I would say that the student body is intellectual with a good mix of jocks, geeks, quirky kids, etc. You really see a little bit of everything there, but defiantly on the intellectual side for sure. The campus is "just right" in my book, not too big, not too small. It certainly isn't state flagship size but has about 6000 students. It's one of the prettiest campuses we've toured too-red brick buildings, lots and lots of large trees and green spaces. The activity boards are crammed with on campus stuff to do. The town of Kirksville is nothing to write home about but you really don't need to leave campus either. I would say out of the 40+ schools we've visited over the years, this school has the best program in place for getting kids internships, into post-UG programs (med, law, grad schools, etc.). They are VERY well connected with companies all over the country and have on-campus visits several times/year for recruiting. I would put this school up there with Carleton, minus the snobbery and big buck families you see at Carleton
It's a very warm, supportive school. We've toured twice, both times the tour guides have been wonderful but what I really liked is that about every minute or so they were waiving to friends, saying hi (by name) to kids all over campus, etc. It's a place where you do get to know your classmates, etc. DD met with the coach for her sport, who is a prof in DS's intended major. He was even up on what DS was thinking about. The kids all said that the profs are great, very helpful, etc.
Friday afternoon, LOTS of kids around campus. It seems like most kids stick around on the weekends. DD was talking to potential teammates and they were having a hard time trying to pick what to do this weekend because there were too many choices. The tour guide was rattling off all of the things they've brought in since he was there and our kids' eyes got huge at a few of them, I have NO idea who they were though
. They have had in the Russian Ballet, BOB is there this weekend (not sure who/what that is but the kids were impressed). The fliers were 4 deep on every board.
The facilities are in very good shape, especially for a state school. It's funny, the ad commms we talked to were wondering how we found Truman. I don't think they realize the reputation they have on college search sites.
We did learn that there is a regional airport in Kirksville with regular flights to the St. Louis Airport, $50/each way, so if flying is easier, it might be an option.
What other schools is she considering? I know you've said, I just can't keep them all straight