- Harpur College of Arts and Sciences
- College of Community and Public Affairs
- Decker School of Nursing
- Graduate School of Education
- School of Management
- Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science
- Center for Learning and Teaching
- Writing Center
- Financial Aid & Student Records
- International Programs
- International Student & Scholar Services
- Global Studies Minor
- Languages Across the Curriculum
- McNair Scholars Program
- University Libraries
- University Information Technology Services
- Off Campus College Transport
- Office of the University Ombudsman
- Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
OLD CHAMPLAIN 110, 7-6305
Professional advisors, secretarial staff and specially trained peer advisors aid students in making degree planning decisions. Services include general advising and specialized advising for transfer-credit questions and for pre-health and pre-law advising. Office staff interpret and implement academic policies and regulations. They discuss with students such issues as academic planning, creation of individual majors, general career planning, withdrawals and student record problems. Harpur students consult with advisors throughout their academic career. Students are also assigned departmental advisors after they officially declare a major.
Downtown Center 407, 7-2841
Faculty, professional advising staff, department office staff and a cadre of trained peer advisers work together with students to help them with advising issues. CCPA students consult with peer advisers for quick questions on everything from room locations, to how to read a Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS) report, to scheduling classes. The professional adviser helps students interpret policies and procedures and advises on transfer credit questions, student record problems, career planning and academic scheduling. Students also consult their assigned faculty adviser with questions on graduate school and career plans.
Undergraduate Nursing Program, Academic Complex B, 114, 7-4954
The coordinator of student services is the faculty member who advises Decker freshman and sophomore students. In addition, second-semester sophomore students are assigned another faculty adviser to help them plan their coursework in the nursing curriculum. Students may contact the student services office whenever they have questions regarding specific requirements or aspects of the program. Decker students are encouraged to purchase the undergraduate or graduate edition of Decker School of Nursing Handbook. It discusses specific policies, procedures and guidelines to complete the nursing major.
Graduate Nursing Program, Academic Complex B, 110A, 7-4614
The Decker School of Nursing offers graduate level programs of study culminating in professional graduate degrees of Master of Science (MS) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) with majors in family, community health, family psychiatric mental health or adult-gerontological nursing. The Decker School also offers the research degree Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nursing with emphases in rural health and vulnerable populations. Post-graduate Nurse Practitioner certificates and other certificate programs of study are also available. You will find more information on the Graduate Nursing programs of study in the University Bulletin and on the Decker School of Nursing web site. The Bulletin in effect when students enter the Decker School describes the processes and requirements that affect student progression to degree completion.
For general information on admissions, financial aid, housing, program costs, and visiting the campus, click here.
Click on this link for application information.
To schedule an appointment to meet with the Academic Advisor for Graduate Nursing or with the Director of Graduate Nursing Programs at the Decker School of Nursing please contact:
Ms. Jennie M. Orton
Senior Academic Advisor for Graduate Nursing Programs
Decker School of Nursing
PO Box 6000
Binghamton, NY 13902-6000
Phone: (607) 777-4614
Fax: (607) 777-4440
E-mail: Jennie Orton
To schedule an appointment to meet with the Director of Graduate Nursing Programs, please contact the graduate program secretary, Suzanne Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Academic Complex B-133
— Dean’s Office, ACADEMIC COMPLEX B-130A, 7-7329
— Master’s Programs, 7-2727
— EdD Program, ACADEMIC COMPLEX B-130C, 7-4169
— Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Educational Leadership, 7-5070
The Graduate School of Education offers graduate degree programs in Early Childhood Education, Childhood Education, Adolescence Education, Literacy Education and Special Education. These programs mix theory, subject matter, curriculum, assessment and instruction to prepare graduates for careers in grades PreK-12 education. The school’s goal is to prepare competent, caring and qualified professional educators who are dedicated to their profession and to diverse learning communities. All of GSE’s teacher preparation programs are nationally accredited through the Teacher Education Accreditation Council and approved for New York state certification or endorsement.
The Graduate School of Education also offers an Educational Leadership Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) program, designed to prepare prospective educational leaders and administrators to serve in PreK-12 schools and school districts. This program leads to eligibility to earn New York state certification as school building and school district leaders.
GSE also has a highly selective doctoral program in education that encourages individuals
to become leaders in curriculum development, educational theories and practices, and
Finally, although only graduate degrees are offered, an undergraduate minor in education is now available for students whose interest is in learning more about education professions.
A faculty adviser is assigned to newly matriculated students. This adviser works with students on planning a program of study and also answers questions on careers and graduate school. In addition, the Graduate School of Education office (Academic B-130A) has an excellent staff that is committed to providing students with the best academic experience possible. From providing general information about programs to providing guidance toward successful completion of a teacher education program, the Graduate School of Education faculty and staff are here to ensure student success.
Academic Complex A-142, 7-2316
SOM advisers are available to help students select courses, interpret policies and program schedules, and to advise them on other problems that may arise. Appointments are not required to see an adviser. Students may seek assistance on matters related to issues such as waivers of regulations, exceptions to academic policy or late adds/drops of courses. Freshmen are encouraged to meet with an adviser in their first semester to plan the liberal arts components of their program. By junior year, students should visit the office to officially declare a SOM concentration. First-semester seniors are encouraged to visit to complete a seventh-semester check. Students are encouraged to get to know SOM faculty outside the classroom.
Engineering Building M00
The Watson School Advising Office provides all basic advising services, with staff members available on a walk-in and appointment basis. Students should visit the office with any questions or concerns. The professional academic advisers, peer advisers and office secretary respond to questions regarding policy, procedures and degree audits, and assist with the processing of all relevant petitions and forms. Each Watson School student is assigned a faculty member as a primary adviser to help plan a course of study and to discuss career and graduate opportunities in the chosen major.
James Pitarresi, executive director
Library north 1324, 7-5040
The Center for Learning and Teaching (CLT) offers tutorial services, the National Student Exchange program, and runs the Institute for Student-Centered Learning. The CLT also supports three academic honor societies, Phi Eta Sigma, Phi Kappa Phi and Tau Sigma.
Tutoring services are offered free of charge for undergraduate courses primarily on a by-appointment, but also on a walk-in, basis. Tutors facilitate students’ understanding of course content and foster effective study and time-management skills. Students requesting academic help should sign up for tutoring early in the semester so they can schedule regular sessions.
Walk-in hours are subject to availability and should supplement regular tutoring contacts. More tutors are available on a by-appointment basis, and the CLT makes every effort to recruit additional tutors in order to accommodate requests.
National Student Exchange (NSE) is a consortium of just under 200 colleges and universities across the USA, Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. Students can attend one of the participating schools for one term/semester or up to a full calendar year.
The Institute for Student Centered Learning (ISCL) organizes conferences, workshops and informal learning events for those who teach at Binghamton University, with a focus on educational approaches that have been shown to be effective and long-lasting.
Honor Societies: The CLT-associated honor societies and their constituents are:
Phi Eta Sigma - outstanding freshmen
Tau Sigma - outstanding transfer students
Phi Kappa Phi - outstanding juniors and seniors
Wendy Stewart, Director
Library North 1209, 7-6725
Hours: Mon., Wed., 10 a.m.-5 p.m, 6-8 p.m.
Tues., Thurs. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Fri. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
The Writing Center offers free, individualized tutoring in writing to all students at Binghamton University. Its goal is to help students learn to improve their writing skills. Tutors discuss with students possible revisions of drafts of their papers. They also help students learn to recognize and correct errors in grammar and punctuation; they do not, however, edit or proofread papers. Students should call or stop by to make an appointment; walk-ins are accepted only if tutors do not have previously scheduled appointments. The center also maintains a collection of reference works and texts that students are welcome to use.
ADMISSions Center, Room 112
Hours: Mon.-Fri., 9:00 a.m.-4 p.m.
bingfa.binghamton.edu | registrar.binghamton.edu
One office location for all in-person academic record and financial aid transactions as well as financial aid counseling. Services include, but are not limited to: ID cards, course registration, one-on-one financial aid advisement, loan counseling, scholarships, diplomas, proof of enrollment, personal information updates and undergraduate application for degree. For students seeking information and assistance to finance a college education, the office assists students and their families with exploring various financing options, including federal and state grants, employment, scholarships, student and parent loans. The office is also the source for answers to questions regarding course and examination schedules, grades, transcripts and diplomas. Extensive online information is available 24/7 via the Registrar and Financial Aid Services websites at www.registrar.binghamton.edu and www.bingfa.binghamton.edu respectively. BU BRAIN Self Service is also accessible 24/7 via the portal at http://my.binghamton.edu. Students can conduct financial aid and registrar transactions anytime online, including confirmation of enrollment, proof of enrollment, transcript requests, view award offer, accept/decline loans and more.
Krishanswami Srihari, Executive Vice Provost
Library Ground North 300, 7-2336
International education is highly valued at Binghamton. Students are encouraged to study foreign languages, to select courses dealing with international and intercultural topics, and to study abroad. Binghamton study-abroad opportunities include programs in Australia, China, Dominican Republic, England, France, Germany, Ghana, Japan, Morocco, the Netherlands, Peru, Scotland, Spain, South Korea, Turkey and other areas. Students may also study in other SUNY-sponsored study abroad programs. The Office of International Programs (OIP) offers a range of advising resources, including information sessions, walk-in hours and an annual Study Abroad Fair in the fall semester, to assist students in selecting the most suitable program for their needs.
For further information on studying abroad you are encouraged to contact the Office of International Programs (OIP) early in your Binghamton career.
Trisha Bello, Director
Nelson A. Rockefeller Center G1, 7-2510
The Office of International Student and Scholar Services provides a wide range of programs and services designed to meet the needs of more than 2,100 international students and scholars on campus. Services include the processing of required federal immigration documents; assistance with immigration regulations governing enrollment, employment and travel; administering the mandatory health and accident insurance program; and publishing a weekly electronic newsletter, which provides important and timely information on a variety of topics. The office conducts an orientation program for all new international students, coordinates a variety of cross-cultural programs, and acts as liaison between students and other University offices, student groups, and U.S. and foreign government agencies. International students are encouraged to visit the office and take advantage of the services and programs provided.
Suronda Gonzalez, Director
Library Ground North 300, 7-2499
Binghamton University's Global Studies Minor (GSM) offers students important academic
preparation for recognizing and exploring the ways interrelated processes fit with
the challenges of the 21st century. The GSM has a flexible curriculum aimed at preparing
global graduates for entry into a diversified world full of complex challenges and
The GSM is open to all undergraduate students who wish to increase their knowledge and competencies by adding a formally recognized global dimension to their program of study. Students may use the global studies minor to help steer their choice of electives; to provide a global studies foundation associated with their major; or to expand their future opportunities on the basis of acquired international knowledge, intercultural proficiency and global awareness.
Because the Global Studies Minor builds on the University's existing "Global Interdependencies" and language requirements, students need only 20 credits beyond the General Education requirements. Some of these credits may also count toward other General Education requirements or for a given student's major(s) and other minor(s). To schedule an in-take meeting to discuss your options as they relate to the GSM, e-mail us at email@example.com.
Suronda Gonzalez, Director
Library Ground North 300, 7-2499
Binghamton's Languages Across the Curriculum (LxC) program provides unique opportunities for students to use and enhance their language and intercultural skills in courses that would not normally offer such opportunities. The long-term goal of LxC is to foster skills – whether reading, listening and/or speaking — in any language a student may know, in any class that the student may take anywhere in the University curriculum. Participating students substitute course-specific, intermediate-level assignments prepared by LxC's language resource specialists (LRSs) for a portion — typically 10 to 20 percent — of the usual course assignments. With the exception of a weekly study-group meetings, the workload for LxC participants should not exceed that of others in any given class.
Shanise N. Kent, Project Coordinator
CIW Library Room 111, 7-6594
The Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program, also known as McNair Scholars Program at Binghamton University, is a U.S. Department of Education funded program designed to encourage intellectually gifted undergraduates to consider enrolling in graduate programs in various disciplines and, beyond this, to complete the PhD and enter the academy as college and university professors and researchers.
Focusing on graduate school preparation, the McNair Scholars Program demystifies the graduate school application process and provides students with a simulated graduate school experience, which includes extensive research experiences. The program offers a scholarly environment whereby students receive academic, financial and social support. For detailed information, or to download an application, please visit our website.
Curtis Kendrick, Dean
Glenn G. Bartle Library, 7-2194
Science Library, 7-2166
University Downtown Center Library, 7-9225
The Libraries provide access to a variety of print and digital resources, including over 2.4 million volumes; 81,959 journal holdings (electronic and print), and 2.1 million microform, map and multimedia items.
- The Glenn G. Bartle Library, named after the University’s first president, contains collections in the humanities, social sciences, mathematical and computer sciences, as well as government documents. It also houses the Fine Arts Collection and Special Collections.
- The Science Library contains materials in all science and engineering disciplines, as well as a map collection.
- The University Downtown Center's (UDC) Library-Information Commons, located at 67 Washington Street in Binghamton, houses a local collection of books, government documents, and current periodicals to support the College of Community and Public Affairs.
- The Library Annex@Conklin, located at 400 Corporate Parkway in Conklin, NY, houses other materials in the Libraries' collections and is open to the public.
- The Libraries' online gateway (http://library.binghamton.edu) provides access to library services and resources, including multiple dynamic search engines for easy navigation and discovery.
The Libraries offer research consultation and assistance in person and electronically, a laptop/netbook lending program, customized instruction sessions, and post news/updates through a number of blogs. Together with the online gateway, these services give patrons access to innumerable information resources and research tools such as catalogs, reference databases, citation databases, subject gateways, and e-journals.
Information about Course Reserves can be found online at http://library.binghamton.edu/eres/. Course Reserves are materials faculty select as required and assigned readings. Many materials -- articles, book chapters, student papers, and non-copyrighted materials (lecture notes and exams, for example) -- may be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week through Blackboard.
Physical reserve materials, including books, videos, DVDs, cassettes, CDs, and other items (both from the Libraries’ and instructors’ personal collections) are located in the Newcomb Reading Room and the UDC Library. Loan periods are established in consultation with instructors and range from two hours (three hours for VHS and DVD) to one and two-day loans. These periods are clearly indicated on each item when it is charged out.
Quiet and group study spaces are available throughout the Libraries. During the fall and spring semesters, Bartle Library is open 24 hours a day, from noon Sundays through 8 p.m. Fridays and noon until 8 p.m. on Saturdays. The Library Annex@Conklin is open to the public Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 4:00 pm. Complete Library hours are available on the Libraries’ web page.
The Binghamton University Information Commons, a collaborative initiative between the Libraries and Information Technology Services, provide access to a powerful selection of print and online resources, a vast array of application software and tools, and expert assistance to help with their use. Each Information Commons is a computer-enhanced research environment that invites and attracts users to work collaboratively, use the wide range of resources available in the library, and obtain expert assistance.
- The Bartle Library Information Commons, located on the first and second floors of Bartle Library, has over 220 computer workstations. The Commons is staffed by Librarians and student technology Consultants who can assist with research and computing needs.
- Science Library Information Commons, located on the main floor of the Science Library, has 50 computers.
- University Downtown Center Library — Information Commons, located at 67 Washington Street in Binghamton, has 37 computer workstations.
Special Collections, located on the second floor of Bartle Library, houses rare books, manuscript and archival collections, sound recordings and the University Archives and is the location of the Bernard F. Huppe Reading Room and the Link Conference Room. The rare and archival collections include North American editions published prior to 1850, British imprints prior to 1800 and European imprints prior to 1750. Collections of note include the Edwin A. Link Collection, the Frances R. Conole Archive of Recorded Sounds, the Max Reinhardt Archive and Library, the William J. Haggerty Collection of French Colonial History, the Yi-t’ung and An-chi Lou Wang Research Collection on Chinese Culture.
- Volumes (including print volumes, government documents, and electronic books): 2,438,344
- Microforms: 1,875,280
- Journal holdings: 93,414
- CD-ROMs: 2,737
- Sound recordings: 118,975
- Maps: 121,032
- Videocassettes/DVDs: 3,632
- Electronic databases: 227
- Archives and manuscripts: 1,077 linear feet
- Computing ServicesSharon Pitt, Chief Information Officer 7-6114
ITS Help Desk: 7-6420
Computer Center Building
Binghamton’s Information Technology Services (ITS), located in the Computer Center Building, provides central computing support to academic, instructional and research programs and to campus administrative offices. Major computing equipment includes central hosts as well as file servers, advanced workstations and personal computers linked through a campus-wide communications network. To assist students and faculty with computing, ITS staff teach workshops, consult or advise on computer software and hardware problems, distribute written and Web-based documentation and maintain an extensive software library.
Every student has a campus e-mail account and other collaborative tools provided through a partnership with Google, network file space and a print quota. Student Pods IDs give them access to the network, Binghamton's Blackboard course management system, the University Libraries' on-line catalogs and the BU Brain portal to the University's online resources. Residence hall rooms are fully wired to allow Ethernet connection to the Internet for each student, and wireless networking pervades every residence hall and academic building on campus.
Public computing classrooms/labs (called Pods), and the Information Commons areas provided jointly by ITS and the University Libraries provide more than 600 public workstations for students. The Information Commons areas are located in the Bartle, Science and UDC Libraries and provide networked computers close to these major sources of scholarly activity. The Pods provide smaller and more private groups of workstations and are located in Academic A, Science I & II, and several other buildings across campus.
Virtually every enrolled student uses the computer for course-related work in a given semester. Students are encouraged to use the computer as an appropriate tool and, more fundamentally, as a flexible vehicle for liberal arts education. With the creation of several multimedia and distance-learning classrooms, and direct access to the Internet from most computers on campus, information technology has enriched many aspects of the curriculum.
- Educational Communications Center
Lecture Hall B-60
The Educational Communications Center (EdComm) is a division of ITS and offers equipment hardware for loan to any Binghamton University student. This equipment includes: laptops, data projectors, sound equipment, cameras, and camcorders. EdComm sells all adapters and equipment necessary to leverage the audio visual system in all the university classrooms. Audio CD's for various courses across campus are also sold in the EdComm AV office, which is located in the Lecture Hall basement B-48.
Library North G216
The Binghamton University Telecommunications Office provides several services for student living including local, long distance, and international calling, cable television, voice mail, fax services, AT&T wireless discounts and off campus Roadrunner internet and digital phone discounts. For more details, visit telecom.binghamton.edu.
Each residential room has a telephone with campus access and one voice mailbox, with the exception of Bingham, Broome, Delaware and Chenango halls (telephones are available in these halls upon request). You will be able to make on campus calls, local calls and domestic long distance calls. If you wish to make international calls, directory assisted calls or operator assisted calls, you must sign up for a Personal Billing Number (PBN) in the Telecommunications Office. The window hours are Monday - Friday, 11:00am - 3:00pm.
Cost and Payments:
- The Telecommunications calling plan offers unlimited local and domestic long distance calling. (Costs are included in room rate.)
- International rates are determined on a country-by-country basis. (See our website for details.)
- Additional costs are directory assistance within 607 area code at $.45 per call, directory assistance outside 607 area code at $1.25 per call, and operator assistance at $.50 per call.
- Payments can be made through the campus mail, in person (LN G216) or online at www.telecom.binghamton.edu.
Each residential room has a cable TV outlet. Residents need to supply their own cable-ready television. Telecommunications provides a cable connector.
Students may send and receive faxes through the Telecommunications Office. The fax number is 607-777-4000. Service charges apply; please call ahead for current rates.
University Union 154, 607-777-6989
OCC Transport is Binghamton University’s student-operated and -managed bus service. OCCT’s services are free for all students and staff, and runs seven days a week while classes are in session. Students and staff may use the OCCT bus service to commute from off-campus to class, shopping, and to travel to local businesses and services. Student groups and University departments may request charters through OCCT for special events or trips. OCCT is funded through student fees, and transports over 200,000 students every year (many more than once!).
OCC Transport has had an outstanding safety and performance record since it first started in 1971. Because the service relies on student employees to operate its buses, it is always looking for students interested in enrolling in the paid training program. The training program typically lasts for 8 weeks each semester (including summer), and teaches trainees the skills of operating a 12-ton bus, basic maintenance skills, and all of OCCT’s routes and stops in the Triple Cities area. Once a student successfully completes the training program, students are hired at competitive starting wages, with opportunities for promotion to management positions. Freshman and sophomore students are encouraged to apply. One year of active licensed driving experience and a clean driving record is required.
Routes are designed according to student housing locations and operate around class schedules and vacations. Late-night buses (12-4 a.m.) on Friday and Saturday nights accommodate students attending various activities on or off-campus. Schedules of bus routes are available each semester in the OCCT office, on the buses, at the student manager’s desk in the University Union, or on our website, occt.binghamton.edu.
Bathabile Mthombeni, University Ombudsman
Library South G526, 7-2388
Binghamton University recognizes that there may be matters you may wish to explore “off the record,” or about which you want informal advice, or which, despite your best effort and that of others, have not been effectively or appropriately resolved. The University encourages the airing and resolution of problems and disputes, and the Ombudsman is an alternative channel of assistance — complementing, not replacing, existing channels.
The University Ombudsman provides impartial, confidential assistance with informal complaints and conflict resolution. The University Ombudsman will listen to you; discuss your concerns; help analyze your situation and identify options for resolution; explain how University policies apply to you; provide information and referral, and, without taking sides, facilitate communication among disputants and mediate or negotiate a resolution.
The University Ombudsman is available to Binghamton University students, staff, faculty and Research Foundation employees, and operates according to the following four premises:
- Independence: The University Ombudsman reports directly to the president of Binghamton University.
- Impartiality/Neutrality: The University Ombudsman advocates, not for any particular individual, organization or cause, but for the fair, equitable and humane treatment of all parties. The University Ombudsman approaches each case without prejudice and as neither advocate nor critic of any cause, but with a commitment to fairness, equity and the mission of the University.
- Confidentiality: Records, contacts and communication with the Ombudsman are kept strictly confidential unless permission is given to do otherwise. The only exception is where there appears to be imminent threat of serious harm. The Ombudsman maintains no formal case files, and all reasonable steps will be taken to protect any existing records from inspection by all other persons.
- Informality: The Ombudsman is an informal resource and does not participate in any internal or external formal complaint or disciplinary processes. The Ombudsman does not accept legal notice for Binghamton University but will provide information on how to go on record about a problem to visitors wishing to do so.
To preserve their privacy and confidentiality, visitors may arrange appointments for our services at locations other than our office.
Valerie Hampton, Chief Diversity Officer
Library South G548, 7-4775
Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ODEI), is responsible for promoting a campus climate that values diversity, equity and inclusion, and is free of bias and harassment. The Chief Diversity Officer is responsible for the University's diversity, inclusion and affirmative action efforts, including policy development, recruitment and retention program development and initiatives, legal compliance with appropriate federal and state laws and regulations and complaint resolution. The ODEI advances Binghamton University's teaching, research and service mission and commitment to excellence by working collaboratively throughout the institution with faculty, staff and students. For more information, visit http://www.binghamton.edu/diversity-equity-inclusion.
Nicole Sirju-Johnson, Director
University Union West 204, 7-4472
The Multicultural Resource Center serves as a primary resource for the coordination of Binghamton University’s multicultural initiatives in order to promote intercultural awareness, understanding, and meaningful inter-group interaction at Binghamton University. The MRC at Binghamton University defines “multicultural” in a broad and inclusive context so as to recognize and value all people whatever their physical ability, class, ethnic background, gender, race, religion or sexual orientation.
The MRC’s mission of outreach, support and collaboration is supported through the following actions:
- providing advocacy and support to students of color and under-represented students in their academic and social adjustment to the University;
- providing guidance and support for the University’s student cultural organizations and their annual programs;
- facilitating inter-group relations through various initiatives and activities such as the BU Safe Zone, Bridge Builders Student Speakers’ Bureau, The Multicultural Round Table and the University Diversity Advisory Council;
- offering a lending library of diversity videos and text to support curricular and co-curricular education.
Patrick Elliott, Director
Events Center, 7-2043
Binghamton’s highly competitive intercollegiate program consists of 21 men’s and women’s NCAA Division I varsity teams, in competition throughout the fall, winter and spring. As a member of the prestigious America East Conference, the Bearcats have an opportunity to play in the NCAA tournament in every sport. The program has a long history of national achievements, boasting conference championships, NCAA tournament participation and more than 150 All- Americans. Binghamton student-athletes combine outstanding performance on the playing field with high distinction in the academic arena.