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Reviews 458 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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3 College Junior

Nightlife: Frat parties are close to non-existent. Only one frat has consistent parties, and compared to frat parties in the movies its like going to have tea with your grandma and her sewing circle. Partying is limited to off-campus student housing locations, and then it seems like the same party with the same people every week.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Fraternities aren't a major factor at Behrend. There are four frats: Sigma Tau Gamma (Sig Tau), Delta Chi, Kappa Delta Rho (KDR), and Triangle. Sig Tau and Delta Chi are the social frats, Sig Tau seems to keep to themselves while Delta Chi is good group of guys. KDR and Triangle are both educational, with Triangle being engineering specific.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: I've personally never had any problems with any of the schools policies. As far as RA's go, they are generally cool. Just remember they are students too and will be your friend if you aren't a jerk to them but they have jobs to worry about and be responsible for as well. The biggest thing to worry about is underage drinking in the dorms. Face it, it happens. However, Penn State has a zero tolerance policy so if you are caught you have to take a special class about alcohol abuse which will set you back about $200. Just be smart.

3 College Junior

Diversity: Behrend has a great deal of international students, mostly Oriental. Once you break the language barrier most are pretty friendly. However, if you are from the Pittsburgh area, you are sure to find a decent amount of people from your area.

3 College Junior

Athletics: We have lots of sports teams, basically everything but football, and they are pretty good too. I played one intramural sport, flag football, and it had a great turnout even in bad weather. Based on the amount of emails sent out about intramurals in general (like 3 a day), its hard to say whether they need participation or they are very popular. The same goes for varsity athletic events.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Erie is actually pretty decent when it comes to food. Buffalo Road (<5 minutes from campus) has all your fast food joints: Mcdonald's, Wendy's, Pizza Hut, etc. If you want sit down restaurants head for Peach Street. You'll find Quaker Steak, Five Guys, Chipotle, Golden Corral, as well as the Millcreek Mall. As far as smaller non-chain restaurants there is Nunzi's (Italian), The Breakfast Place (self-explanatory), and others.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: Dobbins is pretty decent food and a good price if you have a meal plan, but if you don't, you'll probably get more nourishment and save more money by just eating your cash. Bruno's is very good but expensive as with everything else in college, and is open late which is good. The Galley is sort of a convenience store and is great. It has a lot of snack food choices as well as stuff for the dorms like frozen meals and shampoo and such. The only downside is it closes early so plan ahead. There are also few other small food stands on campus that have drinks, bagels, etc.

1 College Junior

Guys & Girls: There's a horrible guy-to-girl ratio, aka the Behrend Ratio. It's about 4 to 1, which is better than 6 to 1 which it was a few years ago. It seems like half the girls here are on a sports team and therefore only associate with other athletes and won't even look at you if you're not a male athlete. The other half of the girls are stuck-up as well. The Behrend ratio makes girls that be average anywhere else appear extremely attractive. This leads to the girls getting big heads and thinking they are God's gift to men. There are a few really nice girls, but they all have boyfriends.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Most everyone here is friendly.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Not sure yet, that's why I said it's ok.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I'm not all sure but I assume that it's great.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: I do like the food here.

5 College Freshman

Majors: I do want an internship and I'm not worried for it

4 College Freshman

Majors: It is difficult but worth it.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Penn State is well known.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I just love it here.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: It's average which is great.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I'm not a part of Greek life so I wouldn't care.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: So far it has provided for my needs.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The food choices on campus are up to par, so I would rather eat on campus. Less expansive too!

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Many of the facilities are new or recently renovated

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: There is a plethora of diversity on campus.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: I eat off campus. It's much cheaper.

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3 College Freshman

Academics: I am undecided this year.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I wish I receive more help from financial aid. My parents work hard and I didn't receive much help to pay my tuition.


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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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