Talented class enters Binghamton this fall
Binghamton University welcomed a talented crop of returning and new students just weeks ago. Approximately 2,200 freshmen and about 1,050 transfer students joined the Binghamton University community this year.
The University received more than 30,000 applications, 27,160 of which were from freshmen and 4,577 from transfer students. Binghamton accepted 40 percent of freshman applications, making the University one of the most selective schools in the nation.
The Class of 2014 boasts some of the most impressive academic credentials of any Binghamton class ever. The entering class has an average SAT score of 1289 and an average high school GPA of 94.
"I'm proud to say that this year's class is another superbly talented one," says Interim President C. Peter Magrath. "These students all have outstanding academic records, come from a broad array of racial, ethnic, social and religious backgrounds, and will add significantly to our vibrant campus community."In the Graduate School, applications are up for the fourth year in a row and showing a 10-percent increase. Top choices for Binghamton University graduate students include K-12 teacher education, nursing, clinical psychology, public administration, computer science, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, accounting, business administration, chemistry, materials science, economics, and SPEL (social, political, ethical and legal philosophy program).
Nancy Stamp, dean of the Graduate School, says, "Even in an economic downturn, students realize that the best investment they can make is a graduate degree, and that Binghamton provides a wide array of excellent programs at very affordable prices. Students realize that in today's global society a graduate degree is the best way to get ahead."
About seven percent of the total incoming class is comprised of students from Broome and Tioga counties. Approximately 30 percent of the class is from upstate New York. Another 22 percent of the student body is from Long Island and 19 percent from New York City.
Binghamton welcomed more than 1,000 transfer students with the majority of them coming from Broome Community College. The mean GPA for entering transfers is 3.4.
According to Sandra Starke, vice provost for enrollment management, Binghamton University continues to attract some of the brightest community college students in New York State. "Community colleges provide an important avenue of access to a four-year degree and transfers comprise about 30 percent of all of our new students at Binghamton University," Starke said.
Binghamton again welcomed a number of new international students to the campus community this fall. The incoming international students represent more than 50 countries, with the greatest population coming from South Korea, China, India, Japan, Vietnam, Taiwan, Malaysia, Peru and Turkey.