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4400 Vestal Parkway East
Vestal, NY 13850-6000
p. 607-777-2000
w. www.binghamton.edu

SUNY at Binghamton

SUNY at Binghamton Rating: 3.3/5 (40 votes)

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Introduction

Binghamton University, one of four State University of New York university centers, boasts a student population of over 16,000 on a campus of nearly 900 acres. It has a strong academic reputation and is considered a “Public Ivy”. Among other unique features, the campus is intentionally shaped like a brain, and buildings are often referred to by their corresponding anatomical structure within the brain.

History

Binghamton University was founded in 1946 under the name Triple Cities College, originally as a part of Syracuse University, to meet the needs of returning local veterans. It was renamed Harpur College in 1950, in memory of a pioneer of the area, and then given its current appellation in 1965. It has continued to grow consistently over the course of time and is today one of the largest institutions of higher education in the state of New York.

Academics

Colleges and schools include the Decker School of Nursing, Harpur College of Arts and Sciences, Health and Physical Education department, School of Education and Human Development, School of Management, and the Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science. U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks Binghamton in the top 50 public universities nationwide, and has for the last 8 years.

There are nearly 70 degree programs for graduate students at the university with plans for expansion, including a plan for a law school as well as for a School of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacy, expected to open in 2017.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Unique Programs

Bachelor of Arts in Cinema

Unique among the schools in the SUNY system, the Bachelor of Arts in Cinema develops leaders in the field of creative film. Students learn critical analysis and appreciation, as well as artistic expression. Interdisciplinary topics include sociology, economics, and history. The curriculum focuses on production and analysis, as well as artistry. The program recognizes the growing influence—and, therefore, importance—of cinema, and imparts that appreciation on its graduates.

Make Your Own Major

The Individualized Major Program allows students to identify and create their own path of study, based on interest or career goals. An advisory panel of faculty and administrators determines the curriculum’s validity and approves or disapproves a student’s proposed curriculum. Such majors may include dual topics of study, group projects, or even new courses.

Admissions

The admissions department seeks a diverse group of academically gifted young students to meet their requirements. Five different factors are considered in the admissions process. In order of importance they are: academic performance (grade point average, courses completed, class ranking, and test scores), supplemental materials (personal essay, school activities, special talents or abilities), special circumstances or motivation, recommendations (at least one from a guidance counselor or teacher), and SAT II scores (not required, but recommended).

Prospective first-year students must be approaching high school graduation. There is no set grade point average or test score requirements. Students with particular talents my have a special review by the department where they plan to study (music, art, etc.). Because admissions practices are intentionally targeted toward well qualified students, applicants often arrive with Advanced Placement credit. The university will accept such credit, provided the applicant scores 3 or better on a particular AP exam.

In a standard freshman class, the combined SAT average is around 1250 (compared to the national average of 1026). Most freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school graduating class. The average freshman has a high school grade average of 92%.

Financial Aid

The majority of student scholarships are need-based. Therefore, students are encouraged to file their FAFSA as early as possible after January 1 in anticipation of the following academic year. No forms or applications in addition to the FAFSA or application for admission are required; students are profiled based on the academic information presented in their admission documents. Students are encouraged to pursue other means of scholarship funding, either through their high school or local community.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 3444th for the average student loan amount.
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Students

There are more than 5,000 undergraduates living in university facilities on campus. Each “unit” of residence has its own life and organization. Freshmen are required to live on-campus and have housing accommodations guaranteed upon admission.

Public transportation options for students include both university and town buses—necessary, give the size of the campus and the surrounding municipality. In addition, many students have cars of their own. A train system affords easy access to New York City and other urban centers on the eastern seaboard.

Life on campus is rich with recreational and educational opportunities outside of the classroom. More than 200 student organizations are registered with the Student Association, including cultural, political, and social organizations. Greek life has a strong influence on the university culture as well—there are 41 fraternities and sororities on the campus. Other activities include musical productions, concerts, theatre, the campus radio station, and student volunteer opportunities.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Athletics

The Bearcats compete in the NCAA Division I and the America East Conference. Men’s sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming/diving, track & field, and wrestling. Women’s sports include basketball, cross country, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming/diving, tennis track & field and volleyball.

The outdoor athletic facilities include baseball and softball diamonds, tennis courts, and a championship-quality track and field facility. Indoor facilities include the West Gym’s basketball arena and aquatics facility, and the East Gym’s basketball arena and fit space. The athletic department provides strength and conditioning facilities for its student-athletes, and structure exercise and workout programs including sport-specific regimens and weight room schedules.

Local Community

The Binghamton area is actually composed of the towns of Binghamton, Endicott, and Johnson City, making the surrounding area more like a small metropolis than collection of towns. The area includes such diversions as orchestras, theaters, and art. There are numerous parks and opportunities for sporting activities.

Information Summary

Ranks 21st in New York and 207th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in New York and 390th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 7 0.05
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson 1 0.01
Burglary 11 0.07
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 53 0.36

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 175 0.37
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape 17 0.04
Robbery 76 0.16
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 415 0.87
Larceny 1,796 3.77
Vehicle theft 73 0.15

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Vestal, NY 13850-6000
Surrounding communityMidsize suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. between 100,000 to 250,000)
Total Population26,685 (21,312 urban / 5,373 rural)
Households8,573 (2.45 people per house)
Median Household Income$51,250
Families5,971 (2.95 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Research Universities (high research activity)
UndergraduateArts & sciences plus professions, high graduate coexistence
GraduateComprehensive doctoral (no medical/veterinary)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, more selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingLarge four-year, highly residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District3622

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 1100th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $5,870 $5,870 $16,190
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $2,274 $2,274 $2,274
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $245 $245 $675
FT Graduate Tuition $9,870 $9,870 $18,350
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,604 $1,604 $1,604
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $411 $411 $765
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $22,832 $22,832 $33,152
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $18,901 $18,901 $29,221
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $11,339 $11,339 $21,659

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $7,216 $7,645 $7,216 $7,645 $15,326 $16,795
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,000(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $11,810 $12,446
On-Campus – Other Expenses $1,000(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $11,810 $6,785
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $1,000 $2,550
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,195(N/C)

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$50
Graduate Application Fee$75
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 28,232 (13,465 male / 14,767 female)
Admitted 12,104 (5,949 male / 6,155 female)
Admission rate 43%
First-time Enrollment 2,664 (1,423 male / 1,241 female)
FT Enrollment 2,569 (1,359 male / 1,210 female)
PT Enrollment 95 (64 male / 31 female)
Total Enrollment16,077

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Recommendations
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
TOEFL
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference America East
NCAA Baseball Conference America East
NCAA Track & Field Conference America East

ACT Test Admission

115th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 33%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 27 / 30

SAT Test Admission

98th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 93%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 590 / 675
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 630 / 710
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 1220 / 1385

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity7,467
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$8,296
Board Fee$4,392

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 520 163 259 388 4 1,939 477 3,781
Accounting 73 1 9 63 158 16 323
Adult Health Nurse/Nursing 1 1
African-American/Black Studies 6 1 7
Anthropology 1 1 3 2 25 10 42
Applied Economics 23 2 3 11 28 11 78
Arabic Language and Literature 1 1 4 4 10
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 1 1 11 3 16
Art/Art Studies, General 1 2 5 4 13 5 30
Asian Studies/Civilization 1 1
Asian-American Studies 1 1 2
Biochemistry 3 7 1 10 22 5 48
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering 7 6 22 4 39
Biology Teacher Education 2 2
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 6 11 10 24 87 23 164
Business Administration and Management, General 18 5 8 11 74 6 124
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology 2 5 2 9 30 12 61
Chemistry Teacher Education 3 3
Chemistry, General 6 3 3 5 16 7 40
Cinematography and Film/Video Production 5 1 2 8 8 24
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General 2 2
Comparative Literature 6 2 1 6 2 17
Computer Engineering, General 1 2 25 1 29
Computer Science 67 3 2 8 41 9 130
Computer and Information Sciences, General 42 42
Creative Writing 10 1 1 21 3 36
Directing and Theatrical Production 1 1 1 2 5
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 6 2 8
East Asian Studies 1 1 1 3
Economics, General 49 5 7 21 46 14 144
Education, General 1 12 2 15
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Multiple Disabilities 1 3 1 5
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 4 2 6
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 29 4 3 14 34 15 101
Elementary Education and Teaching 4 4
English Language and Literature, General 5 12 25 16 135 35 228
English/Language Arts Teacher Education 9 9
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies 1 3 4
Environmental Studies 1 6 2 30 8 47
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing 2 2 1 4 30 8 47
Finance, General 16 4 10 23 2 55
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other 1 1 2
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other 3 1 4
Forensic Science and Technology 1 4 1 6
French Language and Literature 1 5 1 7
Geographic Information Science and Cartography 1 1 2
Geography 2 3 4 2 15 5 31
Geology/Earth Science, General 2 12 1 16
German Language and Literature 2 2
Hebrew Language and Literature
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration 2 1 3 2 8 1 17
History, General 1 6 6 3 66 20 104
Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services, Other 3 16 17 4 77 21 140
Industrial Engineering 14 3 4 15 56 13 105
Information Science/Studies
International Business/Trade/Commerce 2 1 3
International Relations and Affairs 19 1 20
Italian Language and Literature 1 2 1 4
Jewish/Judaic Studies 3 1 4
Language Interpretation and Translation 1 1 2
Latin American Studies 1 5 1 7
Latin Language and Literature
Linguistics 3 4 2 9 2 20
Management Information Systems, General 4 1 1 3 9 2 20
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 24 2 2 6 26 9 69
Materials Engineering 4 3 7
Mathematics Teacher Education 7 1 8
Mathematics, General 11 4 21 49 7 92
Mechanical Engineering 14 4 14 69 15 117
Medieval and Renaissance Studies 1 1 2
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 4 5 10 11 60 23 114
Music Performance, General 2 3 3 8
Music, General 1 5 2 8
Philosophy 1 1 2 5 6 15
Physical and Biological Anthropology 1 2 5 8
Physics Teacher Education 1 1
Physics, General 1 2 7 2 13
Physiological Psychology/Psychobiology 2 6 14 48 24 94
Political Science and Government, General 7 7 16 5 56 10 101
Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse/Nursing 1 1 2
Psychology, General 8 13 26 16 115 34 215
Public Administration 8 1 1 16 3 29
Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other
Public Health/Community Nurse/Nursing 1 1 1 3 2 8
Reading Teacher Education 23 2 25
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 6 6 9 13 2 130 24 194
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education 1 1
Social Sciences, General
Social Studies Teacher Education 1 9 10
Social Work 2 4 2 1 1 31 7 48
Sociology 8 16 9 6 27 4 72
South Asian Studies
Spanish Language and Literature 7 1 6 3 17
Special Education and Teaching, General 1 1 17 2 22
Systems Engineering 1 3 4
Systems Science and Theory 1 2 1 2 6
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology 1 2 3

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 372nd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $91,116 ($97,299 male / $81,902 female)
Number of FT Faculty 616 (374 male / 242 female)
Number of PT Faculty 888
FT Faculty Ratio 0.7 : 1
Total Benefits $45,830,412
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