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B
Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    C+
  5. Athletics
    C+
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    C+
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    B-
  12. Safety
    B+
Penn State Erie is an above-average public college located in Harborcreek Township, Pennsylvania in the Erie Area. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 4,138 undergraduate students. The Penn State Erie acceptance rate is 89%. Popular majors include Mechanical Engineering, Management Sciences and Information Systems, and E-Commerce. Graduating 65% of students, Penn State Erie alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $40,100.
About Penn State Erie - The Behrend College...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (without football)
Athletic Conference
Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference
Address
4701 College Drive
Erie, PA 16563
Branch of
Penn State
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Penn State Erie - The Behrend College Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
89%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
1050-1250
ACT Range
22-27
Application Fee
$65
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

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Cost

Net Price
$22,578/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$7,803/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
74%

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
68%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.57 responses
61%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.57 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
4,138Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
207
Undergrads Over 25
5%
Pell Grant
27%
Varsity Athletes
8%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 39 responses
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  • Down to earth and friendly
    44%
  • Asian
    23%
  • Nice (majority)
    18%
  • White people who never been outside Erie
    10%
  • Very nice and great to get along
    5%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
57%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.70 responses
Poll
58%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.85 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 38 responses
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  • Guy to girl 3:1
    29%
  • Guy to girl 4:1
    24%
  • The guy to girl ratio is 6:1
    21%
  • Small Campus with lots to do
    8%
  • Guy to girl 4:4, pretty even from what I've seen
    5%
  • Guy to Girl ratio is closer to 2:1 now
    5%
  • Small town atmosphere in a big city
    5%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$50,100/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
65%
National
49%
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
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Penn State Erie - The Behrend College Reviews

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What I like about Penn State Behrend is that the class size is smaller than larger schools like University Park, so you get more one on one time with the professors, while still being part of Penn State’s large academic community. They offer a wide range of majors and have majors that University Park does not have. The campus has evolved to become a huge engineering and business school, so I think there needs to be more focus on the other branches of academics, like the sciences and the humanities. Overall, it is a great place to further your education. We have a very good athletics program for being a District 3 school and have over 20 sports teams. The scenery on campus is beautiful. There are lots of clubs and activities students can join and be a part of and the campus is near lots of restaurants and it is not far to get to Downtown Erie. There is never a dull moment at Penn State Behrend.
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I've had little experience at Penn State Erie, as I am a freshman, but the college has already proven to do whatever is best for the students. The professors not only care about every student's understanding of their subject, but rather their understanding and knowledge of life as a whole. Also, the college is diverse with people that are kind and accepting of everyone's differences. Penn State Erie includes various opportunities to ensure every student leads a successful life.
I really loved Penn State Behrend. My sister is a junior there right now and I will be joining her next year. The campus isn't too bug or too small, it's the perfect size. In addition, the campus is extremely safe. I never feel scared walking alone at night and have never heard of my sister having problems there. The academics are also great. The investment is well worth the education you get out of it. Obviously, any college student would like to see tuition go down, but you get the education you pay for!