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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5 College Sophomore

Academics: I believe the academics of the school are great! The teachers are always available for you and they have a great teaching system. I learned some classes much easier than others, but the teachers are really there to help. All the classes that are required are very reasonable and understandable. Its very easy to schedule your classes and if you have any problems going to the office is always an option, which you will know that they will help. Sometimes you might have to do more than other times specially according to the class, but its pretty average for a college life. There are tutoring lessons available to the students of many of the classes. There are also so many places where you can go to get printers, computers and silence in order to study.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: It is pretty hard to get through the biology classes, but its very doable! All the classes that are required for the major are the same as the top schools in the United States, they really know what they are doing. The teachers in the department are really nice and willing to help, its my second year of college and I already have a research. There a lot of opportunities to be the best!

4 College Sophomore

Academics: In general, the education is good. There are some poor professors -- just like any other college. Generally, the staff is very friendly and welcoming.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I love my major and most of the professors within it. It is a good workload, and all of the students I have met so far seem to be well-rounded individuals who take their education seriously.

4 College Junior

Academics: certain professors are amazing. There is a handful of professors who are racist and cruel.

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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.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 22 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 20 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.
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