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Binghamton at a Glance

People around the world are learning what New Yorkers have known for decades: Binghamton University is one of America's premier public universities. We attract outstanding students and award-winning faculty who are partners in active discovery — we don't collect knowledge, we create it.

Learn more about what makes the Binghamton University experience so exceptional.

Rigorous Academics

Gorgeous Campus and Community

  • The campus is spread across 930 acres on a wooded hillside above the Susquehanna River in the Binghamton suburb of Vestal.
  • The University consistently receives recognition in The Princeton Review's annual "green rating" of colleges.
  • The on-campus Nature Preserve boasts 190 acres of protected forest and wetlands with hiking/biking/running trails and a six-acre pond.
  • Downtown Binghamton offers a world-class opera company, a symphony orchestra, movie theaters, clubs, incredible restaurants, bars and professional hockey and baseball teams.

Innovative Learning Facilities

  • The Innovative Technologies Complex (ITC) is home to the:
    • Bioengineering Building that features state-of-the-art, modular laboratories and clinical research space, as well as a start-up suite for new companies
    • Engineering and Science Building that is home to the Watson School dean's office and the departments of mechanical engineering and electrical/computer engineering, along with state-of-the-art laboratory space, suites for business start-ups and offices
    • Center of Excellence that is home to the Small Scale Systems Integration and Packaging Center, a research and development organization that addresses research challenges in small scale system design, process development, prototyping and manufacturing for academia and the microelectronics industry
    • Smart Energy Building that houses Harpur College's chemistry and physics departments, with a focus on alternative-energy production
  • The sprawling, five-building science complex features a multi-climate greenhouse —one of the largest teaching and research facilities of its kind,  it is divided into tropical, temperate, alpine and desert zones.
  • The spacious Anderson Center for the Performing Arts showcases a "transforming," 1,200-seat theater with a retractable rear wall for lawn seating and is celebrating its 25th anniversary season.
  • The University Art Museum's permanent collection includes over 3,000 modern and ancient pieces, including a nationally recognized Asian Art Gallery.

Home Away from Home

  • Modeled after Oxford University, our students live in six residential communities, each with its own distinct personality and neighborhood feel. Each residential community includes a learning community offering classes and experiences designed for that community to foster interaction and learning within a smaller group.
  • Each residential community has its own dining hall that features its own unique food specialties. 
  • Off Campus College Transport (OCCT), Binghamton's student-run bus service, operates around the Binghamton University community and recently added campus shuttles. Students, faculty and staff may use OCCT for free (just show your campus ID card).
  • BC Transit is a local public transportation provider that has a contractual agreement with Binghamton University. Students, faculty and staff may ride BC Transit for free with a Binghamton University ID.
  • The MarketPlace, our newest and largest eating area, boasts 10 different selections, from Tully's and CopperTop to Chick-N-Bap, a Korean-inspired, alumni-run company.
  • The Undergrounds Coffee House and Music Venue, bowling, billiards, table tennis — you'll find all these in our University Union!

Active, Athletic Community

  • The Binghamton Bearcats field 21 NCAA Division I varsity teams.
  • Students choose from dozens of competitive and just-for-fun club and intramural sports teams, from soccer to coed dodgeball.
  • FitSpace is our state-of-the-art fitness center with in-house personal trainers and 45 group classes each week.
  • Our awesome Outdoor Pursuits program organizes day and weekend kayaking, climbing, hiking and camping trips to the region's many state parks.
  • Our newly completed disc golf course stretches around the east side of campus and runs next to our high-flying ropes course.

Successful Graduates

  • Our four-year graduation rate is among the highest in the nation among our peer public research universities.
  • 20 percent of undergrads go on to receive a graduate degree from Binghamton.
  • Binghamton has more than 30 doctoral programs in arts and sciences and its professional schools, and awards more than 100 doctorates every year.
  • 84 percent of Binghamton grads who apply to law school are accepted, compared with 78 percent nationally.
  • Our grads get into medical school at rates that are 14 percent above the national average.
  • There are more than 130,000 Binghamton alumni spread across all 50 states and around the world.

Last Updated: 2/6/19