Peru State Enrolls Largest Freshman Class in History, Out-of-State Freshman Enrollment Jumps 50 Percent
PSC Enrollments Increase More Than 31 Percent Overall Since 2000
(Peru, Neb.) Peru State College (PSC) President Dr. Dan Hanson today announced that the college has enrolled the largest freshman class in its 143-year history and is nearing capacity in its residence halls.
PSC’s total number of freshmen currently stands at 249 - an almost 8 percent increase over this time one year ago. The total number of on-campus students has risen to 972, a 2.75 percent increase since 2009. New graduate student enrollments are up 30 percent.
PSC is also posting an unprecedented increase in out-of-state freshmen enrollment with a 50 percent increase over 2009. The college saw a 20 percent increase last fall compared to 2008. Hanson attributes the tremendous growth in out-of-state enrollment to the college’s unique One Rate, Any State program which allows all students, regardless of residency, the opportunity to pay the same low tuition rate as Nebraska residents. The three-year pilot program, approved by the Nebraska State College System (NSCS) Board of Trustees in the summer of 2009, is in its second year.
Total headcount, which also includes on-campus, off-campus and online students, is down a little under 2 percent, from 2,173 during this time one year ago to 2,131 today. With several weeks left to register for online and off-campus classes, college officials expect those numbers to rebound when final enrollment figures are calculated in mid-October.
Hanson said, “Peru State College’s focus on student engagement and success is clearly resonating with applicants, and we could not be more excited about the growth of our on-campus programs. The kind of growth this institution has experienced over the past 10 years is really unprecedented, and we will continue to work hard and innovate so that our students continue to have access to the kind of relevant, quality education they have come to expect from Peru State.”
With the influx of freshman students this fall, the college is nearing capacity in its residence halls.
Hanson said, “This is the kind of problem that is good to have. Plans are underway to address the potential for future room shortages as we expect on-campus enrollments and residence hall demand to continue to grow over the next several years. The Nebraska State College System Board of Trustees met last week and approved plans to complete renovations to Morgan Hall, the women’s residence hall, which will make available 35 additional rooms by spring 2012.”