A Message From the Director
At Binghamton University, more than 450 talented student-athletes compete each year on intercollegiate athletic teams while another 200 students play supporting roles as members of our Spirit Squads and serve as team managers and student-trainers. These students enhance their college experience through participation in our athletic programs, and the impact of their role as Bearcats reaches far beyond competing for the University.
Intercollegiate athletics is a vital part of our campus culture, inspiring loyalty and pride among students, alumni and friends of Binghamton University. Our teams play an important role in promoting our University’s name. By competing on the courts and fields as well as in the classroom, student-athletes focus attention on the outstanding quality of Binghamton University.
Just over a decade ago, the Binghamton Colonials were part of an NCAA Division III program. Today, our Division I Bearcats compete against flagship schools throughout the Northeast, and they regularly vie for conference championships and achieve All-American status. Our teams have garnered national recognition and some of them have competed in front of audiences of millions on ESPN, CBS and MSG.
As we plan for the University’s next comprehensive campaign, we seek private support to help level the playing field against our more established peers and enhance the overall experience of our student-athletes. Binghamton University is a first-class institution, and that is how we will continue to represent it with your support.
Points of Pride
- In 2007-08, pole vaulter Rory Quiller became the first Bearcat to capture a Division I national championship. He was also named the America East Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the second year in a row.
- In 2008-09, the men’s basketball team enjoyed its first trip to the NCAA tournament in Binghamton University history.
- In 2008-09, our student-athletes posted a cumulative grade-point average of 3.12, the highest collective GPA in over 20 years!
Panorama of a Bearcats basketball game during intermission.