Student Life


In addition to their course work, our students enjoy a rich experience outside the classroom. They live on campus under the supervision of resident staff and preceptors and participate in a variety of activities held each day that are related to the Academy’s themes. More importantly, they get to know other students—students whose interests are diverse and who share their academic interests and love of learning. Lasting friendships develop as students learn from each other both in and out of the classroom. Throughout the residential program, we focus on helping students have a good time in a safe, supervised environment. Although helping students have a positive social experience is important to us, prospective students should know that their primary goal while enrolled in the program is to succeed in learning. Students unable to make learning their first priority should not attend our program.


While students are ultimately responsible for their own conduct, administrative, instructional, and residential staff all work together to provide clear guidelines and careful supervision. Outside class, students are supervised by the staff and preceptors. The staff are either current students or graduates of Truman State University. All staff members have participated in similar programs, such as Truman’s Joseph Baldwin Academy or the Summer Talent Academy for Professions in Health, in previous years as preceptors or members of the staff. They live in the residence hall and promote the academic, cultural, social, and recreational opportunities of campus life.

The students are also supervised by preceptors, some of the best students at Truman. All preceptors are recruited for their expertise or interest in the appropriate subjects. Preceptors live with students in the residence halls, providing support and encouragement, enforcing rules, assisting in the classroom and study hall, and conducting the recreational programs.

Student Activity Time

Each morning before class, students have the opportunity to join some of our more energetic staff members in a morning jog or light exercise.  We should note, however, that typically hot July weather impacts these options and recent students have tended to prefer sleeping-in in the mornings because of it.

Evening activities on most days will be thematic in nature, including movie nights with features from the zombie genre, first aid certification training, a military challenge course, tactical room clearing exercises, humans vs. zombies tag games, and even a “Zombie Prom.”

Students are required to participate in activities. Not all days will involve academically-linked activities and ample time will be made available for general recreation, time to catch up on laundry (if needed), or just relax and talk with friends.

Living On Campus


Students live with their preceptors in single-sex wings of a residence hall near the center of the Truman campus.

Students will be given room assignments when they check in. Most students are assigned to double rooms, but we cannot guarantee a particular housing arrangement, including a roommate request, to any student. To the extent possible, students are assigned roommates of a similar age. Bathrooms are typically communal, which means students of the same sex will be sharing a common bathroom. Students are not allowed to visit opposite-sex wings of the residence hall at any time.

Room Furnishings

The University furnishes most rooms with bunkable/loftable beds, standard twin-sized mattresses (36” x 76”), a dresser or drawers to share between residents, closets or wardrobes, and window mini-blinds. All residence hall rooms have a desk with drawer space for each resident. You may want to bring a mattress pad or “eggcrate” foam padding, bed linens, pillow, light blanket, and clothes hangers.

Students are allowed to bring a small refrigerator but must limit them to 2’w x 3’h x 2’d in size. The University does have a limited supply of small refrigerators and these are available on a first come, first served basis. If you rent a refrigerator you will need to pay a $15 per week fee that accounts primarily for the cost of electricity.

Residents using extension cords are strongly encouraged to use grounded 3-prong, 15-amp minimum, extension cords and/or surge protectors. All electronics or appliances must be UL approved and in good, working condition. Please refer to the “Things to Bring” and “Things NOT to Bring” lists when considering what electrical devices to bring.

Student I.D.’s

Students will receive a meal card at orientation on Sunday, but due to the shorter nature of the program, they will not receive a formal ID card.  Students should keep this card available for all meals.


All meals Sunday evening, through Sunday morning will be provided by the University. No cooking is allowed in the residence hall rooms.

The dining services on campus offer a wide selection of food at every meal, and their menus are varied enough to accommodate vegan, vegetarian, and other diets. If your student requires other special dietary needs or has food allergies, please contact us before you arrive so that we can plan for these needs.

Vegetarian Meals: Meatless entrees are available on the regular menu. The meatless entrees may contain animal products (milk, cheese, eggs). Students who prefer not to eat animal products may choose from items on the regular menu and the salad bar. Unfortunately, special, no-animal-product menu plans are not available.

Specific Food Allergies: Most students with food allergies manage by selecting from the variety of items available on the regular menu and salad bar.  If your student’s allergy is a particularly sensitive one, we can work with good services to take the necessary steps to ensure added safety.

Keys/Key Deposit

Student rooms are required to be locked at all times.  Students are issued a room key when receiving their room assignment.  This key is the student’s responsibility.  A $40.00 key deposit will be required at check-in to cover lost keys.