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Pennsylvania State University - Erie - Behrend College Overview

Pennsylvania State University - Erie - Behrend College is a public institution situated in Erie, Pennsylvania. Penn State Erie is located in a safe and convenient suburb.

What Is Pennsylvania State University - Erie - Behrend College Known For?

$36,156 Avg Cost After Aid
89% Acceptance Rate
  • Students at Penn State Erie have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 5%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
  • The master's degree is the highest award offered at Penn State Erie.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 81% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from Penn State Erie with a bachelor's degree make about $50,100 a year. That's 23% more than those who graduate from other schools.

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Pennsylvania State University - Erie - Behrend College Rankings

Penn State Erie is ranked #309 out of 2,320 schools in the nation for overall quality on our 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation. Penn State Erie also holds the #27 spot on the Best Colleges in Pennsylvania ranking.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Penn State Erie has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#58 Best Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#170 Best Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Penn State Erie.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best General Psychology Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#17 Best General Business/Commerce Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#19 Best Business/Managerial Economics Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#31 Best Management Information Systems Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#48 Best Finance & Financial Management Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#54 Best Marketing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#60 Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#89 Best Accounting Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#101 Best Business Administration & Management Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#106 Best Business, Management & Marketing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Penn State Erie has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#1 Highest Paid Polymer & Plastics Engineering Graduates College Factual
#6 Best Colleges for Mechanical Engineering Technology College Factual
#108 Highest Paid Business, Management & Marketing Graduates College Factual
#124 Best Business Schools Business Degree Central
#124 Best Colleges for Business, Management & Marketing College Factual
#138 Best Business, Management & Marketing Colleges for Veterans College Factual

Where Is Pennsylvania State University - Erie - Behrend College?

Location of Pennsylvania State University - Erie - Behrend College

Contact details for Penn State Erie are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 4701 College Drive, Erie, PA 16563-0001
Phone: 814-898-6000
Website: behrend.psu.edu/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pennstate
Twitter: http://twitter.com/penn_state

How Do I Get Into Penn State Erie?

You can apply to Penn State Erie online at: admissions.psu.edu/apply/

Admission Requirements for Penn State Erie

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Penn State Erie?

89% Acceptance Rate
42% Of Accepted Are Women
74% Submit SAT Scores
Penn State Erie has the high acceptance rate of 89%, which means it is fairly easy to gain admittance as long as you submit a complete application with requested materials.

Approximately 58% of accepted students are men and 42% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 88%, and the acceptance rate for women is 89%.

Average Test Scores

About 74% of students accepted to Penn State Erie submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 520 and 610. Math scores were between 530 and 640.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Pennsylvania State University - Erie - Behrend College  ( 520 to 610 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Pennsylvania State University - Erie - Behrend College  ( 530 to 640 )
200
800
Penn State Erie received ACT scores from 14% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 21 and 26. Math scores were between 23 and 31. Composite scores were between 22 and 27.

ACT English Scores for Pennsylvania State University - Erie - Behrend College  ( 21 to 26 )
1
36
ACT Math Scores for Pennsylvania State University - Erie - Behrend College  ( 23 to 31 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Pennsylvania State University - Erie - Behrend College  ( 22 to 27 )
1
36

Can I Afford Pennsylvania State University - Erie - Behrend College?

$36,156 Net Price
64% Take Out Loans
4.9% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Penn State Erie is $36,156. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Penn State Erie, approximately 64% of students took out student loans averaging $10,214 a year. That adds up to $40,856 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Penn State Erie is 4.9%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Online Learning at Pennsylvania State University - Erie - Behrend College

20 Took All Classes Online
516 Took At Least One Class Online
-26.5% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 516 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Penn State Erie has changed over the last few years.

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Online Growth Rankings of Penn State Erie

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Pennsylvania State University - Erie - Behrend College was -26.5%. This is the #2,707 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Penn State Erie regardless of major.

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Pennsylvania State University - Erie - Behrend College Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Associate’s Undergraduate Certificate Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s TOTAL
Management Information Systems 82 0 0 38 0 0 120
Mechanical Engineering 0 0 0 102 0 0 102
Business Administration & Management 0 0 0 31 0 55 86
Finance & Financial Management 10 0 0 57 0 0 67
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 0 3 60 0 0 63
Mechanical Engineering Technology 0 16 0 43 0 0 59
Accounting 0 0 8 39 0 7 54
Marketing 0 0 0 48 0 0 48
Computer Engineering 0 0 0 46 0 0 46
Nursing 0 0 0 45 0 0 45
General Psychology 0 0 1 42 0 0 43
General Biology 0 0 0 39 0 0 39
Polymer & Plastics Engineering 0 0 0 32 0 0 32
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 0 0 22 0 0 22
Information Technology 21 0 0 0 0 0 21
Industrial Engineering 0 0 0 21 0 0 21
Computer Science 0 0 0 20 0 0 20
Electrical Engineering 0 0 0 19 0 0 19
Communication & Media Studies 0 0 0 16 0 0 16
International Business 0 0 0 13 0 0 13
Electronics Engineering Technology 0 2 0 11 0 0 13
Public Relations & Advertising 11 0 0 0 0 0 11
Chemistry 0 0 0 11 0 0 11
General English Literature 0 0 0 9 0 0 9
Business/Managerial Economics 0 0 0 8 0 0 8
General Business/Commerce 1 7 0 0 0 0 8
Mathematics 0 0 0 8 0 0 8
Political Science & Government 0 0 0 8 0 0 8
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 0 0 7 0 0 7
History 0 0 0 6 0 0 6
Natural Resources Conservation 0 0 0 6 0 0 6
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 1 0 4 0 0 5
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 3 0 0 0 0 2 5
Industrial Production Technology 4 0 0 0 0 0 4
Manufacturing Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 4 4
Writing Studies 0 0 0 4 0 0 4
Human Development & Family Studies 4 0 0 0 0 0 4
Physics 0 0 0 4 0 0 4
Economics 0 0 0 4 0 0 4
Area Studies 0 0 3 0 0 0 3
Arts & Media Management 0 0 0 2 0 0 2
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
Non-Professional General Legal Studies 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
Biological & Physical Science 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
Astronomy & Astrophysics 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
Criminal Justice & Corrections 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
Other Psychology 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
Drama & Theater Arts 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
General Visual & Performing Arts 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
Animal Science 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Computer Software & Applications 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Data Processing 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Engineering Technology (Other) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Petroleum Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Family & Consumer Economics 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Middle Eastern Semitic Languages 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
International Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 139 26 15 829 1 68 1,078

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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