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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
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
88%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
970-1210
ACT Range
21-27
Application Fee
$65
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$22,227/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $18,780/ year
  • $30-48k
    $19,770/ year
  • $49-75k
    $22,860/ year
  • $76-110k
    $27,192/ year
  • $110k+
    $28,962/ year
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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
69%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.52 responses
62%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.52 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
4,190Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
5%
Pell Grant
30%
Varsity Athletes
8%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 34 responses
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  • Down to earth and friendly
    47%
  • Asian
    26%
  • Nice (majority)
    18%
  • White people who never been outside Erie
    6%
  • Very nice and great to get along
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
60%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.65 responses
Poll
56%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.80 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 33 responses
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  • Guy to girl 3:1
    30%
  • Guy to girl 4:1
    27%
  • The guy to girl ratio is 6:1
    18%
  • 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 College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$48,500/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
63%
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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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!
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Behrend is primarily an engineering school. The campus is located near the town of Erie, and it is highly advisable to bring your own car. Winters can be quite snow heavy, but that rarely affects the usual class schedules. Prospective students should prepare for a rigorous walk up and down the hills daily and bring non-skidding shoes. Campus food is average, and not that different from home cooking. But aside from dining hall and pizza place there is no other food place from walking distance. Tuition is bit better than that of main campus, so your best bet would be to transfer to UP after first 2 years.
I really like the opportunity to get involved here. There sre hundreds of clubs and you can do research with professors! One thing I would like to see change is a a bridge fir students to walk over the main road, would hate to see someone get in an accident.