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4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Many of the facilities are new or recently renovated

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: I love the majority of the facilities on campus. They are up-to-date and modern as well as spacious. The library is huge and includes many places for studying purposes.

3 College Freshman

Campus Quality: I would rate higher, if the experience wasn't so bad for commuters. Commuters loose access to many resident related aspects of the campus, such as cheap on campus dining, mail services, entry to housing, etc.

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Penn State Behrend has a great athletics facility, as well as incredible programs for Engineers. If you're going into any technology/engineering related field, this is the place to be.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: D3 schools do not give athletic scholarships so you are on your own in sports.


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Behrend does a pretty good job of keeping the facilities up-to-date and clean. The biggest complaint of most students is that the fitness center is too small. If you like the work out, try to go to the gym during off-peak hours, like before 9 a.m. or during dinnertime. But, besides the size of fitness center, the facilities are clean and in good condition. The library is always being updated, and it is large, clean, comfortable, and has a beautiful view. The REDC is a state-of-the-art $30 million building that was recently completed. It has nice computer labs, engineering labs, business classrooms, large lecture halls, and many other great features. The computer labs across campus have all recently been updated, and the new 24-hour cyber lounge is very nice. It has large-screen and double-monitor computers, couches, and big-screen TVs.

The Reed Union building had some recent renovations, and a new admissions and alumni building was recently built. The dorms are all well-kept, and most are much nicer than at other colleges. Overall, most of the facilities at Penn State Behrend are either perfectly sufficient or there are plans to fix them.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
725 acres
Student Centers
Reed Union Building
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
Lilley Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Bruno's
  • The gorge
  • The hill behind Perry Hall
  • SKN house
Bar on Campus
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
Clark Café
Movie Theater on Campus
Reed Auditorium
"Green" Initiatives
The Greener Behrend Task Force works to address sustainability issues on campus.
School Slang
  • Banana lot: Parking lot for resident students
  • Dobs: Dobbins Dining Hall
  • OBS: Otto Behrend Science building
  • RUB Desk: Campus Information Center
  • SKN: Sigma Kappa Nu
  • Slobbins: Dobbins Dining Hall
  • UGates: University Gates Apartments
  • The gorge: Students love to walk down to the gorge, build a fire, and drink until there is no way they will make it out until morning.
  • THON: This is very big Penn State tradition that the Behrend campus participates in. Students dance for 24 hours to raise money for childhood cancer.
Urban Legends
  • Every spring semester, there are rumors of a man who wanders the gorge exposing himself to female students.
  • People say that the Behrend family dog Dobbin still wanders the campus.
  • Some students think that the basement of Porcupine Hall is haunted.
Favorite Things To Do
Bruno's always has free weekend entertainment like bands and comedians, as well as $1 movies Wednesday through Saturday, and there are other free campus activities, like Midnight Bingo and Fiesta Night, that occur throughout the semester. The Junker Center brings in a big-name band or celebrity a few times a year; past performers and speakers have included The All-American Rejects, Jim Gaffigan, Third Eye Blind, Jerome Bettis, Barack Obama, and Bill Clinton. Baseball and basketball games are also fun to attend. When the weather is nice, students will walk through the woods to the gorge where they build fires, drink, and often spend the night.
Student Organizations Web Site
Student Newspaper
The Behrend Beacon
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
Penn State Behrend has a wide variety of activities. It's easy to get involved.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Music ensembles
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 19 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

Where are your favorite places to just hang out?    Based on 5 responses

  • 20% Bruno's
  • 20% The gorge
  • 13% Olivers: the pool hall
  • 13% In the dorm lobbies
  • 13% Library
  • 7% My dorm
  • 7% SKN house
  • 7% The hill behind Perry Hall

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 5 responses

  • 21% Find warmth
  • 21% Go to the gorge trail and "hang out".
  • 14% Attend organization and club meetings
  • 14% Go to the gym
  • 14% Drink nonalcoholic beverages in the dorms
  • 14% Go to the beaches on the lake

What are the best on-campus student jobs?    Based on 5 responses

  • 38% Working at the rec center
  • 23% Being an RA
  • 23% Being a tutor
  • 8% Library desk monitor
  • 8% Lifeguard

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 5 responses

  • 44% Sporting events
  • 22% THON
  • 22% The gorge
  • 11% Movies

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 6 responses

  • 83% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 17% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 0% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 0% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 19 responses

  • 32% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.
  • 37% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 32% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 0% The student center is in need of a major renovation.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 19 responses

  • 16% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 74% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 5% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 5% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
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