Location
Vestal, NY
Undergrads
11,464
Tuition (in-state)
$16,795 ($7,645)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 1574 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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3 College Junior

Nightlife: House parties: are fun and a good way to meet new people

Bars: small selection & relatively easy to get in

Frats: depends on the person

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Never felt in danger when on campus even late at night

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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Dorms: Newing/Dickinson are the best (upgraded), CIW (very social), Mountainview (really nice but far), Hinman (old, but closest to the lecture hall)

Social atmosphere: corridor style is more social than suite style

Housing process: simple

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Pros: close to the bars and downtown center

Cons: sometimes miss dorm life

Availability: lofts/apt. go quicker

Convenience: usually have multiple bus stops

Cost: depends on your location (more expensive the closer you get to the downtown area)

Landlords: really have to be careful (pages that help with this)

Parking: really expensive

Safety: decent but can be sketchy at times

2 people found this useful Report
2 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Area attractions: things to do (more if you have a car)

Safety: about a 6… could be safer

Shopping: not that great (go to Syracuse)

Local attitude toward students: most locals hate BU students and target them

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Athletics: Student involvement: many schools are involved

Team performance: pretty good I guess

Fan Support: SUCKS!!

School spirit: SUCKS

Athletic Facilities: pretty good

Really wish we had a football team...

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Scholarships: Didn't really receive any financial aid

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: Drug & Alcohol visibility: usually smell weed especially in certain dorms & alcohol bottles in the windows

Usage: ranges from never to multiple times a day

Peer Pressure: don't really believe in it

Policy Enforcement: extreme on campus compared to off-campus housing

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4 College Junior

Academics: Professors: have some you love and some you hate

Curriculum: decent

Registration process: HELL depending on your year

Workload: depends on your major and time management

Special study options: create your own major or accelerated programs

Popular study areas: Watson and Harpur (also if you want peace & quiet while you study, go to Science Library)

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Cost: depends

Convenience: depends on if you have a car or what time you want to eat

Student discounts: some places allow you to use your BU ID or your communikey for discounts

Variety: large

Best places to check out: chipotle, lost dog, burger mondays, Tullys (really good appetizers)

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Greek Life: Social atmosphere: no parties without them

how Greek students are viewed by non-Greeks: ranges from hate to love

Greek housing: some stay on campus and others live in houses (most like to live dt to be closer to bars)

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Computers: the computer lab is not bad

3 College Junior

Weather: it wasn't bad i get to go out a lot.

1 College Sophomore

Scholarships: It's near impossible to get financial aid here or any type of scholarship unless you are completely broke or have a sports talent.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is definitely prevalent, but it you don't do it, you'll be just fine. If you do, however, prepare yourself.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Alcohol is extremely present. And drugs are there, but its not overwhelming, and you won't be pressured to do them if it's not your thing.

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: On campus it's very safe, however if you venture downtown that is a completely different story. Been shootings, thefts, muggings, and such.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There is always a frat to go to, and if not there the bars are always lively and fun.

2 College Sophomore

Athletics: Despite our Division I standing, our basketball team is horrendous. However, despite lack of attendance at games, the soccer and volleyball teams aren't half bad.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: The wireless internet goes out sometimes, especially if you're trying to use things like Netflix. And sometimes it's a tad slow, but it mainly depends on where you are on campus.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Everyone here is extremely loving and open. There are always friends there if you go and find them. It's actually one of the main reasons I love Binghamton. We're college students, we're open to everything. (Note though, if you're not familiar with Jewish culture or Asian culture, get acquainted quick.)

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3 College Sophomore

Academics: The liberal arts and sciences here are great. However, the math department is awful. Half of the professors aren't qualified to teach what they are or are awful teachers. In many classes they are just thrown into them and no one is prepared. And for several of the Engineering classes, the teachers are also ill-equipped.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Binghamton is really good at allowing students to have their fun while also keeping campus safe and protecting students. Police officers are very nice as long as you don't make a scene or disrespect them. They know what you're doing, but if you aren't causing trouble they won't either. Academics are extremely tough here however, so take your studies seriously.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Many different types of restaurants, some expensive some cheap, some are really great.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The neighborhood isn't the greatest depending where you get a place but theres some amazing student housing complexes that are gorgeous, new, affordable and many close to the nightlife.

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Mills Horton
Hometown
Geneseo, Illinois
Major
English-Creative Writing
Grad Year
2013
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Binghamton is not a school that will hold your hand through the college experience. If you arrive here expecting to find your place while sitting in your dorm room, then this is not the school for you. You must make an effort and be proactive by joining clubs and getting involved in your academic, social, extracurricular, and professional life. Binghamton doesn't win recognition for the most beautiful campus, have a huge football program, or predictable weather, but Binghamton has everything you will need to make yourself feel at home. 

Binghamton is a mid-size school that rests upon a foundation of balance. If you are looking for the atmosphere of a large party- or athletics-oriented school or the hands-on attention of a small private school, you will not find what you are looking for at Binghamton. There are moments, though, when you can experience the benefits of going to a larger school as well as a smaller private school. Even though the basketball team isn't very good, there are times when the student section will be filled and cheering for the team, even though they're losing. A required "gen ed" class will be made to feel more intimate when the professor makes himself available at any time to answer questions. What really makes Binghamton worth it is the people you will meet. You just have to be willing to make the effort to find them! Add to this the affordable price tag, and you have one of the best bargains around.

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