INSIDE BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY
Applications to Binghamton, SUNY continue to increase
By : Sarah Lifshin
Binghamton University and the SUNY system continue to be top choices for the state’s most talented high school graduates as the number of freshmen and transfer applications to BU, along with the state’s other campuses, continue to rise.
“Binghamton has always been a choice for high school graduates who apply to private schools as well,” said Cheryl Brown, director of undergraduate admissions. “The value of Binghamton is not just the cost but the cost also combined with the wonderful time the students have here and the outcome provided for graduates.”
For the 2003-04 academic year, BU received 19,230 freshmen and 1,665 transfer applications, compared with 18,300 freshmen and 1,439 transfer applications for the same period last year.
In fact, the University has already surpassed the number of applications it received for this academic year. “We exceeded the application numbers and we still have a couple of months to go,” Brown said. “We will continue to receive them as long as we allow them to come.”
As of last week, the University had received 19,231 freshman applications, a 4.6 percent increase over the 18,381 received at the same time last year. BU has also received 1,664 transfer applications, a 15.6 percent increase over the 1,439 received last year.
Out-of-state applications for freshmen are up 9 percent while transfer applications have increased 35 percent for the 2004-05 academic year. International applications for freshman increased 2 percent while transfer applications were down 13 applications. Brown credits an increase in international marketing for the increase in applications from students in Asia, where applications are increasing from Korea, Hong Kong and China. “We worked well not only with the prospective students there but also networked with the alumni who have been very supportive in recruiting services and helping to make contact with high schools,” Brown said. “The value is not only the cost and that is really appealing to students. BU is a really viable option for top students.”
The number of prospective students applying to SUNY has increased for the eighth consecutive year. At the state-operated campuses, more than 71,000 prospective freshman, or applicants, sought admission for last fall, an increase of 2.6 percent compared with last year. Many applicants applied to more than one school making the total number of freshmen applications more than 160,000, an increase of 3.7 percent.
Further, the number of out-of-state freshmen applications, 7,167, to state operated campuses for last fall increased 9.6 percent, and New York City freshmen applications, 46,791 are up 3.0 percent. The number of New York state high school students projected to graduate this year is expected to decline 1.2 percent from 173,110 to 171,161. This counters the overall increase in the number of high school graduates over the past several years. The number of high school graduates is expected to rebound in 2005 and continue to increase through 2008. The term “applicants” refers to the number of individuals who apply to SUNY campuses; the number of “applications” they generate can be a larger number as an individual applicant can apply to as many schools as he or she pleases.
Increasing numbers of applicants and applications have led to record-setting enrollment at SUNY’s 64 campuses. Nearly 410,000 students attend SUNY, the highest level in its history, and enrollment has increased by more than 35,000 students since 2000.
In addition to attracting more students, SUNY is attracting students with stronger SAT scores. For the fall of 2003, combined SAT scores for incoming freshman averaged 1137, an increase of 25 points since 2000. Binghamton’s average SAT score is 1235. “These numbers show that the word is spreading that we offer an affordable, high quality education,” said Chancellor Robert L. King. “These numbers are even more impressive given that the number of high school graduates is expected to decline. This is great news and I want to commend our campus presidents and their staffs for the excellent job they do recruiting students.”