Truman State University is located in Kirksville, MO, a small town in northern Missouri. This public 4-year university sits on 210 acres on the south side of town, removed from the congestion and high-density population of Missouri’s cities. The campus features a blend of traditional and contemporary architecture and boasts a lightly wooded main quad at its center. The University was founded in 1867 as the North Missouri Normal School and Commercial College; it was renamed Northeast Missouri State University in 1972 and ultimately became Truman in 1996 (in honor of Harry S Truman, the only US President born in Missouri). Truman State University has produced many local and state politicians over its history.