Penn State Erie - The Behrend College Summary

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Basic Statistics

Location
Erie, PA
Website
psbehrend.psu.edu
Full-Time Undergrads
3,723
Part-Time Undergrads
342
Setting
Rural
In-State Tuition
$13,900
Out-of-State Tuition
$20,794
Room & Board
$9,690
Acceptance Rate
83 %
Admission Difficulty
Easy
Average SAT Scores
1390–1720
Average ACT Scores
19–26

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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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The food choices on campus are up to par, so I would rather eat on campus. Less expansive too!

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Many of the facilities are new or recently renovated

4 College Freshman

Diversity: There is a plethora of diversity on campus.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: I eat off campus. It's much cheaper.

3 College Freshman

Academics: I am undecided this year.

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