Peru State’s Criminal Justice program named among top 50 in nation.

February 10, 2016, 2:00 p.m. CDT
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Peru State’s Criminal Justice program named among top 50 in nation.


Peru, Nebraska- Value Colleges named Peru State College’s Criminal Justice program #34 in the nation for best value in online education. Value Colleges considered 150 online programs before narrowing down the results to 100% online and accredited schools and then ranking them by their actual cost, U.S. News & World Report Rankings and’s College Return on Investment (ROI) Report.

Carrie Sealey-Morris, the editor of explains, “Value Colleges is here to direct prospective students to those online degree programs that offer the most bang for the buck – accredited, respected universities and colleges that make an excellent education affordable.”

Dr. Greg Galardi, Dean of the School of Professional Studies, said, “Peru State is honored to be included on any list recognizing best values in higher education.”

“Our criminal justice majors learn from dynamic and well-trained, scholar-practitioner faculty who provide an engaging and enjoyable academic experience in criminal justice. The faculty goes above and beyond to make sure students are prepared for the challenges criminal justice graduates face in the 21st century.”

Peru State College’s low yearly tuition rate is consistently recognized on lists for affordability for in-state and out-of-state tuition. The U.S. Department of Education reports that the national average for tuition costs is 25% more for in-state students than Peru State and says Peru State is at 50% of the national average for out-of-state tuition.

Value Colleges writes, “With tuition at only $246 – with no other hidden fees – Peru State is a value that is going to get a lot of attention.”

Peru State College did not participate in the U.S. News & World Report Rankings at the time of this survey. However, the College ROI Report found that at 10.8%, Peru State was best in the state of Nebraska for annual return on investment after graduation.

Sealey-Morris adds, “Without a U.S. News & World Report ranking, Peru State’s showing is all the more impressive, with cost and average ROI amply making up for the lack of a third metric.”

Value Colleges writes, “Like any smart, small public college, Peru State is branching out into online education to fill its students’ needs, and they’re doing so with style. Their well-designed website and strong programs are a good sign for Peru State’s future.”

Dr. Galardi continues, “The Criminal Justice program is an important and well-respected program in Nebraska and throughout the nation.  Peru State College is proud to provide well-prepared criminal justice graduates for law enforcement; corrections; probation and parole; drug and alcohol counseling; private security; and other health and human services occupations.”

“Our graduates are sought after and highly valued. Our programs help students get well-paying jobs that allow them to immediately contribute to the human services role in Nebraska and throughout the nation.”

Value Colleges offers meticulously researched, straightforward, and practical answers to commonly asked questions about value and affordability when making college decisions. The original article may be found at




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About Peru State College: Peru State’s “Campus of a Thousand Oaks,” an arboretum, is nestled in historic southeast Nebraska. The state’s first college, Peru State offers a unique mix of innovative online and traditional classroom undergraduate and graduate programs, including online graduate degrees in education and organizational management. It is a college of choice fostering excellence and student achievement through engagement in a culture that promotes inquiry, discovery and innovation.