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Harpur College of Arts and Sciences

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.

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Global Studies Minor

Library Ground North 300, 7-2499
globalstudies.binghamton.edu

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 opportunities.

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 glst@binghamton.edu.

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Languages Across the Curriculum

Library Ground North 300, 7-2499
lxc.binghamton.edu

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.

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College of Community and Public Affairs

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.

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Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences (DCONHS)

Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences offers bachelor's, master's, post-master's certificates, Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in nursing programs. The success rate of our graduates is outstanding, with many assuming leadership roles in practice, education and administration throughout the nation.

Our undergraduate nursing programs provide a solid foundation from which baccalaureate-prepared candidates are poised to take and pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN).

The master's and doctoral nursing programs reflect a commitment to improving the health of rural communities through education of nurses to provide the highest quality care for rural individuals, families and communities.

division of advising and academic excellence, ACADEMIC building B, 114, 7-4954

The Decker College of Nursing and Health Science's Division of Advising and Academic Excellence supports prospective and enrolled undergraduate and graduate students.

Our professional advising staff is available to guide students from pre-admission through graduation. In addition to professional staff, Decker peer advisors have extensive training and are regularly available to answer students' questions quickly and efficiently. Collaboratively, we help students understand admission requirements, orient to their program of study, establish a relationship with their assigned faculty advisor and progress to graduation in a timely fashion. 

The well-being of our students is our top priority, and we strive to provide a safe and comfortable environment.

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School of Management

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.

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Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science

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 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.

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Center for Learning and Teaching

James Pitarresi, executive director
Library north 1324, 7-5040
binghamton.edu/clt

The Center for Learning and Teaching (CLT) oversees University Tutorial Services, the University Testing Center, the National Student Exchange program, Summer and Winter Sessions, Educational Communications, and Instructional Design Services.

Tutorial services are offered free of charge for undergraduate courses on a by-appointment basis. Online tutoring is also available through the STAR-NY consortium with other SUNY schools. 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. Every reasonable effort is made to recruit additional tutors in order to accommodate requests.

The University Testing Center offers exam proctoring for students with test accommodations through Services for Students with Disabilities office and also other students for missed exams, etc. Exams requests must be made online by the course instructor.

National Student Exchange 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.

Instructional Design Services organizes seminars, workshops, and informal learning events for those who teach at Binghamton University. These sessions focus on research-informed and time-tested education approaches. The instructional design team also offers one-on-one consultations and limited multimedia and course building support to instructors. Instructional Design Services also offers a Teaching Online Certification Program for those who teach or will be teaching online courses at Binghamton University.

Summer and Winter Sessions works in partnership with academic departments to offer a wide variety of courses (classroom based, online, or blended format) during the university's compressed summer and winter terms. Students can access the full schedule of Summer and Winter Session classes through BU Brain.

Educational Communications provides classroom technology training, support, installation, and maintenance; limited A/V and computer equipment rentals; and departmental media sales (SD cards, USB drives, laptop video adapters, blank CDs, etc.).

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Writing Center

Wendy Stewart, Director
Library North 2411, 7-6725

Hours: Mon.-thurs., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
fri. 10 a.m.-3:15 p.m.

The Writing Center offers free, high-quality, practical assistance with college writing for every student from every department and school. Our excellent peer tutors are recruited from many disciplines and receive ongoing education in tutoring and writing pedagogy. Whether or not English is your native language, whether you are an undergraduate or a graduate student, we are here to guide and advise you as you work on your writing. Please schedule an appointment at binghamton.mywconline.com.
Walk-in appointments are subject to tutor availability.

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Financial Aid and Student Records

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.

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International Education and Global Initiatives

Patricia Bello, Assistant Provost
Old Champlain, Room 240, 7-2336
Binghamton.edU/IEGI

International education is highly valued at Binghamton University. Students are encouraged to study foreign languages, to select courses dealing with international and intercultural topics, and to study abroad. Binghamton University sponsors over 50 education abroad programs annually, each offering a diverse array of academic opportunities, living experiences, and locations to explore across the globe. Students may also apply to participate in programs sponsored by other institutions in the State University of New York (SUNY) system. The Office of International Education and Global Initiatives (IEGI) offers a wide-range of advising services, including yet not limited to walk-in advising hours with professional staff; peer advising with education abroad student ambassadors; topic-specific information sessions, and an Education Abroad Fair each semester, in an effort to assist students in selecting the most suitable program for their needs.

For further information on studying abroad, students are encouraged to contact IEGI early in their Binghamton University experience.

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International Student and Scholar Services

Trisha Bello, Assistant Provost for International Education and Global Affairs and Director of ISSS
Old Champlain, Room 142, 7-2510
isss.binghamton.edu

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.

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McNair Scholars Program

Gervlyne Auguste, Program Coordinator
CIW TU Room 128, 7-3838 
mcnair.binghamton.edu

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.

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University Libraries

Curtis Kendrick, Dean
Glenn G. Bartle Library, 7-2194
Science Library, 7-2166
University Downtown Center Library, 7-9225
library.binghamton.edu

University Libraries

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.

Collections

  • 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

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University Information Technology Services

- Computing Services

I. Niyazi Bodur, Chief Information Officer 7-6114 
ITS Help Desk: 7-6420
Computer Center Building

Binghamton’s Information Technology Services (ITS), located in the Technology Hub 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.

- University Telecommunications

Library North G216

The Binghamton University Telecommunications Office provides residential students with cable television service.

• Each residential room and common room is provided with one cable television jack.
• Students can also stream our campus cable television service via SpectrumU (http://watch.spectrum.net). You will need to log in with your Binghamton University Computer Account (PODs).
• A 10 ft. coax cable will be provided for you to connect your TV to the wall jack in your room. If a coax cable is not available in your room, you may pick one up at the ITS Help Desk.
• You must auto tune (auto scan) your TV to enable it to recognize the BU campus cable programming channels. Refer to your TV's instruction manual or the TV manufacturer's website.
• You will not need an HDMI cable unless you are providing your own set top box (STB) converter.  Time Warner has suggested the IView-3500STB if your TV does not have a QAM tuner. This converter is available from various on line retailers.
• If you need assistance, please contact your Res Con by calling the BU Help Desk at 777-6420 or refer to http://www.binghamton.edu/its/organization/clientsupport/rescon.html
• For a cable-TV programming guide refer to our cable television help page.

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Off Campus College Transport (OCCT)

University Union 154, 607-777-6989
occt.binghamton.edu

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.

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Office of the University Ombudsman

Bathabile Mthombeni, University Ombudsman
Library South G526, 7-2388
Fax: 7-2556

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:

  1. Independence: The University Ombudsman reports directly to the president of Binghamton University.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

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Division of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Nicole Sirju-Johnson, Interim Chief Diversity Officer
Library South G548, 7-4775

Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), 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 DEI 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.

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Multicultural Resource Center (MRC)

Nicole Sirju-Johnson, Director
library south ground 500, 7-4472
mrc.binghamton.edu

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, gender expression, 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 all students but especially students of color and under-represented students in their academic and social adjustment to the University;
  • providing guidance and support for the University’s cultural student organizations and their annual programs;
  • facilitating inter-group relations through various initiatives and activities such as the Cultural Presidents Council, MRC Student Leaders Meeting, Conscious Conversations Student Edition, Culture Chats, Diversity Talk Show, Interfaith Council and the University Diversity Advisory Council;
  • offering a lending library of books, diversity videos, games and activities to support curricular and co-curricular education.

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Athletics

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.

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Last Updated: 9/24/19