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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.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: I have never been to any of the parties at all. For some reason I never get invited but from what everyone talks about they seem very much interesting. I'd say okay because I'm a little but skeptical.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Being a small town, there aren't many options especially late night options aren't too many. I usually just buy a random selection of foodstuffs for a month and go with it.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Been in college for only a semester but the off campus housing is pretty okay. Not the best and most flashy but comfortable and convenient.

3 College Freshman

Academics: I haven't selected my major yet but I'm aiming for petroleum engineering. Every single person that asks me what major I do always responds with a 'good luck', usually an eerie one with a blank facial expression wondering if I will handle it seeing as the competition for that major is out of this world.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Their form of teaching and instruction is rather different from common methods. You are more hands on and in touch with real live situations. I literally walk around speaking in Econ terms whenever I make a decision and I've only been in the class for 3 weeks.

3 College Freshman

Local Area: Even though I've been here only one semester, I won't lie, I hate the winter. But during the late summer and the fall, the whole place looked amazing. Went to the beach a few times. It's a great place when it gets hot.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I lived on campus my freshman year and it was a lot of fun

College Sophomore

Scholarships: I went through FAFSA and really didnt deal with the school

2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Theres like three frats I think? I dont know one of them is called Skins

1 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Pretty bad in terms of guy to girl ratio, infamous actually

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: theres really not much concern about health on the campus

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Penn State Behrend is doing the best it can for a satellite campus

2 College Sophomore

Local Area: It's Erie, there really isn't much to do or see other than other colleges

4 College Sophomore

Academics: It's Penn State, the academics are phenomenal no matter what campus you go to

1 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The only real options are Ugates and Hudson lofts, both of which are incredibly expensive. Other options would be to rent an apartment or house in "downtown" Erie.

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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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