Binghamton opens its doors to new, returning students
From staff reports
Binghamton University welcomed new and returning students and their families in late August with move-in days signifying the beginning of the fall semester and a new academic year.
About 2,550 freshmen, 1,189 transfer students and 1,185 new graduate students joined the Binghamton University community this year. Classes for all of Binghamton's 16,000 students began Sept. 2.
"Binghamton University is home to some of the brightest minds in the world, and we're eager to open our doors to them," President Harvey Stenger said. "The arrival of our students signifies the beginning of another promising academic year, that will be full of outstanding achievement, academic excellence and growth."
The University received 28,449 freshman applications for fall 2014 admission. With an average high school GPA of 94 and SAT scores close to 1,300, the Class of 2018 is one of the most academically impressive in University history.
"I am impressed by the collective brainpower and academic achievements of the incoming freshmen class," Provost Donald Nieman said. "The Class of 2018 embodies the University's commitment to excellence in education. Everything from their test scores to their experience in leadership positions tells me that this class will succeed and will leave a lasting impression on the University, the Binghamton community and — one day — the world."
A Convocation to welcome new students took place at the Events Center on the day that Class of 2018 members moved into their residence halls. The Alumni Association continued its tradition of providing freshmen with class-year T-shirts. Alumni volunteers greeted students at the Events Center handing them Binghamton green shirts saying "Class of 2018: Bearcat for Life." (Pictured above Connor D'Andria '13 was among the alumni volunteers at Convocation.)
New students had signed their class banner - another Alumni Association tradition - during summer orientation sessions, and the banner was on display at the Convocation.
City of Binghamton Mayor Richard David, MPA '09 and Alumni Association Board Member Jared Kirschenbaum '11 (pictured) were the featured speakers, encouraging students to make the most of their time on campus and to think of their relationship with the University as something that will last for a lifetime, not just for four years.
Applications for graduate study had reached historic heights according to Susan Strehle, dean of the Graduate School, which received 4,780 completed applications for fall admission – an increase of 16 percent over last year.
"For the second year in a row, we have enrolled the largest incoming group of outstanding new graduate students in Binghamton University's history," Strehle said. "We are excited to welcome them to New York's premier graduate programs, and we all look forward to their success."
Nearly 1,189 highly talented transfer students with a mean GPA of 3.4 also joined the Binghamton University community this fall, including about 200 SUNY Broome Community College students, by far the largest number from any single community college. Another 200 students have signed up for the Binghamton Advantage Program, a special, dual-admission program with SUNY Broome, which allows students to become part of the University community and live on the Binghamton University campus while attending SUNY Broome.
Binghamton continues to have a diverse class, with the geographic distribution reflecting New York State's population. About 39 percent of students are from upstate New York; 6 percent are from Broome and Tioga counties, 21 percent are from Long Island and 19 percent are from New York City.
Binghamton also expected a large number of new international students to join the campus community this fall. The 900-plus newly admitted international student population consists of about 335 undergraduate and 595 graduate students from more than 40 countries, with the greatest numbers coming from China, India, South Korea and Turkey.
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