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Binghamton University
Binghamton offers a wide array of personal and academic opportunities that range from international...

Binghamton University

Binghamton, New York

Binghamton offers a wide array of personal and academic opportunities that range from international education to research initiatives. The University’s commitment to student success is of paramount importance, and students are given the tools they need to excel and make a difference. 

Student Profile

Fall 2014 Enrollment
13,412 undergraduate students
96% of undergrad students are full time
52% male — 48% female
10% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2014-2015 Academic Year
631 full-time faculty
266 part-time faculty
20 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

52% of students live on campus.

Retention Fall 2014

89% of students began in Fall 2013 and returned in Fall 2014 (full time, first time freshmen)

6 Year Graduation Rate 2014

81% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 11%
Hispanic/Latino 10%
Black or African American 5%
White 55%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 14%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 2%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 2%

First Year Program

The First Year Program at Binghamton is designed to aid students as they transition into college. Every student is required to participate, and the seminar counts for 1 credit. Students will develop their oral and written communication skills, while learning how to think critically and engage in higher level conceptualization. The First Year Experience is also a time for students to explore their interests and narrow down their options for a major. Every student will have a Discovery Advisor that will act as a mentor, facilitating discussions and guiding decisions.

Emerging Leaders Program

The Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) is great for students that are seeking extra leadership experience. The certificate program spans over the course of a semester and connects students with the University and community. ELP takes place the first semester of college, which allows participants to gain valuable skills early on in their college careers. All students that participate in ELP will be part of a knowledge community (KC). A KC is comprised of approximately 13 students. KCs are led by a faculty advisor, a professional staff program advisor, and peer mentors. ELP students are involved in a series of activities that promote success. They gain experience with networking and partake in leadership workshops. All of these activities lead to a service-learning project which is implemented and seen through by each KC.

Global Gateway

Binghamton students have the opportunity to study abroad, starting the summer after freshman year and continuing to the summer after graduation. There are plenty of programs to choose from, and many allow students to take classes within their major. Some of the programs include: Chile—Doing Business in Emerging Markets, Dominican Republic—Community Health, and Morocco—Arabic Language and North African Studies.

Service Learning

Binghamton embraces service as part of academia. Students may choose to take service learning courses, in which a social issue is met by a community service initiative. Service hours  vary by course, but they average around 15 hours a semester.

Involvement Transcript

The Involvement Transcript is a record of all extracurricular activities during college. This is a great way for employers to see how students have been active outside the classroom. It’s important for students to include activities in which they’ve acted as a leader, a volunteer, or even as a member of an organization. Individuals can keep a record of their activities on B-engaged, a student portal for tracking events.

The Public Speaking Lab

Binghamton’s Public Speaking Lab is available to help students develop their oral communication skills. PSL consultants work with students to increase familiarity and comfort with oral presentations and public speaking. In a comfortable environment, students can practice their skills and learn how to develop them further.

The Writing Center

The Writing Center is an incredibly helpful tool, and students are highly encouraged to utilize this resource. Tutors are available to assist with any assignment across all disciplines, and they perform a wide array of services. Tutors can help students better understand an assignment, develop a thesis, and properly cite a source, to name a few.

General Education

Binghamton’s curriculum is divided into five categories, each with its own set of desired outcomes. Students are required to take courses in each of the five categories. This is to ensure that each individual graduates with all of the skills they’ll need to lead successful careers and meaningful lives.

  • The first category is Language and Communication, which places a heavy emphasis on writing and speaking. Students will be expected to produce no less than twenty pages of written work, as well as two oral presentations. There is a foreign language requirement, but it can be satisfied by taking 4 units of a language in high school. Students may also bypass the requirement by receiving a 3 or higher on the AP examination.
  • The second category is Creating a Global Vision. Students will develop a greater understanding of society and the factors that influence change. There is an emphasis on American culture and how our country has been shaped, changed, and affected by certain groups and ideals. Students can choose from a broad range of topics like family, religious/spiritual identities, and immigrant issues.
  • Category 3 deals with natural sciences, social sciences, and mathematics. Students are required to take courses in laboratory science, math/reasoning, and social science. Together, these courses focus on the process of investigation. Students will learn to pursue a theory or hypothesis through thoughtful analysis and measurement.
  • The fourth category is called “Aesthetics and Humanities.” This category explores the human condition, expression, and experience and is tied to courses like philosophy, art history, and design.
  • Category 5 is Physical Activity/Wellness, which explores the factors that affect healthy lifestyles. Students must complete both the wellness and physical activity components of the category, which includes one exercise course and one course in nutrition/exercise science.

Outdoor Pursuits

Outdoor Pursuits is all about getting students outside and excited about physical activity. Students partake in outdoor adventures and learn about the importance of conservation and environmental education. Students are involved in service learning efforts, team building exercises, and physical activity.

Communities and Residential Colleges

College-in-the-Woods (CIW): CIW is made up of 5 different buildings, each with its own suite and corridor style living arrangements. Residents of CIW have the option to join a living learning community that unites students and promotes academic success. Students that opt to join the LLC take two courses with other members of the community. 

Dickinson Community: The Dickinson Community is the newest addition to Binghamton’s campus. Members of the is community have access to CoRE (Computer, Robotics and Engineering) housing. 

Hinman College: Residents of Hinman College live in one of the 5 suite-style building associated with the community. Members share a passion for leadership and community service. The living learning component of the college is known as ALIVE. Participants of ALIVE work directly with the community and carry out several service projects and initiatives. Members of the LLC also have the opportunity to take service learning courses, which pair academics with community outreach. 

Mountainview College: Mountainview College is made up of four residence halls, each with amenities like study rooms, central air condition, and athletic fields. There are four different living learning communities within Mountainview: 

  • Engineering
  • Nursing
  • STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) 
  • SALC (Social Activism) 


Newing College: Newing College embraces four core principles: Civility, Ownership, Inclusion, and Newing (pride in residency). All members of Newing College promote these principles, and certain individuals are recognized for their dedication to the community. Newing considers itself to be one large living learning community, where students are given several opportunities to integrate academics into residence life. 

Career Services

Plenty of colleges and universities have career services offices, but Binghamton goes above and beyond. The office regularly holds career fairs and workshops on relevant topics like interviewing skills and resume building tips. Workshops are a great way for students to gain hands on experience and build their confidence. In so many cases, students fear their first few interviews because the pressure can be hard to handle. Binghamton calms those fears by allowing students to practice.


Admissions Fall 2014

28,518 Total Applicants
12,564 Total Admissions
2,602 Total Freshmen Enrollment

44.06% of applicants admitted

Freshmen Profile Fall 2014

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 590 670
SAT Math 620 700
SAT Writing 580 670
ACT Composite 27 30
ACT Math    
ACT English    
ACT Writing    


Net Price Calculator


  In-State Out-of-State
Tuition $6,170 $17,810
Fees $2,450 $2,450
Total $8,620 $20,260
Room and Board (on campus) $13,028 $13,028
Room Only $8,462 $8,462
Board Only $4,566 $4,566
Estimated Total On Campus $21,648 $33,288


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

82% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving any financial aid
49% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving student loan aid

$7,019 Average amount of federal state local or institutional grant aid received
$6,939 Average amount of student loan aid received by full-time first-time undergraduates

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