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Impressive freshman class arrives

About 2,900 new students are now calling Binghamton University home.

In welcoming them, President Lois B. DeFleur said: “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 new students include about 2,100 freshmen and 775 transfer students. Students arrived on campus Aug. 27-28 in preparation for the Aug. 31 start of classes.

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.

Move-in went smoothly for parents and students at Bingham Hall — the University’s newest residence hall.

Kathy Jivoff of Syracuse credited the summer orientation program with making the move easier for her son, Michael Bellavia.

“We were here for orientation in July, which was really helpful,” she said. “To feel like you know where you’re going and where things are as you’re coming to campus helps. I think it would be more stressful to be coming in without any idea of where anything is.”

At Cayuga Hall, Nancy Krizan of Rochester waited as some of daughter Lisa’s belongings were brought to her room. The day had already gotten off to a productive start at the Events Center staging area, Krizan said.

“My daughter met her roommate there,” she said. “They both came at the same time, so things have turned out pretty good.” Krizan added that the summer orientation helped her family become acclimated with campus, as well.

The University received a record 33,613 applications, an 11 percent increase from fall 2008. This included 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, applications were up by 14 percent.  Top choices for 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). 

“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,” said Nancy Stamp, dean of the Graduate School.

About 10 percent of the total incoming class is comprised of students from Broome and Tioga counties. This is up slightly from last year and reflects a national trend of more students staying in their hometown 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.

The University welcomed a number of new international students to the campus community. The incoming international students represent more than
50 countries, including Burkina Faso, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Finland, Jordan, Kenya, Nepal, New Zealand and Zimbabwe. The greatest population of international students comes from Turkey, South Korea, India, China, Taiwan and Japan.


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Last Updated: 10/14/08