Center for Adult Students

For Adult Student, Degree is 'One of Those Lifetime Badges You Get'

Michael Linhart took his time getting to Erie Insurance Arena, where he received a bachelor’s degree in general arts and sciences. He crossed the stage in May, 24 years after he first enrolled at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College.

Penn State Behrend Named Best Value in Northwest Pennsylvania

An aerial view of Penn State BehrendPenn State Erie, The Behrend College, offers the best value of any college or university in northwestern Pennsylvania, according to new rankings by PayScale Inc., a data company that tracks employee salaries. In the western 33 counties of Pennsylvania, only Carnegie Mellon University does better.

Black School of Business Ranked Among Nation's Best for 7th Consecutive Year

The Black School of Business at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, is featured in “The Best 296 Business Schools: 2015 Edition,” published this month by Princeton Review Books.

The school’s MBA program “provides the best value for a working student in the local area,” according to the Princeton Review, which ranks schools based on academics, job-placement rates and admissions selectivity.

Academic Transition Program

Academic Transition ProgramRefresh your math and writing skills—strengthen the skills you need to succeed.

Summer 2015:  June 22 - August 7

Academic Advising and Priority Scheduling

Academic Advising

All Penn State Behrend students are assigned an academic adviser who is either a faculty member or a professional academic adviser in the college's advising center to assist you in planning courses to take for your major, to discuss your academic goals and to assist you in all your academic endeavors.

Current and Incoming Adult Learners

Penn State Behrend values its adult learners and strives to provides the services and resources to make your college experience as fulfilling, enjoyable and manageable as possible.

General Information

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Steps for Incoming Adult Learners

Evening Programs

Penn State Behrend offers several academic programs to fit your needs, including 34 baccalaureate degree majors, six associate degree majors, four pre-professional programs, two graduate programs, 22 minors, and eight undergraduate certificate programs. Visit our Majors and Degree Programs page for more information on these programs.

Adult Learner Support Services

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Penn State Behrend understands that as an adult learner, you likely have other responsibilities besides going to class. We offer plenty of services and resources to help you succeed in the classroom while still handling your responsibilities at home and at work.