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Binghamton University--SUNY is a public institution that was founded in 1946. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 11,861, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 930 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Binghamton University--SUNY's ranking in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 89. Its in-state tuition and fees are $7,613 (2012-13); out-of-state tuition and fees are $16,761 (2012-13).
Outdoor recreation abounds in the southeastern New York location of Binghamton University. Despite its name, the university is actually located in Vestal, N.Y., a suburb of Binghamton. The campus encompasses 887 acres of land including a nature preserve, complete with a forest and pond where students can hike, bike, and run around. Through the Adventure Resource Center and the Outdoor Pursuits program, students can participate in organized kayaking, climbing and camping trips, or can plan an excursion of their own. Winter sports fans can go skiing and snowboarding at Greek Peak, a 30-mile trip from campus. On campus, annual student events include University Fest and Spring Fling, two outdoor celebrations with live music, carnival rides, and food. There are more than 250 student organizations, including 55 recognized fraternities and sororities. Freshmen must live on campus, and, because of space restrictions, no graduate students are permitted to do so. One perk of living in the school’s residence facilities: free laundry. The Binghamton Bearcats compete in the NCAA Division I America East Conference, and student fans form the BU Zoo cheering section during basketball games. The school mascot is a bearcat named Baxter. On average, more than nine in 10 students remain at SUNY Binghamton after freshman year, one of the highest first-year retention rates in the country.
Binghamton University is ranked as one of the top schools in the state of New York. Highly ranked graduate programs include the Department of History, Department of Public Administration, and Department of Psychology. In addition, the university is renowned for its sustainability efforts. Notable alumni include Madeleine Smithberg, the co-creator and executive producer of The Daily Show, Andrew Bergman, the screenwriter who penned Blazing Saddles, and Tony Kornheiser, an ESPN commentator.
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Binghamton University offers the attention of a small college with the choices and opportunities of a research university. Our students are among the most gifted in the nation and our faculty are devoted teachers and mentors committed to helping students obtain the skills to become global citizens.
Binghamton students take advantage of excellent facilities for learning and recreation, attending concerts, participating in clubs and intramurals, hiking the nearly 200-acre nature preserve and cheering on 21 Division I athletic teams. The community offers professional baseball and hockey, opera, First Fridays featuring local artists' works, and dozens of parks and activities. Wired and wireless, the campus has state-of-the-art labs, four libraries and dozens of spaces for students to meet and collaborate on coursework and projects.
Our residential communities are close-knit, nurturing relationships and opportunities, and include a faculty master in each community to help link living and learning. Our Discovery Program offers additional resources for freshman and upperclassmen to link all aspects of their University life and enhance Binghamton's living-learning environment.
With more than 520 programs to choose from, Binghamton has one of the largest study-abroad programs in the nation. Students also take advantage of 3/2 and 4/1 accelerated or combined-degree programs, allowing them to complete bachelor's and master's degrees in five rather than six years, saving time and tuition while increasing their marketability.
Graduates command top starting salaries because of their critical-thinking, analytical and communication skills. The Career Development Center offers support to research career options or seek assistance exploring job fields or launching a search for a semester internship, a summer job, or first full-time job. Students have access to online career tools, resume-writing assistance, interview skills coaching, staff and peer advising, and on-campus job fairs featuring up to 400 employers.
Recognized nationally with seven major awards for achievements in internationalization, Binghamton excels in providing comprehensive opportunities for students to become world citizens. Our programs are multi-faceted and innovative. Our students take three semesters of foreign language, many study abroad, and on campus, there are nearly 2,200 international students from more than 100 nations. Cultural and international festivals abound on campus. Our Languages Across the Curriculum program promotes use of languages other than English in non-language courses, helping students become aware of intercultural perspectives and providing opportunity for them to continuously use their language skills.
Also nationally recognized for our green initiatives, the campus has converted more than 85,000 square-feet of formerly paved areas to green space within the past five years, and offers dozens of environmentally related or sustainability courses each year. All new construction is built to LEED standards, and our most recent building is targeting LEED Platinum certification.
Together, Binghamton's faculty and students create a stimulating campus environment that is supportive, rewarding and fun. A recently established Undergraduate Research Center is centralizing and expanding many of the opportunities available to students to advance in their disciplines, whether in the STEM disciplines, social sciences or humanities. From designing sensors that detect toxins, to writing and directing plays, to conducting research studies for local municipalities to improve services and programs for area residents, to promoting the "greening" of campus through reduce, reuse, recycle events and programs, Binghamton students thrive in a diverse community that promotes the vigorous exchange of innovative ideas.
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When applying to Binghamton University--SUNY, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling, and the early action deadline is November 15. The application fee at Binghamton University--SUNY is $50. It is more selective, with an acceptance rate of 40.7 percent and an early acceptance rate of 55.9 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2011 acceptance rate||40.7%|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||N/A|
The student-faculty ratio at Binghamton University--SUNY is 20:1, and the school has 38.9 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Binghamton University--SUNY include: Business Administration and Management, General; English Language and Literature, General; Psychology, General; Biology/Biological Sciences, General; and Engineering, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 90.5 percent.
Binghamton University--SUNY has a total undergraduate enrollment of 11,861, with a gender distribution of 53.0 percent male students and 47.0 percent female students. At this school, 61.0 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 39.0 percent of students live off campus. Binghamton University--SUNY is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.
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|Collegiate athletic association||NCAA I|
Campus Info & Services
Binghamton University--SUNY offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. Binghamton University--SUNY also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Binghamton University--SUNY, 41 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Binghamton University--SUNY.
|Students who have cars on campus||41%|
|Health insurance offered||Yes|
|Students required to own/lease a computer||No|
Paying for School
At Binghamton University--SUNY, 49.4 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $6,779.
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|In-state tuition and fees||$7,613 (2012-13)|
|Out-of-state tuition and fees||$16,761 (2012-13)|
|Room and board||$12,336 (2012-13)|
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* Overview details based on 2011 data