Binghamton University: An Overview
Binghamton University is nationally recognized for its strong academic programs, distinguished faculty and talented students. Specialized research centers attract scholars from around the globe to Binghamton’s modern campus.
One of four university centers within the State University of New York, Binghamton enrolls approximately 17,000 students in programs leading to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The University consists of Harpur College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Community and Public Affairs, the Decker School of Nursing, the Graduate School of Education, the School of Management and the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science. A School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is being established and is expected to enroll its first cohort of students in fall 2017, pending precandidate status from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. The Graduate School administers advanced-degree programs in the six component schools. Undergraduate and graduate students are taught by a single faculty.
Binghamton’s faculty and students — representing a wide range of cultures, backgrounds and ideas — contribute to an open, dynamic and supportive campus environment. The University has excellent research library and computing services and a world-class performing arts center.
The Binghamton campus — spread over 930 acres on a wooded hillside above the Susquehanna River — features physical facilities that are well maintained, attractive and accessible to all students. A special campus feature is the Nature Preserve, a 190-acre forest and wetland area with a six-acre pond that adjoins the campus. The University’s Events Center is a multipurpose facility featuring a 5,600-seat basketball arena, a 200-meter track and four tennis courts. Seating capacity nears 8,000 for Commencement, concerts and other activities.
In addition to the 156,000-square foot Events Center, Binghamton’s extensive athletic facilities include two large gymnasiums with swimming pools; an indoor track; basketball, volleyball and racquetball courts; and the Bearcats Sports Complex, where fans can cheer under the lights for our men’s and women’s soccer and lacrosse teams. Outdoor facilities include 26 tennis courts, a fitness trail, a 400-meter track and soccer field, and numerous playing fields.
The newly renovated Recreation Center at the East Gym features a 10,000-square foot fitness center, multipurpose rooms, a gymnasium, a pool and much more.
The Binghamton area also offers many attractions, including several theaters, a professional opera company, a philharmonic orchestra, the Roberson Museum and Science Center, and the Kopernik Observatory. The Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena hosts popular rock, country and pop concerts and is the home of the Binghamton Senators hockey team. The Binghamton Mets play baseball in a stadium downtown. Within the city and its suburbs are several shopping malls, restaurants and other attractions.