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What Makes Penn State Behrend Unique?

  • Penn State Behrend ranks among the top public colleges and universities in Pennsylvania for student-to-faculty ratio, SAT scores, first-year student retention rate, and graduation rate—according to data published by U.S. News & World Report.
  • We're part of the University ranked first by U.S. corporate recruiters for producing graduates prepared to succeed, according to a Wall Street Journal survey.
  • We were the first Penn State location outside University Park to gain four-year college status and today more than 70 percent of our students start and finish their Penn State degrees at Behrend.
  • Ninety-five percent of our graduating seniors would recommend us to friends or family members considering college (based on annual student survey data).
  • We have a student-to-faculty ratio of 16:1, an average class size of 26, and 95 percent of seniors call the opportunities to interact with faculty "exceptional."
  • Our School of Engineering has been ranked among the top 50 undergraduate engineering programs in the country by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Our MBA program in the Sam and Irene Black School of Business is consistently ranked among the best in the country by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review.
  • We have the only MBA program in the Erie area accredited by AACSB International, the premier accrediting agency for schools of business worldwide.
  • We were the first academic institution in the country to bring its schools of business and engineering together under a single roof for collaborative learning.
  • Our School of Science annually produces more graduates with American Chemical Society certification than other comparably sized institutions.
  • Degree offerings in our School of Humanities and Social Sciences include one of the few creative writing programs in the country to offer the B.F.A. degree with intensive study in poetry and prose writing.
  • We annually award nearly $350,000 in undergraduate research opportunities. Our undergraduate research and creative accomplishments conference has become a model for institutions across the country.
  • We are a partner in Knowledge Park, a 200-acre research and development area on the eastern edge of campus, that provides internships for students in business, engineering, and information technology companies.
  • Penn State Behrend has won the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) President’s Cup eleven out of the twleve years it has been awarded. The cup is given annually to the AMCC member school with the strongest overall athletic program.

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