State University of New York at Binghamton campus


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
600 - 690
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
630 - 710
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
580 - 670
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
28 - 31

Testing Policies

ACT Writing Policy
ACT with Writing required

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with Essay component recommended


Early Action
November 1

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


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

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Students Say

SUNY Binghamton provides "the best bang for your buck" to "hard-working, highachieving 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 affordable 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 reputation," "value" and "positive, respectful environment" make for "the archetype of an overall college experience." A key part of a great college experience is challenging 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 faculty/staff," while another says "there is diversity 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 buildings and classrooms" need improvement, but "the school has been under constant construction for years and seems to be addressing this issue." One undecided student says SUNY Binghamton "is about finding the right path for you with challenging academics and a lot of fun along the way."


Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Notable Faculty

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

Aaron Mair
President of Sierra Club

Gary Shapiro
President & CEO, Consumer Electronics Association

Stephanie Courtney
"Flo" on the Progressive Insurance commercials

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)

Percent High Job Meaning

Percent STEM

Students Say

At Binghamton, students are heavily invested in career opportunities to get "ahead of the game." The Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development offers a wide variety of services that cover counseling, resume and cover letter preparation, career fairs and job search resources, and advice on personal branding and networking though social media. It also offers resources specifically for those looking to pursue work overseas. Many students point to "awesome" career services as Binghamton's greatest strength, while others don't seem entirely satisfied, despite the considerable offerings. "The alumni connection is very good but not excellent," says one, and another elaborates that the Career and Professional Development Center "is not significantly helpful, especially for the professional schools." Still, the typical starting salary for an alum is about $47,200. Out of Binghamton alumni visiting, 48 percent report feeling as though they derive meaning from their jobs.

Colleges that Create Futures

Undergraduate Research

Binghamton doesn’t believe that research experience should wait until junior or senior year. Through the Freshman Research Immersion, students in science and engineering programs have the opportunity to work directly with faculty on cutting-edge research projects. The research is done for course credit, and allows students to develop personal relationships with faculty. Binghamton sponsors a Summer Research Immersion Program for students majoring in the STEM fields as well.
Of course, students outside of the STEM fields also participate in research opportunities. “For instance, our Pell Honors Program runs a semester-long course for exceptional students writing their own research articles, puts on a conference at which they present their work to faculty and their peers, and edits a journal published by SUNY Press in which the best of these articles are published. This kind of engagement with students has really paid off, both in terms of the intrinsic rewards these students gain from such intense and high-level academic research, and in acceptances at top PhD programs and professional schools,” Associate Professor Morgan-Knapp told us. Beyond these more formal programs, students in all disciplines have opportunities for research, thanks to Binghamton’s emphasis on faculty research. Associate Professor of Organizational Management Shelley Dionne explained the value of the school’s focus: “The whole purpose of placing research faculty in the classroom is to keep the curriculum fresh and up-to-date and, I should add, to bring an aura of discovery into the classroom. Our faculty do this. They fashion courses that reflect both changes in the discipline and in their work, and they explore these with and through their students. Many also recruit students to assist in their research, in which case research and pedagogy blend rather seamlessly.”
Leadership Opportunities

With a Student Association, residential community governments, and almost 300 student-led organizations, Binghamton abounds with leadership opportunities for students. According to one industrial and systems engineering major we surveyed, “It’s almost unheard of for a student not to be in charge of something in one form or another.” For example, Off Campus College Transport—the transportation link between campus and the surrounding community—is student-run, as is Harpur’s Ferry—the campus ambulance service—and the campus newspaper, radio station and television service. Student leaders have regular interactions with the school’s administration and real responsibilities for running the school. The college informed us, “The president, vice presidents, and deans teach and mentor students, and they interact with student leaders in a variety of settings to discuss campus issues. The president and vice presidents meet regularly with the Student Association’s elected officers, and a student participates in the University Council and monthly meetings of the vice presidents and deans. Each school has a student group that advises the dean. In our largest school, Harpur College of Arts and Sciences, students constitute 30 percent of the college council, which has final decision-making authority on curricular matters. The Student Association allocates funds that support student organizations, and each residential community has an elected government.”
Students certainly recognize and appreciate these opportunities. “I was also attracted to the amount of clubs, student activities, and leadership opportunities available on campus,” a human development major told us, while an English literature and history student cited “undergraduate leadership” as one of the strengths of the school. Lee Karchawer, who graduated from Binghamton in 2005 and went on to earn an MBA from the school in 2007 reported, “I would consider one of the most important experiences I had in college was when I started my own business with a fellow student, who is now one of my closest friends and for many years was my roommate in New York City post-Binghamton. We started a business called My Campus Promotions, which helped local businesses advertise to students including placing logos in the form of temporary tattoos on student’s foreheads at campus events. Additionally, we started Bingmenus, which became a campus hit, by providing the students with a way to order food online for delivery from local restaurants. I pursued my MBA at Binghamton, while simultaneously running my business.”
Faculty Mentors

Through its residential college experience for freshmen, inspired by the Oxford University college system, Binghamton “build[s] smaller communities within the larger overall community of the school,” a chemistry and mathematics major told us. “It has the small college feel thanks to the Oxford Community style of living on campus, and then it has all the opportunities of a large university from massive amounts of research to Division I sports,” an industrial and systems engineering major added. Under this system, freshmen are divided into five residential colleges, each of which has its own Faculty Master and affiliated faculty “Fellows.” “Our role is essentially to be the academic leader of our community,” the Faculty Master of Newing College, Mark Reisinger explained. In addition to his responsibilities at Newing, Associate Professor Reisinger is also director of undergraduate studies for geology. He told us: “In Newing College, we have approximately thirty-five to forty Fellows. . . . Once a month we hold a Students/Fellows Lunch where our residents can get to know faculty in a more relaxed atmosphere than the classroom. The fellows also participate in academic and social events within the community. This semester we started a new program, Faculty in Residence, to encourage even greater interaction between our residents and faculty. Newing College has a faculty in residence from our Graduate School of Education and from the Mathematics Department. Both are doing career-related events for their disciplines. They are also doing fun events such as movie nights. Of course, the movies are in some way related to education or math.”
Faculty Masters, Associate Professor Reisinger told us, also have an opportunity to develop classes. “For example, I have been able to develop a course that has some of the students in my residential community participating, as well as a group of students in China that are part of our University Readiness Program. The class meets live twice per week for discussions via Web conferencing software. I feel this is a tremendous cross-cultural learning experience for both groups of students.”
Alumni Network

With over 120,000 alumni in all fifty states and around the world, the Binghamton alumni network is certainly extensive. Among their ranks are Scott Krug, the chief financial officer of the Yankees; singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson, and New York Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (with respective degrees in accounting, theatre, and Afro-American/African studies). Beyond the numbers, many alumni are actively engaged in networking with current and former students. For example, Gary Kibel, who graduated from Binghamton in 1990 and went on to earn his MBA in 1992 told us, “I am active in the Binghamton University Alumni Association. I attend many Binghamton-sponsored events in the NYC metropolitan area. I also return to campus at least once a year. I seek out and connect with other Binghamton alumni in my personal and professional life, both online and offline,” while Lee Karchawer reported, “I have attended alumni events in NYC and still maintain many personal and business relationships with former students. I also have hired students/alumni for business ventures as well as helped many pursue their own business ventures or careers.”


Application Deadlines
May 1
Notification Date
Jan 31

Required Forms

State Aid

Bottom Line

At this reasonably priced public school, in-state tuition is just over $6,470, while out-of-state and international students pay roughly $21,550. Tuition aside, students are required to pay an additional $2,801 in mandatory fees and about $1,000 for books. For students who live on campus, the school charges approximately $13,590 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.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
Tuition (Out-of-State)
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

On-Campus Room and Board
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology

Scholarships and Grants


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

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)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Foreign Countries Represented



49% female
51% male
7% are out of state
97% are full time
3% are part time

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 and expand what you're used to." If you have to generalize, "most students are from New York City" and often "Jewish and from Long Island or Asian and 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, committed 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."


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

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 bio-engineering 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 terrifying," but others caution that "the surrounding town, although not fantastic, does have things to do" such as "shopping centers, restaurants, cafes, bars, galleries 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 distance 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 pajama 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."

Special Needs Admissions

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

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

B. Jean Fairbairn

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams

Dictionary allowed in exams

Computer allowed in exams

Spellchecker allowed in exams

Extended test time



Oral exams


Distraction-free environment

Accommodation for students with ADHD

Reading machine

Other assistive technology

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

14% join a fraternity
11% join a sorority


Athletic Division
Division I

3% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Bearcats)
12 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Bearcats)
11 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

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


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.

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee

Sustainability-focused degree available

School employs a sustainability officer

Public GHG inventory plan

% food budget spent on local/organic food

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share

Car Sharing Program

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program

Cash-Out Parking

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2016.

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:

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:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Apple Dell Lenovo

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

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

Campus Visits Contact

Joseph Tiesi
Campus Visits Coordinator

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



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Union (The MarketPlace, Late Nite Binghamton, bookstore)
Events Center (concerts, basketball, special events)
Indoor/Outdoor Performing Arts Center
Nature Preserve
Art Museum &Gallery, Nature Preserve, Soccer under-the-lights, Sculpture Foundry, Libraries, Greenhouse,Modern residence Halls

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

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

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions


Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Athletic Dept phone 607-777-4255 and visit for list of coaches

Advance Notice

Contact Email Address for Visit
see other specifics below

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available

Not applicable

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available


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 campus 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).