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Freshman class boasts impressive résumé


Ryan Anderson, a freshman from Suffern, waits for an ATV to help him bring his things to his room at Newing College during move-in day.

Roughly 2,160 freshmen and about 880 transfer students joined the Binghamton University community this year.

The University received a record 28,000 applications from students who hoped to enroll this fall. This included 25,155 freshman applications, a 10 percent increase from the previous year, and 3,713 transfer applications, up 3 percent from a year ago. About 40 percent of freshmen were accepted.

In the Graduate School, applications are up by 11 percent. Top choices for Binghamton graduate students include nursing, social work, computer science, electrical engineering, materials engineering, biology and behavioral neuroscience, a psychology track.

“More than 18 percent of the applications were from Binghamton University undergraduates,” said Nancy Stamp, dean of the Graduate School.

“Our international applications were also up this year, reflecting over 71 countries,” she added. “In part, we think the increase nationally and internationally is due to students around the world recognizing the value of a degree from Binghamton.”

The Class of 2011 boasts some of the most impressive academic credentials of any Binghamton class. The entering class has an average SAT score nearing 1270, well above the national average of 1028. The mean high school average for entering freshmen is 93 and the mean GPA for entering transfers is 3.37. 

“In addition, more than 85 percent of Binghamton’s undergraduates meet SUNY’s highest designation of selectivity, which combines a student’s SAT score and their high school average,” said Sandra Starke, vice provost for enrollment management.  “Binghamton continues to be the most selective of the SUNY university centers.”

About 16 percent of the total incoming class comes from out of state. Almost 30 percent of the incoming students are from upstate and western New York, with nearly 10 percent coming from Broome or Tioga counties.

More than 170 new international undergraduate and 260 new international graduate students are attending Binghamton this fall. Incoming international students represent more than 50 countries.

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Last Updated: 10/14/08