- Class: Freshman
- Gender: F
- High School: Yorktown High School
- Transfer Student: Y
Binghamton's best feature is the PEOPLE. Students are so friendly here! The faculty is very relatable and understanding. When I tell people I go to Binghamton, I get a head nod and a comment something like, "Wow, good school!" It's definitely a college town, which there are pros and cons about. Back home, I live rather close to the city, and I miss city life a lot. The thing is that, the whole town pretty much caters to you. There are off-campus student discounts, and all cabs know every building in every community in the university. I like the size of the student body, mainly because I think I tend to do better in small classes where discussions can take place. There's LOTS of VERY VISIBLE school pride--at all basketballs games, university events, and things like Dorm Wars. I think the most frequent complaints generally are the fact that there is no train station in Binghamton, the windy-rainy-snowy weather, the fact that there's no education major for undergrads, or the dining hall food.
I'm in two small classes and two large classes. In the two small classes, the professors know me by name and so does everyone in the class. It allows me to get close with my classmates since there can be discussions and group projects. Studying is very much the norm. The library is always full of students studying. I would say that the coursework is challenging, but very fair. I feel like it's competitive, but not visibly. People here are focused on the schoolwork, but they're in no way stuck-up about it. I get along with a lot of students here and can have intellectual conversations without getting into angry, overheated debates.
Binghamton students are definitely more on the liberal/democratic side, though there are Republican/Conservative student organizations. I wouldn't say that all people of different races all interact, but there aren't strict boundaries based on race, but more of language and hometowns. Otherwise, most different types of students do interact. Most people here are from downstate New York, meaning the city, Long Island, and Westchester. I don't know which socioeconomic or financial background is most represented; I feel it's pretty equal.
The Best Things
The Worst Things
No train station