Penn State Erie - The Behrend College

702 reviews
  1. Erie, PA
  2. 4 Year
B+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    C
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    B-
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    B-
  12. Safety
    B-
Penn State Erie - The Behrend College is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (without football)
Athletic Conference
Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference
Address
4701 College Drive
Erie, PA 16563
Branch of
Penn State

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
87%
SAT Range
940-1170
ACT Range
19-26
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Application Website

Cost

Net Price
$21,622/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $16,747/ year
  • $30-48k
    $17,976/ year
  • $49-75k
    $21,273/ year
  • $76-110k
    $25,176/ year
  • $110k+
    $26,777/ year

Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
15:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
88%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.49 responses
70%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.50 responses
62%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.50 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,773Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
6%
Pell Grant
33%
Varsity Athletes
8%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 32 responses
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  • Down to earth and friendly
    50%
  • Asian
    28%
  • Nice (majority)
    16%
  • Very nice and great to get along
    3%
  • White people who never been outside Erie
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Data not available
Poll
62%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.63 responses
Poll
55%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.78 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 31 responses
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  • Guy to girl 3:1
    32%
  • Guy to girl 4:1
    23%
  • The guy to girl ratio is 6:1
    19%
  • Guy to girl 4:4, pretty even from what I've seen
    6%
  • Guy to Girl ratio is closer to 2:1 now
    6%
  • Small Campus with lots to do
    6%
  • Small town atmosphere in a big city
    6%

After Penn State Erie - The Behrend College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$47,500/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
69%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
94%
National
83%
81%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.37 responses

Reviews

702 reviews
  • Excellent
    89
  • Very Good
    238
  • Average
    303
  • Poor
    43
  • Terrible
    29
There is a huge variety of courses, and the professors are always approachable. I have seen students ask professors questions that I believe to be impossible to answer...yet the professor would give an accurate, absolutely amazing answer every time! It shows that our professors are trained properly and are excellent in their fields. Also, to describe how we have lots of courses, an example are the gym credits most have to partake in. I did, and the gym classes are not like high school gym class. Oh no. I took yoga and ballroom dancing! And there were so many other I wanted to do too! Martial Arts, self defense, the ranges of courses are amazing!
  • College Sophomore
  • 8 months ago
I love Penn state Behrend and all it has to offer. Specifically, I find the people to be great, warm, and welcoming to new students as well as keeping a tight community of the existing students. I love the music department of which I play the double bass and bass guitar in the semesters I can do that and have a blast with the people in the band. As part of a great privilege, we were able to play for the former present of the United States of America Bill Clinton! As of a calmer note, I am apart of the gaming community as well which has a closeness here at behrend were all forms of gaming are accepted. I play the card game magic the gathering in which we play at tournament both in the community and here on campus. I was also able to put on the first convention of nerd culture that had everything from a magic the gathering tournament, laring live chess, and cool panels on all things nerd. My school is unique because of all the cool things we get to do in our free time here on campus as well as having a great balanced education. Especially for me, I am a psychology major and being able to have the opportunity to construct and do my own research as an undergraduate is a great opportunity that many other schools don't have. While on the other hand we are aloud to go and have fun here in our psychology department this summer class called cross cultural psychology is taking a trip to Japan to learn more about other culture's psychology techniques. I'feel I would do it all over again I would still choose behind because it was a place that I never visited, came to know and love, and as a result have become my new home away from home that I want to come back for graduate school for clinical psychology.
  • College Senior
  • 7 months ago
A lot of work in my engineering program! I had one teacher who was teaching for the first time and was terrible, but the rest have been very knowledgeable. They do care about me as a person and helping me to learn and accommodate me with my swimming schedule. On the other hand, I do put the effort in. Swimmers are cut from the team of their average is bad. We are there to learn first, not be athletic first. When a class has to be canceled, we are given assignments on line. Many assignments are handed in on line so there is little paperwork. Need a good and reliable laptop.
  • College Sophomore
  • 4 months ago