INSIDE BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY
University welcomes Class of ’08
By : Gail Glover
Binghamton University welcomes re- turning and new students and their families August 26 and 27 as move-in days signify the beginning of the fall semester and a new academic year.
Approximately 2,140 freshmen and 740 transfers arrive on campus this Thursday to become entrenched as Binghamton University students. They’ll be joined by upperclassmen, arriving tomorrow.
Classes begin Monday, August 30.
In yet another record- breaking year, Binghamton University’s total applicant pool, including transfer and graduate students, is close to 26,000.
This fall’s freshman applications totaled 19,924, an increase of 4 percent over a year ago. Transfer applications were 2,923, an increase of 29 percent over last year. Applications from New York state graduate students reached nearly 1,600, representing a boost of 10 percent since fall 2003.
Binghamton’s Class of 2008 continues a trend of incoming classes ranking well above the national SAT average. The average combined SAT score of those undergraduates who have indicated they will be coming to BU is 1235, or about 200 points better than the national average.
More than 70 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.
The mean high school average for entering freshmen also remains high and is consistent with last year’s figure of 92.
About 86 percent of Binghamton students hail from New York state. Downstate students are the largest group, with 20 percent emanating from Long Island, 23 percent from New York City and 12 percent from Westchester and Rockland counties.
Almost 25 percent of Binghamton University students are from Upstate and Western New York, with nearly 10 percent coming from Broome or Tioga counties. Close to 14 percent of the incoming class are from out of state or other countries.
The University expects to increase race and ethnic diversity on campus. Approximately 35 percent of the entering class represents minority groups, up from 31 percent last year.
Nearly 22 percent are of Asian background, followed by Hispanic/Latino at 8 percent and African Americans at 6 percent. Native Americans make up less than 1 percent.
Although international applications are down this year, as is true across the nation, more than 300 new international students will attend BU this fall. Of those, approximately 60 percent are graduate students and 40 percent undergraduates.
The greatest population of international students comes from India, China, Republic of Korea, Taiwan and Turkey. Incoming international students represent 86 countries, including Finland, Mozambique, Honduras, South Africa and Australia.
Binghamton University is also welcoming the first participants in a joint-degree program between SUNY and Turkey. The first participants in this program, 28 students from four different universities in Turkey, will pursue studies in global and international affairs, as well as information systems.
At the graduate level, although applications for fall 2004 are down overall due to the sharp decline in international applications nationally, the number of graduate students who have indicated they will attend BU this fall is up overall by 2.4 percent. Domestic positive responses show a 1.8 percent increase and international numbers are up 3.8 percent.
This suggests that new enrollments may hold steady with last year.
Positive responses in the areas of history, political science and comparative literature have greatly increased since a year ago and the School of Management’s MBA program has seen an 18 percent increase in positive responses.
In the Watson School positive responses increased with computer science up 9 percent, electrical engineering up 11 percent, and systems science up 50 percent.