University welcomes new and returning students
By Ryan Yarosh and Steve Seepersaud
Returning and new students and their families arrived on campus Thursday and Friday, Aug. 25 and 26; the move-in days signified the beginning of the fall semester and a new academic year. Approximately 2,450 freshmen, 950 transfer students and 900 new graduate students joined the Binghamton University community this year.
"Binghamton University has a well-earned reputation for academic excellence," said President C. Peter Magrath. "Yet even as we reflect on our past, we can look with pride to the future. The incoming class represents some of the most talented students we have ever seen and we fully expect that their contributions will greatly enhance the intellectual, cultural and social vibrancy of our campus community. We are all excited about these students and what they will learn and contribute to the University. We are really looking forward to working with them."
The University received more than 32,000 undergraduate and transfer applications, 28,024 of which were from freshman and 4,582 from transfer students.
In the Graduate School, a number of applicants nearing 4,500 indicates high demand for Binghamton University master's and doctoral programs, including computer science, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, nursing, K-12 teacher education, clinical psychology, accounting, business administration, chemistry, materials science-engineering, economics and social work.
Nancy Stamp, dean of the Graduate School, said, "In today's economic turbulence and global business world, recent bachelor's degree graduates and professionals realize that a graduate degree furthers their marketability. And, while they are here, they contribute to exciting innovations and discoveries in their fields of study."
The Class of 2015 boasts some of the most impressive academic credentials of any Binghamton undergraduate class ever.
"Every year, Binghamton University attracts some of the most talented students from across the nation and around the world," said Sandra Starke, vice provost for enrollment management. "But this year, we welcome one of the most impressive classes in University history. With an average high school GPA of 94 and an SAT score of 1931 in math, verbal and writing, the Class of 2015 is particularly impressive. Coming in at 422 points above the national average, their SAT scores alone are record-breakers for the institution, and when combined with strong high school performances, it is very clear that this group of incoming students will bring exceptional academic excellence to the classroom. And it is this excellence and our reputation for providing a quality education that makes Binghamton the premier public university in the northeast."
At the welcome student picnic, the Alumni Association gave freshmen a Class of 2015 T-shirt. In the photo at left, Gerald Mollen '74, a member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, gives a T-shirt to Duan Yicen, an economics major from China.
The Alumni Association also invited new freshmen to sign a Class of 2015 banner. In the photo at right, Thrupthy Jacob from Congers, and Matt Hems from Rochester, sign the banner.
Julie Teibel-Gurian '83 says she was pleasantly surprised when her son Joshua applied to Binghamton. The freshman from Buffalo Grove, Ill., is interested in film, and chose Binghamton because of its strong academics, reasonable cost, and because his mother and two uncles (Howard Teibel '81 and Jeffrey Teibel '86) came here and loved it.
"Joshua chose to live in Hinman, though I encouraged him to consider CIW where I lived," says Julie, pictured with her son in Chicago on the day before they left for move-in at Binghamton. "When Joshua and I drove to Binghamton for orientation, it was a new experience for both of us. What also added to the experience was my brother Jeffrey's son, Zachary, transferred to Binghamton from Arizona. Watching my son unpack in his dorm room was both happy and sad - thrilled to see my son embark on this new adventure, but sad to see my oldest leave the nest. I couldn't be more thrilled that Josh and his cousin have chosen to continue a family tradition at Binghamton University."
About 8 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 approximately 200 of those students coming from Broome Community College. The mean GPA for entering transfers is 3.4.
Binghamton again welcomed a large number of new international students to the campus community this fall. The approximately 500 incoming international students represent 55 countries, with the greatest population coming from China, South Korea, India, Vietnam, United Kingdom and Turkey.