The State University of New York at Binghamton, also referred to as SUNY Binghamton and Binghamton University, is a public university in the state of New York. It has campuses in Binghamton, Vestal, and Johnson City. The campus is one of the four university centers that belong to the State University of New York (SUNY) system.
Binghamton University has a student population of over 16,000 on a campus that spans approximately 900 acres. Due to its strong academic reputation, it is widely considered as a “Public Ivy.”
As of Fall 2018, the number of undergraduate and graduate students attending the university is around 17,768. Listed as a census-designated area, the Vestal, NY campus has a residential population of 6,177 according to the 2010 Census.
Binghamton University Acceptance Rate
The school had an acceptance rate of 40%, based on the 2017-2018 admissions cycle. This means that out of every 100 students who applied, only 40 of them were admitted to the university. The acceptance rate is lower than most SUNY schools, making the admissions process of Binghamton University competitive. Prospective students need to submit their SAT or ACT scores and other requirements to apply to the school.
Admitted Students Profile
As of 2018 records, there are 14,021 undergraduate students and 3,747 graduate students enrolled at the campus. It has a student-to-faculty ratio of 20:1 and a total of 768 full-time faculty members. 84% of the Binghamton undergraduate students are from the state of New York, with over 60% coming from the greater New York City area. The remainder is from all corners of the state.
The remaining 16% of that number is composed of residents of other US states (7.5%) and international students (8.5%) from across the map.
Since 1990, the university has experienced growth in enrollment (with a 1990 enrollment of 11,883). After President Harvey Stenger took his position in 2012, the university had launched a plan to grow to 20,000 students by 2020, while adding faculty and staff to support the increase.
Binghamton University students pay tuition worth $6,670 per year for in-state residents. This amount is 5% lower than the national average public four-year tuition of $7,056. The cost is also 70% less expensive than the average New York tuition of $22,120 for four-year colleges.
Tuition ranks 32nd in New York amongst four-year colleges for affordability and is considered as the 154th most expensive four-year college in the state. For students from out of the state, the tuition is $21,550–representing a 223% premium.
Additional fees charged by the school amounts to $2,853. When computed on top of the tuition, the total is $9,523.
Binghamton University is located at Vestal, New York, United States. The 887-acre campus features a 190-acre nature preserve, and the university has been widely praised for its sustainability efforts.
The main campus is shaped like a human brain. The primary road on campus creates a closed loop to form the cerebrum and cerebellum, while the main entrance road appears as the spinal cord which leads up to a traffic circle that symbolizes the medulla.
Thus, the main road is often called The Brain. During a specific time of the year (in late fall and early spring), the connector road that goes behind the Mountainview and College-in-the-Woods residential communities is closed by the administration. This is to allow for the safe migration of salamanders across the road. The campus is spread over 930 acres of land just south of the Susquehanna River.
Binghamton offers more than 130 academic undergraduate majors, minors, certificates, concentrations, emphases, tracks and specializations, and more than 60 master’s, 30 doctorates and 50 accelerated (combination of bachelors’/masters) degrees. There are also interdisciplinary programs that enable individualized degree programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
The school offers several early assurance programs that guarantee acceptance to graduate/professional schools outside of Binghamton, such as SUNY Upstate Medical School. Binghamton is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
In order to graduate, a student is required by the university to have completed 12 general education requirements, with some exceptions depending on the school. These include programs in aesthetics, global inter-dependencies, humanities, laboratory science, composition and oral communication, mathematics, physical activity and wellness, social science and U.S. pluralism.
The school also offers the Individualized Major Program that allows students to determine and create their own path of study, based on their specific career goals or interests. An advisory panel of faculty and administrators determines the curriculum’s validity and approves or disapproves of a student’s proposed curriculum. Such majors may include dual topics of study, group projects, or even new courses.
There are countless ways to get involved at Binghamton. On the campus, students are always finding new ways to be more involved–with over 450 clubs and organizations to choose from. This huge selection has made The Princeton Review rank Binghamton as one of the top schools in the country with “more to do on campus.”
The official Binghamton University website offers a free “Club-match Quiz” that helps students find out which types of clubs and organizations would be the right fit for them. Notable clubs and organizations on the campus include Pipe Dream (formerly The Colonial News), WRAF, Explorchestra, and Harpur’s Ferry.
The school currently provides guidance and support to 56 fraternities and sororities. The Binghamton Fraternity and Sorority community are made up of seven governing councils: the Asian Greek Council, the Interfraternity Council, the Multicultural Greek and Fraternity Council, the National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations Council, the National Pan-Hellenic Council, the Panhellenic Council, and the Professional Fraternity Council.
All the seven councils give governance structure for over 2,400 members and 56 chapters.
The school’s 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. They also have indoor facilities include the West Gym’s basketball arena and aquatics facility, and the East Gym’s basketball arena and fit space. To improve the student-athletes’ performance, the athletic department provides strength and conditioning facilities for them, along with structure exercise and workout programs that include sport-specific regimens and weight room schedules.
Binghamton University has many notable graduates who later on pursued a wide variety of career fields and industries. Below are some of them:
- Billy Baldwin, actor
- Ingrid Michaelson, musician
- Camille Paglia, critic, author, Professor at University of the Arts
- Lee Ranaldo, musician, writer, artist, guitarist of Sonic Youth
- Paul Reiser, actor, comedian
- Dave Rubin, comedian, talk show host
- Sunny Hostin, co-host of The View and senior legal correspondent for ABC News
- Hakeem Jeffries, New York State Assembly, United States House of Representatives
- Mona Jhaveri, cancer researcher, and entrepreneur focusing on biotech funding
- Bill T. Jones, dancer, and choreographer
- Elaine D. Kaplan, Judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims
- Ellyn Kaschak, clinical psychologist, retired professor
- Jake Keegan, professional soccer player