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Study at Peru State College

Peru State College was originally established as the Mount Vernon School in 1865. It went through a number of changes in name and status, and was finally christened the Peru State College in 1963. The institute currently sits on a 104-acre campus in Peru, Nebraska.

Peru State College offers a number of bachelor's degrees in arts and science. Pre-professional programs in various are also available. In addition, students can opt for the Master of Science in Education or the Master of Science in Organizational Management programs. The academic divisions of the college include:

  • School of Arts and Sciences
  • School of Education
  • School of Professional Studies
The sports teams of Peru College are nicknamed the Bobcats. They participate in baseball, football, basketball, cross country, golf, softball, and volleyball. The teams are members of the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference and compete in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Division II level.

Profile of Peru State College

Peru State is in a rural area, in Peru, NE. The school is classified as a public college. Students at Peru State earn degrees up to the Master's degree.

Course Topics

The most common major fields study at the school include business and management and education and teaching.

Peru State Selectivity

All qualified applicants are admitted as Peru State offers open admission.


Some professors at the school are awarded tenure, allowing the school to retain good faculty members.

Student Enrolment

Peru State, in 2007, had 2, 307 students (1, 722 full-time equivalent).

Student Life

Dorm living is common. Peru State makes available student meal plans. Athletic teams at the school belong to the Central States Football League and Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference for major sports. Student athletes can receive financial aid in some cases.

The school reports its educational mission is:

"Peru State College serves the community through education, research, and public service programs. Our mission is to excel as a comprehensive liberal arts college that encourages student learning with educational priorities in baccalaureate and graduate teacher education, as well as undergraduate programs in business, the humanities, and the sciences. We value free-inquiry, professional development, research enhancing our educational role, and public service related to and supportive of instruction. Peru State College serves students from throughout the state, nation, and world but retains a special commitment to serve the residents and needs of Southeast Nebraska. "

Peru State Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Education and Teaching249teacher education and development, elementary school teaching, social science teaching, physical education teaching, art education, math teaching, English teaching, music teaching, . . .
Business and Management131business administration, business management
Security and Law Enforcement22criminal justice and safety
Therapy and Counselling8psychology
Science7biological and physical sciences
Computer Science and Engineering3computer and info science
Liberal Arts3liberal arts and sciences
Photography and Commercial Art0commercial art

Contact: Peru State

Peru State College

600 Hoyt Street

Peru, NE 68421-0010

General Phone: (402) 872-3815


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