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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I didn't receive any money from BU

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Most of the time I eat sandwiches

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I am enjoying my experience at BU

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: Always some kind of party going on.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Not great but not too bad. There is always something decent

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Very spacious, always doing renovations to improve

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There are police officers for the city of Binghamton and the Binghamton campus, and both work to keep students safe. Police cars are all over campus during the weekends. You must have a Binghamton ID to get on campus at night and you may only access your own dorm after midnight.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of fast food places in Binghamton, and they are the most accessible to students, especially if they live in University Plaza. I really like Tully's and Cold Stone, though.

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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: The parties off campus are always a good time. I am uncomfortable being at certain frat houses and bars, but there are definitely the nicer ones, which more people attend.

3 College Freshman

Local Area: Downtown Binghamton seems a little bit scary due to the poverty evident, but I feel rather safe being on campus.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Some days they have really good food, and other days, they do not. I always enjoy the steak or salmon when it is available. Food is not offered throughout the entire day in the dining halls. From 1:00-5:30 p.m., basically the only station open is the salad bar. The best tasting food is always at Night Owl, but it's so unhealthy.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Very expensive, but very accommodating. All the complexes are very beautiful and all-inclusive (aside from groceries, obviously).

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There's something for everyone of all budgets.

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4 College Sophomore

Administration: I have had no problems with our administration. Having visitors is as easy as letting them into the building. In a lot of schools, you have to sign in: not the case at Bing.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I did not receive any scholarships (which is understandable because it is already half the cost of a private college). Financial aid wasn't too bad. Just kinda tedious.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: The bars don't care about ID's. Some of my guy friends got in with a female's ID. Not too expensive, and they're a good amount of people.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: It's very average. Very hit or miss. I love their cupcakes.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It's pretty close to the lecture halls. There are a variety of room types such as suite-style, corridor-style, and singles.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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