Penn State Behrend Admissions: Everything You Want to and Need to Know

Overview of Penn State Behrend

Penn State Behrend is situated on an 854-acre campus, giving it one of the largest campuses in the entire Penn State system. The institution has broad academic offerings in the humanities, sciences. Biology and business sponsors are amongst the most popular with undergraduates. Academics are backed by a 13 to 1 student/faculty ratio. The institution takes pride in providing students with a major research institution’s resources, but the intimacy of a student-centered institution. The campus has a robust campus life–students can select from well over 100 student organizations and clubs, including a fraternity and sorority system. The Behrend Lions play in the NCAA Division III Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference. The institution sponsors ten men’s and ten women’s intercollegiate varsity sports.


  • Total Enrollment: 4,312 (4,152 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 66% Male/34% Female
  • 95% Full-time

Cost of Attendance Information

  • Tuition and Fees: $15,198 (in-state); $24,450 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,840
  • Room and Board: $11,570
  • Other Expenses: $4,788
  • Total Cost: $33,396 (in-state); $42,648 (out-of-state

Financial Aid Information

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 78%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 58%
    • Loans: 64%
  • Mean Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $6,084
    • Loans: $6,651

Academic Programs Offered

  • Most Popular Majors: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Engineering; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields; and Health Professions and Related Programs

Retention and Graduation

  • First-Year Student Retention (full-time students): 84%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 45%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 66%

NCAA Athletic Programs

  • Men’s Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Water Polo, Wrestling
  • Women’s Sports: Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Water Polo

Overview of Penn State Behrend Admissions

With an 89% acceptance rate, Penn State Behrend is an accessible school. Students whose SAT/ACT scores and GPA are within the institution’s requirements have a good chance of being admitted. Applicants should complete an online application and send test scores from either the SAT or ACT and high school transcripts. Students with unique talents and accomplishments can still receive strong consideration even if their GPAs are outside of the mean range. After applying, students will receive a message from an admissions counselor about the application process’s next steps.

Admissions Data                        

  • Penn State Behrend Acceptance Rate: 89%
  • Test Scores — 25th/75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 520/620
    • SAT Math: 530/660
    • SAT Writing: -/-
    • ACT Cumulative: 22/27
    • ACT English: 21/25
    • ACT Math: 24/31
    • ACT Writing: -/-

Safety Net Schools: Easy to Gain Admission

If past admission data predicts that you would be a competitive candidate for Penn State Behrend, it should be easy to gain admissions to the schools below. If Penn State Behrend is currently out of your reach, then you are sure to be a competitive candidate for the schools below.

East Carolina University, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis, Texas State University, Georgia State University, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Liberty University

Same Tier: Just As Hard to Gain Admission

If you’re a competitive candidate for Penn State Behrend, you should have an equal chance of gaining admissions at these schools.

Colorado State University, Quinnipiac University, Ohio University, University of North Texas, University of Texas at Arlington, California State University Long Beach, Pace University

Reach Institutions: Gaining Admissions Will be More of a Challenge

These schools are more challenging to gain admission into than Penn State Behrend. If you improve your GPA and SAT/ACT scores, you’ll be a competitive candidate.

Syracuse University, United States Military Academy, Penn State University Park, University of Cincinnati, Hofstra University, Temple University, Seton Hall University

Applying to Penn State Behrend

Application Deadline: Rolling

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