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Academics

As one of the central institutions in one of the country’s strongest public university systems, Binghamton University upholds rigorous academic, cultural, and engagement standards. The research university’s six 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 alums 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 First-year Research Immersion, which provides first-year students with a three semester-long research experience in sciences, engineering, and public health. The Source Project provides similar research experiences for students in the humanities and social sciences.

Student Body

A high proportion of 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 450+ organizations carry various roles “from community service to professionalism,” and it has “almost any kind of club out there,” from club sports to the hula hoop club to L.O.C.K.S. (Ladies Owning their Curls Kinks and Straights). The school’s residential college system is modeled after the one at Oxford University, with students living in six different communities, each with its 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 communities 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 who 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.

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Joseph Tiesi
Associate Director , Undergraduate Admissions , Campus Visit Coordinator, Admissions Alumni Volunteer 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).

Admissions

Applicants: 38,116
Acceptance Rate: 43%
Average HS GPA: 3.70







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