Sep 25, 2022  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog

General Admission Information



Applying for Undergraduate Admission

The Office of Admissions at Peru State welcomes inquiries and applications from all individuals who wish to pursue their educational and vocational goals.

Peru State is committed to the policy and practice that all persons have equal opportunity and access to programs without discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, marital status, gender, age, religion, or disability.

The Office of Admissions provides the following tips for students considering enrollment at Peru State:

Students are encouraged to apply online at https://www.peru.edu/apply. All students seeking admission must complete the Application for Admission. Peru State does not charge an application fee.

The College recommends that entering freshmen have completed the following units of course work during their high school program of study: four (4) units of English; three (3) units of mathematics; three (3) units of laboratory science; three (3) units of social studies; additional courses in foreign language, fine and performing arts, and computer literacy.

The Office of Admissions receives and processes all undergraduate and graduate applications and required documentation. Correspondence concerning the admission process and requests for applications should be directed to the Office of Admissions.

High School seniors may submit their Application for Admission and official transcripts any time after the completion of the sixth semester of high school. It is recommended students apply during the first semester of their senior year. Applications for Fall open August 1 of the year preceding fall entry. Spring applications open June 1 of year preceding Spring entry.

All students attending the main campus are required to submit a Health and Counseling form and immunization records prior to registering for classes. Forms can be obtained in your myPSC account.

An official high school transcript documenting the date of graduation and final GPA from that high school must be submitted to Peru State prior to the start of the semester for which admission has been granted. Transfer students who are transferring 30 or more hours are not required to submit an official high school transcript.

Peru State College is an ACT/SAT test optional institution. Test scores are not required for admission but students are encouraged to take the ACT or SAT test and send official scores to the institution. Competitive tuition scholarships will require official test scores for eligibility. Test scores should be sent to the Office of Admission directly from the testing agency or accompany official high school transcripts. The Peru State test codes are ACT 2470, SAT 6468.

All materials submitted as a part of the application process become the property of Peru State and will not be returned to the individual.

Official transcripts and documents should be mailed to Peru State College, Office of Admissions 600 Hoyt Street, PO Box 10, Peru, NE 68421-0010

Documents received through Parchment, National Student Clearinghouse, DocuShare, or a third-party secure sender will be accepted as official. Electronic documents should be sent to admissions@peru.edu.

Notice of Admission

Applicants will receive a letter and email notifying them of their admission status when all documentation necessary for an admission decision has been submitted to the Office of Admissions.

Pursuant to Nebraska State College System Board Policies 3100 and 3200, Peru State College may deny or condition admission, readmission, or continuing enrollment of any individual who, in the judgement of the College, presents an unreasonable risk to the safety and welfare of the College and persons thereon.

The student application includes a question asking if a student has ever been convicted or a law violation or adjudicated under the jurisdiction of a juvenile court for an act that resulted in probation, community services, a jail sentence or revocation or suspension of a driver's license. If a student selects "yes" they will be asked to provide an explanation as part of the admission process. Answering "yes" is not an automatic disqualification of admission. The explanation will be reviewed by the Director of Admissions and the student will be notified once it is complete.

Admission may be revoked if granted on the basis of false information willfully submitted, or if facts required in the application process are intentionally concealed or omitted.

Mid-Year Admissions

Students who complete high school at mid-year or high school graduates and all other accepted applicants who would like to begin their college education mid-year may enter Peru State at the beginning of the spring semester. Transfer students will find the transition to Peru State at mid-year minimally disruptive to their educational plans.

Application Submission

Submit an application at www.peru.edu/apply. Create your own log in credentials to access the application. Complete, in all honesty, all information asked on the application to Peru State. The application may be started and saved to complete at a later time by logging back in.

Student ID Account

All students applying to any of the Nebraska State Colleges (Peru State, Chadron Sate or Wayne State) or any institution in the University of Nebraska System (University of Nebraska- Lincoln, Kearney, Omaha, UNMC, or Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture) will be assigned a Nebraska Unique Identity (NUID) number. This eight (8) digit number will be provided to you through TrueYou (Identity Management System) following the completion of the application for admission. You will receive an email with your NUID and instruction on claiming your NUID credentials. You will use the same NUID for any campus listed above that you apply to.

You may recover your NUID number by going to https://trueyou.nebraska.edu/ or by calling the Office of Admissions and answering identifying information. Your password may be reset by first following the "forgot password" prompts located on the myPSC log in page.

Applications are received the next business day after submission at which time the student's myPSC To Do List is updated. Until that time, a general To Do List is generated which may not reflect all required documentation for admission.

It is highly encouraged students monitor the myPSC To Do List and complete any outstanding items to progress their admission to Peru State.

Admission Requirements Freshmen

Freshmen are students who have not previously attended college or who have attended college while still in high school. Freshman applicants who have graduated from an accredited high school will be admitted to Peru State.

For students with a non-traditional or home school education, the College accepts the successful completion of the General Education Development (GED) test, or a composite score of 18 on the ACT or 870 on the SAT (excluding writing score) in lieu of a formal high school diploma.

Application Process:

  1. Submit a completed Application for Admission. Peru State does not charge an application fee.
  2. Request to have your high school records office mail an official transcript to the Office of Admissions. For non- traditional or home school education, submit in-progress transcript.
    -or-
    Request to have an official copy of GED scores (proof of high school graduation) sent directly from the testing center to the Office of Admissions.

Official transcripts and documents should be mailed to Peru State College, Office of Admissions 600 Hoyt Street, PO Box 10, Peru, NE 68421-0010

Documents received through Parchment, National Student Clearinghouse, DocuShare, or a third-party secure sender will be accepted as official. Electronic documents should be sent to admissions@peru.edu.

  1. Peru State College is an ACT/SAT test optional institution. Test scores are not required for admission but students are encouraged to take the ACT or SAT test and send official scores to the institution. Competitive tuition scholarships will require official test scores for eligibility. Have the results of your American College Test (ACT) or Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) sent to the Peru State Office of Admissions. This can be done by indicating Peru State when you take the test or by contacting the appropriate testing agency. Peru State's testing codes are ACT - 2470 and SAT - 6468.
  2. Submit health form and immunization records
    1. Complete and submit the Peru State College Health and Counseling Form
    2. Submit a copy of your immunization records showing proof of two MMR vaccinations

Transfer Students

Transfer students are those that have enrolled in at least one college course following high school graduation. Transfer students not on current academic or disciplinary suspension from their previous institution are eligible for admission to Peru State.

Transfer students interested in attending Peru State should submit their completed application materials to the Office of Admissions.

Application Process:

  1. Submit a completed Application for Admission. Peru State does not charge an application fee.
  2. Request to have official transcripts from ALL post-secondary institutions attended sent to the Office of Admissions. An applicant's enrollment history is verified through National Student Clearinghouse. Any institution reporting enrollment history will require an official transcript. Transcripts submitted by the student are not official and will not be used for final admission or evaluation of transfer credit. The transcript should show work attempted and completed for all terms attended up to that point. The student must also request that the institution send an official copy of the final transcript after the current term is completed.

Official transcripts and documents should be mailed to Peru State College, Office of Admissions 600 Hoyt Street, PO Box 10, Peru, NE 68421-0010

Documents received through Parchment, National Student Clearinghouse, DocuShare, or a third-party secure sender will be accepted as official. Electronic documents should be sent to admissions@peru.edu.

  1. Students who have not completed 30 transferable hours must also submit official copies of their high school transcripts.
  2. Submit health form and immunization records
    1. Complete and submit the Peru State College Health and Counseling Form
    2. Submit a copy of your immunization records showing proof of two MMR vaccinations

When deemed appropriate, the Director of Admissions may admit a transfer student with less than a 2.0 cumulative GPA. Students with less than a 2.0 will be admitted on a probationary basis. In addition to the Application for Admission, applicants for probationary admission must:

  • complete a probationary contract found in "to do" list/checklist in myPSC account.
  • take no more than 13 semester hours in the first term of attendance.

Transfer student applicants with less than a 2.0 transfer GPA who do not agree to these conditions will be denied admission.

If admitted on probation the student must complete at least six hours and earn a semester GPA of 2.0 or better to continue attendance. Transfer students admitted on probation will be suspended if, after the first semester at Peru State, their GPA is less than a 2.0.

Transfer of Credit

After the student has been fully admitted, the College completes an official evaluation to identify the applicability of previous work to the student's expressed major and degree program.

A maximum of 90 semester credit hours from an accredited four-year college or university and extra-institutional sources may be applied toward the minimum 120 semester hours required for a Bachelor's degree. Of these 90 semester hours, a maximum of 66 semester credit hours may be from a community/ vocational/ technical college or other extra-institutional sources. To be considered for possible transfer, courses must have been completed with a grade of "C-" or higher. Credit for a course in which the student earned a grade of "C-" will be accepted. Developmental or transitional courses (non-college level) will not be accepted.

An Associate of Arts (AA) or Associate of Science (AS) degree completed at an accredited postsecondary institution that includes a minimum of 30 semester hours of general studies coursework or its equivalent will fulfill all requirements of a general studies program established at a Nebraska State College. Note that while the general studies requirements will be fully met with completion of the Associates degree, only those courses carrying grades as established above will be applied to the credit hour requirements of the baccalaureate degree.

All students must complete a minimum of 50% of the hours required for the major/endorsement requirements (excluding General Studies) at Peru State.

Students who have been suspended from another college will not be considered for admission until the period of suspension at their previous institution has expired and the facts of the dismissal are provided. Students who discontinue their attendance at Peru State and then attend another college or university before seeking readmission are classified as transfer students.

Transfer students who have completed technical Associate's Degrees or equivalent will be eligible for the Bachelor of Applied Science degree completion program. See the School of Professional Studies section of this catalog for more detail.

Readmission

Readmission is for students who have previously attended Peru State but have interrupted their enrollment. All undergraduate students who previously attended Peru State and withdrew or discontinued their studies for two semesters or more (summer term excluded) and all post-graduate students seeking an additional academic program must apply to the Office of Admissions for readmission. Students who discontinue attendance at Peru State and attend another college or university are considered transfer students and must satisfy the transfer student requirements for readmission.

Students are readmitted for the semester or summer term they wish, provided they left the College in good standing. Students who interrupted their studies and who were on academic probation will be readmitted on probation provided they are in good standing with the College.

Students who are academically suspended from Peru State will not be considered for readmission for one full semester, not including summer term. A new application for admission is not required unless a student has enrolled elsewhere between enrollments at Peru State. Please refer to the Academic Probation and Suspension portion of the Catalog.

New students admitted to Peru State under this Catalog may graduate under its program requirements if they graduate within seven (7) years of continuous enrollment. However, should a candidate fail to remain consistently enrolled in his/her program and defer taking courses for more than one semester, he/she will be required to meet current requirements of an academic program. Unless otherwise noted, all academic policies in this Catalog that do not pertain to specific academic programs are effective immediately for all enrolled students.

Application Process:

Submit a completed Application for Admission. Peru State does not charge an application fee.

If you have attended any post-secondary institutions since leaving Peru State, request to have official transcripts sent to the Office of Admissions. For a transcript to be considered official, it must bear a school seal and be sent directly to the Office of Admissions by the other institution.

Students Seeking an Endorsement or Certification (online or hybrid) Application Process:

  1. Submit a completed Application for Admission. Peru State does not charge an application fee.
  2. Provide Supporting Documentation
    1. Student Seeking Initial Teaching Certificate
      1. Request to have official transcripts for all post-secondary institutions attended sent to the Office of Admissions (transcripts submitted by the student are not official and will not be used for admission or official evaluation of credit.) The transcript should show work attempted and completed for all terms attended up to current enrollment. A final transcript will be required for any transcript showing in-progress work.
    2. Student Seeking Endorsement
      1. Request to have official transcript from post-secondary institution in which bachelor's degree was/will be earned.
      2. Submit copy of teaching certificate.
  3. Submit health form and immunization records
    1. Complete and submit the Peru State College Health and Counseling Form
    2. Submit a copy of your immunization records showing proof of two MMR vaccinations

International Students

International students at Peru State make an important contribution to the campus environment by bringing a global perspective to the classroom and cultural diversity to the social and cultural life of the College. International students planning to enroll in courses on campus are strongly encouraged to apply before the deadlines (listed below) to allow time to complete application requirements.

Receipt of application materials after listed deadlines may result in a delayed enrollment date.

Fall Semester - June 1 Spring Semester - November 1

Application Process:

  1. Submit a completed Application for Admission. Peru State does not charge an application fee.
  2. Declare your intended major on the Application for Admission.
  3. Submit official transcripts of all academic work. These include:
    1. Secondary school records. Send a complete, year-by-year, official record of all schooling beyond the ninth year of education, including any certificates or diplomas earned. An English translation is required in addition to the originals and must be completed by a credible transcript translation organization.
    2. College or university records (if applicable). Send a complete, year-by-year, official record of academic performance for all post-secondary schooling including any certificates or diplomas earned. An English translation is required in addition to the originals and must be completed by a credible transcript translation organization.

Note that for admission to Peru State, average marks during schooling and on final examinations must be a minimum 2.0 grade point average in the Peru State grading system. In the Peru State grading system, A is 4.0, B is 3.0, C is 2.0, D is 1.0, and F is 0.0.

International students may need to send their transcripts to an international credentials evaluation service for evaluation. If this is necessary, the item will be requested through the student's myPSC To Do List. The cost will depend upon the type and complexity of the evaluation and is the responsibility of the student. Evaluation services accepted by Peru State include InCred (preferred method) and any member of NACES. Beginning Fall 2021 all international athletes will need to have their documents reviewed by InCred.

  1. Provide evidence of English language proficiency. Students must provide proof of English language proficiency in one of the following ways:
    1. Official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score report showing a minimum score of 550 on the paper based test with no section score lower than 56 points or 79 internet-based test with no section score lower than 22 points. Scores must be within the past two years to be official.
    2. Official IELTS score report showing a minimum score of 6.5 Scores must be within the past two years to be official.
    3. Duolingo. Minimum score of 100 is required. The test may be taken with any computer using a camera, audio and dependable internet.
    4. Citizens of Canada, Australia, England, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland, or Wales are exempt from this requirement.
  2. The College recommends but does not require submitting American College Test (ACT) or Scholastic AssessmentTest (SAT) score to the Office of Admissions. The test scores will not be used in determining admissions to the College, but may be used for awarding scholarships and/or advising purposes.
  3. Complete the Peru State Health and Counseling Information Form. This information is not used to evaluate an applicant for admission to College. The completed form is part of your confidential medical history which is used should medical treatment become necessary. Proof of medical immunizations is required for admission.
  4. Complete the Peru State Statement of Financial Support. This form is available through myPSC. Students must submit a completed form along with documentation from a financial institution showing the availability of financial support for the dollar amount indicated on the form for the first year at Peru State.

    Upon admission to Peru State, the student will be sent a Form I-20 45 days prior to the start of the term. The prospective student then takes the I-20 and other supporting academic and financial documents to the nearest United States embassy or consulate to apply for an F-1 (student) visa.

    International students will be invited to set up an account with EShip Global to ship their admissions materials and I- 20 once admitted to the College.

Personal Enrichment or Recertification

Students not pursuing a degree program may take courses at Peru State after completion of an application. Courses may be taken on campus or online and may be earned prior to high school graduation or to supplement degree completion at another institution. Previous academic transcripts and standardized test scores are not required. Students taking courses as non- degree seeking students cannot receive financial aid.

Application Process:

Submit a completed Application for Admission. Peru State does not charge an application fee.

  • Course enrollment requiring prerequisite may require additional information, such as a transcript.

Nebraska State College System Joint Enrollment

The Nebraska State College System offers an opportunity for students enrolled at either Chadron State, Peru State or Wayne State College to enroll in courses with one of the other State Colleges. Complete the Joint Enrollment Application. The "home" institution will notify the "host" institution of the student's good standing and the "host" institution will enroll the student in the course(s) indicated on the Joint Enrollment Application.

Dual Enrollment

The Dual Enrollment Program is a partnership between Peru State and participating high 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 the 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.

Application Process:

Complete the Application for Admission. Peru State does not charge an application fee. Parent authorization and counselor approval documents are required.