Peru State Posts Largest Enrollment in 142 Years
Final Numbers Also Show Biggest Freshman Class in History
(Peru, Neb.) Peru State College (PSC) today announced that the college has posted the largest enrollment in the institution’s 142-year history.
Fall 2009 enrollment has reached 2,502 students, up from 2,326 at the same time last year, which represents a 7.47 percent increase. The college has also enrolled its largest freshman class in history, which represents an 8 percent increase for a total of 235.
The largest area of increase was graduate enrollment, which is up nearly 18 percent. Online enrollment is up 7 percent and on-campus enrollment is up more than 10.5 percent since 2008. The increase in on-campus enrollment has also impacted campus housing, increasing the use of residence halls 11 percent.
PSC President Dr. Dan 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 and retention.
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 an outstanding education to our students and contributing to the future of southeast Nebraska and our entire state. The dramatic growth in 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.”