Binghamton University welcomes new and returning students


BINGHAMTON, NY -- Binghamton University welcomes returning and new students and their families on August 25 and 26, with move-in days signifying the beginning of the fall semester and a new academic year.

Approximately 2,450 freshmen, 950 transfer students and 900 new graduate students will join the Binghamton University community this year. Returning students will begin arriving on Friday. Classes for all of Binghamton’s 15,000 students begin Monday, August 29.

“Binghamton University has a well-earned reputation for academic excellence,” said President C. Peter Magrath. “Yet even as we reflect on our past, we can look with pride to the future. The incoming class 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. We are all excited about these students and what they will learn and contribute to the University. We are really looking forward to working with them.”

The University received over 32,000 undergraduate and transfer applications, 28,024 of which were from freshman and 4,582 from transfer students.  

In the Graduate School, nearly 4,500 applicants indicates high demand for Binghamton University master’s and doctoral programs, including computer science, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, nursing, K-12 teacher education, clinical psychology, accounting, business administration, chemistry, materials science-engineering, economics, and social work.

Nancy Stamp, dean of the Graduate School, explained, “In today’s economic turbulence and global business world, recent bachelor’s degree graduates and professionals realize that a graduate degree furthers their marketability. And while they are here, they contribute to exciting innovations and discoveries in their fields of study.”

The Class of 2015 boasts some of the most impressive academic credentials of any Binghamton undergraduate class ever.

“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. “But this year, we will welcome one of the most impressive classes in University history. With an average high school GPA of 94 and an SAT score of 1931 in math, verbal and writing, the Class of 2015 is particularly impressive. Coming in at 422 points above the national average, their SAT scores alone are record breakers for the institution, and when combined with strong high school performances, it is very clear that this group of incoming students will bring exceptional academic excellence to the classroom. And it is this excellence and our reputation for providing a quality education that makes Binghamton the premier public university in the northeast.”

About 8 percent of the total incoming class will be comprised of students from Broome and Tioga counties.  Approximately 30 percent of the class is from upstate New York. Another 22 percent of the student body is from Long Island and 19 percent from New York City.

Binghamton welcomes over 1,000 transfer students with approximately 200 of those students hailing from Broome Community College. The mean GPA for entering transfers is 3.4.  

Binghamton again expects a large number of new international students to join the campus community this fall. The approximately 500 incoming international students represent 55 countries, with the greatest population coming from China, South Korea, India, Vietnam, United Kingdom and Turkey.

Last Updated: 9/17/13