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Tuition & Fees

$16,348

$23,580

not including room and board

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Moderately Selective

84%

acceptance rate

Accepted 2,764
Declined + 512
Total Received 3,276
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undergraduateRatios

65%

35%

male

female

1  :  15

teacher

students

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Most Popular Majors

  1. Mechanical Engineering
  2. Management
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School Facts

At Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, a student-centered philosophy prevails, emphasizing student success and involvement, teaching excellence, and close student-faculty-staff interaction. Students have significant undergraduate research opportunities (with the college funding nearly $200,000 in undergraduate research annually) and learn through out-of-class programs and services that complement in-class experiences. Penn State Behrend values close faculty-student interaction, small classes, high standards for students, and a supportive living-learning setting. In this environment, student success is the most important outcome. Faculty and staff practice a variant of the golden rule: treat students the way you would want your own family members to be treated, support them, guide them in their goals and aspirations, take genuine interest in their success, and show them the wonders of a comprehensive education. The college provides a climate that promotes international understanding and multicultural awareness and respect. In a recent survey, nine out of ten Penn State Behrend graduating seniors said they would recommend the college to friends. More than 4,400 students benefit from the opportunities and prestige of a major research institution delivered in the student-centered collegiate setting that is Penn State Behrend. The college offers thirty-three baccalaureate degrees in the humanities, social sciences, business, science, engineering, and engineering technology. Also offered are six associate degree programs, including nursing, four pre-professional programs, and two graduate degrees: a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Project Management. Penn State Behrend was one of the first academic institutions in the nation to bring its schools of business and engineering together under a single roof, introducing cross-disciplinary collaboration in courses, projects, and outreach initiatives. The Sam and Irene Black School of Business is accredited by AACSB International, the premier accrediting agency for business schools. Baccalaureate degrees in computer engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and software engineering are all accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. The School of Engineering's baccalaureate degrees in electrical engineering technology, mechanical engineering technology, and plastics engineering technology are also accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET. The chemistry degree in the School of Science is approved by the American Chemical Society, and Penn State Behrend annually produces more ACS-certified graduates than most other comparably sized institutions. The college was the first in the region to begin using a SCALE-UP approach to teaching introductory physics. An acronym for Student-Centered Activities for Large-Enrollment Undergraduate Programs, SCALE-UP utilizes an advanced lab environment without lectures to promote active, hands-on learning. The School of Humanities and Social Sciences' creative writing program is one of the few in the country offering the B.F.A. degree with an intensive and exhaustive course of study in both poetry and prose writing. Campus life is enriched by more than 110 clubs and organizations, ranging from the Astronomy Club to the Behrend Beacon student newspaper to the Society of Women Engineers. In addition to twenty-one NCAA Division III varsity teams, Penn State Behrend offers nineteen intramural sports. Located adjacent to campus is Knowledge Park at Penn State Erie. This 200-acre research and development park houses knowledge-based companies that benefit students through internship and job opportunities. The college's 725-acre campus is located only minutes away from the heart of Erie, Pennsylvania, the Commonwealth's fourth largest city. The exceptional beauty of the Penn State Behrend campus provides an inspirational environment for the entire college community.

Public/private Public
Campus Enrollment 4,057
Established in 1948
Coeducational Coeducational College, Founded Coeducational College
Accredited by •  AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business)
•  ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc.)
•  CCNE (Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education)
•  MSCHE (Middle States Commission on Higher Education)
•  NLN (National League for Nursing)

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Codes

SAT 2660
ACT 3656

Social Networks

Public

3,943

undergraduate students

114

graduate students

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Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
2%
600-699
9%
500-599
41%
400-499
42%
300-399
6%
200-299
0
700-800
3%
600-699
21%
500-599
46%
400-499
25%
300-399
5%
200-299
0
700-800
0
600-699
9%
500-599
35%
400-499
47%
300-399
9%
200-299
0
30-36
2%
24-29
31%
18-23
42%
12-17
23%
6-11
2%
Below 6
0
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5%
24-29
23%
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40%
12-17
24%
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8%
Below 6
0
30-36
6%
24-29
40%
18-23
29%
12-17
25%
6-11
0
Below 6
0
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Erie, PA

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Erie, PA

725-acre campus in Erie (population: 101,047), 127 miles from Pittsburgh and 100 miles from both Buffalo and Cleveland. Served by air, bus, and train. Public transportation serves campus.

Pennsylvania State — Erie, The Behrend College
4701 College Drive
Erie, PA 16563

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Campus Life

yes
Housing available
42%
Percent of undergraduates that live in campus-owned housing
yes
Students may have cars on campus
yes
Alcohol is permitted on campus to students of legal age

Greek Life

 
4 fraternities 2% of male students
 
3 sororities 4% of female students

% freshman classHigh School Class Rank

Top 1/10
14%
Top 1/4
43%
Top 1/2
84%
Bottom 1/2
16%
Bottom 1/4
2%

Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
2%
600-699
9%
500-599
41%
400-499
42%
300-399
6%
200-299
0
700-800
3%
600-699
21%
500-599
46%
400-499
25%
300-399
5%
200-299
0
700-800
0
600-699
9%
500-599
35%
400-499
47%
300-399
9%
200-299
0
30-36
2%
24-29
31%
18-23
42%
12-17
23%
6-11
2%
Below 6
0
30-36
5%
24-29
23%
18-23
40%
12-17
24%
6-11
8%
Below 6
0
30-36
6%
24-29
40%
18-23
29%
12-17
25%
6-11
0
Below 6
0

Admissions Facts

Application fee $50
Common application accepted no
Application deadline November 30 (priority deadline)
School has early decision program no
School has early action program no
Admissions interview
(required or recommended)
Recommended
SAT/ACT requirements SAT or ACT Required

Moderately Selective

84%

acceptance rate

Accepted 2,764
Declined + 512
Total Received 3,276

Admissions Factors

Very Important

Standardized test scores

Important

Secondary school record

Considered

Alumni/ae relationship
Character/ personal qualities
Class rank
Essay
Extracurricular activities
Particular talent/ability
Recommendations
Volunteer Work
Work Experience

Not Considered

Geographical residence
Interview
Minority affiliation
Religious affiliation/commitment
State residency

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Admissions Contact

Mary-Ellen Madigan
Director of Admissions and Financial Aid
P: 866 374-3378
F: 814 898-6044
behrend.admissions@psu.edu

Cost

in-state out-of-state
Tuition $13,658
Room $5,460
Board $5,060
Additional fees $930
Books & supplies $1,760
Total $26,868
Average Financial Aid - $9,836
Total with Avg. Aid $17,032

Financial Aid

60%

Of students' needs
were fully met

$9,836

Average financial aid

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Scholarships & Grants

Need-based

Federal $6,135,637
State $4,508,841
Institutional $3,613,052
Other external $1,055,331
Total $15,312,861

Non-need-based

Federal $197,420
State $4,500
Institutional $465,875
Other external $282,269
Total $950,064

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Varsity Sports

M W
baseball
basketball
cross-country
golf
soccer
softball
swimming
tennis
track and field (indoor)
track and field (outdoor)
volleyball
water polo

Athletic Facts

Athletic conference memberships
Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (Division III), Collegiate Water Polo Association (Division I)
Mascot
Behrend Lions
School colors
blue and white
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Majors

Assc. Bach. Mast. Doct.
Accounting
Biology
Business Administration
Business Economics
Business/Liberal Arts/Sciences
Chemistry
Communications/Media Studies
Computer Engineering
Computer Science
Creative Writing
Economics
Electrical Engineering
Electrical Engineering Technology
Electrical/Computer Engineering Technology
English
Finance
General Arts/Sciences
General Business
History
International Business
Letters/Arts/Sciences
Management
Management Information Systems
Marketing
Mathematics
Mechanical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering Technology
Nursing
Nursing/R.N. to B.S.N.
Physics
Plastics Engineering Technology
Political Science
Project Management
Psychology
Science
Secondary Education/Mathematics
Software Engineering
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Undergraduate

97%

3,943
students

Female
35%
1,373

Male
65%
2,570

Graduate

3%

114
students

Female
29%
33

Male
71%
81

undergraduateFull-time

93%

3,683
students

Female
35%
1,268

Male
65%
2,415

undergraduatePart-time

7%

260
students

Female
41%
105

Male
59%
155

Student Break-down

5%
Nonresident aliens
4%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
3%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
3%
Hispanic/Latino
80%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown
1%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic/Latino

Transfer Admissions

55%

Transfer applicants accepted

50%

Applicants accepted who enroll

Transfer Requirements

Minimum requirements
High school transcript Required of All
College transcript(s) Required of All
Statement of good standing from prior institution(s) Not Required/Recommended
Interview Not Required/Recommended
Standardized test scores Not Required/Recommended
Essay or personal statement Not Required/Recommended

Transfer Application Deadlines

Fall: rolling

Spring: rolling

Summer: rolling

Transfer Credits

Minimum transfers must complete

36

semester hours

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Counseling services

  • Academic
  • Birth control
  • Career
  • Military
  • Minority student
  • Older student
  • Personal
  • Psychological
  • Religious
  • Veteran student

Remedial services offered

  • Math
  • Reading
  • Study skills
  • Writing

Career placement services

  • Alumni network
  • Career/job search classes
  • Co-op education
  • Interest inventory
  • Internships
  • Interview training
  • On-campus job interviews
  • Other
  • Resume assistance
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Percent of the campus accessible to physically disabled students

Not Reported

Additional services

  • Day care
  • Health insurance
  • Health service
  • Nonremedial tutoring
  • Other
  • Placement service

Special programs for physically disabled students

  • Adaptive equipment
  • Braille services
  • Interpreters for hearing-impaired
  • Note-taking services
  • Other
  • Reader services
  • Special housing
  • Talking books
  • Tape recorders
  • Tutors

International Students

Number of foreign countries represented by degree-seeking undergraduate non-resident aliens 23
Countries most often represented China
India
South Korea
Taiwan
Turkey
Special services offered for international applicants ESL program/classes
International student center
Special counselors/advisors
Special orientation

International Student Contact

Debbie Hayes
International Student Services
814 898-6111
dzh6@psu.edu

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