Binghamton University welcomes new, returning students
BINGHAMTON, NY -- Binghamton University welcomes returning and new students and their families on August 27 and 28, with move-in days signifying the beginning of the fall semester and a new academic year.
Approximately 2,100 freshmen and about 775 transfer students will join the Binghamton University community this year. They'll be joined by upperclassmen arriving Friday. Classes begin Monday, August 31.
In welcoming the new students, President Lois B. DeFleur noted: “This is the brightest and most talented class we’ve had. They were chosen from a record number of applications and we’re proud to have their talents on campus. I know they will greatly enrich our entire campus community.”
The University received a record 33,613 applications, an 11 percent increase from Fall 2008. This includes 28,970 freshman applications and 4,643 transfer applications. Binghamton accepted 33 percent of freshman applications making the University one of the most selective schools in the nation.
In the Graduate School, for a third year in a row applications are up by 14 percent. Top choices for Binghamton University graduate students include K-12 teacher education, nursing, clinical psychology, public administration, computer science, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, accounting, business administration, chemistry, materials science, economics, and SPEL (social, political, ethical and legal philosophy program).
Nancy Stamp, dean of the Graduate School, noted, “Even in an economic downturn, students realize that the best investment they can make is a graduate degree, and that Binghamton provides a wide array of excellent programs at very affordable prices.”
The Class of 2013 boasts some of the most impressive academic credentials of any Binghamton class ever. The entering class has an average SAT score of 1290 and an average high school GPA of 94.
About 10 percent of the total incoming class will be comprised of students from Broome and Tioga counties. This is slightly up from last year and reflects a national trend of more students staying in their home time to attend college. Almost 30 percent of the class is from upstate New York. Another 20 percent of the student body is from Long Island and 19 percent from New York City.
Binghamton welcomes almost 800 transfer students with the majority of the coming from Broome Community College. The mean GPA for entering transfers is 3.4.
Sandra Starke, vice provost for enrollment management, said, “Binghamton attracts some of the brightest community college students in New York State. Community colleges provide an important avenue of access to a four-year degree and transfers comprise about 30 percent of all of our new students at Binghamton University."
Binghamton again expects a number of new international students to join the campus community this fall. The incoming international students, representing over 50 countries, including Burkina Faso, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Finland, Jordan, Kenya, Nepal, New Zealand and Zimbabwe will add to the University’s community. The greatest population of international students comes from Turkey, South Korea, India, China, Taiwan and Japan.