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Academic Excellence


Hands-on Experience


International Perspectives




Extracurricular Activities


In the End


Facts and Figures



If it’s Binghamton University, you can. Because our academic program is so strong, we’ve been called “the Ivy of the SUNYs” and “the premier public university in the Northeast.” We attract the best students and faculty from every corner of the world – some of the most diverse, talented and ambitious people you’ll ever meet. Which means you’ll learn from an Ivy-caliber academic program and, as importantly, from each other. But, when it comes to a culture of achievement, we’re in a league all our own.



The Fiske Guide to Colleges regards Binghamton University as “the premier public university in the Northeast.”


US News & World Report ranks Binghamton University among the top 50 best public universities in America.


Kiplinger’s names Binghamton University second in the nation among “Best Values in Public Colleges” for out-of-state students – at nearly half the cost of most private schools.


Binghamton receives roughly 29,000 applications for a class of only 2,050 freshmen.

In and out of the classroom, you’ll be involved in some of the most vigorous collaboration you’ve ever known. People engaged in discussion, energized by new challenges and working together to find answers. Everything about Binghamton University is a learning experience.

Life at Binghamton University is anything but textbook. You’ll actually get to create knowledge, not just consume it. With about 11,700 undergrads and 3,000 graduate students, we’re smaller than the typical research university. Which means you’ll have a unique opportunity to collaborate with a highly distinguished faculty – Pulitzer Prize winners, Fulbright Scholars and members of the National Academy of Sciences among them.


And that holds true no matter what you’re studying. Advanced work is being done across every discipline and every school here – whether it’s creating an electronic nose that can detect toxins, or understanding the evolution of laughter. It’s just what an ambitious mind like yours needs to think outside the box. n

Most students participate in internships and research – turning education into real experience, in the real world.


Binghamton’s peer-based Discovery Program helps students explore ways to manage academic and career responsibilities, and make meaningful contributions to society.


A low faculty/student ratio and small class sizes allow for close interaction.

The social life was great – LateNite, the co-rec football, the intramural sports, the concerts...

If I’d gone to an Ivy League school I’d be paying off loans til the day I retire.

I couldn’t take enough courses. I’m a sponge for knowledge.

Binghamton University is one of the first schools in the country to offer a dual degree with a foreign university.


Perhaps the only thing greater than the academic opportunities at Binghamton University is your opportunity to make friends. And you can’t have too many of either. Bet you didn’t know that 36% of our students come from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds, representing almost every state



Nearly 1 in 5 Binghamton University students study or intern abroad, well above the national average.


Binghamton University’s award-winning international education programs prepare students to thrive in a world that is becoming smaller and international in scope.

in the nation and 94 countries. So the campus is diverse, egalitarian, engaging – what some have called a “living, learning community.” Binghamton is one of a few schools to offer an internationalized curriculum that allows you to study subjects in different languages, earn an international studies certificate in any major,

and explore the essence of many cultures. With more than 500 programs abroad, you will gain knowledge of global proportions. You’ll meet a world of friends at Binghamton University – literally.


I miss the all-nighters.

My daughter just applied to Binghamton. She’s going to live in the same dorm I lived in.

They hired me on the spot.

I met some of my best friends studying abroad. It’s a really good thing I have a long distance phone plan.

There’s so much to take in at Binghamton University that four years hardly seems enough. And for so many of our students, there’s equally as much to give. Students volunteer more than 400,000 hours of community service every year – building essential leadership skills for when you get into the working world.


Some choose to rehabilitate houses with Habitat for Humanity. Others mentor at-risk middle school students. Or join up with Harpur’s Ferry – a student-run ambulance corps. There’s plenty to do and to be done. n

On campus, small residential communities become a homeaway-from-home for students and faculty fellows.


Binghamton’s XCEL Center provides a wide variety of workshops for student leaders, including public speaking, learning to run more effective meetings, raising money, conflict resolution and time management. In short, valuable on-the-job skills you’ll learn before you’re actually on the job.

At Binghamton University, it’s easy to see why the sense of community actually extends to the community.

All work and no play makes college a very dull place. And Binghamton University is anything but dull. Just ask anyone who’s been a DJ on the campus radio station, entered the Sumo Robotics competition or played in one of our co-ed touch football games.

If you’d rather hike the trails instead of a football, Binghamton has a 190-acre nature preserve on campus, and plenty of nearby lakes and parks, in beautiful Upstate New York. The Binghamton Bearcats compete in 21 intercollegiate teams in the NCAA Division I America East Conference. Whether you’re

an athlete or a spectator, you can participate. Go Bearcats! With more than 200 “out-of-the-classroom” organizations and activities to choose from – ranging from the Poker Club and a cappella groups, to dorm wars and LateNite – Binghamton University has as much to offer in the way of fun as we do education.

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For those who can’t decide, there’s our infamous Useless Skills Club. REALLY!


There’s no limit. The opportunities you’ll have at Binghamton University, the knowledge you’ll gain and the people you’ll meet will help you build a life, not just a career. Perhaps you’ll become a prominent surgeon in New York City or the only doctor in a rural community. Or a cutting edge artist. Or a partner at a Fortune 500 company like Ernst & Young or Goldman Sachs.



Third highest graduation rate in the nation among publics.


Over 400 employers recruit on campus every year.


Of grads who earn advanced degrees: 60% master’s/doctoral, 16% law, 12% medicine and 12% MBA.



75% of law and 60% of med school applicants are accepted to their top choice schools.

Whatever you choose to do, your chances of getting it done are even greater because over 80,000 Binghamton alumni are out there helping to open even more doors for you. People like ESPN commentator Tony Kornheiser ’70; anthrax researcher Raymond Schuch ’89; Disneyland Resort President Matt Ouimet ’80; U.S. Federal Judge Kathleen Cardone ’76; author, columnist and professor Camille Paglia ’68; or Broadway composer Neil Berg ’86. And the list goes on. Who can you become? Absolutely anyone you want.



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