Binghamton University welcomes back students
Binghamton University welcomes returning and new students and their families August 24 and 25 as move-in days signify the beginning of the fall semester and a new academic year.
Approximately 2,300 freshmen and about 800 transfer students will join the Binghamton University community this year. They'll be joined by upperclassmen, arriving Friday. Classes begin Monday, August 28.
In welcoming the new students, President Lois B. DeFleur noted: “This is a very special group of students and one of the most academically talented, with SAT scores of more than 200 points above the national average,” she said. “All of these students are talented, ambitious and creative, and we are optimistic about their future here.”
The University received a record-high 26,341 applications from students who hope to enroll this fall. This includes 22,748 freshman applications, a 6 percent increase from the previous year, and 3,593 transfer applications, up 6 percent from a year ago. About 42 percent of freshmen were accepted; on average, only 3 percent of colleges nationwide accept fewer than 50 percent of their applicant pool.
In the Graduate School, overall projected enrollment is up by 3%. Nancy Stamp, dean of the Graduate School. “Many of our students were offered acceptance at top programs across the country and selected Binghamton University as their first choice. In part, we think it reflects improvement in recruitment efforts, including increasing awareness of graduate programs and the strength of these here at Binghamton,” she said.
The Class of 2010 boasts some of the most impressive academic credentials of any Binghamton class ever. The entering class has an average SAT nearing 1265, well above the national average of 1028. The mean high school average for entering freshmen is 93 and the mean GPA for entering transfers is 3.3. In addition, more than 85 percent of Binghamton's undergraduates meet SUNY's highest designation of selectivity, which combines a student's SAT score and their high school average. Binghamton continues to be the most selective of the SUNY University Centers.
In addition to their academic credentials, the first-year class is one of Binghamton University’s most diverse, with students coming from 35 states and 94 nations. About 85 percent of the incoming Binghamton students hail from New York State. Downstate students are the largest group, with 21 percent emanating from Long Island, 23 percent from New York City and 10 percent from Westchester and Rockland counties.
Almost 28 percent of the incoming students are from upstate and western New York, with nearly 11 percent coming from Broome or Tioga counties. Close to 15 percent of the incoming class are from out-of-state or other countries.
Twenty eight percent of the new students are from minority populations, with a combined incoming Black and Latino student populations of about 15 percent. Nearly 15 percent of new students are of Asian background and Native Americans make up less than 1 percent.
More than 150 new undergraduate and 191 new graduate international students will attend Binghamton University this fall. Incoming international students represent almost 100 countries, including Finland, Mozambique, Honduras, South Africa and Australia. The greatest population of international students comes from India, Turkey, China, South Korea, Taiwan and Japan.
Binghamton University will also welcome approximately 152 undergraduate dual diploma students from Turkey, 27 of whom are returning as seniors while 125 begin their sophomore year of study in their respective programs. The dual diploma program partners Binghamton with four universities in Turkey and the students will pursue studies in the dual diploma programs including management, information systems, and global and international affairs.