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Academics

As one of the central institutions in one of the country's strongest public university systems, SUNY Binghamton upholds rigorous academic, cultural, and engagement standards. The research university's seven schools are spread across 930 acres of the beautiful upstate Susquehanna Valley. The nursing, business, and engineering schools are three standouts, but no matter what course a student chooses to study, you're sure to get the "best bang for your buck." Binghamton's multi-disciplinary education "prepares you not only for your career, but for the rest of your life," by instilling students with leadership, academic and social skills, and "employers rave about the school, especially if you are applying to jobs in New York City or on Long Island." "Binghamton is all about giving students many options to do what they want," and the career services office is an excellent complement to that; fellow students and alum are also "very willing to give out information that will benefit others, such as an internship or winter program."

Faculty members here are "dedicated and willing to invest in the university," and hold regular office hours, though students "have so many places to go if they are not available." As students get into their major-specific courses, "there is more discussion and less lecturing." Professors are "supportive, reasonable, accessible, clear and fair," and "as long as you are genuinely interested in the subject and willing to put in the work, you will succeed." High quality research endeavors are available to all (especially those in the sciences), through programs like Freshman Research Immersion, which provides first-year students with a year-long research experience in sciences and engineering.

Student Body

Most students are from Long Island or Westchester, but they do report "a surprising amount of diversity" on campus, and students are "happy to step outside of their comfort zones and learn about different cultures." The majority of students "worked hard to afford school and to get into a school as intense as Binghamton" and there is "a very friendly and homey atmosphere at the school." This "extremely loving and generous" group is "multi-disciplined" and "involved in many organizations, leadership roles, jobs, internships, or research.'

Campus Life

The "excellent student board" organizes tons of events throughout the week and is "keen on getting the students…involved and [making] a difference." The university's 400+ organizations carry various roles "from community service to professionalism," and it has "almost any kind of club out there," from club sports to the hulahoop club to L.O.C.K.S. (Ladies Owning their Curls Kinks and Straights). The school's residential college system is modelled after the one at Oxford University, with students living in six different colleges, each with their own personality. The living communities "really help break it up and make it feel smaller" and "there are a lot of study spaces and a lot of places to spend time." Though academics take priority, when students do leave their books, "Binghamton offers so many activities to do on campus that it is hard to ever be bored."

The town of Vestal is small and quiet, and there is a 190-acre nature preserve on campus that is frequently hiked by students. The nearby city and community of Binghamton are constantly improving: "Change happens all of the time and the students are getting ready for it." People here do like to party on the weekends, and "going out into downtown Binghamton on Friday and Saturday nights to hit up the bars is popular." For those that prefer to keep it more low-key, the University Union always has "games, arts and crafts, free bowling (with free shoe rentals), ping pong (you do have to rent the paddles if you don't bring your own), billiards, and movie rentals," and there are often performances or movies shown on campus.

Overview

Applicants
32,139
Acceptance Rate
41%
Average HS GPA
3.70

GPA Breakdown

65%
Over 3.75
16%
3.50 - 3.74
11%
3.25 - 3.49
5%
3.00 - 3.24
3%
2.50 - 2.99

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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

Concordant SAT Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
650 - 720
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
650 - 740

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

Deadlines

Early Action — November 1


Other Admission Factors

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Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
19:1
Total Faculty
1,020
with Terminal Degree
814

582
Men
438
Women
259
Minority
75
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
71%
Graduate in 5 years
82%
Graduate in 6 years
83%

Majors

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • African-American/Black Studies
  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • Asian-American Studies
  • East Asian Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • South Asian Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Neuroscience

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Actuarial Science
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
  • Finance, General
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • Logistics and Materials Management
  • Management Information Systems, General
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Computer Science

  • Engineering

  • Biomedical/Medical Engineering
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Engineering, General
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • Creative Writing
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • English Language and Literature/Letters, Other

  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences

  • Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services, Other

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Arabic Language and Literature
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Comparative Literature
  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Hebrew Language and Literature
  • Italian Language and Literature
  • Latin Language and Literature
  • Linguistics
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other
  • Pre-Dentistry Studies
  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
  • Pre-Optometry Studies
  • Pre-Veterinary Studies
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse

  • History

  • History, General

  • Legal Professions and Studies

  • Pre-Law Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Jewish/Judaic Studies
  • Philosophy

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Physiological Psychology/Psychobiology
  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Applied Economics
  • Cartography
  • Economics, General
  • Geography
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Social Sciences, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Cinematography and Film/Video Production
  • Directing and Theatrical Production
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music, General
  • Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology


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

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
71%
Graduate in 5 years
82%
Graduate in 6 years
83%

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

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$49,100

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$86,500

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$49,900

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$91,400

Percent High Job Meaning
48%

Percent STEM
22%


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 PayScale.com, 48 percent report feeling as though they derive meaning from their jobs.

Students in all disciplines have opportunities for research, thanks to Binghamton University'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. Many also recruit students to assist in their research, in which case research and pedagogy blend rather seamlessly." 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 earn course credit as they work directly with faculty on cutting-edge research projects. Binghamton also sponsors a Summer Research Immersion (SRI) program for students majoring in the STEM fields. The two-course summer program give students time to learn research techniques, acquire background on a research question and follow through on the initial phases of a real research problem. The Summer Scholars and Artists Fellowship program gives students the freedom (and funding!) to conduct eight weeks of full-time research, scholarship, or creative activity over the summer. As Janice McDonald, Director of the Undergraduate Research Center, explains: "Many of our students need to work; they simply can't take the summer off to do research. The Summer Scholars and Artists Program gives them time to pursue a topic they have proposed." Throughout the process, students work closely with a faculty mentor and present their results at a poster session during Binghamton's annual Research Days. Past research projects have run the gamut from producing films and writing novels to studying Crohn's disease or examining health conditions in Vanuatu, an island in the South Seas. "Students tell us at the end of the summer, it's one of the scariest things they've ever done, and sometimes it's one of the hardest things they've ever done, but it's also one of the most rewarding," McDonald says.

Dates

Application Deadlines
May 1
Notification Date
Jan 31

Required Forms

FAFSA
State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$9,067

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$8,667

Average Need-Based Loan
$5,010

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
50%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$25,718

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$8,238

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$6,670
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$21,550
Required Fees
$2,853
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,000

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$9,567
Transportation for Commuters
$250

On-Campus Room and Board
$14,577
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
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

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
13,632
Foreign Countries Represented
104

Demographics

14.10%
Asian
5.24%
African-American
10.64%
Hispanic
56.61%
Caucasian
1.69%
Unknown
9.26%
International

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

Overview


Campus Life

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

First-Year Students living on campus
98%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

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
17
Number of Religious Organizations
14

14% join a fraternity
11% 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.

95/99
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
8%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

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

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

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
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 March, 2017.

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 Nite Binghamton, bookstore)
FitSpace
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
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 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).


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