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Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Erie-Behrend College

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Penn State Erie, the Behrend College (Behrend) is located on an 854-acre campus in Erie, Pennsylvania. What began as the Genhill Farm estate of Ernst Behrend later became the University of Pennsylvania’s Behrend College campus when it was donated to the institution in 1948. It started with a class of 146 students in what was then called The Behrend Center. Students could take only their freshman year at the Center, and then had to transfer to another university. In 1959, this campus became the Behrend campus of Penn State.

The Behrend campus became a four-year institution and began awarding graduate degrees in 1973. It was the first Penn State location beyond University Park to earn this accreditation. Since then, it has continued to expand both its academic programs and its physical campus, adding a number of buildings and facilities to meet growing student needs.

Today, Behrend serves over 4,500 students with over 50 academic, administrative, and support buildings. It has a $10.2 million recreation and athletics center, a chapel, an observatory, a baseball and softball complex, a Research and Economic Development Center, and three residence halls.


Behrend offers more than 40 academic programs: 34 bachelor’s programs, 2 master’s programs, 6 associate degrees, and continuing education programs for pre-college students, business employees, and community members. Academic programs are divided into the Sam and Irene Black School of Business, the School of Humanities and Social Science, the School of Science, and the School of Engineering.

Students at Behrend enjoy the college’s focus on hands-on learning and useful experiences. The Jack Burke Research and Economic Development Center gives students the opportunity to learn in a high-tech, state-of-the-art environment with its 160,000 foot facility. The Center includes a behavioral research lab, financial services lab, conference centers, and technologically advanced classrooms. Business and engineering operate together within this building, creating a multidisciplinary and complex learning environment.

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First-year students will apply online to Behrend through the Penn State application system. Students should fill out the general form and indicate that Behrend is their first choice within the Penn State University system. In addition to completing the online application, students should also submit a copy of their high school transcript, SAT or ACT scores, and any AP scores along with the required application fee.


Students at Behrend represent a diverse population from more than 30 states and territories and 25 countries. More than 1,500 students live on campus in Behrend’s traditional residence halls, suite-style halls, and apartment buildings. Living on campus is a great and easy way to get involved in student life, meet new people, walk to classes and dining halls, and participate in impromptu campus events. The college offers special housing for honors students and freshmen interest groups.

Behrend students can participate in more than 110 clubs and organizations. Student groups are available for every imaginable set of interests, including honorary societies, service organizations, Greek life, arts groups, and special interest clubs. A student activity fair at the beginning of each year helps freshmen get introduced to the many societies, but students can also join online and throughout the year.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


The Behrend Lions are an NCAA Division III team with a number of men’s and women’s varsity teams. Students can try out for teams in basketball, softball, tennis, cross country, water polo, and more. Behrend is a member of the Allegheny Mountain College Conference and has won the Conference’s President’s Cup 10 times in the past 11 years.

Students who aren’t on one of the varsity teams can participate through club sports or intramurals. These activities are great ways to get involved with athletic activity while meeting new people and competing on a friendly level.

Local Community

Behrend is located on an 854-acre campus featuring both historic and modern buildings. The western edge borders Wintergreen Gorge, a beautiful arboretum with over 200 species of trees and a number of walking and hiking paths. Students can reach Erie, Pennsylvania, or Lake Erie itself with just a short drive from campus, or travel further for the city hotspots of Pittsburgh, Buffalo, and Cleveland. Other area attractions include a 3,200-acre state park, boating, cross-country skiing, the Erie Art Museum, and the Erie Playhouse. The Peach Street corridor will be a favorite with students for its excellent shopping and dining options.


  • Penn State Behrend Home Page. Web. 26 Sept. 2011.
  • Penn State Behrend Lions Home Page. Web. 26 Sept. 2011.

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Ranks 26th in Pennsylvania and 314th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Pennsylvania and 148th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 1 0.02
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 7 0.17
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 14 0.33

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 198 0.19
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 6 0.01
Forcible Rape 77 0.08
Robbery 150 0.15
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 1,233 1.21
Larceny 2,404 2.35
Vehicle theft 101 0.10

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 1826th for the average student loan amount.
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Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (smaller programs)
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate professional (business dominant)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, lower transfer-in
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringMaster's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District4205

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 748th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $13,338 $13,338 $20,400
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $902 $902 $902
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $556 $556 $850
FT Graduate Tuition $18,270 $18,270 $24,348
FT Graduate Required Fees $902 $902 $902
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $761 $761 $1,015
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $30,840 $30,840 $37,902
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $30,840 $30,840 $37,902
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $20,040 $20,040 $27,102

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $13,636 $13,900 $13,636 $13,900 $20,408 $20,794
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,536 $1,568
On-Campus – Room & Board $9,432 $9,702
On-Campus – Other Expenses $4,050 $4,140
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $9,432 $9,702
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,050 $4,140
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,906 $4,104

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$50
Graduate Application Fee$65
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 3,437 (1,982 male / 1,455 female)
Admitted 2,890 (1,671 male / 1,219 female)
Admission rate 84%
First-time Enrollment 1,080 (679 male / 401 female)
FT Enrollment 1,068 (674 male / 394 female)
PT Enrollment 12 (5 male / 7 female)
Total Enrollment4,057

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference

ACT Test Admission

783rd for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 12%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 18 / 25
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 26
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 25

SAT Test Admission

607th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 81%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 460 / 560
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 490 / 600
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 950 / 1160

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity1,651
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$5,190
Board Fee$4,900

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 18 35 30 20 1 914 30 1,076
Accounting 1 3 2 64 71
Actuarial Science 3 3
Advertising 1 5 6
Asian Studies/Civilization 1 1 3
Biological and Physical Sciences 3 3
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 1 2 4 49 1 57
Business Administration and Management, General 1 3 3 2 69 3 84
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other 1 12 13
Business/Commerce, General 4 4
Business/Managerial Economics 3 14 17
Chemistry, General 4 4
Child Development 4 4
Communication and Media Studies, Other 1 4 23 29
Computer Engineering, General 1 9 10
Computer Science 1 7 1 9
Computer Software Engineering 21 22
Computer/Information Technology Services Administration and Management, Other 1 7 9
Consumer Services and Advocacy 1 2 3
Counseling Psychology 9 9
Creative Writing 12 12
Criminalistics and Criminal Science 5 5
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia 1 1
E-Commerce/Electronic Commerce 3 2 2 49 2 61
Economics, General 2 2
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other 2 10 13
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 1 2 15 18
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician 3 3
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields, Other 1 1
English Language and Literature, General 15 16
Finance and Financial Management Services, Other 2 1 2 5
Finance, General 5 2 3 54 2 68
Financial Planning and Services 6 6
History, General 2 15 2 19
International Business/Trade/Commerce 3 3 5 14 1 28
International/Global Studies 1 5 1 8
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 4 1 20 2 27
Management Information Systems, General 2 1 26 2 32
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 2 1 1 40 1 46
Mathematics, General 8 8
Mechanical Engineering 1 57 1 61
Mechanical Engineering Related Technologies/Technicians, Other 4 4
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician 1 1 55 1 59
Middle/Near Eastern and Semitic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 3 3
Physics, General 3 3
Plastics and Polymer Engineering Technology/Technician 9 9
Political Science and Government, General 1 1 13 2 18
Polymer/Plastics Engineering 32 1 33
Psychology, General 1 2 41 2 49
Public Relations/Image Management 1 4 5
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing, Other 1 1
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 2 4 1 68 4 80
Secondary Education and Teaching 4 4
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design 7 1 8

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 773rd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $79,153 ($83,800 male / $63,164 female)
Number of FT Faculty 251 (167 male / 84 female)
Number of PT Faculty 308
FT Faculty Ratio 0.8 : 1
Total Benefits $4,645,263

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