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Impressive freshman class joins campus community

Heather Cower, a laborer in the Grounds Department of Physical Facilities, helps Michael Schwartz, a freshman from Roslyn, move his 27-inch television into Endicott Hall at Newing College on Aug. 24.
About 2,300 freshmen and about 800 transfer students will join the Binghamton University community this year.

“This is a very special group of students and one of the most academically talented, with SAT scores of more than 200 points above the national average,” President Lois B. DeFleur said. “All of these students are talented, ambitious and creative, and we are optimistic about their future here.”

Projected graduate student enrollment is up by 3 percent, said Nancy Stamp, dean of the Graduate School. “Many of our students were offered acceptance at top programs across the country and selected Binghamton University as their first choice,” she said. “In part, we think it reflects improvement in recruitment efforts, including increasing awareness of graduate programs and the strength of these here at Binghamton.”

The Class of 2010 boasts some of the most impressive academic credentials of any Binghamton class. The students have an average SAT score nearing 1265, well above the national average of 1028. The mean high school average for entering freshmen is 93 and the mean GPA for entering transfers is 3.3. In addition, more than 85 percent of Binghamton’s undergraduates meet SUNY’s highest designation of selectivity, which combines students’ SAT scores and their high school averages.

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 35 states and 94 nations. About 85 percent of the incoming Binghamton students hail from New York State. Downstate students are the largest group, with 21 percent from Long Island, 23 percent from New York City and 10 percent from Westchester and Rockland counties.

Almost 28 percent of the incoming students are from upstate and western New York, with nearly 11 percent coming from Broome or Tioga counties. Close to 15 percent of the incoming class is from out-of-state or other countries.

Twenty-eight percent of the new students are from minority populations, with combined incoming black and Latino student populations of about 15 percent. Nearly 15 percent of new students are of Asian descent and Native Americans make up less than 1 percent.

More than 150 new international undergraduates and 191 new international graduate students have enrolled this fall. They represent almost 100 countries, including Finland, Mozambique and Honduras. The greatest population of international students comes from India, Turkey, China, South Korea, Taiwan and Japan.

Binghamton University also welcomed more than 150 dual-diploma students from Turkey; 27 are returning as seniors, while 125 are sophomores. The dual-diploma program partners Binghamton with four universities in Turkey. Students pursue studies in management, information systems or global and international affairs.

The University received a record-high 26,341 applications from students who hoped to enroll this fall. This includes 22,748 freshman applications, a 6 percent increase from the previous year, and 3,593 transfer applications, up 6 percent from a year ago. About 42 percent of freshman applicants were accepted. Only 3 percent of colleges nationwide accept fewer than 50 percent of their applicant pool.
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Last Updated: 10/14/08