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.