BingFacts: Numbers, Accolades and Other Things You Need to Know About Binghamton University

Posted by Sophomore and Intern at Binghamton's Media and PR Office Patricia Nieberg on March 16, 2016

Did you know that Binghamton is one of the premier public universities in the Northeast? Of course you did. Did you also know we won SUNY's Mascot Madness contest twice? Or that our campus is located on 930 acres of upstate New York, with rivers, woods and mountains? Or that our grads get into medical school at rates 13 percent above the national average? That's right, we've got spirit, beauty, AND brains.

Who are we and where do we come from?

How many students do we have?

We currently enroll 16,913 students (undergraduate and graduate).

How many alumni?

There are more than 120,000 Binghamton alumni spread across all 50 states and around the world (117 countries to be exact).

What about in N.Y.?

62,000 Binghamton alumni live in New York state.

So you mean Long Island?

Well, not exactly.

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How many newbies are there?

For 2014, we had 2,570 freshmen enrolled and 1,069 transfers.

We do have the brains.

Out of 1600, our average SAT score is 1304.

What's the graduation rate?

67.9 percent.

We've done enough bragging; let's let some other people do it for us.

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Princeton Review named Binghamton one of the nation’s best for academics, affordability and career prospects. — Princetonreview.com, 2015

 

The New York Times included Binghamton on a list of “Top Colleges Doing the Most for Low-Income Students.” — NYTimes.com, 2015

 

Binghamton is the #18 public college in the U.S. where graduates earn the most money after a few years in the workforce. — Businessinsider.com, 2016

Our future is bright and new projects are underway

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High Tech Incubator 

Binghamton University, SUNY Broome and the regional economic development community are building a $20M high-tech incubator in downtown Binghamton.

What's it for?

It will grow and nurture emerging companies based on energy, electronics and health. It will have labs for testing and evaluation and prototyping. The incubator will have business resources, and research resources from Binghamton University and SUNY Broome.

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Nursing and Pharmaceutical Opportunities

The University plans to move the Decker School of Nursing to allow the nursing school to colocate with the already funded School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Why?

This will allow the nursing school to work closely with the pharmacy school, which will be offering the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree, and a cutting-edge research program for a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree. This will also establish the Health Sciences and Technology Innovation Park at the center of the Johnson City iDistrict and part of the overarching strategy to build the Greater Binghamton Innovation Ecosystem.

We love research here. So, what are researchers up to?

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We've got tons of research happening in every science department. Here's just a few to get excited about:

 

Electronics Research

The Center of Excellence in Small Scale Systems Integration and Packaging (S3IP) celebrates 10 years as a New York State Center of Excellence in 2016.

What do they do?

The S3IP works with industry to advance electronics, energy harvesting and storage.

Brainscanning Technology 

Binghamton researchers have come up with brain scans to identify people. These so-called “brainprints” may be able to replace passwords.

Paper Batteries

Engineer Seokheun “Sean” Choi used origami techniques to build paper batteries.

Whoa... What?

They deliver enough energy to run a paper-based biosensor with nothing more than a drop of bacteria-containing water.

What is our economic impact?

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On average, the Economic Impact Value per each Binghamton University student statewide is $86,000. 

 

Dollars

NY state economic impact: $1.38 billion

Broome & Tioga counties economic impact: +$1 billion

Alumni earnings (in aggregate): $2 billion  

Alumni sales taxes (state and income):  $100 million

Campus visitor spending (250,000 visitors): $7.6 million

Students region spending: $138 million 

 

Jobs

Jobs supported: 11,500 direct/indirect

 

Return on Investment

University account GDP for Broome and Tioga counties: 12% 

Binghamton investment return to NY state: $1 to $9 

Student volunteerism and internships return: $11.8 million

University research funded by industry partners: 9.5%

As you can see, Binghamton is bustling with smart students, groundbreaking research, impactful projects and much more. 

Sophomore Patricia Nieberg is an intern in Binghamton University's Office of Media and Public Relations. She's from Brooklyn, N.Y., and is working towards a bachelor's degree in English rhetoric with a minor in Spanish. Patricia is not only an intern but part of the Binghamton University Dance Team, Wish-makers club, and Binghamton Sound Stage and Lighting (BSSL) this semester. She's looking to pursue a career in comunications and PR. 

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