Erie, PA
Tuition (in-state)
$20,794 ($13,900)
Admission Difficulty
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Penn State
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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: I love the majority of the facilities on campus. They are up-to-date and modern as well as spacious. The library is huge and includes many places for studying purposes.

3 College Freshman

Facilities: I would rate higher, if the experience wasn't so bad for commuters. Commuters loose access to many resident related aspects of the campus, such as cheap on campus dining, mail services, entry to housing, etc.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: Penn State Behrend has a great athletics facility, as well as incredible programs for Engineers. If you're going into any technology/engineering related field, this is the place to be.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: D3 schools do not give athletic scholarships so you are on your own in sports.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Beautiful research facility and labs. Free/nearly free concerts and shows.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 255th
    Greenest Campuses
  • 284th
    Best Library
  • 686th
    Best Athletic Facilities
  • 1163rd
    Best Student Centers
  • 1280th
    Best Performance Venues

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Alexandra Johnston
Pittsburgh, Pa.
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Behrend does a pretty good job of keeping the facilities up-to-date and clean. The biggest complaint of most students is that the fitness center is too small. If you like the work out, try to go to the gym during off-peak hours, like before 9 a.m. or during dinnertime. But, besides the size of fitness center, the facilities are clean and in good condition. The library is always being updated, and it is large, clean, comfortable, and has a beautiful view. The REDC is a state-of-the-art $30 million building that was recently completed. It has nice computer labs, engineering labs, business classrooms, large lecture halls, and many other great features. The computer labs across campus have all recently been updated, and the new 24-hour cyber lounge is very nice. It has large-screen and double-monitor computers, couches, and big-screen TVs.

The Reed Union building had some recent renovations, and a new admissions and alumni building was recently built. The dorms are all well-kept, and most are much nicer than at other colleges. Overall, most of the facilities at Penn State Behrend are either perfectly sufficient or there are plans to fix them.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
725 acres
Student Centers
Reed Union Building
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
Lilley Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Bruno's
  • The gorge
  • The hill behind Perry Hall
  • SKN house
Bar on Campus
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
Clark Café
Movie Theater on Campus
Reed Auditorium
"Green" Initiatives
The Greener Behrend Task Force works to address sustainability issues on campus.
School Slang
  • Banana lot: Parking lot for resident students
  • Dobs: Dobbins Dining Hall
  • OBS: Otto Behrend Science building
  • RUB Desk: Campus Information Center
  • SKN: Sigma Kappa Nu
  • Slobbins: Dobbins Dining Hall
  • UGates: University Gates Apartments
  • The gorge: Students love to walk down to the gorge, build a fire, and drink until there is no way they will make it out until morning.
  • THON: This is very big Penn State tradition that the Behrend campus participates in. Students dance for 24 hours to raise money for childhood cancer.
Urban Legends
  • Every spring semester, there are rumors of a man who wanders the gorge exposing himself to female students.
  • People say that the Behrend family dog Dobbin still wanders the campus.
  • Some students think that the basement of Porcupine Hall is haunted.
Favorite Things To Do
Bruno's always has free weekend entertainment like bands and comedians, as well as $1 movies Wednesday through Saturday, and there are other free campus activities, like Midnight Bingo and Fiesta Night, that occur throughout the semester. The Junker Center brings in a big-name band or celebrity a few times a year; past performers and speakers have included The All-American Rejects, Jim Gaffigan, Third Eye Blind, Jerome Bettis, Barack Obama, and Bill Clinton. Baseball and basketball games are also fun to attend. When the weather is nice, students will walk through the woods to the gorge where they build fires, drink, and often spend the night.
Student Organizations Web Site
Student Newspaper
The Behrend Beacon
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
Penn State Behrend has a wide variety of activities. It's easy to get involved.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Music ensembles
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 17 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 19 responses

  • 0% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 32% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 37% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 32% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 18 responses

  • 6% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 6% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 78% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 11% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
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