Penn State Behrend College
Penn State Erie, The Behrend College is a state-related public university institution and a Commonwealth campus of Pennsylvania State University located in Erie, Pennsylvania. The college in recent years has added a number of facilities, including an athletics and recreation center (The Junker Center), chapel and carillon (Smith Chapel), astronomy observatory, large residence halls (Senat Hall), Knowledge Park at Penn State Erie, and a baseball and softball complex.
In 1948, Mary Behrend, the widow of Hammermill Paper co-founder Otto Behrend, donated her 400-acre estate to Penn State for a freshman center. In 1953, it began offering two-year associate programs in engineeringï¿½the first degree programs of any sort that could be completed at a Penn State campus other than the main campus in State College. In 1959, Penn State founded the Commonwealth Campus system, and the Behrend Center became the Behrend Campus. In 1971, it became the first Commonwealth campus to offer four-year degrees. Two years later, it became an autonomous four-year institution, with its own dean (now titled as chancellor).
The Arboretum at Penn State Behrend conserves and promotes the legacy of the campus' unique natural botanical resources through: advancement of related education, outreach, research, and conservation efforts; documentation and enhancement of the campus' botanical diversity; maintenance of the campus' inspirational woodland setting.
854 acres (3.46ï¿½km2)