Erie, PA
Tuition (in-state)
$20,794 ($13,900)
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Penn State
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Reviews 384 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics are great! If you can, I highly suggest competing in college! Sports at Behrend dominate. Every sports team (minus the men's water polo team) here at Behrend kicks butt and comes home with wins and championships. Also, as an athlete you get to schedule before everyone else.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The off campus housing is pretty good. Houses or apartments

5 College Freshman

Computers: Computer labs are great, and there's always room for you. Printing is free all over the campus, there are printers in about every buidling. Internet is great! It's fast and reliable. Wireless access all over campus and in the dorms. You will need a personal computer, but don't waste money on a printer.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Always parties going on at Ugates. Sports parties, and Hudson Lofts will be new, so we'll see what that's like

3 College Freshman

Parking: You're allowed to have a car as a Freshman, but it is most certainly not needed! I don't have one here and don't feel the need for it. Parking permits are roughly $250 per semester, and you will get a ticket if you don't have one. People also always get ticketed when they park in the 20 min only parking spaces right in front of the dorms.

3 College Freshman

Weather: The winter's are rough, don't let someone tell you otherwise. A lot of snow, and it can be pretty miserable having to walk to class with temperatures in single digits and negative windchills. It's also Super WINDY! all the time, but.... it's really not that bad haha. It's only slightly worse than anywhere else in western PA

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The only off-campus dining spot within walking distance from the campus is Hungry Howie's Pizza. Other than that you'll have to drive to Buffalo Road, or Peach Street which has anything you want

5 College Freshman

Majors: I had no trouble, just do well in high school, keep the GPA up.

3 College Freshman

Majors: Engineering: It's a lot of work, be prepared to study A LOT more than you did in high school. Scaled up physics sucks, but the rest is alright.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Really, there's just "The E". It's just a bus system that goes around campus, but if you live on campus, you will never have to take it, it's mainly for those who live at UGates (off campus apartments)

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: It wasn't too bad, just get it done as early as possible.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Never any crime, extremely safe campus. I always feel safe walking back to my dorm alone after midnight on any day of the week.

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: The Greek life at Behrend is a joke. I would highly recommend not getting involved. They don't really have Greek housing, and the house they do have is run down. You don't have to go Greek to be "cool", recognized or get involved on campus. If you do sports, that'll be WAY better anyways. The sports parties are 10 times better than any frat party!

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: It's lovely. I can see the lake from my window.

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4 College Freshman

Computers: Computer labs are always open and easy to use.

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College Freshman

Athletics: I don't know much about sports on my campus.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: From what I've seen, my campus is very average in it's diversity overall.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life isn't a big deal on my campus. I have friends that are part of sororities, but we don't act differently toward each other. I think on my campus, people join sororities to be part of a group, not as a social status.

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3 College Freshman

Weather: The snow is terrible. I'm from around this area and have lived in the snow belt all of my life, but I hate it. The snow makes it harder for me to want to go to classes, but I muddle through.

College Freshman

Majors: I haven't had an internship, but I plan to have one in the future. I need one to graduate, and I would also love the experience of being immersed in a job that I could do after I graduate.

3 College Freshman

Majors: I'm just a second semester freshman so I don't know much about my program. I would like to know a lot more information about it, however. I know I can do a lot with marketing, but honestly I'm unsure of what I in particular can do, or rather, what to do with this degree once I graduate.

1 College Freshman

Scholarships: I was valedictorian and I didn't get much of anything

4 College Freshman

Athletics: The athletics at our school help to build school spirit and fan support. Not only do athletic sports keep you in shape but they help to build character and self esteem. Being on an intramural team makes it possible to have fun being on a team while also making new friends.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The education major at my campus is very rigorous. The workload consists of writing alot of essays. Our professors are very helpful and personable. The facilities are nice with comfortable areas to study and do our work.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The safety and security on our campus is very good. The space between buildings is close so there is little walking distance between classes. The pathways are well lit. There are several campus police that live on campus. There are also boxes all around campus in case of emergencies.

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Alexandra Johnston
Pittsburgh, Pa.
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Overall, most students seem to be very happy at Behrend. In fact, a lot of students who plan on transferring to University Park end up changing their minds and staying at Behrend. Students tend to think of Behrend as a great place or a comfortable setting. Students who are not happy at here blame it on the small size and lack of proximity to more fun things to do. Some Behrend students say it begins to feel like being in high school again after four years, but a lot of that depends on who you hang out with.

Behrend is definitely a small school, so anyone looking for a huge school should look elsewhere, but anyone interested in a moderately sized school with an extremely friendly student body and devoted and kind professors will be right at home here. Students who enjoy the idea of forming close bonds with professors, doing undergraduate research, and being able to visit professors whenever they need to will love the academic side of Behrend. People who want to get involved in campus activities also will love Behrend. Finally, anyone can feel comfortable at Behrend and find his or her niche. Behrend students are extremely accepting of anyone, and it is very easy to make friends in and out of class.

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