Peru State College: Narrative Description

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PO Box 10
Peru, NE 68421
Tel: (402)872-3815
Admissions: (402)872-2221
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site:


State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of Nebraska State College System. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1867. Setting: 104-acre rural campus. Total enrollment: 1,683. Faculty: 130 (40 full-time, 90 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 17:1. 504 applied, 62% were admitted. 10% from top 10% of their high school class, 21% from top quarter, 53% from top half. Full-time: 982 students, 56% women, 44% men. Part-time: 511 students, 50% women, 50% men. Students come from 27 states and territories, 7 other countries, 15% from out-of-state, 0.5% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 4% black, 0% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 32% 25 or older, 13% transferred in. Retention: 60% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, freshman honors college, honors program, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, early admission, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript. Required for some: minimum 2.0 high school GPA, recommendations, SAT or ACT. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Area resident tuition: $95 per credit hour part-time. State resident tuition: $2850 full-time, $190 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $5700 full-time. Mandatory fees: $684 full-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load, location, and reciprocity agreements. Part-time tuition varies according to course load, location, and reciprocity agreements. College room and board: $4486. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 13 open to all. Most popular organizations: Peru Chorus, Campus Activities Board, marching band, student government, Peru Players. Major annual events: homecoming, Spring Fling. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour patrols. 365 undergraduates lived in college housing during 2003-04. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Peru State College Library with 177,373 books, 450,631 microform titles, 232 serials, and a Web page. 120 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Peru is situated in an agricultural region of southeast Nebraska on bluffs overlooking the Missouri River. Corn, wheat, apples, and many other crops are raised in the area. The town is 65 miles from Omaha and 75 miles from Lincoln.

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