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

Facilities: Campus is pretty, no dorms are unbearable, many areas to hang out on campus or do work.

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4 College Senior

Facilities: I love Binghamton, I wish I had come here sooner instead of transferred in.

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Binghamton has the buildings spaced out extremely well on campus. There are several dining halls so extensive travel time is not necessary to get to class. The athletic centers are a bit far but nothing on campus requires more than 20 minutes walking. The library is in the middle of the whole campus so students have a reasonable access to it. There are also smaller libraries located in different residence halls for convenience. Rooms around campus can be borrowed to host student-coordinated events that build leadership opportunities and friendships. There is a nature preserve on campus that can be used to enjoy the sights of Binghamton and although, the weather is subpar, it is not hard to enjoy campus life.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: I enjoy the fact that Binghamton University has a wide variety of clubs that host events every single day. This causes a fun college experience regardless of the weather and there is always something to do. The clubs also help you make friends that share your common interests. For example, I love to knit and was able to find a small community of knitters who share that interest. There are also many opportunities that would help your career such as resume-building workshops and job fairs. Binghamton does its best to provide a wholesome, fun and productive school experience.

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3 College Sophomore

Facilities: Everything is nicely laid out.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 103rd
    Greenest Campuses
  • 489th
    Best Athletic Facilities
  • 562nd
    Best Student Centers
  • 569th
    Best Performance Venues
  • 1069th
    Best Library

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Mills Horton
Hometown
Geneseo, Illinois
Major
English-Creative Writing
Grad Year
2013
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On campus tours, the tour guides will let the prospective students in on a little-known fact. Binghamton's campus layout was designed by the same firm that designed a lot of the more modern layouts for Ivy League campuses. The phrase "Ivy League architecture" and "Binghamton University" don't exactly go hand in hand. In terms of exterior, Binghamton's facilities aren't the most aesthetically pleasing. The older buildings look to be stuck in the 1960s, and the new architecture is a sharp, metal-and-glass contrast to the older buildings. Overall, the physical look of Binghamton's buildings are a hodgepodge of new, old, and seemingly never-ending construction projects. 

That being said, the construction on campus is a very positive sight to see and hear. Although it can be a hassle navigating around the constantly changing construction zones, there's a very fervent effort being made to improve and update not only the interior of the older facilities, but also to build new and state-of-the-art projects that will give Binghamton a real competitive edge. All of the new construction is thoughtfully designed and built with environmentally-friendly materials. In the warmer months, flowers are planted everywhere, and the greenery softens the campus's otherwise harsh appearance. Everything at Binghamton is well-kept, orderly, and efficient. Even though it's not a looker, Binghamton still has everything it needs to run and operate as a university should.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
379
Campus Size
887 acres
Student Centers
  • University Union
  • University Union West
Campus Library?
Yes
Main Libraries
  • Glenn G. Bartle Library
  • Science Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • The billiards room
  • The mini-mall
  • The nature preserve
  • The Undergrounds
Bar on Campus
None
Bowling on Campus
Yes. There is bowling in the UU basement, below the Mandela room.
Coffeehouse on Campus
  • The Food-Coop in the Old Union sells cheap free-trade coffee.
  • The Gourmet Bean in the Bartle Library
  • The ITC and Jazzman coffee carts
Movie Theater on Campus
None
"Green" Initiatives
In 2009, Binghamton introduced its Climate Action Plan, an initiative to be entirely carbon-emissions free by 2050. Binghamton owns 190 acres of land set aside as a nature preserve. It's free and open to all students. It has hiking and walking trails of varying difficulties and several lakes and ponds, too.
Traditions
  • Bar Crawl: Bar Crawl happens at the end of May in order to celebrate the end of the spring semester. Students flood the downtown, traveling from one bar to the next. The object is to hit as many as possible in one day.
  • Caribbean Festival: This annual festival attracts visitors and performers from all over the country, as they come together to celebrate Caribbean pride.
  • Parade Day: Every March, there is a parade that marches through the streets of Binghamton in celebration of St. Patrick's Day. Marching bands come in from New York City, and all of the students and local population come out to join the parade. Students typically dress up in all green and start drinking at around 8 in the morning. The drinking goes on all day long, and the bars are open all day long.
  • Purim Carnival: The annual Purim Carnival offers great games, rides, costume contests, and of course, delicious food.
  • Spring Fling: The annual celebration of the return of warm weather, even though it often continues to snow after the event has passed. There is a carnival atmosphere with live music, and everyone comes out to enjoy the fun. There is also a concert by a popular musician, which in past years included 50 Cent and Nickelback.
  • Stepping on the Coat: This takes place during Spring Fling and signals the start of warm weather. A student takes off his coat and ceremoniously steps on it, extinguishing the cold weather once and for all.
Urban Legends
There's an old woman that goes downtown every weekend and parties in skimpy outfits. No one is quite sure whether she modeled for Playboy, was a porn star, or is just a local nightlife fixture of Binghamton.
Favorite Things To Do
The union is always crowded around lunchtime, and people often go to the libraries as much for social reasons as academic ones. When the weather is nice, people swarm to their dorm community quads to read, play Frisbee, or just soak up the sun. When they are not in class, students can burn off some calories at the gym, catch a basketball game or another sporting event at the Events Center, grab a snack at the food court, participate in intramural sports, or just relax with friends in their dorm communities.
Student Organizations Web Site
paws.binghamton.edu/organizations
Student Newspaper
Pipe Dream
www.bupipedream.com
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
There are more than 250 student clubs and organizations at Binghamton University. It's not difficult to start a new club, and all of the established clubs are very welcoming to new members. At the beginning of each semester, there is a campus life fair where all of the clubs and organizations have their own table with a sign-in sheet and members to answer any questions about their organization.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Model UN
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Opera
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
  • Yearbook
ROTC
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes
Did You Know?
  • If there's not a club or organization that suits a students particular area of interest then all students have the ability to form and establish their own clubs that will.
  • Every semester, all of the a cappella singing groups get together and perform at what is called "The Dollar Show." Obviously, admission is only a dollar and the groups perform a variety of current hits and oldies that pertain to each group's specific genre.

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 87 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 92 responses

  • 1% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 28% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 48% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 23% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 89 responses

  • 3% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 8% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 64% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 25% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.

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