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Vision, Mission, Values

At Binghamton, our definition of excellence is constantly evolving.

Our Vision

Binghamton as an institution is dedicated to higher education, one that combines an international reputation for graduate education, research, scholarship and creative endeavor with the best undergraduate programs available at any public university.

Our Mission

Binghamton University is a premier public university dedicated to enriching the lives of people in the region, state, nation and world through discovery and education and to being enriched by partnerships with those communities.

Our Values

The campus identified its values through three words — Unity, Identity and Excellence.

Unity – We are an inclusive community made up of people from diverse backgrounds who come together to learn, discover and serve. We have developed a common bond — the Binghamton bond — that will be ours for a lifetime.

Identity – We are an academically selective community that shares ideas across departments, disciplines and borders. We encourage faculty, students and staff to ask unexpected questions, foster open dialog and develop innovative solutions to important problems.

Excellence –We cannot be all things to all people. However, we pursue our goals with determination. Striving for intellectual and personal growth, especially in the face of adversity.

We're World Wise

At Binghamton, we believe that a 21st century college education requires a deep engagement with the world. Our vision is to design a distinctly "global" educational experience and foster an inclusive campus community that infuses all aspects of college life with an international perspective.

That vision is reality at Binghamton. The University has been recognized with seven national awards for innovation in international education. Our pioneering Languages Across the Curriculum (LxC) program provides study groups in as many as four or five languages for a single class. Students from more than 100 countries choose Binghamton because they know it's one of very few American universities that emphasize meaningful cultural and intellectual exchange.

We're Innovative

At Binghamton, we also value curiosity and exploration in art and culture; in science and engineering; about people, families, communities and nations. We continually expand our library holdings and improve electronic access to sources that support learning and discovery. We invest in top-notch facilities and engage in industry partnerships knowing that our immensely talented students and faculty will make discoveries that enrich our campus, our community and our world. Success breeds success, and what began as a small, liberal arts college is now a nationally recognized research institution with one of the two fastest-growing research programs in the state.

We're Engaged

But most of all we want our students to have an exciting, fulfilling and rewarding college experience. We have such a remarkable freshmen retention rate (91.7%) because we haven't forgotten that college is about a whole lot more than classes. It's our 200+ student clubs and organizations, our NCAA Division I sports, our tight-knit residential communities and our supportive and hardworking staff.

Find out for yourself what makes Binghamton University the ideal place to spend the best four years of your life. Schedule a visit today.

Last Updated: 5/3/18