Peru State College

600 Hoyt Street, Peru, NE 68421-0010

School Details

Peru State College was founded in 1867 as Nebraska’s first college and as only the third teacher education institution established west of the Missouri River. By 1915, the school earned accreditation from the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. In addition to overall accreditation, specialized accreditation has been earned awarded to the Teacher Education program. The school was originally named Nebraska State College, but in 1963 it was renamed to Peru State College.

Peru State College’s mission is to provide life-long learning by fostering independent inquiry and promoting the value of knowledge and discovery. Peru State College is a four-year, public university that awards Bachelor’s degrees and Master’s degrees. Peru State College is located in 104 acres in the small city of Peru, Nebraska, and is only 11 miles and 70 miles, respectively, away from the larger cities of Auburn and Omaha.

Peru State College has an open admission policy and a rolling admissions deadline for students who are coming from an accredited high school. However, students are still required to take the SAT test. Students who decided to attend Peru State College come back for a following year of classes at a rate 53% for full-time students and 20% for part-time students. Credits earned at Peru State College can be transferred to other higher learning institutions and about 39% of students take advantage of this and transfer out of Peru State College to another institution. Students at Peru State College typically graduate within the four years it is expected to earn a bachelor’s degree at a rate of 12% and graduate within six years at a rate of 26%.

There are 2,358 students currently enrolled at Peru State College, of these students, 871 are adult learners over the age of 24. There are 2,094 students studying at the undergraduate level and 264 studying at the graduate level. Undergraduate students at Peru State College are mostly full-time enrollments, with 57% of students taking more than 12 credits per semester. Graduate level students, on the other hand, are mostly part-time enrollments with only 22% enrolled full-time. The gender break down of the student body is 59% female students and 41% male students. There is hardly any racial diversity with the most represented race being white students who make up 79% of the student population. The other represented racial groups, African American, Asian, American Indian and Hispanic make up 4%, 1%, 1% and 3% of the student body respectively. With 74%, the majority of the student body comes to Peru State College from in state.

Students have a variety of options academically at Peru State College. There are a number of degrees and certificate options available. The available degrees are available within four schools. The four schools include:

  • School of Arts and Sciences
  • School of Education
  • School of Professional Studies
  • Graduate School

Within these schools there are 14 undergraduate degrees available with 62 available majors and three graduate majors leading to one of two master degrees.

Peru State College also offers a number of special programs for learners at all different academic levels and experiences. These programs include:

  • General Studies Requirements For All Programs
  • General Studies Transfer Program
  • Graduate Certificates of Achievement
  • High School Early Entry
  • Honors Program
  • Life Experience Credit / Prior Learning
  • Rural Health Opportunities Program
  • Public Health Early Admission Student Track

There are a total of 108 faculty members, all part of the instructional faculty. These faculty members typically hold their highest degree in their specific field and place a heavy importance on the students. Faculty members interact with students in average class sizes due to a 23:1 student-to-faculty ratio.

For students wanting to complete a degree, but who have a hectic schedule, Peru State College offers courses and degrees that can be completed entirely online. The online courses and degrees that can be completed are:

  • General Studies Requirements For All Programs
  • Accounting
  • Computer and Management Information Systems
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Accounting (minor)
  • Business Administration (minor)
  • Computer and Management Information Systems (minor)
  • Marketing (minor)
  • Management
  • Justice Administration
  • Justice Counseling
  • Criminal Justice (minor)
  • Psychology
  • Psychology (minor)
  • Master of Science in Education
  • Master of Science in Organizational Management

The yearly tuition and fees for enrollment at Peru State College is $6,008 for both in- and out-of-state students. Peru State College offers the guidance of its financial aid office to help students with the cost of higher education. The financial aid office can help students with the tuition payment plan and can help students find and apply for grants, scholarships and loans. Currently, 57% of the student population accepts some form of grant or scholarship aid. The average grant or scholarship package is $4,504 per student per year. Students can also take on loans for extra assistance, 47% of students have student loans and the average loan amount is $6,249.




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    Public, 4-year or above
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Master's degree
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