State of the University

Binghamton University’s twin traditions of leading-edge research and unequaled academic experiences ensure that Binghamton is a campus focused on improvement.

- President Harvey G. Stenger

THE START OF THE 2019-20 ACADEMIC YEAR marks a milestone in Binghamton University’s history as we recognize the University’s lasting commitment to educational excellence and the legacy this excellence has had on our alumni and communities.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of Harpur College, whose initial enrollment was only 503 students, the majority veterans returning from World War II. Binghamton University now enrolls more than 18,000 students in its six schools and colleges, including 3,958 graduate students and 14,145 undergraduates. Since 1950, nearly 140,000 students call Harpur, SUNY-B and Binghamton University their alma mater.

We also celebrate three golden anniversaries this year. Our School of Management and our Decker School of Nursing celebrate 50 years of educational excellence, while our Athletics Department recognizes 50 years of women’s athletics.

These anniversaries provide an opportunity for us to proclaim our pride in the University’s growth, celebrate our increasing impact in the disciplines, and reflect on the core values of educational excellence and world-changing research and scholarship that have guided the campus since its inception.

This spirit of world-changing discovery gained international attention recently, when Distinguished Professor M. Stanley Whittingham received the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his early work on lithium-ion batteries.

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2019 State of the University Presentation