Binghamton University
State University of New York

PO Box 6000
Binghamton, NY 13902-6000

Admissions Office:
(607) 777-2171 or
FAX: (607) 777-4444

men 4,287/women 4,759
men 166/women 248
Graduate School:
men 1,347/women 1,349

Number who applied:
Number accepted:
Number enrolled:
Average SAT scores:
V 590 M 619
Average ACT score:
Average GPA:
3.6 (weighted & unweighted)
Freshman retention rate:

Room and Board:
$907 (approx.)
Books & supplies:
$750 (approx.)

Freshmen receiving aid:
Average financial aid package:
$9,135 (freshman)

Student-faculty ratio:

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Binghamton University State University of New York
PO Box 6000
Binghamton, NY 13902-6000

A view of the campus from the south, with the Library Tower on the left.

College Description
Binghamton University is nationally recognized for its strong academic programs, distinguished faculty and talented students. The University's curriculum, founded in the liberal arts, includes selected professional and graduate programs. Fifteen specialized research centers attract scholars from around the globe to Binghamton's modern, suburban campus.

One of four university centers within the State University of New York, Binghamton enrolls more than 12,000 students in bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs. Binghamton's faculty and students--representing a wide range of cultures, backgrounds and ideas--contribute to an open, dynamic and supportive campus environment.

While it has grown into a highly-regarded research university, Binghamton retains the collegial qualities of a smaller school. Entering its second half-century, Binghamton remains true to its vision to provide an excellent education for today and for the future.

Academic Life
The University operates on a two-term calendar, with fall semester classes beginning in late August and spring semester classes beginning in late January.

There are five schools within the University: Harpur College of Arts and Sciences, the Decker School of Nursing, the School of Education and Human Development, the School of Management and the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science. The Graduate School administers advanced-degree programs in the five component schools. Undergraduate and graduate students are taught by a single faculty.

All students must fulfill the University's general education requirement, which is designed to prepare them for the next century. Students do so by meeting course requirements in each of the following areas: Language and Communication, Laboratory Science, Mathematics and Reasoning, Aesthetic Perspective, Physical Activity/Wellness and Global Vision.

Students are encouraged to study abroad in any of 18 different countries. Semester, academic year, summer or intersession options may be selected. Many disciplines are represented and study in the major is normally possible and encouraged.

Campus Life
Binghamton is centrally located in New York, 45 miles from Ithaca, 70 miles from Syracuse and about 200 miles from both new York City and Philadelphia.

Approximately half of the student body lives on campus, in one of several residence communities. Many residence halls are clustered into communities that are served by faculty masters and have a central dining facility. Apartment-style housing is also available for upperclassmen.

The University Union is the focal point for most social and recreational activities on campus. It houses the offices of many of the more than 160 student organizations, including the Student Association (undergraduate student government), radio station WHRW-FM, television station BTV, student publications, dining areas and a food co-op.

Cultural, entertainment, religious, sport and musical organizations, along with 34 Greek-lettered organizations, also provide students with a wide variety of opportunities to become involved.

Facilities and Resources
The vibrant example of innovative design and contemporary technology has become the western gateway to campus. Panoramic glass facades define this two-building complex, which contains 125-seat and 75-seat multimedia lecture halls, three 55-seat tiered classrooms, several computer pods and faculty and staff offices.

The buildings are the new home to the Decker School of Nursing, the School of Education and Human Development, the School of Management and Admissions and Enrollment Services.

The University has an excellent research library with an online catalog and sophisticated bibliographic database services, extensive computer facilities, a superb performing-arts center and a broad assortment of course offerings.

Extensive recreational and physical education opportunities are supported by two gymnasia, both with swimming pools and one with an indoor track. Outdoor facilities include playing fields, a track, a fitness trail and numerous tennis courts.

Binghamton's wooded campus includes the Nature Preserve, a 117-acre forest and wetland area with a six-acre pond that provides special study and leisure opportunities.

Binghamton's intercollegiate athletics program includes 19 varsity teams (10 men's and nine women's) competing for the first time this season at the NCAA Division II level. The University competes in the New England Collegiate Conference.

Varsity sports for men and women include basketball, cross country, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis and indoor and outdoor track and field. Men also compete in baseball, golf and wrestling, and women compete in softball and volleyball.

Open recreation hours are offered in both gymnasia, with swimming, running, racquetball, squash and basketball facilities. A state-of-the-art fitness facility, FitSpace, is available for a nominal fee.

In addition, the Office of Campus Recreation oversees an active intramural program and a club sport program that boasts more than two dozen teams.

Financial Aid
The University's financial aid program includes grants, loans and part-time employment, generally offered in some combination. Merit scholarships based on academic excellence are also available through the Binghamton University Foundation.

Financial aid assistance is offered to supplement the family's maximum financial effort. With few exceptions, financial aid is offered only to students who demonstrate need; the amount of need-based aid in no instance exceeds the amount of need.

Students applying for assistance must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the standard application for federal and institutional aid. New York state residents applying for state-funded assistance must also file the TAP Application. Applications must be postmarked by March 1 for the fall semester and by November 15 for the spring semester.

Admission Requirements
Students wishing to take courses for credit or pursue degree programs in Harpur College of Arts and Sciences, the Decker School of Nursing, the School of Management, the School of Education and Human Development or the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science must be admitted to the specific school before registering for courses.

All of Binghamton's undergraduate schools accept freshman applicants, although the School of Education and Human Development requires at least one year between high school departure and enrollment.

Applicants may file either a Binghamton application, or the State University of New York application. Admission decisions are announced on a rolling basis, with the first letters for fall mailed on or about January 15 and for spring in early November.

Applicants are admitted on the total strength of their applications, which include academic criteria, involvement in leadership and school and community activities, and written communication skills. Binghamton is sensitive to all types of achievement and welcomes information about the candidate's values, aspirations and personal challenges.

Early decision applicants should file by November 1, with all supplemental information due by December 1. Candidates with complete applications on file will be notified of a decision by December 31.

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