Location: Vestal, NY
Size: 14, 800+ students total
Percent Women: 47%
Tuition (one year): About $8,000
Most Popular Majors: Business, Psychology, Biology, Engineering, English
Greek Life: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 42.87%
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Why Choose Binghamton?
"The campus isn't too big or too small, so I felt like it was perfect for someone who was a little terrified of going away to a big school or college in general!"
"Everyone always says it's a public ivy, and since an actual ivy league school is so expensive, I figured why not go to the next best thing."
"As nice as it would have been to go to school in California or Florida, I couldn't be too far away from home. Almost everyone here has the same three hour drive as I do, so it's nice to be able to bond over something like that with new friends."
"I know the School of Management basically guarantees you a job if you graduate from there. It's so hard for college kids to get a job after they graduate, and I wanted a guarantee."
"My parents really pushed me to come here. I was so unsettled about where I wanted to go, but I believed in them when they said they thought I would be a good fit here. They were right. It's easy to navigate, and the classes are all interesting."
"I love Spring semester because there are so many signature Binghamton activities. I literally wait all year for Parade Day because it's an all day and all night event that every single person participates in. Who cares if you're not Irish? Because on Parade Day, everyone is! It's just so much fun. The best day of both semesters, for sure."
"The end of the year is the best time because it's when we have Spring Fling. Sometimes the concert isn't so great, but the experience of being there is. I saw people losing shoes and even toenails at Spring Fling, and maybe it looked like it sucked, but I'm sure these people have insane stories to tell their friends at home!"
"I might not be at Cornell, but I know that I go to an awesome school. People think going to a SUNY school means you don't have to work hard, but I definitely do. Our library is always packed! We do work here. I do work here, and I'm proud of it."
"This year we tried out Santa Con, and it was actually a success. Everyone walked around dressed in Santa suits or had elf costumes on, which was so funny to see. There was not one frown on anyone's face, and I can't wait to participate again."
"Binghamton really does so much for those in need. We have tons of walks for charity and cancer, and it makes me feel good to know that I can help out."
"It's not really something they can improve, but the snow is just killer. It's so cold, and when it snows, it really snows. It's a scary walk to class when you can't even see the ground you're walking on!"
"The library is always so crowded, especially during finals. People sleep there and leave their stuff for hours without actually staying in one spot. So, finding a good, quiet study area is super difficult if you don't get there at the right time."
"Our school spirit kinds sucks sometimes. Especially for sports. Nobody goes to the basketball games anymore, but that was one like a huge thing on campus."
"Ugh, the snow! One second it's perfectly fine outside, and then you're walking to your car in a blizzard. Sometimes I wish I went to school in a warm climate."
"Sometimes the dining halls get way too crowded. I try to grab something quick before class, but then I end up standing on line for what feels like hours because they only have one register open."
New Collegiette on Campus
"It was really great to have a Discovery advisor that helped me decide what classes I was going to take second semester. Sometimes you just don't know what to pick and need someone who's been there before to give you a push."
"There are so many clubs it's insane. The first weekend of school, all the clubs are tabling and you can go sign up for literally every single one if you wanted to. It's a great way to get yourself involved immediately."
"Orientation is your first taste of a lot of things. You meet new people, explore campus, and struggle to get your perfect schedule. It's hard to be thrown into it right away, but it does make you think about school for the rest of the summer."
"I liked that there weren't any dorms for only freshmen. You really had the chance to befriend anyone, whether they were your age or older. No one gets isolated, and that's a big deal for me."
"I loved going outside and playing with the new people I met. Everyone was just outside on the field, playing frisbee or having a catch. It was really great."
All About Academics
"I don't really like that Harpur students don't have one main advisor, but you just have to try to keep going to the same one so they can get to know you. They end up being really helpful if you ever want to plan out your entire schedule for you whole time at college."
"The different schools do things differently, so the work load really varies. If you're in the School of Management, you probably have a lot more events to attend and projects to do than most people."
"Making your schedule sucks. There's nothing fun about it. The seniors always swoop in and grab every class you'll ever want. The only plus side is that you'll get that same opportunity when you're a senior, so just look forward to that for the rest of your college career."
"Doing your Gen Eds is so easy, and there's tons of classes to pick from for each one. A lot of people come in with credits from high school that fulfil some of those requirements, so most people are ahead of the game."
"The library is a popular place. Some people never go, but you can always tell when there's a big test for a certain major because everyone you know will be in the white room or trying to get a booth by Jazzman's."
Learn From The Best
"Business is a huge major here. You go through S-Core and J-Core, which is a pain, but it's what you have to do when you sign your life away to SOM."
"The English professors are amazing. If you can get into a Ryan Vaughn class, do it. It'll be the best thing of your life, and you'll never want to take a day off."
"I loved Kevin Oakes's Theater 102 class. He's out of his mind crazy, but he's also hysterical if you understand his humor. Definitely a class everyone should take to fulfill their 'A' Gen Ed requirement."
"Psychophisological Awareness is a great gym credit class. You actually learn so many valuable things, and I look at my entire life differently after taking that class. Good luck trying to get into it, though. It fills up quickly."
"Some of the English classes are really fun. There's a bunch of children's literature or young adult lit classes to take, and they allow you to read books that you might actually be interested in reading."
Interests & Involvement
"There's over 200 clubs to join, so there's something for everyone. There's even a hula-hoop club!"
"B-Line posts basically every single general interest meeting there is. You'll always know what's happening when so you can plan accordingly."
"The clubs always do things for the school. There'll be a bake sale one day, and a jewelery sale the next. You can get involved with so many different things that allow you to help out the school."
"A Capella groups are huge on campus. They perform their own shows and sing at The Dollar Show, where you literally pay one dollar to watch three hours of awesome performances."
"You don't need to be the president of a club to be involved. You can help out by posting fliers or getting a few friends to go to an event for what you're involved in."
"Basketball would be our biggest sport, but not too many people actually go to the games anymore. It's kind of sad because I'm sure if more people went, they'd be really fun!"
"I went to a soccer game once. It was freezing outside, but I stayed because I wanted to be able to say that I actually attended some type of sporting event. Our soccer field is really nice."
"The baseball field is amazing. You feel like you're at a real game! On a nice day, it's so cool that we can walk down with our friends and just watch the cute players for the afternoon."
"Intermural sports are awesome because you don't need to feel too pressured to be the best. It's great that we can try out things to see what we're good at."
"The gym has a huge basketball court that's always occupied with people playing pick up games. I love watching almost as much as I love playing."
"We have College Fashionista always looking for girls who get dressed up for class. Everyone has their own personal style, and some people really do show it off well even if they're just going to class for a few hours."
"It's totally acceptable to go to class in sweatpants. Everyone does it. When it's freezing cold outside, who wants to tug on a pair of jeans?"
"In warmer weather, girls love to wear sundresses. It's just a staple Binghamton thing that the second the sun shines, every girl is in a dress."
"We have a cool Women's Studies program here. You can take classes about sex and gender, and you learn about powerful women from every decade."
"The classes for Women's History are great. I loved learning about the propaganda used back in the day and loved learning about when makeup first came around."
Food & Drink
"The Union Marketplace is amazing. Every single station is so yummy, but the sandwiches from NY Deli are my favorite."
"Our dining halls are pretty good. Sodexo is Sodexo, but it's not the worst food I've ever eaten or will eat."
"Downtown restaurants are amazing. Burger Monday's and Cortese are absolutely delicious. It's great to escape chain restaurants and see what Binghamton really has to offer."
"Thank God we have Einstein's on campus. I can go run in for a coffee or a salad and still be on time for class."
"Jazzman's coffee saves my life when I'm in the library all night. It's so convienent and tastes good."
“I’m always downtown on the weekends. There’s no place I’d rather be than at Tom and Marty’s.”
“I’m big on dancing, so JT’s is my spot. Thursday, Friday, Saturday. Doesn’t matter. You know where to find me.”
“I check out frat parties every now and then. If they’re hosting at a bar, I’ll go to that. I like knowing who all the guys in each frat are.”
“There’s tons of things to do besides going out. When it was a little warmer, my friends and I went to a corn maze and picked pumpkins. Last year we went to a baseball game and then went to a super cute ice cream parlor.”
“I’ve gone to Late Nite Binghamton out of boredom, but it’s not that bad. There’s tons of food that can cure a snack craving.”
“Dorm life is wonderful and should never be taken for granted. The dorms are seriously the best thing that can ever happen to you.”
“My friends all lived above and below me, so we never even had to step outside in the cold to hang out and see each other. Movie nights are so easy! We loved getting together to watch our favorite shows, too.”
“They’re totally safe. You have to use your ID card, and it’ll only work on your own building. The RA’s are in the office right in the front, so they can see who comes in and goes out.”
“I moved off campus when I became a junior. It’s just what most people do. I love living in an apartment, but I do miss the dorms.”
“Having a house is really fun, but cooking and cleaning my own bathroom kinda sucks. The dorms were something I should have valued more when I was in one!”
“We have everything around here. Applebee’s, Friday’s. Then the downtown restaurants. You can go anywhere and eat whatever you’d want.”
“I live at Target, so thankfully we have one right down the road. I go at least once a week. Sometimes I venture off into Kohl’s.”
“The mall isn’t horrible. It’s like 10 minutes away and has some decent stores if you’re looking for cheap clothes for a night out.”
“Wegmanns is the best thing to ever happen to me. Their subs are to die for.”
“There’s a ton of things to do and to explore if you know where to look. Downtown there are a lot of places to eat that you wouldn’t find back home. There’s a waterfall not too far away that’s great to turn into a day trip when it gets hot out.”
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