Penn State Erie - The Behrend College Summary

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Basic Statistics

Erie, PA
Full-Time Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
In-State Tuition
Out-of-State Tuition
Room & Board
Acceptance Rate
83 %
Admission Difficulty
Average SAT Scores
Average ACT Scores

Best ThingsMore . . .

  • The campus is one of the most beautiful you will see.
  • Undergraduate research opportunities are huge at Behrend (and they are funded by grants).
  • The student body is friendly, down to earth, and outgoing.
  • The professors are great and always willing to help outside of office hours.

Worst ThingsMore . . .

  • The food at Dobbins
  • The constant snow, wind, and freezing temperatures
  • The fitness center is way too small and always crowded.
  • The price of a parking pass and the ridiculous parking regulations

Frequently ComparedCompare . . .

Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

Overall, most students seem to be very happy at Behrend. In fact, a lot of students who plan on transferring to University Park end up changing their minds and staying at Behrend. Students tend to think of Behrend as a great place or a comfortable setting. Students who are not happy at here blame it on the small size and lack of proximity to more fun things to do. Some Behrend students say it begins to feel like being in high school again after four years, but a lot of that depends on who you hang out with.

Behrend is definitely a small school, so anyone looking for a huge school should look elsewhere, but anyone interested in a moderately sized school with an extremely friendly student body and devoted and kind professors will be right at home here. Students who enjoy the idea of forming close bonds with professors, doing undergraduate research, and being able to visit professors whenever they need to will love the academic side of Behrend. People who want to get involved in campus activities also will love Behrend. Finally, anyone can feel comfortable at Behrend and find his or her niche. Behrend students are extremely accepting of anyone, and it is very easy to make friends in and out of class.

Penn State Erie Student Reviews

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics are great! If you can, I highly suggest competing in college! Sports at Behrend dominate. Every sports team (minus the men's water polo team) here at Behrend kicks butt and comes home with wins and championships. Also, as an athlete you get to schedule before everyone else.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The off campus housing is pretty good. Houses or apartments

5 College Freshman

Computers: Computer labs are great, and there's always room for you. Printing is free all over the campus, there are printers in about every buidling. Internet is great! It's fast and reliable. Wireless access all over campus and in the dorms. You will need a personal computer, but don't waste money on a printer.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Always parties going on at Ugates. Sports parties, and Hudson Lofts will be new, so we'll see what that's like

3 College Freshman

Parking: You're allowed to have a car as a Freshman, but it is most certainly not needed! I don't have one here and don't feel the need for it. Parking permits are roughly $250 per semester, and you will get a ticket if you don't have one. People also always get ticketed when they park in the 20 min only parking spaces right in front of the dorms.


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