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Class of 2007 continues tradition of excellence

By : By Gail Glover

Approximately 2,278 freshmen and 740 transfers arrive on campus Thurs., August 28, to begin their first semester as Binghamton University students. They will be joined by upperclassmen who begin arriving Friday, August 29. The first day of classes is Tuesday, September 2.

This year, the University again received a record number of applications. Freshman applications were up 4 percent over last year, to 19,069 from 18,315. Transfer applications received were 2,268. In addition, graduate applications were up 5.8 percent, to 3,456 for degree programs — the highest number ever. Binghamton’s total applicant pool, including transfer and graduate students, was approximately 24,793.

BU continues to be highly selective, accepting only 44 percent of its applying freshmen, up from 42 percent last year. National figures indicate that 90 percent of U.S. colleges admit more than 90 percent of their new student applicants. BU is one of the few schools in the country admitting less than 50 percent of its applicants for freshman admission.

Binghamton’s Class of 2007 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 are 1230 or higher, 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 70 percent of the freshman 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 entering freshman also remains high and is consistent with last year’s figure of 92.

The majority of Binghamton students come from New York state. About 88 percent of freshmen and transfers are in-state residents. Of the total number of incoming New York students, 24 percent are from New York City, 22 percent from Long Island and the remainder from upstate areas. Of all new students from New York, both freshmen and transfers combined, 10 percent are from Broome or Tioga counties. Out-of-state students, 12 percent of incoming students, represent 20 states.

As in past years, the class mirrors the state’s diversity. Thirty-two percent of the entering class represents minority groups. Of that number, nearly 19 percent are of Asian background, followed by Hispanic/Latino at 7 percent, African American at 5 percent and Native American at .1 percent.

More than 300 new international students will attend BU this year. Of those, approximately 65 percent are graduate students and 35 percent undergraduates. The greatest population of international students comes from India, China, Republic of Korea, Taiwan and Turkey. Incoming international students represent 45 countries, including Yemen, Tajikistan, Côte d’Ivoire and Barbados.

Growth at the graduate level is steady, with both domestic and international applications showing gains. Domestic applications are up by 7 percent, while international applications are up by 4.8 percent. Much of the increase in applications and anticipated enrollments may be attributed to new programs, such as the master of social work (MSW) program, which is accepting its first class this year. In addition, master’s and doctorial programs in the Watson School continue to drive interest in mechanical engineering and related fields, while programs in art history, English, political science, clinical psychology, public administration and nursing show notable increases.
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Last Updated: 10/14/08