Binghamton University welcomes new and returning students
From staff reports
Binghamton University welcomed new and returning students and their families in late August, with move-in days signifying the beginning of the fall semester and a new academic year.
About 2,600 freshmen, 1,100 transfer students and 1,098 new graduate students have joined the Binghamton University community this year. Classes for all of Binghamton's 16,000 students began Aug. 26.
"This is an exciting time to be at Binghamton University," President Harvey Stenger said. "The Class of 2017 represents some of the most talented students we have ever seen and we fully expect that their contributions will greatly enhance the intellectual, cultural and social vibrancy of our campus community."
The University received a record-high 29,046 freshman applications for fall 2013 admission, surpassing the previous record high of 28,963, set in 2009. There were 28,139 freshman applications received for fall 2012 admission.
With an average high school GPA of 94 and SAT scores averaging 1908, the Class of 2017 is one of the most academically impressive in University history.
"Every year, Binghamton University attracts some of the most talented students from across the nation and around the world," said Sandra Starke, vice provost for enrollment management. "This year is no exception. Binghamton, with its reputation of excellence in undergraduate education and its value, saw over 33,000 applications overall, resulting in a class that is one of the most accomplished we've seen. Students in the Class of 2017 have strong backgrounds in English, biology and math. They have also served as leaders in their schools and demonstrated a strong commitment to public service."
Applications for graduate study have reached historic heights as well, according to Susan Strehle, interim dean of the Graduate School, which received 4,164 completed applications for fall admission – an increase of 23 percent over last year.
"We are excited to welcome the largest incoming group of outstanding new graduate students in Binghamton University's history," Strehle said. "Working closely with graduate programs, our assistant deans helped the University experience significant growth in almost every graduate program."
Nearly 1,100 transfer students with a mean GPA of 3.4 also joined the Binghamton University community this fall, including about 225 SUNY Broome Community College students, by far the largest number from any single community college. Another 80 students have signed up for the Binghamton Advantage Program, a special, dual-admission program with SUNY Broome, which allows students to become part of the University community and live on the Binghamton University campus while attending SUNY Broome.
Binghamton continues to have a diverse class with the geographic distribution reflecting New York state's population. About 35 percent of students are from upstate New York; 7 percent are from Broome and Tioga counties, 22 percent are from Long Island and 19 percent from New York City.
Binghamton also welcomed a large number of new international students to the campus community this fall. The 400-plus incoming undergraduate international students represent more than 30 countries, with the greatest numbers coming from China, South Korea, Turkey, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong and India.