Binghamton University’s incoming class shows quality
More than 2,075 freshmen and 654 transfers arrive on campus Thursday, August 29, to begin their first semester as Binghamton University students. They will be joined by upperclassmen, who begin arriving Friday, August 30. The first day of classes is Tuesday, September 3.
This year, the University received its largest number of applications ever. Freshmen applications were up 5 percent over last year, to 18,322 from 17,381. Transfer applications were up 7 per cent over last year to 2,667 from 2,500. In addition, graduate applications for degree programs exceeded 3,000 and the highest number ever. Binghamton’s total applicant pool, including transfer and graduate students, was approximately 23,989.
BU continues to be highly selective, accepting only 42 percent of its freshmen and 49 percent of its transfer applicants this year. National figures indicate that 90 percent of U.S. colleges admit more than 90 percent of their new student applicants and only 1 percent admit less than one-third of their applicants for freshman admission.
Binghamton’s Class of 2006 also continues to rank well above the national average in SAT scores. Of those who have indicated that they will be coming to BU, combined SAT scores range from 1220 to 1230, which is about 200 points about the national average.
Binghamton University currently carries the highest rating among the SUNY university centers in the ‘most selective’ designation. More than 66 percent of the freshmen class meets the designation, which is based on SAT scores and high school averages as defined by the SUNY System.
The mean high school average for the entering freshmen class also remains high and is consistent with last year's figure of 92.
The majority of Binghamton students continue to come from New York state. About 90 percent of freshmen and transfers are in-state residents. Of the total number of incoming students, 26 percent are from New York City, 24 percent from Long Island and the remainder from upstate areas. Of all new students, both freshmen and transfers combined, 9 percent are from Broome/Tioga communities. The 6 percent out-of-state students represent 25 states.
As in past years, the class mirrors the state’s diversity. Thirty five percent of the entering class represents minority groups. Of that number, nearly 20 percent are of Asian background, followed by Hispanic/Latino at 7 percent, African American at 5 percent and Native American at .1 percent.
The incoming transfer students represent seventeen states and bring with them a mean grade point average of 3.3.
Over 250 foreign students attended student orientation programs earlier this week. Of those, approximately 70 are undergraduates and 180 are graduate students. International graduate students account for just under half of the incoming class. Out-of-state graduate students represent at least 25 states.
Growth at the graduate level is steady. For example, new master’s and doctoral programs in the Watson School are driving interest in mechanical engineering and related fields, while the School of Management, continues to see increased enrollment in the MBA programs and in the several accelerated and combined undergraduate-graduate programs leading to the MBA degree. In addition, the number of new students enrolling in the Masters in Public Administration program will increase by at least 15 percent this fall.