- Class: Alum
- Major: History
- Gender: M
- High School: East High School (SLC)
- Transfer Student: N
BU is a public school, and it is bigger than you think. The education is really good, but it can't escape the public, state-funded feel. It is not a pretty campus. Binghamton, as a city, has been economically depressed for many years, so the location is perhpas not ideal in a lot of ways. On the other hand, the area has a lot of variety: city life, a large university campus, and close proximity to quiet, rural areas.
As a graduate student, my opinion might be unique. I think that Binghamton students are intelligent, as entrance is becoming increasingly competitive. But I don't think that the intellectual atmosphere has caught up to the ability of the student body. Most entry level classes for undergraduates are lecture/discussion format, so you are not likely to know your professors personally.
This is all anecdotal, but there seem to be three categories of BU students: locals, usually white and protestant, who have grown up in the Southern Tier, upper or upper middle class kids from Long Island, and international students (mainly Turkey, Korea, and China/Taiwan).