Diversity

Location
Vestal, NY
Undergrads
11,464
Tuition (in-state)
$16,795 ($7,645)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Senior

Diversity: Good diversity but poorly integrated

3 College Junior

Diversity: There are large amounts of international student and students from different states on campus

5 College Freshman

Diversity: You can find almost the whole world at Binghamton.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Diversity is definitely seen on campus, a relatively good mix of races on campus. One problem seen is that there are many international students, and they tend to stay within their own groups. Also, the Caucasian students are often easily accepted by other racial groups, but other racial groups have more difficulty finding acceptance with caucasians, although it is not serious enough and not a conscious decision to the point that it could be called discrimination. Perhaps just subconscious matters left from previous times, that will hopefully fade with time.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: I don't pay too much attention

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  • 117th
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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Mills Horton
Hometown
Geneseo, Illinois
Major
English-Creative Writing
Grad Year
2013
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When walking around the Binghamton campus, you will see and hear students, professors, and faculty from countless ethnic backgrounds. There are student groups to represent nearly every religious, ethnic, political, and sexual orientation affiliation. The groups are active and generally provide a place for students to feel accepted and add to the overall tolerant atmosphere.

If you look closer, though, although diverse, Binghamton student groups that represent different affiliations tend to stay to themselves. Students complain that, although tolerant, the diversity on campus is very isolated. There isn't a lot of mixing among students of different backgrounds. There are student groups like the Women's Student Union, BU Association for Mixed Students, and Rainbow Pride Union that try and combat this problem by being open to everyone.

Facts & Statistics

African American
5%
Asian
13%
Hispanic
9%
International
10%
Native American
0%
White
50%
Unknown
10%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
24%
Common States of Residence
  • Connecticut
  • Foreign countries
  • Massachusetts
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 37%
20-21: 37%
22-24: 16%
25+: 9%
Female Faculty
39%
Male Faculty
61%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 3%
Asian American: 13%
Hispanic: 3%
International: 8%
Native American: 0%
White: 73%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
The gay community on campus is relatively active and healthy. The Safe Zone program ensures tolerance by peers, faculty, and administrators. The Binghamton Rainbow Pride Union and SHADES push for acceptance of all LGBTQA students and plan events that are on and off campus.
Political Activity
The student body is predominantly made up of Democrats, and there are several outlets for politically active people, including liberal and conservative magazines and student groups. Still, many people complain that Binghamton is, for the most part, politically inert.
Economic Status
Binghamton is home to people from a wide economic spectrum. While there are plenty whose parents promised to buy them cars in exchange for the low tuition of a state school, there are just as many who are paying their own way through college.
Most Common Religions
Christian and Jewish groups are the largest. Services for several denominations take place just off campus at the Newman House.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Binghamton has a club for nearly every minority represented on campus, including many high-profile fraternities and sororities. A few examples are the African Student Organization, the Haitian Student Association, and the Latin American Student Union.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 90 responses

  • 4% Libertarian
  • 17% Not sure
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 8% Conservative
  • 17% Moderate
  • 46% Liberal
  • 9% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 90 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 2% Conservative
  • 24% Moderate
  • 26% Not sure
  • 40% Liberal
  • 8% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 87 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 86 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 91 responses

  • 0% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 3% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 40% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 57% Very accepting.

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