Students Say

SUNY Binghamton provides "the best bang for your buck"to "hard-working, high­ achieving kids" who want an "Ivy League workload at a SUNY school price." The school provides "students the ability to receive a top notch education at an afford­ able price" while maintaining "high standards" and a "commitment to excellence." Like many SUNY schools, Binghamton has "a diverse and active student body" that "take responsibility and pursue what is interesting" to them.

Overview

Applicants
28,518
Acceptance Rate
44%
Average HS GPA
3.60

GPA Breakdown

56%
Over 3.75
19%
3.50 - 3.74
15%
3.25 - 3.49
6%
3.00 - 3.24
4%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
590 - 670
SAT Math
620 - 700
ACT Composite
27 - 30

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Overall

Students Say

SUNY Binghamton provides "the best bang for your buck"to "hard-working, high­ achieving kids" who want an "Ivy League workload at a SUNY school price." The school provides "students the ability to receive a top notch education at an afford­ able price" while maintaining "high standards" and a "commitment to excellence." Like many SUNY schools, Binghamton has "a diverse and active student body" that "take responsibility and pursue what is interesting" to them. Its "great reputa­ tion," "value" and "positive, respectful environment" make for "the archetype of an overall college experience." A key part of a great college experience is challeng­ ing professors, and Binghamton boasts "approachable, understanding," "very knowledgeable and experienced professors who care about their students." While some students say "professors are very hit or miss," they agree that the faculty is generally "available outside of class" and "eager to help students." 'My academic experience is truly amazing, I can honestly say I'm learning from the best of the bests," a Political Science major proclaims. One student wished the school would "improve on getting more diverse facultyI staff,"while another says "there is diver­ sity in the student body; faculty; and courses taught." "There is a wide range of majors to choose from and a lot of interesting course options" making for "a great value for the quality of the education." The school's location is "close enough to a number of really fun and interesting cities" to be a selling point. Some of "the build­ ings and classrooms" need improvement, but "the school has been under constant construction for years and seems to be addressing this issue." One undecided stu­ dent says SUNY Binghamton "is about finding the right path for you with challeng­ ing academics and a lot of fun along the way."

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
20:1
Total Faculty
944
with Terminal Degree
756

555
Men
389
Women
185
Minority
33
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
84%
Graduate in 5 years
98%
Graduate in 6 years
80%


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Thomas Secunda
Founding partner & CTO of Bloomberg LP

Hakeem Jeffries
US Congressman, 8th Congressional District

David Zaslav
President and CEO of Discovery Communications

Marc Lawrence
Film writer, producer, director

Art Spiegelman
Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist

Gary Shapiro
President & CEO, Consumer Electronics Association

Stephanie Courtney
"Flo" on the Progressive Insurance commercials

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
72
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 4

Required Forms

FAFSA
State Aid

Bottom Line

At this reasonably priced public school, in-state tuition is just over $6,100, while out-of-state and international students pay roughly $17,800. Tuition aside, students are required to pay an additional $2,450 in mandatory fees and about $1,000 for books. For students who live on campus, the school charges approximately $13,000 for room and board, though these expenses can be reduced if the student chooses to live at home. It is important to note that, unlike undergraduates at many state schools, the vast majority of Binghamton students graduate in four years; therefore, they are not saddled with an additional year of tuition and fees.

Bang For Your Buck

When all is said and done, a Binghamton degree will cost a student literally one-third of what they can expect to pay at other comparable schools. The school also offers a plethora of student opportunities for experiential education through research, study abroad, and internships, along with the third highest four-year graduation rate in the nation among peer public institutions. In addition to the low price, the school further assists students through need-based financial aid and grant/scholarship packages. Binghamton targets the vast majority of its institutional, alumni, and donor-funded scholarships primarily toward those students who would not be able to attend college without financial assistance. In most cases, new and current undergraduate students are required to complete only the Free Application for Financial Student Aid (FAFSA) to assist in determining financial need and scholarship eligibility. If you receive an award, the school makes every effort to offer you a similar financial aid package in subsequent years as long as your ability to pay remains unchanged. Binghamton students find numerous opportunities for onand off-campus employment as well. The Binghamton Scholars Program is a selective, all-university, four-year honors program for students displaying exceptional merit and financial need.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$8,453

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$8,065

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,971

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$25,727

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
52%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$7,785

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$6,170
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$17,810
Required Fees
$2,450
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,000

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$1,450
Transportation for Commuters
$800

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Nursing Loans
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

Students Say

"Diversity" is a real plus at Binghamton. As a SUNY state school, "there's about every type of person you can imagine making it easy to make friends expand what you're used to."If you have to generalize, "most students are from New York City" and often "Jewish & from Long Island or Asian & from NYC." Most people "were serious student in high school with many AP classes" and now are "really driven," "really smart," "liberal" and "willing to be friends with everyone." The typical student is active on campus, being "involved with [a] school organization, commit­ ted to their studies, but also goes out on the weekends." The school's "rich, diverse atmosphere...challenges its students while providing an enjoyable experience." Overall, students at SUNY Binghamton "seem to have a very optimistic and happy attitude of just about everything."

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
13,412
Out of State
10%

International
12%
Foreign Countries Represented
115

Demographics

15.92%
Asian
5.78%
African-American
11.31%
Hispanic
61.39%
Caucasian
2.69%
Unknown
11.80%
International

48% female
52% male
10% are out of state
96% are full time
4% are part time

Overview

Students Say

"The motto" at Binghamton is "work hard, play hard." Students here "have a pretty rigorous workload but we also have fun on the weekends whether it be at a party or hanging out with friends." Since SUNY Binghamton does "not have a lot going on in the immediate towns surrounding it," student life revolves around campus. "Binghamton offers a wide array of student-run organizations and school-run activities to participate in during the year," a Bioengineering major explains. "There are a number of different clubs and groups for people to join" and many students participate in them. Still, "school spirit could be improved." "The bus system runs efficiently overall and gives transportation around the city" although students are divided on the value of venturing off campus. Some say the city of Binghamton is "very rundown and somewhat ter­ rifying," but others caution that "the surrounding town, although not fantastic, does have things to do" such as "shopping centers, restaurants, cafes, bars, gal­ leries and museums." Things are improving off campus as "the town of Binghamton is growing because of the University's influence and it has so much potential." Other students use the weekends "to travel because the relative dis­ tance to large cities isn't too far." The heavy workload means that a casual air pervades campus, and students "don't care how they look. Sweatpants or paja­ ma pants and a sweatshirt are a must!" That said, there is a sizable contingent who "take[s] the time to look nice here." When the weekend rolls around, it is "button downs, polos, cocktail dresses, tights, heels, leather jackets."

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
52%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
70
First-Year Students living on campus
98%

Campus Environment
Small Urban
Fire safety rating
85

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD)

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
B. Jean Fairbairn

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
No

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies
28

Number of Social Sororities
19
Number of Religious Organizations
12

12% join a fraternity
10% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

3% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Bearcats)
12 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Wrestling
Women's Sports (Bearcats)
11 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Cornell University
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Cornell University

Sustainability

The school’s Operation Green Space has turned more than 81,000 square feet of paved land into green space in the last several years. In addition, nearly 70 percent of Binghamton’s 930-acre campus is all natural. At the center is the Nature Preserve: a 182-acre oasis for wildlife and nature lovers alike. This serves as a “valuable resource for teaching and learning,” allowing students in any field of study to gain a first-hand appreciation of sustainability in action. Binghamton already has eight LEED-certified buildings and has committed to ensuring that all current and future buildings or renovations achieve LEED Silver or higher. Thanks to a continuing $1 million investment in energy conservation the school is reducing electricity consumption each and every year. Binghamton hosts an annual energy conservation contest. The residence hall with the greatest reduction in electric usage wins a whopping prize! These efforts were complemented by an improvement in waste reduction, recycling, and composting rates. The school has several active environmental groups, such as the Committee on the University Environment, the Student Environmental Action Coalition, and BY Acres. Last year, the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science added a minor in sustainability engineering to its undergraduate offerings.

Green Rating
97
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
50%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
95

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
33

Average Number of PC's per Lab
48

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
99%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple Dell Lenovo

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Joseph Tiesi
Campus Visits Coordinator

Address
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
PO Box 6001
Binghamton, NY 13902-6001

Phone
607-777-2171

Email
visit@binghamton.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Union (The Marketplace, late night Binghamton, bookstore)
Fitspace
Events Center (concerts, basketball, special events)
Indoor/Outdoor Performing Arts Center
New Housing
Art Gallery, Nature Preserve, Soccer under-the-lights, Sculpture Foundry, Libraries, Greenhouse

Most Popular Places Off Campus
First Friday, downtown Binghamton
Binghamton Mets Stadium
Roberson Museum and Science Center
Town Square Mall and University Plaza
Wegmans bus trips
Binghamton is the carousel capital of the world. Some other highlights include Tri Cities Opera/Binghamton Philharmonic, Spiedi Fest/Balloon Rally, Ross Park Zoo, Riverwalk, Broome County Arena (Binghamton Senators hockey, big name concerts and entertainment), Binghamton's Rec Park.

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Schedule varies
Consult online
607-777-2171

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Varies

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Athletic Dept phone 607-777-4255 and visit www.bubearcats.com for list of coaches

Advance Notice
Other

Contact Email Address for Visit
see Other specifics below

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available

Arrangements
Not applicable

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Greyhound, Chenango Valley, and Short Line buses serve the area. Buses, taxis, and limousines provide service from the bus terminals to campus. Off Campus College Transport provides free bus service for students throughout the area. Contact Broome Transit (607-778-1692) for information about the county bus, which students can ride by showing their BU ID. Binghamton Regional Airport (607-763-4471) is 7 miles from campus. Taxi and airport limousine service is available to campus.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From north and south, take I-81 to NY Rte. 17 W. Pass the Binghamton exit. Take Rte. 17 W. to Exit 70 S. (Rte. 201). Follow Rte. 201 and the Binghamton University signs to Rte. 434 E., which runs in front of the campus. The main entrance to campus is the first right turn. From the I-87 (NY State Thruway), take Exit 16 (Harriman exit), which will put you on NY Rte. 17 W. Follow the preceding directions from that point.

Local Accommodations
Accommodations closest to Binghamton University include: Quality Inn & Suites (4105 Vestal Pkwy. E., Vestal, 607-729-6371, 800-424-6423); Homewood Suites (3603 Vestal Pkwy. E., Vestal, 607-296-4800); Courtyard Marriott (3801 Vestal Parkway East, 607-644-1000); Hampton Inn (3708 Vestal Pkwy., Vestal, 607-797-5000); Holiday Inn Express & Suites (3615 Vestal Pkwy E., Vestal, 607-348-0088); Comfort Suites (3401 Vestal Pkwy E., Vestal, 607-766-0600); and Residence Inn by Marriott (4610 Vestal Pkwy. E., Vestal; 607-770-8500). About 10 to 20 minutes from campus are: Best Western of Johnson City (569 Harry L Drive, Johnson City, 607-729-9194); Comfort Inn (1000 Front Street, 607-724-3297, 877-424-6423); and Fairfield Inn by Marriott (864 Front Street, 607-651-1000, 800-228-2800).
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Key Stats

28,518
Applicants
13,412
Size
44%
Acceptance Rate
1290
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists