The only university-wide honors program at Binghamton University is called the Binghamton University Scholars Program. However, Binghamto University also offers university-wide graduation honors, school/college-wide honors programs, departmental graduation honors, and a host of honor societies.
The Binghamton University Scholars Program is a very small program and fewer than the top 3% of applicants to Binghamton University are enrolled in the program. Determining the few students that are admitted to the program is a difficult and imperfect task. Our Admissions Office makes the decisions on who gets invited to the Scholars Program and while it may seem to be about grades and SAT's, it actually is much more complicated than that. We work hard to provide a balance of males and females, in-state and out-of-state, national and international, while at the same time ensuring that we have a proportionate number of students from Harpur College, the School of Nursing, the Engineering School, and the College of Community and Public Affairs. In trying to maintain that balance and offering admission to so few students, even some of the best students in the US and around the world, may not get invited.
However, the good news is that Binghamton University is a scholars' university and offers a wide variety of opportunities for high achieving students to gain academic recognition and academic challenge. There are departmental honors and honors societies in many majors, we are a Phi Beta Kappa university, there are opportunities for research at the undergraduate level and even to assist with instruction in some classes. Binghamton also provides opportunities for undergraduate research, civic engagement, study abroad, and a host of other programs.
We therefore work hard to provide a wide range of scholarly opportunities and the Binghamton University Scholars Program is just one of many opportunities. We have much to offer, and there are an endless number of opportunities for all students at Binghamton University.
Last Updated: 8/3/13