Peru State College
600 Hoyt Street
Peru, NE 68421-0010
(800) 742-4412
Accrediting Agency:
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Peru State College was established in 1865 as Mount Vernon School, which was the first state-supported college in Nebraska. The college was also the third teacher education institution west of the Missouri River. Although it nearly closed twice due to financial difficulties, Peru State College grew to an enrollment of more than 2,300 students. Online education programs funded approximately 30% of the campus initiatives when the school was undergoing its most significant growth and expansion.

Programs Offered

Peru State College takes pride in the online degree programs it offers at the undergraduate and graduate level. These accredited programs share the academic quality of the school’s traditional programs while affording the flexibility associated with distance learning. Working professionals can earn a degree from Peru State College entirely online in business management, criminal justice, education, or psychology. Based on their schedule and obligations, students can choose between 8- or 16-week courses offered throughout the year. Courses are taught by dedicated faculty members who have real-world experience and a working knowledge of their field. Students are engaged in the courses through videos, coursework lectures, discussion questions, writing assignments, and more.


Peru State College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.


Undergraduate applicants must complete an admissions application and submit their official high school transcript and SAT or ACT scores. Financial aid should be applied for at the time of admission as well. Transfer students must send transcripts from colleges previously attended and omitting high school transcript if more than 30 credit hours have been completed. Adult students applying may omit SAT or ACT scores even if they have no previous college experience. Graduate applicants need to submit a resume, college transcripts showing cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0, and two letters of recommendation.

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