Binghamton University’s mission is to provide an affordable, world-class education to high-caliber students from culturally and economically diverse backgrounds. Our internationally renowned faculty bring their spirit of inquiry and discovery into the classroom. Our cutting-edge research leads to new insights, new technologies and new jobs. Investments in Binghamton University deliver powerful and productive returns to the community and the state. Here are some of the key reasons to Think Binghamton.
Our students are among the best and brightest in the nation, and we consistently place in the top tier in national rankings.
- The Class of 2014 has an average SAT score of 1289 and an average high school GPA of 94.
- U.S. News & World Report and the Princeton Review ranks Binghamton among the elite top 50 public national universities.
- BusinessWeek ranked Binghamton’s School of Management the 12th best public business school in the nation.
- Our four-year graduation rate is one of the highest in the country among our peers.
We provide an affordable, world-class education accessible to all students, regardless of their socioeconomic background.
- Sixty-five percent of our students apply for financial aid; 16 percent have family incomes below $14,000.
- Students of color represent about one-third of our student body, first-generation students represent about one quarter, and international students comprise over one-tenth of the student population. Thirty-four percent of our students speak a language other than English at home. We enrolled a record 1,000 transfer students in fall 2010.
- Binghamton University is widely recognized as one of the best values in public higher education in the nation. Kiplinger’s Personal Finance ranks Binghamton 6th best value in the nation for in-state residents, the Princeton Review ranks Binghamton 6th best value and Forbes ranks Binghamton 31st on its list of “best buys.”
We deliver solutions that fuel the state’s economy.
- For every $1 the state invests in Binghamton University, the University returns $7.
- Binghamton University is one of the largest employers in Greater Binghamton, with 5,000+ faculty, staff and student employees who earn nearly $200 million in wages, salaries and fringe benefits and pay more than $24 million in annual property and school taxes.
- Roughly 60 percent of nurses, 70 percent of engineers and more than 80 percent of teachers who graduate from Binghamton remain in the state.
- In October 2010, Binghamton broke ground on a $30 million, 114,000-squarefoot Center of Excellence building at its Innovative Technologies Complex. This will pump an estimated $15.9 million into the region annually, create 180+ jobs a year during construction, and lead to discoveries that will help fuel the future economy of the state.
- Our students, alumni, faculty and staff are involved in hundreds of community-service projects that support our region and state.
We are leaders in “green” technology and in reducing our impact on the environment.
- Binghamton has been listed among the nation’s top 18 environmentally friendly universities on the Princeton Review’s “Green College Honor Roll” for campus environmental policies, practices and academic offerings.
- University faculty are conducting leading-edge research in environmental technology and alternative energy.
- Binghamton’s commitment to sustainability builds on one of the main ideas in The Power of SUNY strategic plan: SUNY and an Energy-Smart New York.
Our continued growth in research leads to new insights, new technologies and new jobs.
- Sponsored research topped $44 million in 2009-10. That’s an increase of 76 percent over 5 years.
- University researchers filed 28 new technology disclosures and received 7 patents in 2010.
- Patent licensure revenue has increased more than five-fold in the last 5 years.
- State-of-the-art labs in the Biotechnology Building are models for universities and companies around the world.
We cultivate vital, thriving partnerships.
- The University maintains more than 1,300 strategic relationships with industry, small business, government, education, healthcare and social agencies. These partnerships have an $8.65 billion economic impact on regional and state economies.
- Our Small Scale Systems Integration and Packaging Center, a New York State Center of Excellence, won a national competition to spearhead the development of the next generation in flexible electronics and has developed meaningful alliances with firms across the state and around the country.
We welcome great minds from abroad, further world-class education and establish international partnerships.
- The University has won every major award given in the United States for comprehensive internationalization in higher education. The 2011 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges says Binghamton is “writing the rules on how to build global awareness and international programs into the curriculum.”
- Students can choose from 560+ study-abroad programs in more than 55 countries (nearly one-fifth of our students study abroad), learn countless languages, choose programs that focus on specific regions of the world and participate in our Languages Across the Curriculum program or dual-degree programs with other nations.
- More than 2,190 international students from 98 countries attend Binghamton University, while 100+ visiting international scholars and faculty bring their worldly perspective to our campus.
- Binghamton’s commitment to global education reinforces The Power of SUNY strategic plan: SUNY and the World, which seeks to nurture a culturally fluent cross-national mindset to improve New York’s global competitiveness.
Our talented and committed alumni are prominent in their communities and professions, and help drive the state’s economy.
- Approximately 50,000 Binghamton University alumni live and work in New York state, playing leading roles in business, medicine, law, education and politics, and generating about $133 million in income and sales taxes each year.
- More than 1,400 alumni are involved in the investment and securities industry, playing a prominent role in the state’s economy. Some 4,500 others work in the legal profession, 2,319 are CPAs and 1,778 hold CEO, president or other top management titles.
- Binghamton’s 100,000+ alumni are making valuable contributions to society and providing current students with a network that opens doors to careers and opportunities.
Binghamton cultivates a spirit of entrepreneurialism that transforms knowledge into new technologies, new products and economic growth.
- Our new Innovation @ Binghamton initiative highlights our commitment to providing a culture where new ideas are fostered and novel ideas are moved into the marketplace.
- In partnership with SUNY, the University supports programs such as SUNY StartUP, which connects students and faculty with entrepreneurs, helping to create an entrepreneurial mindset that leads to “idea generators and job creators.”
- Through programs like Entrepreneurship Across the Curriculum, we expose students from a wide variety of disciplines to ideas about entrepreneurship and what it means to be entrepreneurial.
- Binghamton’s focus on entrepreneurialism builds on the emphasis of The Power of SUNY strategic plan, which encourages SUNY institutions to help New York companies and address national research gaps.