Peru State College is a public four-year liberal arts institution located in Peru, Nebraska
Founded by members of the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1865, making it the first and oldest institution in Nebraska, Peru State College would undergo several name changes before receiving its current name.
The college is organized into three schools, each supporting a different set of majors, including a graduate program, plus an extensive online education program that is credited with the college’s most recent successes. It occupies over twenty buildings on a beautiful 104-acre campus known as the “Campus of a thousand oaks”.
Three schools comprise Peru State College’s academic offerings, providing baccalaureate and graduate degrees and certificates of achievement: School of Education, School of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Professional Studies. Peru State’s small campus size provides for a small student-faculty ratio.
Arguably the largest academic program at Peru State College, and also its oldest, is the education department, under the School of Education. The original role of Peru State College was that of a normal school, training individuals to become the teachers in public and private elementary and secondary schools. Until the founding of the Nebraska State Normal School at Kearney, now known as the University of Nebraska at Kearney, it was the only normal school in Nebraska.
Peru’s continued strong commitment to teacher education is also reflected in its accreditations and memberships. Peru State College receives accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and is a member of the National Council for Teacher Education and the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.
The School of Professional Studies houses Peru’s Business Administration, Criminal Justice, and Psychology programs. The business administration curriculum is further broken down into accounting, computer and management information systems (CMIS), marketing, and human performance and systems management. An endorsement is also available for education majors wishing to teach business courses in secondary schools. The criminal justice program is further broken down into justice administration and justice counseling.
The School of Arts and Sciences provides Peru’s arts and sciences majors: Art, Music, English, Social Sciences, Natural Science, Mathematics, and Liberal Arts. Education endorsements are provided for education majors as well.