Dec 06, 2023  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

College Public Services

Al Wheeler Activity Center

The Al Wheeler Activity Center houses three full size basketball courts, a four-lane indoor track, fully equipped fitness center, and classroom space along with athletic offices, the Sky Box (conference room), and the health center. The facility is utilized for Bobcat athletic events, athletic camps, area high school athletic competitions, student activities, commencement, and is available for rent by the community through Conference Services.   Community members are encouraged to purchase a membership to utilize the Fitness Center through the Business Office for an annual fee of $25 per person. The Fitness Center is available for student, faculty, and staff use during hours of operation. All individuals using the facility must sign a yearly Fitness Center User Agreement to be submitted to Campus Security. Violations of guidelines for use may lead to denial of access to the Fitness Center. Details on the policies and use of the Fitness Center may be found online.


The Campus of a Thousand Oaks Arboretum is located on the Peru State campus and is one of the affiliated sites that constitute the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum (NSA). Each affiliated arboretum site develops collections and programs that meet local needs and help to further the NSA mission to “enrich lives through the beauty and wonder of plants.” Peru State originally became a member of the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum in the spring of 1981. The mission of the Campus of a Thousand Oaks Arboretum is to serve as a botanical resource for students, visitors, and residents of southeast Nebraska and to develop a dynamic arboretum embedded in an institutional landscape plan compatible with the aesthetic, historical, and floristic heritage of the site. The Arboretum will maintain a representative specimen collection of Missouri River Valley gallery forest flora while preserving and restoring the historical aesthetics of Peru State. The Arboretum collection is an educational resource for the study of botany and horticulture.

College Library

The Library, an award-winning building, is an excellent place for studying and socializing. Students have access to over 52,000 books, and over 3,000 DVDs.  A floor of pre-school and K-12 classroom resources is devoted to teacher education. With 24/7 access to its online resources, students may search over 58,000 magazines, journals, and newspapers and more than 500,000 eBooks that may be downloaded for offline reading. All online resources are accessible from any location with the use of a student’s Peru State College login. The Library also has a computer lab and laptops for students to use. A helpful staff and librarians are available to answer questions and to assist with research. 

Dual Enrollment

The Early Entry Program (Dual Enrollment) is a partnership between Peru State and participating school districts. Peru State’s Dual Enrollment programs are intended to meet the needs of academically advanced and motivated high school students by providing access to college level courses. The program is divided into two components; traditional and online. Traditional courses are taught in the high schools by teachers with qualifications meeting the requirements of the College’s academic departments. The online component allows high school students to participate in Peru State’s courses offered via internet by the College’s faculty members. Students in these classes will typically meet all of the following requirements:

  1. Be juniors or seniors;
  2. Be chosen carefully and recommended by the high school academic staff;
  3. Meet the prerequisites of the courses;
  4. Have a cumulative grade point average of B or its equivalent or better; or rank in the top half of their high school class; or earn an ACT composite score of at least twenty (20) or an equivalent score on another valid assessment.


College facilities are available to rent for approved purposes. Information is available through Conference Services located in the Student Life Office in the Student Center. Facility use details can be found online at

Graduate Programs

Peru State offers a Master of Science in Education degree program in Curriculum & Instruction through two delivery formats (regular and cohort). Peru State also offers a Master of Science in Organizational Management with an emphasis in Entrepreneurial and Economic Development. Both thirty-six (36) hour programs are offered online. Further information may be obtained by contacting the Office of Graduate Programs.

Peru State National Alumni Association

All graduates of Peru State, as well as former students, faculty and staff who request it, are considered members of the Peru State National Alumni Association. Alumni gatherings occur throughout the United States with an active alumni chapter in Omaha (1955). Homecoming, the annual 50-year Class Reunion, and other activities are presented in conjunction with the Peru State National Alumni Association. The National Alumni Association is operated under the auspices of the Peru State Foundation.

Peru State Online Program

Peru State Online is an instructional program, which connects student learners with educational programs and resources from any location with access to the internet. Students can take classes of interest or complete entire degree programs. Online courses have the same objectives as courses that are offered on campus. Students have lectures, discussion questions, writing assignments, projects, and exams. All work is completed online in either an eight week or sixteen-week academic period. Peru State’s online learning platform, Blackboard, is user-friendly. To facilitate online success, an online student orientation is offered for new students. A list of programs and majors offered online may be found in the College catalog and on the College’s website.

Public Health Early Admission Student Track (PHEAST)

There has never been a more exciting time to pursue a career in public health. Public health professionals conduct research, improve health practices, and manage health programs and organizations using their knowledge of a variety of disciplines, including medicine, economics, sociology, anthropology, mathematics, communications, and much more. Combine your many interests with a graduate degree in public health and add your perspective and expertise to the future in this exciting collection of career paths. Public Health Early Admission Student Track (PHEAST) is a cooperative program between Peru State and the University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Public Health (UNMC CoPH). Through the PHEAST program, up to three eligible students in their sophomore or junior year can gain provisional acceptance into the UNMC CoPH Masters of Public Health Program while enrolled at Peru State. Selected students receive a full tuition waiver for their junior and senior years while enrolled at Peru State, provided they maintain good standing within the program. Current information and application instructions are available on the College’s website.

Rural Health Opportunities Program (RHOP)

The Rural Health Opportunities Program (RHOP) is a cooperative program between Peru State and University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). The purpose of the program is to recruit and educate students from rural communities who plan to practice in rural areas of Nebraska. Students admitted into the program must be from a rural background. Selected students receive a full tuition waiver while enrolled at Peru State, provided they maintain good standing within the program, and they are automatically pre-admitted into their specific program at UNMC. Currently, Peru State has been allocated seats in the Dentistry, Dental hygiene, Pharmacy, Physical therapy, Physician assistant, Radiography, Medical lab science, and Nursing programs. For more information and application instructions visit the College’s website.