Academics

Location
Erie, PA
Undergrads
3,723
Tuition (in-state)
$20,794 ($13,900)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
Branch Campus Of
Penn State
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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.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Penn State has incredible academic services. I couldn't imagine learning anywhere else. Penn State has a lot of unique tech and hardware that is only available at Behrend, especially for my major, Software Engineering.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Overall, Behrend has an incredible academic offering. Foreign language programs, as well as the variety of electives, are lacking, however.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: The engineering field is a challenge.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Many different engineering related topic (one of 7 in country for Plastics Engineering Tech.)

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 388th
    Best Online Course Options
  • 654th
    Most Available Classes
  • 657th
    Best Registration Process
  • 673rd
    Best Technology in the Classroom
  • 827th
    Most Flexible Curriculums

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Alexandra Johnston
Hometown
Pittsburgh, Pa.
Major
Biology
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Do not be fooled into thinking that Behrend is "just a branch campus" and that it is all fun and games—Behrend student know that academics are no joke. Most students here take academics very seriously, and the entire faculty is very serious, as well. Behrend is best known for its business and engineering programs, but the science programs are also extremely intense. The engineering program has an excellent reputation, and the plastics program is one of just a few in the country. Liberal arts and communications are also common majors. In general, the students love the teachers here. Most are beyond willing to help students outside of their office hours, and some teachers are even known to invite students to family dinners. Getting help from professors is not usually a problem. Most students will also agree that the workload depends on the major. Students majoring in science or engineering definitely have it much tougher than business and liberal arts majors and will spend much more time studying, and there is little that can be done to avoid the intense workload in these majors.

Freshmen who are undecided on a major are offered admission to DUS (Division of Undergraduate Studies). This sounds like a great option, but it is not all it appears to be—it usually just means that students get stuck with an adviser who doesn't have a clue how to advise in any specific area. So, if you have any idea about what you think you might want to do, pick a major so you can get an appropriate adviser. If you decide that major isn't for you, you can simply switch later because majors are not officially declared until sophomore year. Students who are truly undecided probably should enter DUS, but be advised that you should contact someone within your suspected future major for any related questions because DUS advisers tend to misguide students often about topics on which they are not really informed. Also, students should get to know the teachers within their major ASAP. Professors will really help you out down the road if you build a relationship early on. Also, when scheduling your first-semester classes, you will need a backbone because misadvised freshmen will end up in ridiculous electives like Asian Art History if they do not stand up for themselves during scheduling. If you need any reinforcement, just remember who is paying for these classes.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
15:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
238
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
71
Total FT Faculty
246
Faculty with Terminal Degree
62%
Average Faculty Salary
$72,975
Full-Time Retention Rate
82%
Part-Time Retention Rate
50%
Graduation Rate
67%
Programs/Majors Offered
46
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 33%
  • 20 to 49 students: 62%
  • 50 or more students: 5%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: Yes
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • School of Business
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Humanities & Social Sciences
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Science
Degrees Awarded
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Certificate
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 6%
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General: 3%
  • Mechanical Engineering: 3%
  • Registered Nursing (RN): 3%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • Computer literacy
  • English (including composition)
  • Foreign languages
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Other: United States Cultures and International Cultures
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Cooperative education program
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Liberal arts/career combination
Online Courses
Penn State Behrend offers numerous online programs, including associate and bachelor's degrees.
Best Places to Study
  • Balcony at Bruno's
  • Hammermill Cyber Lounge
  • Lilley Library
Tips to Succeed
  • Don't live too far from campus or you will never make it to campus when it really starts to snow.
  • Get to know your professors as early as possible. Go to their offices and build a relationship because they will be writing you recommendations.
  • If you are a science or engineering major, realize that you will have a lot more work than your friends in other majors. Science and engineering here are tough, so be prepared to work!
  • Take advantage of the speakers that the school brings to campus because some of them are great.

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