About the Provost Office

Welcome from the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost 

August 13, 2019

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Welcome to Binghamton University, where exceptional students and top-ranked faculty have created an intellectual and social ecosystem that encourages discovery, transforms lives and helps change the world.

This week, we welcome a freshman class of approximately 2,900, selected from more than 37,000 applicants. The class of 2023 is a remarkable group, boasting a mean SAT score of 1370 (evidence-based and writing and mathematics) and a high school average of 95. They will be joined by 1,010 transfer students with an average GPA of 3.5, as well as approximately 1,600 new graduate students recruited from across the country and around the world to study in doctoral and master’s programs that are among the best in the nation.

We not only recruit top students, we provide access to an elite education to students irrespective of their financial situation. Almost 30% of our undergraduates are students of color, more than 25% are eligible for Pell assistance and 14% of our students come to us from over 90 countries around the world. Our diversity is a strength that fosters robust discussions and offers a rich environment in which to learn.

Given this remarkable combination of selectivity and access, it’s no surprise that Binghamton ranks among the nation’s top public universities in nearly every ranking. In 2019, U.S. News & World Report placed us #32 among publics, and Business Insider ranked us at 16th.

Our students benefit from the opportunities we offer as a Research 1 university, especially access to faculty who are leaders in their fields and who are engaged in competitive, publishable research. At Binghamton there is synergy — and not a dichotomy — between research and teaching. Top faculty teach at all levels of the curriculum, from freshmen classes to doctoral seminars, bringing with them the latest knowledge, challenging questions and passion for engaging students in finding answers. 

Unique programs like our Freshman Research Immersion, Source Project, Summer Scholars and Artists Program, McNair Scholars Program and opportunities to publish original undergraduate research allow Binghamton undergraduates to develop essential skills and become creators and not just consumers of knowledge.

Binghamton has a wealth of high-quality undergraduate and graduate programs, and we keep our offerings current by developing new ones that meet changing student demand. Our recently developed PharmD, MS in Data Analytics, Master of Public Health, programs in genocide and mass atrocity prevention and human rights, and online certificate in community schools are cases in point.

In an academic world too often constrained by disciplines and departments, we have long been committed to interdisciplinary experimentation. From our renowned Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities to our Center for Small Scale Systems Integration and Packaging and Developmental Exposure Alcohol Research Center, Binghamton faculty have collaborated with colleagues from different departments and schools — as well as from other universities — to produce path-breaking research. Building on this rich history, we established five Transdisciplinary Areas of Excellence (TAEs), bringing faculty together from a wide variety of disciplines to explore such critical issues as energy, health sciences, citizenship and human rights, sustainability, and material and visual culture. This bold approach has been so successful that we recently added a sixth TAE — data science.

We haven't achieved excellence by accident. Since our inception more than 70 years ago, we have planned carefully, executed well, and linked planning and budgeting. Under the leadership of President Harvey Stenger, we launched our Road Map Strategic Plan in 2013 through a process that involved widespread participation. The Road Map has guided resource allocation, allowed us to develop innovative programs and facilitated growth with quality. In 2017, through our Road Map Renewal process, a group of over 200 faculty, staff, students and alumni identified four areas — data science, presidential diversity doctoral fellowships, expansion of our health sciences core, and a new college of nursing and health sciences — as areas for investment in the coming years.

To learn more about what makes Binghamton special, I invite you to explore the Academic Affairs website. You will find a wealth of information about the programs and people that make Binghamton University such an exciting place to work and study.

Donald G. Nieman
Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost