18 Reasons Why Binghamton Is Becoming A Top College Town

Posted by Ashley Zachariah on April 17, 2015

Binghamton was recently named one of the top 20 college towns in the U.S. by both The American Institute for Economic Research and Business Insider. Here are some reasons why Binghamton is becoming a prime location for college students.

1. Entertainment is always within reach.

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From small cafes to large arenas, Binghamton offers a variety of entertainment venues. Students and residents can enjoy productions at Tri-Cities Opera, the Anderson Center, and the Broome County Forum and Arena. For foot-stompin' tunes, there's Cyber Cafe WestBelmar PubLost Dog CafeOld Union Hotel, Galaxy Brewing Company and many more locales.

2. Local businesses flourish from the ground up.

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START-UP NY and the New York State Small Business Development Center at Binghamton University are helping individuals start their own companies. The SBDC at Binghamton has helped create and sustain 10,862 jobs across the Southern Tier of New York and has raised $204 million in private and public funding for the businesses they serve.

3. It's bubbling with creativity.

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Binghamton has all the amenities for those looking to enrich their cultural experience. Once a month, the First Friday Art Walk opens downtown for all students and local residents. Binghamton students have also started the reBOLD Binghamton mural project to spread beautiful art into the downtown community.

4. Entrepreneurs thrive here.

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Binghamton University is developing ways to help local businesses and students connect to create more revenue for the area. Communikey and Nate Rentals Student Housing are two great examples of the positive impact students are making in Binghamton.

5. There's fun stuff to do year-round.

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Students at Binghamton love to venture out into the local area in search of exciting activities. Popular activities include apple and pumpkin picking at places such as Apple Hills and Jackson's Farm, taking a trip to the Ross Park Zoo and various other options.

6. The University shows a continual presence in the community.

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Binghamton University continues to expand within the community. The new School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and the Southern Tier High Technology Incubator, a partnership with SUNY Broome, will create more research opportunities and jobs for those looking to stay in the Binghamton area.

7. It's a foodie's dream.

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For students looking for off-campus dining options, downtown Binghamton has many unique restaurants. Binghamton Restaurant Week not only attracts students but also gives back to local charities.

8. The nightlife is bustling.

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Downtown Binghamton is full of venues for students who are 21 and over, including pubs, breweries, dance clubs and hookah lounges. State Street is the perfect location for those who love the nightlife experience.

9. The University positively impacts the local economy.

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Binghamton University is an essential economic engine for the community. On average, every Binghamton student provides an economic impact on New York state’s economy of $59,654. The University generates $1 billion to the Broome and Tioga counties in the Greater Binghamton area.

10. It's got unique traditions.

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Binghamton has  been crowned the "Carousel Capital of the World." Students and residents enjoy the St. Patrick’s Day parade in the spring and the Spiedie Fest and Balloon Rally in the summer. Oh, and did we mention our famous spiedie sandwich?

11. The Downtown Center integrates students into the community.

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Binghamton University’s Downtown Center is home to the College of Community and Public Affairs (CCPA). CCPA programs closely collaborate with organizations in the local area and benefit Binghamton through ideas such as the Philanthropy Incubator.

12. Sports are kind of a big deal.

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Binghamton students and community members love attending sporting events. Our BU Zoo student spirit group encourages everyone to wear their Pantone 342 (Binghamton University's official color) gear to cheer on the Binghamton Bearcats. Students also enjoy attending B-Mets and Binghamton Senators games.

13. Transportation is a breeze.

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Binghamton has your transportation needs covered. Our student-run and Broome County Transit busses are free for all students. Downtown Binghamton also has a transportation center located conveniently in the heart of the city. Officials are also working on adding new bike paths that connect campus and downtown.

14. It's more than a four-year experience.

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Binghamton is a great location for post-graduation students looking to develop professional skills and raise a family. The Southern Tier Young Professionals provides social activities, networking opportunities, philanthropic options and many more services for postgraduate students living in Binghamton. Our Accelerated Master's Program allows students to stay an extra year while pursuing their professional goals.

15. It's got swanky downtown housing.

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Binghamton students can choose to live in apartment complexes in the center of downtown Binghamton. These recently added and renovated apartments are in walking distance of many local businesses, as well as the University Downtown Center.

16. Professors know professionals.

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Binghamton faculty and staff are vital resources for students. Our professors are great mentors, with many connections in the local community. 

17. It's a melting pot of cultures.

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Binghamton is a diverse community. Our students and staff travel from near and far to learn, teach and become a part of the “Bearcat Nation.” Binghamton Bearcats have come from more than 90 countries.

18. Binghamton is building a better world.

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Local organizations are strengthened by the help of Binghamton students and faculty, who give hundreds of hours of their time. The University’s Center for Civic Engagement helps students find ways to give back and volunteer.

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