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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: The menus can become boring after your first few months eating on campus. That doesn't mean it tastes bad, though! There are some dishes that are perpetually of low quality, so you'll make better choices as you progress through the semester.The options in the New Union are generally unhealthy. If you want to get your daily fruits and vegetables, stick with the dining halls.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: I lived in Hinman in my first year. Although the rooms are small, the proximity to the lecture hall was a plus. In my 2nd year, I lived in CIW. The rooms are bigger, the study lounges are more spacious, and it's close to the bus stop. There was nothing extraordinary about either living community, but the extra space in CIW made a difference.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I have never gotten a student discount, which is kind of annoying. Everywhere I have been has been a bit pricey, although I have only gone to nicer restaurants. The food was very good however.

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4 College Freshman

Administration: I would say it's not a very strict school. It's easy to drink, as long as you don't do it in front of an RA. The police in the area seem mostly concerned with the students' safety, and not busting kids. They do break up frat parties, but oh well, who cares. The rules in the dorms are pretty relaxed, and having visitors is easy and no hassle, you don't have to sign in or anything ever.

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1 College Freshman

Scholarships: I got no financial aid here, and it is costing me a ton to go here. I don't care how reasonable the price is compared to other schools, I am paying a ridiculous amount. My financial aid got messed up, so I am paying full price, even though my family is barely making it financially. It is outrageous, and I totally disagree with everyone who says its reasonable to go here.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: The frats are as terrible as you'd expect. I hate going to them, the guys are usually creepy and it's never fun. The floor is always covered in beer, and in the fall it is so hot in most of them. Other parties are usually a lot of fun though, if your friends are hosting them. I have had so much fun at small house parties. The bars are also great, except that some of them charge a cover charge which gets expensive every weekend. And they aren't fun in the winter because you have to bring a heavy jacket (Bing is awful in the winter) and have nothing to do with it, and walking from the bars sucks. Partying in the winter in general is miserable, I hardly go out during that time.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: I really like the food here. A lot of people complain about it, but I find it is usually very good. You can eat whenever you want, which is convenient, except during certain times of the day the options are really limited. But otherwise, pretty much anything you're in the mood for, you can find on campus.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: It's alright. I live in the one of the oldest dorming communities on campus, and I still enjoy it. There is certainly a sense of community here, however a lot of the people are really loud/immature and the RA does nothing about it. There are a lot of us sharing a bathroom, which I don't mind, but if it bothers you there are much newer buildings on campus where you only share with a few other people. People are rather social, but there are a lot of rude people. Applying for housing was super easy, and I got my top choice of community.

3 College Junior

Athletics: The gyms are nice but no one really cares about the varsity teams.

3 College Junior

Administration: They're working on it, I'd say it's getting better.

5 College Junior

Campus Housing: Many of the dorms are brand new and are the best I've seen.

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2 College Junior

Health & Safety: Campus is relatively safe but it you're going to go downtown, be in a group larger than 2 with at least one sober person. Bad things can happen and it's always better to be safe than sorry.

3 College Junior

Majors: I'm a Biology and Biological Anthropology double major and it's a lot of work. The intro bio and chem classes are weed out courses and will take a lot of your time and may hurt your GPA.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I live off campus and it was the best decision I've made so far. No more dealing with residential staff (it's not their fault, it's their job) and cabs on the weekends. I'm in the center of downtown and am only a 7 minute drive from campus - best of both worlds.

2 College Junior

Scholarships: Not a lot of options, it's a state school.

3 College Junior

Campus Food: It's Sodexo, it's okay, but not great.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Plenty of great restaurants and bars, and plenty of fast food places. Lots of good ethnic options as well.

1 College Junior

Party Scene: Very few parties on campus, almost all nightlife is off campus. If you're not interested in drinking culture or going out, there are plenty of different activities with Late Night Binghamton on campus during the weekend.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Some of the frats throw okay parties and plenty of the guys are very nice but the sororities are very exclusive and only interact with each other.

5 College Junior

Academics: The classes are challenging and many of the professors are well known in their fields. There is a lot to learn here if you're willing to put the effort in.

4 College Junior

Local Area: bars are fun. Bowling lanes are pretty great. Walking is a good time. Parks offer fun places to go.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: they have regular fast foods: BK, MCDS, Wendys, KFC, etc

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: there are patrol cars at night. people are always on the lookout for other people if they are hurt, they call harpers ferry and campus police

1 College Junior

Majors: I am a Biology Student and i am hating myself for being in this program. i feel like the professors here dont care if you succeed. They are harder than they are supposed to be. I just want to graduate with a degree.

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3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Im not sure about any of this. Finding a job on/off campus hard. You need a Bachelor's Degree to get a job. It blows

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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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