The best public university in the northeast.
A world-class institution, Binghamton University offers students a broad, interdisciplinary education with an international perspective and one of the most vibrant research programs in the nation. Ranked among the elite public universities in the country, Binghamton challenges students academically, not financially, in its unique, best-of-both-worlds environment. Our academic culture rivals a first-rate private university — rigorous, collaborative and boldly innovative — while our campus culture exemplifies the best kind of public university experience: richly diverse students, active social life and deep engagement with the community. Our students, both undergraduate and graduate, work one-on-one with an exceptional faculty and groundbreaking scholars. They take advantage of special academic opportunities like combined degrees, foreign language study groups, and an unparalleled international education program.
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
- The Fiske Guide to Colleges (2013) recognizes Binghamton as one of the "premier public universities in the northeast" and ranks it a "best buy."
- The University consists of six schools: Harpur College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Community and Public Affairs, the Decker School of Nursing, the School of Management and the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science and the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.
- Binghamton's School of Management is ranked 25th in the nation among public institutions by Bloomberg BusinessWeek.
- Our faculty includes numerous Fulbright, Ford, and Guggenheim scholars.
- Two teams of Watson School computer science students took first-place honors in the National Federal Aviation Administration Design Competition for Universities -- one for its plan that uses geothermal heat to remove snow and ice from runways and the other for offering ways to recycle de-icing fluids.
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 top 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 Living-Learning Facilities
- Modeled after Oxford University, our students live in six modern residential communities, each with its own distinct personality and neighborhood feel.
- The sprawling, four-building science complex -- soon to be five as construction progresses on a new science building -- features a multi-climate greenhouse—one of the largest teaching and research facilities of its kind—divided into tropical, temperate, alpine and desert zones.
- The Innovative Technologies Complex (ITC) is home to the Bioengineering Building, which features state-of-the-art, modular laboratories and clinical research space and a start-up suite for new companies. The complex also encompasses the Engineering and Science Building, which is home to the Watson School dean's office, as well as the departments of mechanical engineering and electrical/computer engineering, state-of-the-art laboratory space, suites for business start-ups and offices.
- 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.
- Progressive Architecture featured our two stunning academic buildings, home to the schools of management, nursing and education, and the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
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 four-year graduation rate is among the highest in the nation among our peer public research universities.
- 20% 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.
- 86% of Binghamton grads who apply to law school are accepted, compared with 76% nationally.
- Our grads get into medical school at rates that are 13% above the national average.
- There are more than 120,000 Binghamton alumni spread across all 50 states and around the world.