available basis.

International Student Admission Requirements & Policies


An international student is defined as any applicant who is not a citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States, or who has two years or less experience with the American educational system, regardless of immigration status. All international undergraduate student applicants must comply with the guidelines and policies listed below. Under University policy, Truman State University will not knowingly enroll a student who is unlawfully present in the United States.

When applying for admission, submit the following to the International Student Affairs Office:

  1. Official TOEFL score of 213 or above on the computer-based TOEFL, 550 or above on the paper-based TOEFL, or 79 or above for the Internet-based TOEFL test. The TOEFL score requirements can be waived only by submitting the appropriate SAT, ACT, IELTS or other standard measure of English and academic ability as approved by the International Student Affairs Office.
  2. Official results or transcripts, in English, for all secondary school coursework, pre-college preparation coursework and college or university-level coursework.
  3. The International Student Application for Admission.
  4. The Certificate of Financial Support with supporting bank documents.
  5. A two-page essay.

To obtain and maintain course registration for the semester, the international student must complete the following requirements:

  1. Complete the University English Placement Test(s) within 3 days of arrival on campus.
  2. Enroll in the English course(s) indicated by the outcome of the University English Placement Tests.
  3. Pay tuition and fees IN FULL by the last day of the first week of each semester.
  4. Purchase the University approved health insurance.
  5. Make any deposits or prepayments required by the University and the International Student Affairs Office.
  6. Know that all students are responsible for maintaining their legal immigration status.


Residency Requirement for International Students

International transfer students must meet all residence credit requirements for graduation.

Housing for International Students

  1. All beginning freshmen international students under 21 years of age, with the exception of married students living with their families, are required to live in the University residence halls or apartments for two semesters.
  2. Transfer freshmen with less than two full semesters of university experience are required to live in the University residence halls for a minimum of one semester. International transfer freshmen entering in August or in January will be required to live on campus through the end of May.

Other transfer students are encouraged to live in the University residence halls to enhance their English skills and cultural adaptation.


Non-degree seeking students may apply to take courses for credit or non-credit (audit) at Truman. The University reserves the right to limit the amount of non-degree seeking credit that may be applied toward a degree at Truman if taken prior to completion of application requirements into undergraduate or graduate study.

Students who eventually decide to seek a degree must complete the full application for admission and submit all school transcripts. Visiting students who are enrolled at other colleges or universities and who are interested in taking one or two courses at Truman for transfer credit must be in good standing at their institutions. The Admission Office retains the right to request full academic documentation from non-degree seeking or visiting students. Admission as a non-degree seeking student does not guarantee eventual acceptance as a degree-seeking student.