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


  • 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

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.

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.


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).