Institute for Academic Outreach

Homeschooled Students

The Institute for Academic Outreach at Truman State University can connect home-schooled students with pre-college learning opportunities.


Summer Academies

Joseph Baldwin Academy for Eminent Young Scholars
For Grades 7-9

This three-week residential program on the Truman campus offers academically challenging classes for students in grades 7-9. The classes simulate the experience of a first-year college student. Students live on campus and participate in a variety of fun activities each day.

Nomination Process for Homeschooled Students:
Homeschool students may be nominated for the Joseph Baldwin Academy by a parent. Parents will need to supply a standardized test score or I.Q. test results as described above and provide the Dean with a copy of the student’s curriculum plan from the last two years. The Dean will handle students on a case-by-case basis.  School counselors are encouraged to alert homeschool students in their area about this opportunity.

Nomination deadlines are the same as for normally operating schools. Consult the JBA website for nomination details and deadlines. For more information, call 660-785-5406.

ATSU-Truman Healthcare Academy
For Grades 9-11

This three-week residential program held during the summer is designed for students interested in science and healthcare professions. You live on campus and work with highly regarded faculty and health professionals from Truman State University and A.T. Still University of Health Sciences, home of the very first college of Osteopathic Medicine.

Nomination Process for Homeschooled Students:
Homeschool students may be nominated for the ATSU-Truman Healthcare Academy by a parent. Parents will need to supply GPA data as described above and provide the Dean with a copy of the student’s curriculum plan from the last two years.  The Dean will handle students on a case-by-case basis.  School Counselors are encouraged to alert homeschool students in their area about this opportunity.

For more information, call 660-785-5406 or visit the ATSU-Truman Healthcare Academy website.


Summer Session/Early College-Dual Enrollment

Taking Dual Enrollment coursework, including during the summer, allows you to gain enriching experiences before college as you earn credit that can apply toward a later college degree.  Whether you’re a local student or you’re from out of town, you can get a jump-start on your college coursework by taking a summer class online at Truman.

Typically, general education courses are the best options for pre-college students. You can transfer the credits to Truman, and general education courses are mostly fully transferable to colleges within the state of Missouri.  These are courses such as College Algebra, American Government, and introductory courses in history, English, communication, philosophy, just to name a few.

How to Apply

  • Non-Truman Students
    You will need to complete the Non-Degree Seeking Student Application. At the time of application, please indicate which course(s) you wish to take. Additional information, such as standardized test scores (ACT or SAT) or transcripts may also be requested.
  • Students Who Have Applied to Truman
    You can take individual classes during the summer prior to regularly-matriculating at Truman. If you are an incoming Truman freshman thinking about taking a class during the summer immediately preceding your freshman year, we recommend consulting with an Academic Advisor in Truman’s Center for Academic Excellence.
  • Students Admitted to Truman
    If you have already been admitted to Truman and wish to take a course or two in the summer immediately preceding your freshman year, contact the Institute for Academic Outreach to inquire as to your status and to get assistance in enrolling earlier than your anticipated starting term in the Fall.

For more information, call 660-785-5384.