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Impressive stats for incoming class

By : By Gail Glover

Move-in days signify the beginning of the fall semester and a new academic year as Binghamton University welcomes returning and new students and their families this week.

Approximately 2,059 freshmen and 785 transfer students are joining the University community this year. Upperclassmen begin arriving August 26 and classes begin Monday, August 29. President Lois B. DeFleur welcomed the new students. “This is a very special group of students and one of the most academically talented in our history, with SAT scores of more than 200 points above the national average,” she said. “Significantly, we also have an increase in out-of-state, minority and international students. All of these students are talented, ambitious and creative, and we are optimistic about their future here.”

In yet another record-breaking year, Binghamton University’s total applicant pool, including transfer and graduate students, is close to 27,660.

This fall’s freshman applications totaled 21,520, an increase of 8 percent over a year ago. Transfer applications were 3,350, an increase of 15 percent over last year, and applications from out-of-state freshmen increased by 25 percent, with international applications up 28 percent.

“We’ve paid particular attention to our out-of-state recruitment,” said Sandra Starke, vice provost for enrollment management. “Many new initiatives were successfully implemented and it seems to be paying off. By putting a strong foundation in place, we will be able to build from these efforts for the fall 2006 cycle.“

In the Graduate School, overall pro-jected enrollment is up by 14 percent said Nancy Stamp, dean of the Graduate School. “In light of the fact that international applications have declined across the United States and the economy has improved, which tends to impact domestic applications, the increase in enrollment is very encouraging,” said Stamp. “In part, we think it reflects improvement in recruitment efforts, including increasing awareness of graduate programs and the strength of them here at Binghamton,” she said. The Class of 2009 boasts some of the most impressive academic credentials of any Binghamton class. The entering class has an average SAT score nearing 1264, well above the national average of 1026. The mean high school average for entering freshmen is 93 and the mean GPA for entering transfers is 3.36. In addition, more than 82 percent of Binghamton’s undergraduates meet SUNY’s highest designation of selectivity, which combines a student’s SAT score and 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’s most diverse, with students coming from 36 states and 58 nations. About 87 percent of the incoming students hail from New York state. Downstate students comprise the largest group, with 21 percent from Long Island, 24 percent from New York City and 9 percent from Westchester and Rockland counties. Almost 33 percent of the incoming students are from upstate and western New York, with nearly 11 percent coming from Broome and Tioga counties. Close to 13 percent of the incoming class are from other states or countries.

Thirty-one percent of all new students come from minority populations. The combined incoming Black and Latino student populations have increased 26 percent over last year. Nearly 15 percent of new students are of Asian background and Native Americans make up less than 1 percent.

More than 370 new international stu-dents will attend Binghamton University this fall, with expectations that the University will match or exceed the previous record of 376 new international students enrolled in fall 2002. Of the group, approximately 58 percent are graduate students and 42 percent undergraduates.

Incoming international students rep-resent 58 countries, including Finland, Mozambique, Honduras, South Africa and Australia, with the largest pop-ulations coming from India, Turkey, China, South Korea, Taiwan and Japan. Fifteen new exchange students and five new Fulbright Scholars for graduate- level study will be among the new faces.

Binghamton also welcomes approx-imately 100 undergraduate dual diploma students from Turkey who will begin their second year of study in their respective programs. The dual diploma program partners Binghamton with four universities in Turkey. This year, the first students in the new dual diploma management program join those in the existing information systems and global and international affairs programs.
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Last Updated: 10/14/08