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News Release
 
09/02/09

Peru State College Enrollment Up 6 Percent So Far, Another Enrollment Record Set

Dramatic On-Campus Growth

 

(Peru, Neb.) Peru State College (PSC) President Dr. Dan Hanson today announced the college has set another record for fall enrollment, posting a 6.31 percent increase. With several weeks remaining to register for online and off-campus classes, PSC’s current total headcount stands at 2,173 students, compared to 2,044 at this time one year ago.

With additional online terms beginning later in the fall it is anticipated that 200-300 more students will enroll by mid-October. Trends indicate that total enrollment at the college this fall will climb to a record 2,400 students – the most in the college’s 142-year history.

The most dramatic growth area is on-campus enrollment, which increased more than 10.5 percent to 946 students. Online enrollment climbed above 1,100 students, an increase of more than 6 percent over last year. Freshman enrollment is up nearly 6.5 percent to 231 students, just four students shy of an all-time record for the institution. The increase in on-campus enrollment has also impacted campus housing, increasing the use of residence halls 11 percent.

Hanson attributed the college’s success to a redesigned scholarship program that rewards campus involvement and leadership, a new pilot program that offers in-state tuition rates to all out-of-state students, continued growth in the college’s online programs, targeted marketing strategies and an increase in student satisfaction. 

Hanson said, “This is an exciting time for Peru State College. We have talented, energetic faculty and staff who are committed to the college’s mission – providing the very best education possible to our students and contributing to the future of southeast Nebraska and our entire state. The dramatic growth in on-campus enrollment is the result of an intentional effort over the course of the last year, and we could not be happier with the vibrant campus community that resulted. We are poised to move the college to an even higher level as we continue our work to build a community of excellence focused on student achievement.”