Binghamton University--SUNY

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PO Box 6000

Binghamton, NY 13902-6000

Phone: (607) 777-2000
2013-2014 Tuition
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rolling admission

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#97 Overall Score: 49 out of 100. National Universities

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Binghamton University--SUNY is a public institution that was founded in 1946. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 12,356, 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 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 97. Its in-state tuition and fees are $8,144 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $18,464 (2013-14).

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 includes 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 about 50 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 former executive producer of "The Daily Show," Andrew Bergman, the screenwriter who penned "Blazing Saddles," and Tony Kornheiser, an ESPN commentator.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Offering all the choices and opportunities of a research university, Binghamton University is also dedicated to undergraduate education, and provides students with the attention found at a small college. 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.

Together, Binghamton's faculty and students create a stimulating campus environment that is supportive, rewarding and fun. From designing sensors that detect toxins; to writing and directing plays; to conducting research studies for local municipalities; to promoting the 'greenness' of campus through reduce, reuse, recycle events and programs; Binghamton students thrive in a diverse community that promotes the vigorous exchange of innovative ideas. And the students excel, winning national accolades, gaining admission to top graduate schools and succeeding with distinction in various professions.

Binghamton is a highly residential campus with students living in small, close-knit communities where they can get to know everyone. Binghamton also offers a unique residential life experience: faculty masters in each community who bring living and learning together, helping students connect their academic lives with their lives outside the classroom. Masters give students a place to turn when they have questions about academic issues and non-academic concerns, and they also connect students to campus programs and services, fostering faculty- student interaction.

With one of the largest study-abroad programs in the nation, Binghamton students have nearly 600 programs to choose from. Students also take advantage of the many enriched programs at the University including 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. The University emphasizes entrepreneurship through its Entrepreneurship Across the Curriculum program. Aimed at students, the program offers a concentration in entrepreneurship as well as incentives and assistance for faculty who agree to offer an entrepreneurship component in their classes on a continuing basis. Students also enjoy Languages Across the Curriculum, which promotes the 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.

Binghamton graduates command top starting salaries because of their rich experiential learning, leadership development, global awareness, critical-thinking, analytical and communication skills. The Career Development Center offers support to research career options, seek assistance exploring job fields or launch a search for a semester internship, summer job or first full-time job. Students also have access to online career tools, resume writing assistance, interview skills coaching, staff and peer advising, and on-campus job fairs.

Binghamton students take advantage of excellent facilities for learning and recreation, attending concerts, participating in clubs and intramurals, hiking the University's 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. The campus has state-of-the-art labs, four libraries and dozens of spaces for students to meet and collaborate on coursework and projects.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1946
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $80,040,877


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 42.9 percent and an early acceptance rate of 56.7 percent.

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Selectivity more selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 42.9%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by N/A

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Binghamton University--SUNY is 20:1, and the school has 35.1 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Binghamton University--SUNY include: Business Administration and Management, General; Psychology, General; Biology/Biological Sciences, General; Engineering, General; and English Language and Literature, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 90.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 20:1
4-year graduation rate 68%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business Administration and Management, General 15%
Psychology, General 10%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 9%
Engineering, General 9%
English Language and Literature, General 8%

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Student Life

Binghamton University--SUNY has a total undergraduate enrollment of 12,356, with a gender distribution of 53.3 percent male students and 46.7 percent female students. At this school, 61 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 39 percent of students live off campus. Binghamton University--SUNY is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 15,308
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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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, 39 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Binghamton University--SUNY.

Students who have cars on campus 39%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Binghamton University--SUNY, 47.9 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $7,230.

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In-state tuition and fees $8,144 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $18,464 (2013-14)
Room and board $12,688 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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