Diversity

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

Diversity: Everyone seems to accept one another.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: The diversity on campus is high. There are many different ethnic backgrounds and everyone seems to accept one another.

3 College Junior

Diversity: small group of diversity students

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: The school is made up of 80% males. Very large population of people of Asian decent.

3 College Freshman

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

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Student Author Overview

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Facts & Statistics

African American
4%
Asian
2%
Hispanic
3%
International
2%
Native American
0%
White
84%
Unknown
3%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
20%
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Foreign countries
  • Maryland
  • New Jersey
  • New York
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 44%
20-21: 34%
22-24: 15%
25+: 6%
Female Faculty
37%
Male Faculty
63%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 1%
Asian American: 7%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 6%
Native American: 0%
White: 84%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
Although there are rarely obvious displays of homosexual relations on campus, the students here are fairly accepting and open-minded. The LGBT organization is very active. It usually travels to main campus each year for a Lavender Graduation Ceremony for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students, and all who support them.
Political Activity
Penn State Behrend students are politically diverse. You will find some very strong conservative and liberals, as well as everything in between. Overall, the student body might be composed of a slightly higher percentage of conservatives, but the College Democrats group is extremely active on campus and has brought speakers like Bill Clinton and Barack Obama to campus in recent years. The College Republicans organization is also active but not quite as active as the College Democrats.
Economic Status
Behrend is a state-related university, so many students here are middle class. There are very few students who would be considered wealthy. For the most part, people mind their own business on this issue, and economic background has no bearing on the ability to find friends and be included.
Most Common Religions
Generally, most students here are either Catholic or Christian, and these are the only two types of services offered on campus. The Smith Chapel is very active in bringing in related speakers, organizing volunteer activities, and hosting discussions on religious topics. It also offers a "Soup at Noon" series, where free lunch is provided and ethical dilemmas are discussed.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 28 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 32% Not sure
  • 7% Very conservative
  • 14% Conservative
  • 21% Moderate
  • 21% Liberal
  • 4% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 27 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 4% Very conservative
  • 0% Conservative
  • 33% Moderate
  • 52% Not sure
  • 11% Liberal
  • 0% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 28 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 27 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 28 responses

  • 4% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 7% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 36% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 54% Very accepting.
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