Binghamton University, also formally called State University of New York at Binghamton, (commonly referred to as Bing, or BU), is a public research university in the State of New York. A unique feature of the main campus is that it is shaped like a brain. The primary road on campus creates a closed loop to form the cerebrum and cerebellum, and the main entrance road creates the spinal cord which leads up to a traffic circle (representing the medulla). The main road is thus frequently referred to as The Brain. The connector road, which goes behind the Mountainview and College-in-the-Woods residential communities, is closed for a portion of the year (from late fall to spring). The campus is spread over 930 acres (3.8 km2) just south of the Susquehanna River. It features a 190 acres (0.77 km2) Nature Preserve, which contains forest and wetland areas and includes a six-acre (24,000 m²) pond, named Harpur Pond, that adjoins the campus.
Since its establishment in 1946, the University has grown from a small liberal arts university to a large doctoral-granting institution consisting of six colleges and schools (see list below) and is now home to around 12,000 undergraduates and 3,000 graduate students.
- Harpur College of Arts and Sciences is the oldest and largest of Binghamton’s schools. It is home to more than 7,000 undergraduates and more than 1,200 graduate students in 29 departments and 12 interdisciplinary degree programs in the fine arts, humanities, natural and social sciences, and mathematics.
- The College of Community and Public Affairs offers an undergraduate major in human development as well as graduate programs in social work, public administration, and student affairs administration. It was formed in July 2006 after a reorganization of its predecessor, the School of Education and Human Development.
- Decker School of Nursing was established in 1969. The school offers undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degrees in nursing.
- The School of Education was formed in July 2006 as part of the same reorganization that created the College of Community and Public Affairs. It offers master’s of science and doctoral degrees and is accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC).
- The School of Management is one of the nation’s top 40 business schools (top 15 among public schools) and the most selective school on the Binghamton campus. It offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in management, finance, information science, marketing and accounting.
- Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science is one of the fastest growing schools on campus. It offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, computer engineering, bioengineering, industrial engineering, materials science and computer science.
- The Graduate School administers advanced-degree programs and awards degrees through the six component colleges above. Graduate students will find almost 70 areas of study.
Undergraduate and graduate students are taught and advised by a single faculty. With its outstanding student body and award winning faculty, Binghamton is proud to be ranked among the elite public universities in the nation (recognized by the Princeton Review).
Downtown Binghamton, located 75 miles from Syracuse and 175 miles from New York City, offers a world-class opera company, a symphony orchestra, movie theaters, university Art museum, and many other venues. The Events Center is the area’s largest venue for athletics, concerts, fairs and more. Home court to the Binghamton Bearcats basketball teams, the facility seats about 5,300 people for games. For concerts, Commencement and other larger events, the Events Center can hold up to 10,000 people.
Estimated Costs of Study at Binghamton University - 2013-2014
- Standard Room*: $4,148
- Standard Meal Plan*: $2,196+
- SUNY Health Insurance: $463 for Fall Semester; $721 for Spring Semester
- Books and Instructional Materials: $1,000
- Mandatory Orientation Fee: $220 (fall semester only)
- Optional Orientation food ticket: $54
- International Student Administrative Fee: $80
- SEVIS fee, J-1 visa: $180
- MISC Personal Expenses: $800
- New Student Fee: $220 Undergraduate Exchange Student; $110 Graduate Student
- *Food and Housing: Costs vary for on-campus housing and meal plans according to selection. Students may choose a more expensive housing and meal option, or decide to live off campus which will also increase housing and food estimates
- Note: These fees can expect to increase 5% each year
Chartis insurance is not accepted. All international students are required to buy Binghamton-mandated health insurance or, if you already have healthcare coverage, to request an insurance waiver at: http://www2.binghamton.edu/health/health-insurance/
Exchange students have the option of living on-campus or off-campus. New exchange students generally move into the residence halls before the start of the orientation which is held a week before classes begin. Find out about on-campus living at: http://reslife.binghamton.edu/. Students who are 22 years old or older may not live in the residential colleges. They may live in either the Hillside or Susquehanna Communities, or off-campus.Students who prefer to live off-campus, please visit: http://www2.binghamton.edu/occ/