Within three months of Mrs. Behrend’s donation of Glenhill Farm, "Behrend Center" was accepting students for its first semester. The initial class of 152 students found themselves attending classes in what had been the Behrend’s barn. Under the leadership of T. Reed Ferguson and then Irvin Kochel, the campus grew at an extraordinary pace. As the Center celebrated its silver anniversary in 1973, Penn State designated it "Behrend College," and it became the University’s first four-year campus. Today Penn State Erie, The Behrend College boasts a student body of nearly 4,500 and over 200 full-time faculty.
The Penn State Behrend Collection contains materials documenting the rise of the institution over the last 60 years as well as:
Related collections include: