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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 3,964 undergraduate students. The Penn State Erie acceptance rate is 89%. Popular majors include Management Sciences and Information Systems, E-Commerce, and Mechanical Engineering. Graduating 66% of students, Penn State Erie alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $40,100.
4701 College Drive
Erie, PA 16563
Branch of
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About Penn State Erie...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (without football)
Athletic Conference
Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference

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.

PSU Erie Admissions

Acceptance Rate
89%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
1050-1280
ACT Range
22-27
Application Fee
$65
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$23,428/ 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
$7,166/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
78%

Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
13:1
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

Online

Online Programs Offered
0
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    11%
  • On Campus
    89%
  • Online
    0%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,964Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
188
Undergrads Over 25
4%
Pell Grant
27%
Varsity Athletes
11%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 39 responses
  • 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
  • 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
66%
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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Almost all of the professors I have had are super nice and work with you to help you through the class if you need extra help outside of lecture as long as you ask questions and let them know that you need help. I didn't have a very good experience with academic advisors during the first few years and have taken classes that didn't even go towards my major. Now that I am a senior in the biology department though, I have a better advisor that is really helpful in getting me into the classes that I need to pass in order to graduate. Professors typically respond to your emails within a day of sending, which is pretty quick, and most professors get back to you even sooner. I would have to say that the best thing about Behrend is the professors, and the worst thing is how expensive it is. The parking passes are super expensive and so is the food on campus. I mainly go off campus for food because I can't afford to pay $10 - $15 every day just for lunch.
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