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Reviews 559 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Most people just live at the apartments right across the street or in houses with a few of their friends. There's not much else going on in Erie, but you don't need much else!

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Peach Street is the main strip in Erie, with tons of restaurants (most importantly a Chipotle) and tons of shopping. It's about 5 minutes from campus so as long as you have a car or a friend with a car it's easy to get to.

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4 College Freshman

Administration: Behrend is a dry campus, and the policies are very strict in that regard, but people usually don't get caught unless they're super loud or being really obnoxious. The RAs are really cool and are easy to get along with. Most of the other policies, like attendance are pretty lax and that makes 8 AMs really nice (to not go to).

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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: We don't always have huge 'ragers', but as long as you have a good group of friends, you'll have a great time!

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: I like all the food on campus. I have a food allergy and Behrend makes it easy to tell what I can eat and what I should avoid. Sometimes the workers know how to avoid my allergy and sometimes they mess it up, but it has never caused a huge issue. Dobbins, our all you can eat place, tends to start shutting things down 30 minutes before closing- which is usually when I need to eat there. That's my only complaint! I always feel like I have options when it comes to mixing up my meals.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I live in the upperclass/honors housing here at Penn State Behrend, and I've never had any complaints about my living conditions. They have a maid service to clean the bathrooms, I have plenty of room, and the dorms are so quiet. The freshman dorms are louder and have less room, but I haven't heard anyone with huge complaints about that either!

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I have not contacted or asked about off campus housing. so i do not have any review for it

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: It is a small town, not really many choices out there let us to choose.

3 College Freshman

Administration: Some Resident assistants are really strict whereas some others are not.

College Freshman

Scholarships: The financial aid is not applicable to international students. Therefore i am applying scholarship as i can here.

2 College Freshman

Party Scene: The campus is small, so there isnt much party going on unless it is off campus.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: It is generally fine. It has variety. However, the base fee is a bit too much and i also think school could add more healthy choices for students to eat.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Its okay. The internet is fast, there is quiet time so that people could follow up and enjoy the quiet hours.

4 College Freshman

Administration: some rotten apples but overall good people

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: not alot to go around.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There are many different choices for off campus apartments, but usually only make sense if you have a car.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Behrend is very isolated, so reaching any off-campus dining option is impossible without a car, or taking the bus. However, if you take the bus, you can go to the Millcreek Mall, which has a plethora of dining options. And if you have a car, you can go to any fast food or restaurant on Buffalo Road. Most places near Behrend accept Lion Cash, and most chains have some sort of college student discount.

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3 College Junior

Administration: Behrend's main problem is the fact that its a dry campus, so even if you are 21, being intoxicated or having alcohol visible in your dorm can get you in trouble. While it does only include a fine and repeat offenses require an education class, it still is a ridiculous rule and one that gets people in trouble. That said, most RAs are understanding and are more concerned with your well being and that you're safe rather than getting you in trouble.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: Penn State's financial aid process is usually straight forward and easy to understand.

3 College Junior

Party Scene: There is usually something to do on the weekends on campus. You can check out the on-campus "Behrend After Dark" events (you pay for it anyway, might as well go!) or go off campus and check out what's going on at the apartments. I haven't been to many parties, but its pretty much what you'd expect. Nothing really exciting. UGates is the closest, but is always busted.

4 College Junior

Campus Food: Campus food is good depending on where you go and what you get. Dobbins is an all you can eat cafeteria where you can get a variety of food, such as pizza, Chinese, grill, salad, pasta, or the daily special. You'll quickly learn that some of these foods are made fresher and nicer than others, but still the the best deal if you are really hungry. Bruno's Cafe is your other choice if you want something to eat between classes or if Dobbins is closed. While very pricey, this food is much nicer! They also have MTO options, as well as a coffee shop and convenience store. Bruno's Cafe is usually the choice of most students.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Nothing to really complain about with Penn State Behrend housing. I've only lived in the suites, but both halls I've been in have been clean, nicely furnished, and friendly. RAs are friendly and responsible. If you live in the suites, cleaning staff will clean your bathroom once a week. While there is nothing extremely extraordinary about Penn State Housing, and it is kinda pricey, there is nothing bad about it either.

4 College Freshman

Majors: It is great because they apply what you learn to current situations to help u learn better and understand more easily. Workload can mean to be heavy but it helps and there are several career fairs to help students earn internships.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I'd say rather great. Several warning given and even an online program to help people learn about the several dangers of alcohol and sexual abuse. The administration takes those very seriously and that's a good thing.

4 College Freshman

Administration: The administration is okay. I personally haven't had any issues with them

Just follow the rules and you won't be bothered by them: You get along just fine.

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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.

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