Living and learning are virtually inseparable at Binghamton University. Based on the model pioneered at Oxford University, Binghamton’s residential college system blurs the lines that separate academics and extracurricular activities and encourages social, emotional, and physical — as well as intellectual — growth.
Learning is no more a function of the classroom than living is a function of the dwelling where someone resides. Learning at Binghamton University is about transcendent relationships between students and their peers as well as students and faculty. It is about transforming students through social interaction, leadership development, spirited competition and pride of place as well as through knowledge development and preparation for successful careers.
The intimate residential-life communities or “colleges” surrounding our academic campus center create a dynamic environment with immeasurable advantages for students. Students with different backgrounds, majors and opinions live together in a cohesive and collaborative community mirroring our academic enterprise’s commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration. Alumni, when recalling their Binghamton experience, often cite their residential college and the friends connected with it as the most valuable part of their undergraduate experience.
Binghamton’s international diversity is ranked among the top in the United States and has received every national award recognizing our international efforts. Championed by President Lois B. DeFleur, the internationalization of our university community is a hallmark of the residential college system as well as the academic experience. With students and faculty members from more than 100 countries, we prepare students to succeed in an increasingly diverse society and global economy.
Dr. C. Robert Emerson
“The greatest reward is getting to know the students. I’m a better faculty member because I have the opportunity to interact more closely with them.”Read More