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Peru State College's campus rests along the Missouri river in southeast Nebraska. As a member of the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum, the campus has been nicknamed "Campus of a Thousand Oaks." Established in 1867, Peru State was Nebraska's first college starting with 60 students and now enrolling around 2,400 students. $50 million worth of campus renovations have been funded over the last decade through the support of the State of Nebraska, and with a one to 23 faculty to student ratio, you will receive the support you need to succeed throughout your education.

Keeping up with the advances in technology, Peru State College is proud to offer numerous degrees through its online education program. These degrees include bachelor's degrees in Business Administration, Criminal Justice, and Psychology. It also offers a graduate program for students interested in obtaining their Master of Science degree in Education - Curriculum and Instruction or in Organizational Management. An online degree allows you to take courses from anywhere you have access to the internet. It also connects you with your teachers and classmates at a time that is convenient for you.

Peru State College was named the fifth most affordable online college in the nation in 2016 by Its Criminal Justice program was ranked number 34 out of 150 colleges in the nation for best value in online education by Value Colleges. Value Colleges offers these rankings as a way to direct prospective students to the institutions that provide the biggest "bang for their buck." This value extends far beyond cost, as Peru State offers an exceptional education that produces graduates that are sought after and highly valued.

Peru State College Accreditation Details

Peru State is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Accreditation is used to maintain the standards of colleges. HLC accredits post-secondary educational institutions which grant degrees in the North Central region of the United States.

Peru State College Application Requirements

The application process varies whether you are a first year student, transfer, international, or graduate student.

? First Year Students - If you have completed high school and never attended a higher education institution, you may enroll as a first year student. The application process begins with completing the online application. Once you have completed this, you must request high school transcripts. These must be sent directly from your high school to Peru State Office of Admissions. Hand delivered transcripts are not accepted. ACT and/or SAT scores must be submitted to the Office of Admissions as well. Health assessments are only required for students attending on campus.
? Transfer Students - If you have enrolled in or attended another college since high school, you are eligible to apply as a transfer student. The application process begins with completing the online application. Transcripts from your high school and previously attended colleges must be submitted directly to the Office of Admissions. Hand delivered transcripts are not accepted. College transcripts are required whether you completed the credits or not. Health assessments are not required unless you are attending classes on campus.
? International Students - The application process for international students begins by completing an international student application. The next step is to request to have your transcripts submitted to the Office of Admissions. You must prove English proficiency either through the Test of English Language as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), English3, International English Language Test System (IELTS), or SAT. You are also required to submit a statement of financial support, a transfer eligibility form, and an International Student Health and Counseling Form.
? Graduate Students - If you have completed a bachelor's program and are interested in getting your master's degree, you must first submit an online application. Next, you must request to have your transcripts transmitted from a regionally-accredited institution. Admission requires a 3.0 cumulative GPA. Two recommendation forms are required, preferably from a direct supervisor or principal. Recommendations from relatives are not accepted. Finally, you must submit a professional resume.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Peru State College has a "one rate, any state" policy for all students. All undergraduate students pay in-state tuition fees regardless of whether they are attending campus or learning online. Current fees are as follows:

? Undergraduate Students - On-campus tuition is $160 per credit hour. Off-campus tuition is $260 per credit hour.
? Graduate Students - Online tuition is $325 per credit hour. Resident on-campus tuition is $200 per credit hour. Non-resident on-campus tuition is $400 per credit hour.

Additional fees that are required include: a $15 matriculation fee, a $15-$85 per course Lab fee, a $50-$75 graduation fee, a $100 new student weekend fee, and a $25 learning community fee.

The Peru State College Financial Aid Office is available to provide assistance to all students with financial difficulties. Its goal is to see each and every student receive the education they desire. Faculty in the Financial Aid Office are available to guide you through the application process, ensure that the filing goes smoothly, determine which aid is the right fit for you, and assist in getting the maximum amount of aid available for your needs. A Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required to determine eligibility. There are many types of aid available through government, public, and private agencies. These include grants, loans, scholarships, and work-study programs. Grants and scholarships do not have to be repaid. If you have any questions, contact an advisor at the Financial Aid Office.

Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice

Perhaps it has always been your dream to become a Crime Scene Investigator. With a criminal justice degree through Peru State's award winning online program, your dream can become a reality. Using innovative teaching techniques and solutions, Peru State propels you directly into your chosen career path upon graduation. As one of the lowest costing colleges in the nation, you enter the workforce with little to no debt. When you are ready for a highly profitable and successful career that begins the moment you graduate, Peru State College is ready for you.

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