Penn State Erie, The Behrend College

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To provide high-quality innovative educational, research, and outreach programs in a welcoming student-centered learning environment;

To equip students with the competitive skills, knowledge, and diverse perspectives to thrive in a 21st century global economy;

To focus college strengths on disciplines, interdisciplinary programs, and expertise clusters that match existing and developing strengths of the region and eventually broader regions;

To collaborate to advance student learning, applied research, and economic development.

Programs and Services

  • *Sam and Irene Black School of Business* - Preparing graduates for business success in the global economy. In the Black School of Business, students benefit from the resources and opportunities provided by a major research institution while enjoying the advantages of learning in a smaller, multidisciplinary setting. The school offers students a high-tech academic environment in the Jack Burke Research and Economic Development Center and unique learning opportunities made possible by a $20 million endowment from the late insurance executive Samuel P. Black, Jr., and his wife, Irene. The Black School of Business is the only school in the region accredited by AACSB International, the premier accrediting agency for schools of business worldwide. The school is also listed in U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Business Schools and the Princeton Review’s Best 300 Business Schools.
  • *School of Engineering* - Learn in state-of-the-art facilities, conduct research with award-winning faculty, and be recruited by companies around the world. Ranked among the top 50 undergraduate engineering programs in the country by U.S. News & World Report, the School of Engineering offers both engineering and engineering technology programs to accommodate diverse learning styles and career goals. Small class sizes allow students to work closely with faculty, while design and research projects, internships and co-ops provide practical engineering experience. A unique partnership with the college’s Sam and Irene Black School of Business creates multidisciplinary learning experiences valued by employers. In fact, more than 95 percent of our graduates are employed in their field within a year of graduation.
  • *School of Humanities and Social Sciences* - Developing the skills for success in a diverse world. The School of Humanities and Social Sciences plays an essential role in every student’s experience at Penn State Behrend. Through the diverse areas of study the school offers, students develop valuable communication skills, explore culture and history, and learn to critically examine their society and the world. Students have opportunities to study abroad, to research human behavior in laboratory settings, and to work on the production of films, television and radio shows, a literary journal, and a campus newspaper. Our highly accomplished faculty include scholars with international reputations for research, award-winning writers, and skilled teachers with years of practical professional experience.
  • *School of Science* - Seeking answers, solving problems in the world around us. The School of Science at Penn State Behrend gives students access to the resources and facilities of a major research university and the advantages of learning in small class and lab settings. Students receive hands-on practical experiences and close interaction with knowledgeable faculty who take an interest in their success. Renovated state-of-the art laboratories and new equipment provide high-quality facilities for students to conduct substantive research—experiences not typically offered by colleges and universities at the undergraduate level.
  • *Research*Penn State Behrend is committed to making research a major component of the undergraduate educational experience. Many opportunities for student research are offered, including two undergraduate research grant programs, an annual research award, summer research fellowships, an annual research and creative accomplishment conference, and travel grants for students to attend professional meetings. Annually, the college provides nearly $350,000 of support for undergraduate research. * Learn in depth about the latest technologies and information * Work closely with scholars in your area of interest * Gain hands-on experience of value to your future career * Build stronger, lasting relationships with faculty members * Gain skills and experiences that will help you gain admission to more prestigious graduate schools * Share the excitement of making new discoveries, writing original prose or poetry, designing a new or improved product, or generating research outcomes that are actually used * Opportunity to get published as an undergraduate * Ability to earn money or credit while conducting research * Augment critical thinking, leadership, and other skills
  • *Outreach* - Outreach transcends all aspects of college life - from research to teaching to service. Whether it’s offering research-based solutions to companies or organizations, providing educational resources and expertise to individuals or groups, or giving back to the community through service projects, Penn State Behrend has a number of outreach initiatives that attend to community needs while expanding the creative and intellectual experiences of students and faculty. These include centers and institutes under the following: * Business and Industry Education Programs * Cultural and Community Outreach * K-12 Outreach Programs * Related University, State, and Federal Programs * Knowledge Park * Community and Workforce Programs * Pennsylvania Sea Grant


Andrea Myers, Assistant Director of Stewardship & Alumni Relations

Send an email | View the website | 814-898-6345

4215 Station Road
Erie, Pennsylvania 16563