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U.S. News and World Report ranks Peru State second in the nation for value for out-of-state students


(Peru, Neb.) U.S. News and World Report has ranked Peru State College (PSC) second in the nation for value for out-of-state students.


President Dan Hanson said, “This distinction is in no small part due to our popular One Rate, Any State program which allows all students, regardless of residency, the opportunity to attend Peru State for in-state tuition rates. Today’s students are looking for the kind of personalized, relevant, flexible education Peru State provides. Offering one of the best values in the country for a top-quality education in an intimate college setting is a perfect fit for many students in a difficult economic climate.”


The One Rate, Any State program launched in the summer of 2009 as a three-year pilot program. Since then, out-of-state enrollments have increased 36 percent at the institution. The program was made permanent by the Nebraska State College System Board of Trustees in June 2011.


Hanson said, “One of the side benefits of this program is that it has the potential to significantly impact rural economic development in southeast Nebraska by exposing more individuals to this region of the state. Students who move to a state to attend college have a higher chance of staying after graduation or returning at some point in their careers. Roughly 80 percent of our graduates live and work in Nebraska following graduation.”


Tuition and fees for the 2011-12 academic year average $5,648 for on-campus undergraduates. Per credit hour rates at the institution are $135.25 plus fees for on-campus undergraduate courses, $200for online undergraduate courses and $250 for online graduate courses. Both of PSC’s graduate programs, the Master of Science in Organizational Management with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship and Economic Development and the Master of Science in Education – Curriculum and Instruction, are offered entirely online.


The full U.S. News and World Report article is available at