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  • 12/13/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    22 out of 22 people found this review useful. 1 of 98

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students looking for a smaller campus, Students looking for a smaller classes, Students looking to go to a public school, Students looking for a Liberal Arts school setting. Students who love basketball. Students who want to go into Business, Nursing, Teaching or Human Development, can change from Harper to schools which are located on campus and specialize in those divisions.

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring boots (it starts to snow real bad around early December), Take advantage of all the organizations that SUNY offers as clubs, Scope out the town area (there is a discount student book store close by, a Wal-Mart, Movie theatre, Target, Mall, Bed Bath and Body Works, Dollar Store, Hallmark that you can get to by bus, in less than 10 minutes.) Know the student Bus System (There are both city buses and school buses that drop you off and pick you up at the student Union, and they go to about everywhere, until the wee hours in the morning.)

    Bang for the buck

    Since Binghamton is in New York, you of course have to deal with taxes, however SUNY Binghamton, compared to other schools has a lot of props for the price. You can sign up for a good meal plan (that will definitely save you some money). There is a Student bus system which will help you cut corners on gas and paying for a parking permit. You can even get a job on campus at the Library or as a Tour guide. The school is actually known in magazines such as USA today as a good buy as far as tuition goes. There are extraciricilar leadership classes offered every now and again that look good on your resume. One of the only downsides is the Health Service system does not stay open on weekends, but it offers walk in hours from 8 am - 11 am without and appointment.

    Am enjoying being here

    As an Out-of-State student I considered a lot of colleges before going to Binghamton, including Texas State San Marcos, as well as the famous UT Long Horns in Austin. As I am originally from the Southern regions of the United States it was a real culture shock for me but I enjoyed every second of it. All my professors were fantastic, and quite engaging. People say that college is different from High School because the Professors don't care whether you pass or fail, but at Binghamton I felt that they really did care.

    Am learning a lot

    Wow, one semester down and I feel like it's already swept by. If you choose to go into Sciences here at SUNY Binghamton you will definitely get your money's worth, and learn a lot more than you ever anticipated. Binghamton is renowned as a 1st degree research college in Math and Science, and to pass those types of classes, even as a Freshman you really have to buckle down and study, study, study but afterwards you will know your stuff. Socially there are so many different organizations you can attend, and learn about different cultures, religions, and personalities. It's almost as if the whole world is sitting in your backyard!

  • 08/07/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    14 out of 14 people found this review useful. 2 of 98

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    As many students before me have said time management is key. As a engineering student, I am always busy with school work or clubs. It really is important to balance studying and leisure time but once you get the hang of it, SUNY Binghamton is great!

    Bang for the buck

    This is a premier state university, I think the tuition price isn't good but isn't bad either but of course it'd be great if college was free... =]

    Am enjoying being here

    I adore dorming on campus because you basically live with your classmates/friends. You can eat together, hangout with each other and I must say you will never be bored. Freshmen aren't allowed cars on campus but there are free shuttle buses that take you places like walmart or oakdale mall. Also my favorite part of campus is the nature preserve, it is just a great place to sit and relax and enjoy nature.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors here are great! If you need help they are there for you. Often times students don't go to them so they really do want you to come to them or else they won't have anything to do during office hours.

  • 10/14/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    8 out of 8 people found this review useful. 3 of 98

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    -Those interested in the math and science fields -those who cannot afford to pay for other schools -those who want diversity and looking for cultural exchanges -those who anticipate in joining a frat or sorority if you want they do exist too and throw a lot of the parties -if you like winter

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring rain boots and warm clothing! The weather is as bad as everyone makes it seem, but one thing I can say about it is that it is VERY bipolar. The temperature range for one day in early fall usually ranges from 40-70 degrees Fahrenheit so layer it up to make it easier to put on and strip off when necessary.

    Bang for the buck

    DEFINITELY worth what you are paying for. Sometimes I find myself not being satisfied with the quality of certain small things, such as, a lack of soccer balls for the club team but when I think about how much I am paying compared to others it is a big difference.

    Am enjoying being here

    There will never be a lack of activities available on campus. For one, if you enjoy getting involved in a multitude of extracurriculars, you will find yourself having to choose between a few here and there since you are only person. The weekends are ridiculous...the party scene downtown is always hoppin and if your not into that there are usually lots of student run groups that host a variety of events.

    Am learning a lot

    Even though I am only taking 3 classes, the workload is still tremendous, but manageable if you sufficiently set time aside to do it! My professors are very intelligent and teach well; however, one of my TAs is a bit hard to understand and there are many of them so watch out.

  • 07/25/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 out of 16 people found this review useful. 1 person found this inaccurate. 4 of 98

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Time Management is key! You need time to study and time to hang out with friends but you cant hang out with your friends all the time.

  • 10/12/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 5 of 98

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Any type of person can be happy here; from jock to hipster. Even though the campus is really large, it definitely has a small school feel. Do not let the size be a factor that steers you from binghamton.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared for the cold. If you're premed, be prepared to not sleep freshman year. If you're not premed, be prepared to not see your friends that are. Go to the frat parties. Its worth it. Make as many friends as possible as soon as possible. Smile.

    Bang for the buck

    Binghamton is worth the money and then some. I honestly could not imagine having a better college experience anywhere else, and thats the most important thing. Academically it's just as good as any private school of greater cost and socially it surpasses them.

    Am enjoying being here

    The people here are great. Everyone is really friendly and even if they're not, the campus is big enough to stay away from those who you wish to stay away from. The dorming communities are great (especially CIW).

    Am learning a lot

    Every class i've taken has been stimulating. Besides the fact that the majority of the professors here are great, the students are motivated and bring up insightful and intelligent discussions in class. Its fantastic.

  • 11/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 6 of 98

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    This is an extremely safe campus. We have a police department right on campus. We have our student-run Ambulance service right on campus. You have to show your ID to swipe into any of the residential buildings (your ID will only let you into your own building). We have a blue light system in which emergency help can be accessed by the push of a button on one of the many blue light poles around campus. You can see at least one blue light from wherever you are standing on campus. I have never felt unsafe at any point on campus, even at night, while walking by myself. I do not know of anyone who hasn't felt safe while on campus. If you ever do feel unsafe, you can call the University Police Department (UPD) using your phone or any of the blue lights, or you can also access the Safe Ride program which enables students to either ride or walk with a police officer or other campus official to their destination so they won't be alone.

    Greek Life

    There is a surprising presence of Greek Life on campus. It is more prominent than one would think when thinking of such a prestigious university. Many students participate. Many others, like me, don't really care.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a wide range of clubs and activities on and off campus. There is something for everyone. Many of these clubs have even been nationally recognized and have received awards. For example, Harpur's Ferry is Binghamton's student-run Ambulance service and has received numerous awards across the country.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Nature Preserve! Acres and acres of nature! Absolutely beautiful! Students can be found hiking, kayaking, running, reading, and doing all kinds of activities in the nature preserve at any time of the year! Definitely a must see!

    Bang for the buck

    For all that it has to offer, plus its fantastic reputation and the phenomenal education you receive, Binghamton University is a great value. It has been rated as a Best Value by Princeton Review and many other prestigious organizations. This value is even greater if you are an in-state student who qualifies for the in-state tuition. However, the value is great for all students.

    What to do for fun

    On weekends, Binghamton hosts Late Night Binghamton which is always free. They have food, games, bands, comedians, crafts, and much more, every Friday and Saturday night, and it's all FREE. There is also a bowling alley, pool hall, arcade games, video rental store, art museum and ping pong tables located on campus for your use 7 days a week. In addition to this, many other events are usually held on campus for a discounted price. For example, this past week they had AfroJack come in a perform at a concert and Childish Gambino is performing soon too. I saw comedian Lewis Black perform a couple of weeks ago. There are also tons of other events going on around campus too; whether it is an RA hosted event in a residence hall, or a student production of a musical in the theater. You can also get involved with many of the different clubs, teams and organizations around campus. I almost forgot, some of my friends' favorite thing to do around campus is walk/hike/run through the Nature Preserve. The Nature Preserve is 182 acres of land located on campus just behind one of the residential communities.

    Food and Dining

    There are four dining halls on campus (one in each community and one shared between two communities) and many other places on campus to grab a bite to eat. Whether you're a vegan, a vegetarian, a carnivore, lactose-intolerant, allergic to certain foods or anything you may possibly be, you will definitely be able to find a variety of things to eat on campus. The food isn't always the greatest (I'd be lying to say it is; and let's face it, isn't dining hall food the one thing every college student complains about?), but it's better than most colleges I've visited. If you're getting tired of the food offered around campus (although there is tons of variety, it's bound to happen), there are other options. There are plenty restaurants and chains very close to campus. You don't need a car to reach most of them, because the free bus service will most likely get you where you want to go. And some of these restaurants even accept your BUC$ card as payment, so it's really convenient. Many of the local restaurants and chains will also deliver right to your building. Personally, on top of taking advantage of all I just said, I also go shopping at Walmart and other grocery stores for food to keep in my room. There is always something to eat somewhere.

    Dorm Life

    Dorming here at Binghamton University is great. Although some of the residence halls are newer than others, they all have something special about them. All residential students have pride in their living communities. I have not met a single student who is unhappy living here. If you don't like where you've been placed, the ResLife office will accommodate your request to move you to another room/building/community. One of the best things about dorm life at Binghamton is the residence communities. Rather than have a bunch of different buildings, numerous buildings are grouped together and called a community. Each community has its own traditions and brings something different to the table. There is also communities within different buildings that are geared towards a common idea. For example, there is a chem-free community in which all the residents living there do not use drugs or alcohol on or off campus. There are many types of these communities to choose from if you wish. Personally, I do not live in one of these smaller communities.

    Academic Rigor

    Course work depends upon your major. For the most part, since Binghamton is such a prestigious university, there is a lot of work to be done. But, if you were accepted here, you can more than likely handle all that is thrown at you. And if you find yourself struggling, there are plenty of resources for you on campus such as the Writing Center, Discovery Advisors, tutors, etc, that can all help you out.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take a tour of the campus. I had no intention on attending a SUNY (or any college in NY state for that matter) until I visited SUNY Binghamton. From the moment I got here, I was in love. Also, be sure to check out all of the clubs and organizations that Binghamton has to offer. There's something for everyone. Get involved!

    In three sentences

    Binghamton University is the perfect school. They offer a wide range of majors and sports/clubs, a diverse student body, career planning and development, and so much more. You really need to visit to see what I mean.

  • 06/30/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 7 of 98

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    It's definitely not the best for communications majors, since there is really no communications major, but it's great if you want to go into the sciences, whether it is the health sciences (they have an ALS accredited EMS, entirely run by students) or something else, specifically because it is a research institution.

    Tips for prospective students

    Rainboots are a must at this school. The weather can be downright mucky at times, but that's how any other winter might be... just a bit more severe at Binghamton. Despite the weather, I wouldn't have chosen any other school.

    Bang for the buck

    Absolutely. Binghamton's done to death slogan is the public ivy after all. Even as an out of state student, the tuition I am paying isn't exorbitant, compared to what it would be had I been an out of state student in another state's public university. Still, college is college, and it can get pricey.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love everything about the school more and more each day that I am there. I got involved in everything, but not the things I thought I would do. Binghamton is the perfect mixture of fun and learning. You get the intense education, but at the same time, there's always time to meet up with friends and have fun!

    Am learning a lot

    The workload at Binghamton can get a bit intense sometimes, with all nighters at the library, but there is a great, recently remodeled cafe for those all nighters. It all depends on the class you take that influences the work load. Some can be a lot easier than others.

  • 01/09/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 8 of 98

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    1 - Pre-med (most common major) 2 - variety of interests (can mix and match majors and minors, study abroad) 3 - low income

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of opportunities! It may be bewildering at first, but get involved in something and stick to it. This will especially help you meet upperclassmen. Don't be one of the seniors that wished they had taken advantage, but now faces the working world, and they never took an art class or studied abroad. Don't put stuff off - do it now! If you have to get a job to pay for it, get a job - now is not the time to chill out and do nothing because I worked so hard in high school. All that said, college is the best time to form friendships, too, so make sure to take time for that, and even when you've made a few close ones, keep meeting people. After college, it's very hard to meet new people. Also, do things you wouldn't normally do. There is always something to love in any person - even if they wierd you out at first.

    Bang for the buck

    SUNY Binghamton is very very cheap. You probably won't get a lot of scholarships because of this, but it is about $18,000 a year, and as I stated earlier they have high standards, lots of opportunities, and lots of networking as far as careers and such. It is highly selective to get into. So you are getting top-quality education for a very low price.

    Am enjoying being here

    Going to a larger school is great. There is always something happening, much that is student run which is great because the students are really on fire for what they do. The University also sponsors a lot of career-based and program-based events. It has pretty good diversity as far as nationalities, economic backgrounds, and career interests, so you can both find people you click with and network with new kinds of people who can help you grow as a person. The university really does a lot to provide opportunities for you to get the most of life and education - you just have to take advantage!

    Am learning a lot

    Of course, classes depend on the professors, so there will always be classes where you do not learn as much. However, I took a couple introductory lecture courses and was please to find that the classes were still challenging, the professors were well-informed, and they were very helpful despite large class size. In addition, my smaller classes held high standards. The professors all seem very knowledgable in their subject areas. Also, there are a lot of subject area. I am double majoring in French and Human Development with a minor in Art - the size of the school means that they have a lot of classes in a lot of subjects so you can make sure you get a well-rounded education and can mix and match majors and minors as you like. They are strongest in the sciences and in engineering, but I have been pleased with my own major classes so far and even with the piano department, though it is small.

  • 05/03/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 9 of 98

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Smart, hardworking, engineers, nurses

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep up with your work, it can pile up on you! Make time to have fun! Talk to an advisor, it isn't required to speak to one, but it really helps!

    Bang for the buck

    Binghamton is basically a private school education for a public school price.

    Am enjoying being here

    There is always something to do here. It is very easy to make friends, and everyone is smart. There are clubs galore and tons of sports. You can watch a soccer game, or cheer on the basketball team. All of the dorms have events all the time.

    Am learning a lot

    The classes can be pretty tough, but you will definitely know your stuff when you graduate! Some of the professors are a little crazy, but that's because they are brilliant. There is also a ton of help like tutoring and the writing center.

  • 04/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 10 of 98

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    I am involved in a new charter sorority and it has been a great experience. We have mixers with fraternities, do community service, and host events.

    Great for these types of students

    A student who wants to excel in academics, be involved in clubs and organizations and is used to being a top student with many friends. Pre-professional majors are popular and the science and engineering department is top notch.

    Bang for the buck

    I am in a very competitive school for the price of a state school. The value is extremely beneficial since I will not be owing money when I graduate. For today's cost of higher education, one needs to seriously look at Binghamton University.

    What to do for fun

    There are numerous activities including late night Binghamton, Bowling alley, concerts on campus, acapella night, basketball games (division 1) and Greek life. Since Binghamton is in Vestal,NY there are movie theaters, malls and lots of shopping. There are buses that organize trips and Cornell and Ithaca are only 45 minutes away. Downtown Binghamton has night life and Greek life.

    Food and Dining

    Like in any institution the food here is good until you decide you have had enough and need to get off campus and visit a real restaurant or just a Starbucks. The newer dorms have a variety of food stations including a kosher kitchen and vegetarian, and ice cream bar. The student union offers some outside vendors like Sushi or TCBY and will be under construction next year to enlarge it.

    Dorm Life

    Some dorms are noisier than others. Binghamton mixes floors by years and also are co-ed. There are suites available and also singles and triplets. Although I enjoyed my dorm I think I would rather have started out my freshman year on a freshman only floor. This would have enabled more interaction with the students living on my floor.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor depends on the courses being taken. The math and science and economic courses are very rigorous compared to some other humanity courses.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to work for your grades but also get involved in many activities that are offered on campus. Save extra money for the times you want to get off of campus and eat in different restaurants or shop. Although you will see construction on campus, you will know that Binghamton continues to update its dorms, student center, and living and learning quarters for future students.

    In three sentences

    Binghamton University has been a very academic, challenging and exceptional institution for my higher education experience. I have gotten involved with many different clubs, theater, sorority, community service and continue to maintain over a 3.5 GPA. The education and experience here has been superior and the financial cost is more manageable than a private institution.

  • 12/23/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 11 of 98

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    -Those looking for a smaller campus. -Those looking for a strong Liberal Arts program. -Those who won't be disappointed by the lack of a varsity football team (we have co-rec football, if that is any consolation). -Those who love to play sports, be it in the snow or at 3 AM. -Those looking for a good school with a smaller price tag. -There's something for everyone at Bing.

    Tips for prospective students

    -Time management is essential. -Take a HARP 101 class. Half of the class is devoted to learning about resources on campus. It's also a small class of up to 25 students, so it is great for getting to know your peers, having discussions, and getting to know the teachers. It's only open to first semester freshmen anyway, so take the opportunity while it is there. -Know the bus schedule. -Study for your classes. Real studying. -Check out the Nature Preserve. -Be aware of some of the activities. Try to at least glance at the emails they send, or the posters, or the FB events. -Go to some of them. -Go to office hours. -Get to know at least one faculty member per semester. -Get slippers for the shower. You'll need it. -Have at least 2 cab drivers' cards. -If the class you want is closed, don't give up! Keep checking to see if an opening appeared. I have gotten in to classes I wanted this way. Also, people tend to drop classes a lot during the beginning of the semester, so check then also. -When it comes to buying textbooks, I recommend Amazon. -Join clubs you like, and stick to them. It's the enjoyment/commitment that matters, not the quantity.

    Bang for the buck

    Offers great education for a lower price. The financial aid package Bing offered me was the best compared to other colleges I got in to, like Boston University. My only recommendation would be for more washing machines and dryers for the laundry room, and more printers for the library. For those of you who are picky eaters like me, the food is eh. I tend to spend my meal plan on the sandwiches in the dining hall, or Night Owl. It pales in comparison to a real meal, but good enough. Health services could be a bit more accessible...

    Am enjoying being here

    It is a common misconception that there is nothing to do at Bing. That couldn't be further from the truth! There are over 200 student groups, and more is always being added, so there is bound to be at least one that captures your interest. The school is also a bus ride away from shopping malls, Wegman's, Walmart, restaurants, etc. When it snows, it is highly recommended that you go traying. Traying is when you borrow a tray from the dining hall and use it as a sled down one of the hills.:) Also check out the exercise classes and facilities. Good for staying in shape, and we pay a $30 fee for it after all.

    Am learning a lot

    Wow, already done with first semester. It certainly hits you fast how different it is than high school. I have definitely learned a lot in terms of subject matter. The faculty I have encountered so far are very receptive to questions. If you can't meet with them during office hours, just shoot them an email. Or ask upperclassmen. There is also advising for whatever school you are in, as well as Discovery advising, which is later during the day with fellow students.

  • 05/12/2011

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 12 of 98

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Nurses and Engineers

    Tips for prospective students

    If considering their MSW program, take into consideration that you're classes will all be at the downtown center and that this is designed for someone who has NO previous social work experience.

    Bang for the buck

    I felt like the student center, the activities on campus, the health center, the on campus organic grocery store, and the late night events made the campus a pretty good buy. Parking passes for the semester can get expensive, but the college is fairly cheap tuition wise. The class sizes can get pretty large in 100-200 level classes: 150 or more students.... So it's up to you whether you think that's a deal or not.

    Did enjoy being here

    I was one of the first students to utilize the new downtown center for 95% of my classes. At the time I was a student there they most certainly didn't have the bugs out of coordinating the downtown center. My degree program was only one of I think 4 that was present in this building....considering that and the fact that it was a couple miles from the main campus it felt pretty alienating. I also felt a little bit threatened by the surrounding neighborhoods around the downtown center. I was an off-campus housed student, so parking downtown near the center was awful. They had very limited gated parking, and no good backup plans for the 100+ students that couldn't fit into the gated lot. This meant a lot of walking through shady areas to finally make it to the campus. To give them credit, they did have one security escort, but they would only walk you 3 blocks away from the school and then you're on your own. There is a shuttle bus that runs every 30 minutes most days back to the main campus....so on campus students definitely will find it safer and easier to get to the downtown center. I felt the classes were ok....I had a mix of great professors, so-so ones, and terrible ones. I did sense a disorganization of my classes since my program (Human Development) was brand new.

    Did learn a lot

    My program: HDEV (Human Development) was brand new. I felt that I learned a little bit about everything, but not enough about anything. It was too broad. I think this degree doesn't even exist anymore, so no worries about following in my footsteps..... If it's helpful, I'm 4 years from my graduation, and I was never able to find a job....I didn't have a specific enough skill set and enough internship experience.

  • 06/03/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 13 of 98

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Pre-medicine, Pre-dentistry, Nursing . . .

    Tips for prospective students

    Prepare to study! I maintained a good average and got a 2280 on my SAT--never studied, never had a tutor all through highschool. Now, I study all the time! The professors expect you to keep up your end of the deal.

    Bang for the buck

    Sure, it's a lot for room and board, but in-state tuition is only about $5000 and it has a ton of programs, on- and off-campus busing, and a load of cocurricular and extracurricular options. Plus, the schoolhas a great reputation so your time here is worth it.

    Am enjoying being here

    There's a great campus culture; each dorm community has different activities to bring everyone together and the dorms themselves are nice. There's a lot of diversity in the student population, and I've learned to appreciate a lot of different types of people!

    Am learning a lot

    I can't believe my first semester's almost over! It's been a lot of work but in the end you really know a lot. It has an amazing amount of course options, and encourages students to try new things. The professors vary a lot so it's guaranteed that some will get the point across.

  • 07/06/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 14 of 98

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    - Students that like a large campus - Students that prefer a green environment - Students that appreciate a suburban setting - Students that want to save on transportation - Students that want a diverse college experience

    Tips for prospective students

    - Have rain/snow boots/an amazing umbrella. Binghamton weather is unpredictable and most of the incoming students don't know what they're in for. - Make learning the bus schedule a priority! The bus literally goes to most of the places you need to go, and if you know how to use it, a car is optional. This not only saves gas, but helps the environment, and since Binghamton is a green school, that's important. - Go to office hours early on. Not only do you have a better relationship with your professors, they tend to have more sympathy for grading issues because they see it as effort on your part. - Get involved with as many things as you can! There's hundreds of opportunities for volunteer work, extracurricular activities and just plain fun. - Visit the Career Development Center. They can help with internships, job opportunities and your decision for a career path.

    Bang for the buck

    Binghamton is considered one of the most valuable schools in the SUNY system. Tuition is fair for the services rendered, and with a food plan and the bus system, most of a student's basic needs are accounted for on campus.

    Am enjoying being here

    Binghamton is a beautiful campus with a bunch of places to socialize and relax. The nature preserve is gorgeous and is perfect for walking and hiking. The surrounding town is focused around the college, with restaurants, stores, and places for fun like skating rinks, a movie theater (with a student discount) and a mall, all on a bus line from campus. Your ID card gets you on the bus free of charge, and so long as you know the schedule, having a car is practically optional. The campus is such a melting pot too! In addition to being ethnically diverse, there is a million different things to do every day and B-line always lets you know whats going on around campus.

    Am learning a lot

    I'm already a junior at Binghamton University and every day I wonder where the time has gone! Binghamton has so many options for multiple fields of study and has many options to acclimate you to college life. There are hundreds of majors to choose from and even a create-your-own program for those who want a very specific but non-established major. The work is tough, but part of college is buckling down and studying in order to learn what we need for our prospective career paths. As far as providing that opportunity, Binghamton more than manages.

  • 03/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 15 of 98

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    upd is everywhere! don't speed on campus, they have no mercy

    Clubs and Activities

    lots of extracurriculars around campus. there's something for everyone

    Great for these types of students

    wanna go to an ivy league school but can't afford it? come to binghamton.

    Bang for the buck

    great education for the money you pay

    What to do for fun

    xbox, sports, guitar, downtown, go out to restaurants with friends

    Food and Dining

    the food is solid. it's still campus food, and it gets boring after a long semester, but they do a pretty good job of trying to mix in some variety.

    Dorm Life

    many of the communities have suite style dorms. suites are great. three double bedrooms off of a common room, so you share your bathroom with 6 people total instead of an entire floor. it's also nice because you can get to know the people you live with very well, and trust them with tvs/xbox/etc in the common room.

    Academic Rigor

    schoolwork is difficult at times, but not overwhelming. most people have a challenging but manageable workload.

    In three sentences

    binghamton is where you can learn the skills you need to start a great career without having to break the bank. the campus is big enough that you'll always have new people to meet without being overwhelming. there's a wide variety of majors here too, so it's a good place to meet people of different backgrounds and mindsets.

  • 03/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 16 of 98

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    Campus Safety

    There are blue lights and police phones all over campus. The school has its own student-run ambulance that can meet you in several minutes and take you to a hospital if you have an emergency.

    Bang for the buck

    Most parents are thrilled to send their kids here because Binghamton is one of the best value colleges. Great price and stellar academics.

    What to do for fun

    It seems like most people like to go downtown to a frat or bar on the weekends. Others, however, enjoy staying on campus, which can be equally fun. The school offers a Late Nite program that has lots of activities, movies, and food going on during Friday and Saturday night. The town itself is pretty dull but the students are a fun bunch.

    Food and Dining

    Each dorm has its own dining hall which makes it really easy to see people that you know when you go there for meals. There is a decent variety of food, though it does get a little repetitive after a while. There are many kosher, vegetarian, and halal options as well.

    Dorm Life

    Each residential community is very different so you should research them all before picking one. The amenities are generally really nice, though, with two of the communities being almost brand new.

    Academic Rigor

    Most people aren't drowning in work, but the academics are definitely challenging. There is an emphasis on writing and taking a variety of gen-eds so you get to experience a lot of different classes. Be prepared to work and study if you get here, but it's not unbearable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved with things. There are so many clubs here, and if you don't get involved right away, you might find yourself missing out on a lot of opportunities. The campus offers a lot of services, from internships to volunteering to counseling, and if you know where to look, you can take advantage of all of them.

    In three sentences

    Binghamton is a university on the larger side, but it feels like a much more intimate campus because the people here are friendly, motivated, and fun. It's probably one of the best values you could get for your money. The academics and reputation are top-notch and most people are very happy to be here.

  • 05/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 17 of 98

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    In three sentences

    Binghamton University is the gem of the SUNY Colleges! BU offers a wide range of degrees you can study for here. It is the best education for the price!

  • 06/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 18 of 98

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    Campus Safety

    I have never felt threatened on this campus. Cars are not allowed on campus after 12am without proper ID, and there are accessible blue lights.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is a big thing at Binghamton University. Frats have parties every weekend and most of the students here do attend these parties. However, there is still a way to have fun without having to partake in Greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    Binghamton University offers many different clubs and activities for many different people, so it's hard for someone to not find a club or activity they would like. Unfortunately, sometimes it is hard to find a club, but I promise there is a club for anything you can think of.

    Great for these types of students

    Those who are into drinking, clubbing, bar-hopping, and attending a frat party every weekend. Also good for those who want to be tried academically without paying a large tuition. Also good for those who love nature.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Dickinson Community offers a lot of traditions, such as the Green Games and Mutant Mania, which are competitions among the different resident buildings within the Dickinson Community. The Nature Preserve on campus is a great place to explore.

    Bang for the buck

    I live in New York State and am therefore offered in-state tuition. It is affordable, and provides the same curriculum and academic rigor as Cornell, without exceeding $20,000 a year.

    What to do for fun

    Join lots of clubs and other extracurricular activities. Clubs meet every week and have food and other interesting activities. It's also the best way to meet people who have similar interests.

    Food and Dining

    Binghamton University offers a variety of different kinds of food, and different areas on campus to get them. While the food itself is not always the best (it's either really good, decent, or just plan horrible), the variety offsets the sometimes less-than-par meals.

    Dorm Life

    Dorming on campus is the best way to meet and connect with lots of people without having to really try. The residential life communities really make an effort to provide lots of fun activities for those who are living on campus, and making friends is often easy. It is not uncommon for whole floors to become close friends.

    Academic Rigor

    Very rigorous. Sciences meet three times a week in addition to have a three hour lab once a week. Homework is assigned in all classes, and reading and participating is a fundamental part of all classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to visit before deciding whether to come here. Try and see if you can spend a day or so on campus with a current student to get a feel for what the campus can offer you socially. The school is pretty rigorous when it comes to academic, so be prepared to do some work.

    In three sentences

    It lives up to it's public ivy name: the academics are rigorous, the resources plentiful, and the experience unique. A lot of the people hail from upstate New York and Long Island, but those who are from the city can still manage to find some fun and people to connect with. Vestal and Binghamton are two cities who provide an interesting college experience for its students.

  • 06/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 19 of 98

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    Campus Safety

    Binghamton has University Police that are always around. There is also a blue light system that students can use if they feel unsafe and the Police will respond in under three minutes. We also have something called Safe Ride, which any student can call to be picked up on campus and driven somewhere else on campus for free.

    Greek Life

    Binghamton has both professional and social fraternities and sororities. There are options for anyone who is interested. Binghamton only has about 10% Greek Life, so it does not take over the entire campus life.

    Clubs and Activities

    Binghamton has over 250 student run clubs and organizations. It is very simple to start a new club if anyone does not find what they are looking for in the existing clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    Binghamton has a very diverse population, and we have no particular type of student. I have met people from very different backgrounds and everyone loves it.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Each living community has traditions in which the individual dorm buildings compete against each other. Newing Navy in Newing, Woods Olympics in College-in-the-Woods, Salamander Days in Mountainview, Hinman Hysteria in Hinman and Mutant Mania in Dickinson are the large scale events held in each community.

    Bang for the buck

    Binghamton is very inexpensive relative to our rival schools and gives a fantastic education to all students.

    What to do for fun

    There is always something to do on campus and in the city of Binghamton. There are many local restaurants that students love to go to. These restaurants hold a restaurant week that students attend in which you can have meals to try out the different restaurants for much less money than usual. There is also something called First Friday in which the local art galleries open their doors to the people of Binghamton and the students from Binghamton University to attend for free with free food and beverages.

    Food and Dining

    Each living community has their own dining hall, but students can eat at any dining hall they wish. Each dining hall has its own unique selection, such as a burrito bar, a Mongolian wok, a parfait bar and a Kosher dining section.

    Dorm Life

    There are five living communities on campus and the apartment communities. Students within each living community have pride in their community and become very close with the other members of the community.

    Academic Rigor

    I am always challenged at Binghamton University in all my classes. I have learned great study habits and found a way to balance all my classes with time for fun as well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard in high school to make your college applications as competitive as possible. Apply early and enjoy your senior year.

    In three sentences

    Binghamton University is an amazing place to spend four years. There is never a dull moment in which I am without something to do. I have made my best friends and discovered who I truly am at Binghamton.

  • 07/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 20 of 98

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is extremely safe. There are phones all around campus so if you need help,pick one up and the campus police will be there in seconds if need be. Also, look into Harper's Ferry!

    What to do for fun

    If you're of age the bars are a lot of fun. For the youngsters, there is so much campus life happening. I suggest joining a club sport. Also, Binghamton has a lot of trips going on that are pretty cheap!

    Food and Dining

    The food is typical of any campus dining. It's not amazing but it's not awful. Binghamton does have pretty delicious meals once in a while!

    Dorm Life

    There is almost always something to do in the dorms. I suggest living in CIW because that is where I had my most fun. However, all the dorms are so much fun!

    Academic Rigor

    I highly suggest going to office hours and making use of Bartle Library. Also, don't wait for the last minute to write that 10-page paper assigned in the beginning of the school year!

    Tips for prospective students

    No matter what major you are, Binghamton is a difficult school. However, working your butt off and going to your professor's office hours will surely help you be a successful student!

    In three sentences

    Binghamton has impacted my life in so amazing many ways. This isn't just a school but a place where you make great friends, increase your intelligence and have a once in a life time experience!

  • 07/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 21 of 98

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I always feel safe on campus, but if someone does not feel safe there are blue phones that can be seen from anywhere on campus that will immediately call the campus police to your location.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are tons of clubs and activities for students to choose from including several musical groups (instrumental or a capella), science clubs, and even a sitting club. Students can join as many clubs as they choose or none at all, or they can even create their own club.

    Great for these types of students

    BU is great for students who have a thirst for knowledge and students who are driven. Whether it's English, research, engineering, or math, There is something for everyone at BU.

    Bang for the buck

    BU's bang for the buck is off the charts. It's a state school which makes it an incredible value for in-state students, but it is still an excellent value for out of state students. When I graduate, I will have accumulated no loans at all because I worked throughout my time at BU.

    What to do for fun

    Binghamton has a lot to offer for its students outside of academics and research. For one, BU has a nature preserve with several acres of hiking trails, wilderness, and a beautiful pond. It's a great place to go relax and get away from work for a while. In the Binghamton area there are several movie theaters, bowling alleys, and mini-golf courses where students can go out with friends. Also, there are several local events such as First Friday which occurs on the first Friday of the month and is a large series of art shows in downtown Binghamton. If students are more into the night life, there are many bars in downtown Binghamton where students can go out with friends. There's never a dull moment in Binghamton.

    Food and Dining

    The Sodexo food is pretty good most of the time. Nothing beats food from home, but BU's dining halls come pretty close. They also have themed food nights and each residence community has its own dining hall, so there is always one close by.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are great and many new ones are being build as I write this. There are always events for students and there are many types of dorm styles. Students can also live off campus after their first year.

    Academic Rigor

    Nearly every class I have taken has challenged me in one way or another and I believe that is what college is supposed to do. College should challenge students to learn and also teach students how to learn while providing new perspectives and information.

    Tips for prospective students

    To get into college anywhere students need to work hard and do well in their high school classes. BU students are life-long learners and thinkers who have a genuine interest in their chosen major. When applying, think about what makes you unique and why Binghamton is a good fit for you.

    In three sentences

    Binghamton University is not only a great value, but it also provides an excellent education. I find my classes challenging me and BU offers an endless list of majors and extracurricular activities. Going to college at BU is money well spent.

  • 08/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 22 of 98

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Binghamton is a very safe campus. There is hardly any crime and when there is it is usually an intoxicated person doing something dumb.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is big in this school. I have never been much for it. They can be very elitist at times.

    Clubs and Activities

    Binghamton has so many clubs and activities and all of them are great.

    Great for these types of students

    Any student imaginable. Athletes, socialites, exchange students, quieter folk, studious etc.

    Bang for the buck

    For a state university Binghamton has got it going on. You can get a great education for a state university price.

    What to do for fun

    Anything you can imagine. There are tons of clubs and tons of students who enjoy a plethora of activities. And of course the nightlife is pretty great.

    Food and Dining

    Sodexo has it's good days and it's bad but overall the food isn't half bad.

    Dorm Life

    Binghamton has a great dorm life. You can always find something to do and people are very sociable. Greek Life is not a necessity.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes vary in difficulty and teaching styles. Some are surprisingly easy while some are shockingly hard. All in all work hard and you will do fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Enjoy your time and try to branch out as much as possible. You don't have to be in Greek Life to have a good group of friends. Have fun but study hard.

    In three sentences

    Binghamton is a great place to go to school. The social life is great, you just have to find your niche. And the classes can be challenging but well worth it.

  • 10/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 23 of 98

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Plenty of cop cars patrolling around campus. The world is not safe but nothing major happens on campus.

    Greek Life

    They are around. They tend to cause some controversy for the schools reputation but if you want to do it, they are open to new interests.

    Clubs and Activities

    Something for everyone. A lot of social and cultural groups. Process to start your own is pretty straight forward if you are willing to work for it.

    Great for these types of students

    Great school for the sciences. Entire school devoted to engineering. New technology centers built and more are being planned for the future.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    You are bound to find something to your liking. Surrounding town is boring at times so do not expect much.

    Bang for the buck

    Public school so cheaper than the ivy league schools. Bookstore off campus that give discounts on books. If you do not have parents who will pay for everything, you will need to watch your wallet closely.

    What to do for fun

    Campus activities readily available. Plenty of student groups to join, and if you are willing, you can start your own. The surrounding area can give you something to do if you venture out. Greek life available.

    Food and Dining

    Food quality not worth the cost.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are okay. New dorms were built but I have not been in them. People are friendly in the dorms. If you are open, you will meet people especially if you keep your door open during opening weekend.

    Academic Rigor

    Tough classes if you do not take it seriously. Put in your study hours.

    Tips for prospective students

    Buy a good jacket because the winters are brutal at times. Find a good group of people to hang out with when times get boring. Take advantage of career development center and professors office hour. Save up on money.

    In three sentences

    Even though people like to mock public schools, Binghamton is a great. Good professors and good academics that will help you for the future.

  • 10/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 24 of 98

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    What to do for fun

    There is always something to do on campus, whether it be going to a hall program, getting involved in extracurricular organizations and clubs, playing on a division 1, club, or intramural sports team, getting involved in the community, bowling at the on campus bowling alley, etc.

    Food and Dining

    The dining options are fantastic. There are always a variety of types of foods available throughout the day. At any of the numerous dining halls on campus you can get Italian food (pizza, pasta, etc.), different kinds of stir fry, food and sandwiches from the grill and deli, salad and fruit from the salad bar, and much more. Plus, there are many non-dining hall options, such as the food court and other commercial food places, that you can purchase food from using your meal plan.

    Dorm Life

    The residence halls are my favorite part of the Binghamton Experience. Split into five residence communities, students tend to identify themselves by community and not hall. These residence communities, made up of 4-5 dorms each, create the feeling of a small scale neighborhood where you get to know everyone at what is considered a medium sized school.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are interesting, but challenging. However, the faculty is engaged and willing to help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep your grades up and get involved in extracurricular activities.

    In three sentences

    A wonderful place to get a top notch, ivy league worthy education at a public university price. The residence communities are beautiful and the school spirit is astounding. This is definitely a place where you can find yourself and grow as a leader, a student, and a person.

  • 10/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 25 of 98

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    Campus Safety

    There are always campus police around. Also, when you are on campus you can always see a blue light. These lights have phones underneath that connect directly to campus police 24/7. Also, they have optional escorting service if you need to somewhere late at night.

    Greek Life

    Greek life makes up approximately 15% of campus. That way one can be associated with Greek life but if one does not want to be they d not feel the pressure to try to be.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a huge variety of clubs on campus that are completely student run. Also, if you do not like a club you can always make your own!

    Great for these types of students

    Students who like to be dedicated to their studies but also want to have fun.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are a lot of traditions on campus. To learn more go to reslife.binghamton.edu and look at each resident area's events and traditions, they are a lot of fun!

    Bang for the buck

    The value is exceptional for the price tag. Binghamton students are very successful at finding jobs comparable to much more expensive schools.

    What to do for fun

    Late night Binghamton, Hang out with friends, Go to a Baseball game

    Food and Dining

    Good but does not change very often.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are pretty good. They are held up good and a lot of them are actually new.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics are not too bad here, especially near the beginning.

    Tips for prospective students

    -Get GenEds out of the way early! -If you're interested in Business apply to SOM! -Make sure you show admission that you want to be here during the application process.

    In three sentences

    The professors for upper level classes are very knowledgeable and caring. The food is pretty darn good but the only problem is that it does not change. One bad thing though is that a lot of freshman course are taught by graduate students... they aren't the best.

  • 11/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 26 of 98

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus safety is very good. There are state police that continually patrol the campus, all day and all night. There are also blue lights where students can go and use a phone to call the campus police if they ever feel unsafe, you can always see another blue light from the one that you are at. Also there is a campus safety vehicle that drives students where they need to go on campus in case they do not feel safe.

    Bang for the buck

    The price of the school is very reasonable for a college student. The education is extremely good and the price only makes it better. Binghamton is known as the ivy league of SUNY schools.

    What to do for fun

    There are many clubs and organizations that offer events and meeting for students. Binghamton also offers events every weekend, there is something called Late Nite Binghamton where students can go and bowl, play pool, play ping pong, eat free food and watch movies among other things. There is always something to do on campus.

    Food and Dining

    The food is very good for a college campus. There is always a large variety of what students can eat and the quality of the food is very good. Certain parts of the menu change daily providing students with a larger variety of choices so that they never get sick of college food.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is wonderful. The dorms are clean and safe at all times. The Resident Directors are very personable and get to know the students they are responsible for very well. They are always there for advice and help in any way possible. The dorms are somewhere that a student can truly feel at home.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are not easy, they require attendance and attention. Yet, if you put all your effort into doing well you will get a good grade in all your classes. The work requires time and effort, but a reasonable amount of time and effort.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join as many clubs and organizations as you can to become as involved in the campus events as possible. Joining clubs and organizations can help you make good friends throughout your college years. Work hard in your classes and do not slack, if you put good effort in you will do well.

    In three sentences

    Binghamton is a very good college that gives an excellent education for affordable price. The classes are challenging yet not impossible, students leave the classroom with a good grade as well as good education. The professors are very personable and helpful, doing everything they can to help their students achieve the greatest accomplishment they can.

  • 11/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 27 of 98

    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    Get involved on campus! You get out of a school what you put in no matter where you go. All the clubs are very social, and I've met several wonderful friends there.

    Bang for the buck

    It's one of the best values in the country, and it being a suny school, it's one of the cheaper option out there. A little warning however, BU doesn't give away many scholarships.

    Food and Dining

    It's good but not great. I recommend milkshake tuesdays though :P

    Dorm Life

    BU has living communities which give it a small school feel with each community with it's own 'spirit'. Events are also held like dorm wars to pull everyone together as well

    Academic Rigor

    I'm in the engineering program, so what can I say? It's tough, but I love it. Other majors that are less rigorous. All program give you enough downtime to meet up with friends, explore, and enjoy the area though.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared for work! The engineering program is work, but prepare for a lot of fun too. BU has events going on all the time, and they're well worth looking at.

    In three sentences

    Absolutley a college worth looking at for everyone. It covers several majors and even a create your own major option. The academics are rather rigorous but really does prepare you for the real world.

  • 11/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 28 of 98

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    We don't have security officers we have an actual on campus police department so you always feel safe.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life here sucks. If you want quality Greek Life go to a southern school.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 250 clubs and organizations. If you don't see something that you want you can create it!

    What to do for fun

    There is always a party to go to, whether its a house party, a frat or the bars. If that's not your scene every Friday and Saturday night there are events in the student union hosted by Late Nite. no matter what you're into there is something for you to do.

    Food and Dining

    One word: Sodexo. A terrible corporation that provides sub par food at above market prices.

    Dorm Life

    The five communities are very good at bringing everyone together. Whether its ice cream socials or flag football there's always something to do.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses you take are quite challenging and take a lot of hard work to succeed in.

    Tips for prospective students

    Start implementing solid study habits because Binghamton is quite rigorous.

    In three sentences

    A medium sized university with a small liberal arts feel. A positive learning center allowing for hands on research. Filled with understanding and helpful professors.

  • 11/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 29 of 98

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    So many blue lights around and campus security. Luckily nothing bad really happens.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life here is cool. Mostly present on weekends because most live off campus. All are friendly and hold good events.

    Clubs and Activities

    Over 250 clubs to join! From sitting club to gymnastics! There is def something for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    Science Majors, Engineers, Education, Nursing, Business, Pre-professionals, Arts

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Bowling Alley Arcade room Two gyms Swimming pools Volley ball courts and basketball courts in every community

    Bang for the buck

    This is one of the cheapest SUNY's and it is definitely worth is compared to other schools. Textbooks can be expensive but that's typical wherever you go.

    What to do for fun

    If you want to have fun going downtown on Friday nights and Saturday nights are good for parties. Also, the movie theater has amazing seats for you to get comfortable in. There is also many shopping centers around as well as many food places and a skating ring right off campus. On campus we have an indoor bowling alley as well as many pool tables and an arcade. There is also a thing call late night on Fridays and Saturdays were you can play Just dance, different arts and crafts, karaoke, eat dance etc! Many clubs have fun events for you to go to all the time!

    Food and Dining

    My favorite dinning hall is in the Hinman Community but CIW is good as well. Mountainview is definitely the prettiest with an amazing view. Newing/Dickinson is nice too its just crowded all the time. The food is good. There is a good variety of food but of course after some time you'll start craving for some home cooked meals.

    Dorm Life

    Currently, I live in a designed triple and the room is huge. There is enough space for each of us without us getting in each others space. The campus is huge and living on campus makes it much easier to get to classes and events.

    Academic Rigor

    Binghamton University is one of the top SUNY schools in the State. There is a lot of work but as long as you stay organized and focused you'll do fine!

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! Join clubs, sports, try to be on an E-board of a club you really care about! Make friends with your RA and the people on your floor!

    In three sentences

    Binghamton University is a great college. They offer many classes for you major and there are many clubs to join. The most important thing is to get involved and everything will work out for you!

  • 12/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 30 of 98

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    If you are concerned for your safety, don't fret. Binghamton University is an extremely safe campus. University Police are always around and readily available. The university even has a student run medical service with Harpur's Ferry that will get an ambulance to you as soon as possible. If you are walking around at night on campus and need a ride, safe ride taxis are available to you for free. Binghamton University is probably safer than your home neighborhood!

    Bang for the buck

    With low tuition and reasonable housing costs, Binghamton is the premier SUNY institution.

    What to do for fun

    The fun never stops at Binghamton University. The student union building has a bowling alley and a billiards room with multiple tables open throughout the day and even during the night with Late Nite Binghamton. Late Nite Binghamton starts at 11pm and includes various activities planned by clubs and students. Movie screenings of popular recent movies are also offered at Late Nite Binghamton. Throughout the campus there are basketball courts and open fields suitable for football, soccer, and ultimate frisbee. The recreational centers, where you will find a state of the art fitness center offers indoor sports like racquetball and basketball. If you are a swimmer, the fitness center has an indoor pool for you. If you are a runner, a full track field is located right outside the rec center. If you want even more fun, join one of the hundreds of clubs or one of the 52 Fraternities/Sororities available that all have their own planned activities throughout the school year. At Binghamton University, there is no time to be bored!

    Food and Dining

    Food services at Binghamton University are catered by Sodexo. I arrived at the school expecting poor quality food and was astounded at how good the food actually was. There are several dining halls on campus with similar menus, yet each dining hall offers different varieties of food. Entree's are served for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. Pizza lovers will find fresh pies all day long as well and if you like burgers and chicken fingers, the grill offers these at every dining hall location. If you're in the mood for a sandwich, they are served at all hours during the day. International foods are introduced from time to time as well. Some foods are indeed better than others, but the average quality of the food is without a doubt splendid.

    Dorm Life

    The dormitories in Binghamton are fantastic and living among your peers in a friendly environment sure is spectacular. There are regular doubled rooms in corridor-styled communities as well as communities with suites. Regardless of where you live, you have access to many study areas if you want to get out of your room. There are also some game rooms that have ping-pong or even billiards. Dining halls are located a short walk from your building that makes it easy for you to eat your meals. You are free to come and go as you please and hang out with friends whenever you want; you're an adult now!

    Academic Rigor

    There is a lot of reading that is required for many classes, some more than others of course. You should expect to be writing some papers as well around the same time you need to study for an exam in another class. The major thing about college classes is that each professor finds their class to be your number one priority; assignments can overlap and you may be jammed with a lot of work, especially during midterms and finals.

    Tips for prospective students

    A few important things to keep in mind if attending Binghamton University: Pack WARM clothes. This city can get really cold, real quick. However, do NOT pack too much clothes! You simply do not need too many outfits. Also, do go overboard buying any school supplies before you get to the school, depending on your classes, all you might need is a pen, a pencil, a folder, and loose-leaf paper. Additionally, be wary of your meal plan allowance, because even though you are billed around $2000 for the year, you are only allotted $800 in the Fall and then the other $800 in the Spring. Don't go spending too much money on groceries available in the school with your meal plan, instead go to Walmart or Target! Finally, always go to class of course! The amount of freedom you have distorts your perception of reality, and soon enough, your coursework will catch up with you and you will have many sleepless nights catching up! Most importantly of all, make friends of course, and enjoy your stay at Binghamton!

    In three sentences

    This is the most beautiful campus you will find in a New York State University, hands down. Faculty, staff and even students are all very amiable and the entire campus feels like a family. The social life itself will make you forget home!

  • 12/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 31 of 98

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    This is school is really safe. Nothing really happens here, and you always see Campus PD protecting our students. During the night we have escort services to walk student to there rooms safely, plus we have vans that can take students anywhere on campus for Free.

    Clubs and Activities

    This school has over 100 club, and activities. Plus it offers intramural, and club sports.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for students that don't mind working hard, and at the same time partying hard.

    Bang for the buck

    This school is great. Since it's SUNY it's pretty cheap compared to the other private schools, but you still receive the same type of academics that is being offered at other Private schools.

    What to do for fun

    There's a lot of things to do for fun here. Each weekend students head to frat parties, clubs, and bars. Partying is big in this university, but it does not affect our academics. Also binghamton university has something called late night for those students that does not like partying. That way they can have fun doing other things on campus during the weekends. Plus there's malls, museums, school games, that students can go to.

    Food and Dining

    Food here is pretty okay for college. Each residential community has their own dining hall. Dining hall contains a lot of varieties of food. Also in each dining hall contains something called night owl. Night owl is open from 8 PM to 1 AM. But on weekends night owl is open for a longer time to accommodate party goers, open until 4 AM.

    Dorm Life

    Here in Binghamton they're residential communities. Communities are Hinman, Dickinson, Newing, Mountain View, Susquehanna, and Hillside. The last two mentioned are apartment style residence, which is only available to upperclassman. Hinman, and Mountain View are suite style. Dickinson, and Newing are corridor style. Mind you, they are constructing a new Dickinson, so it will be brand new for incoming students during the 2013 year. Newing and Mountain View are new as well, and Hinman will be the oldest yet most social of the communities here in binghamton,.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are hard, professors ask for a lot, but it is possible to end with a high GPA. This school wants to compete with fellow ivies, and just because they are a public university doesn't mean they can't ask for a lot in their students. Prepare to work hard, and to push yourselves, because there's a reason why we can say that we are the best public University in the northeast. The numbers don't lie.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you interested in this school just know that there's a lot to do here. Binghamton isn't a boring area, and the free buses here can take you almost anywhere for free.

    In three sentences

    This school is really great. Academics are really rigorous, and it's social aspects are wonderful. You will enjoy this school if you don't mind putting extra hours into studying, and if you put yourself out there, and be social.

  • 01/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 32 of 98

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Never feel unsafe on campus. Downtown is a different story.

    Greek Life

    Not very popular, involved in hazing scandals.

    Clubs and Activities

    There truly is a club for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for smart, outgoing students from all over the country. Most of the students are from Long Island or parts of NY though.

    Bang for the buck

    Very good value. Consistently ranked on the Forbes and kiplingers lists for best value schools.

    What to do for fun

    Go for a hike in the HUGE nature preserve attached to campus, it's amazing and you can explore for hours on end.

    Food and Dining

    Sodexo. Typical college food. Not the best, but it's edible.

    Dorm Life

    Almost all the dorms are brand new or have been recently restored/rebuilt. Most are suite style living, which is a really great alternative to corridor style. And, no shared bathrooms!

    Academic Rigor

    Comparable to Ivy League schools, Binghamton offers a great education at a fraction of the cost.

    Tips for prospective students

    From what I've seen, a lot of people tend to hate on Binghamton, it's weather, the townies, etc, but if you keep an open mind, you'll come to love it's unique atmosphere. It's all up to you and your mindset. Come with a positive attitude and you won't want to leave in 4 years.

  • 03/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 33 of 98

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The blue light system makes me feel very safe on campus, and there are always campus police on duty.

    Greek Life

    There is Greek life all over, for anyone and everyone. I am in a Greek community that did not require pledging.

    Clubs and Activities

    Anything you can think of, plus you can start your own club if you want to. The SA is amazing.

    Great for these types of students

    Every

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We get every Jewish holiday off!

    Bang for the buck

    New York States premier public school, you get a private education for public school prices.

    What to do for fun

    BU throws pretty cool concerts in the spring and fall, and every Friday there are activities in the University Union.

    Food and Dining

    There is a Taco Bell in University Union, and the Mountain View cafeteria is the best.

    Dorm Life

    I have not lived on campus but I heard it was very nice.

    Academic Rigor

    You must have an extreme desire to learn and finish school because it is very challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you are focused on school and your goal is to graduate with a decent GPA. Working full-time is not recommended.

    In three sentences

    Binghamton University is challenging and innovative. It has helped me become the well-rounded person that I am today, and has taught me the meaning of responsibility. BU has given me a desire and thirst for learning.

  • 04/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 34 of 98

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe, I never feel threatened. If anything did happen, there is a great, dependable blue-light system. Plus campus security is always driving around.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are an array of clubs and events constantly going on. Its hard not to get involved.

    Bang for the buck

    The tuition is so much cheaper than the other schools I was looking at and you wouldn't even know it. The campus is beautiful, and a Binghamton degree is very respectable.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many clubs to join. There is a daily email sent to all students that give information on upcoming events, its so helpful if your trying to get involved. Also late night Binghamton is always fun and exciting. Frats are always having parties too.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls are clean and big. The food is great, I never have a problem finding something to eat, also each dining hall has different things so if I get bored, I go to another hall.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are so cute and classic. Each residential hall is like its own little family. I love my floor and building. There always fun events going on and its so easy to make new friends.

    Academic Rigor

    The workload is heavy and the classes are tough. It is manageable though. If you put in a good amount of time for classes you'll do well, and still have time to have fun.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't worry about knowing your major before you come to school. Binghamton has so many advisors, programs, and events that are more than helpful in finding what your passionate for.

    In three sentences

    Binghamton is a fun, diverse, lively, and honorable school. Although we lack a football team, we have intense Binghamton pride. An array of classes, programs, and events makes for an involved, active student.

  • 05/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 35 of 98

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Very safe. Campus has its own police. They are always driving around. There are blue lights to press for help all over campus. We have our own ambulance too. Counseling Center.

    Greek Life

    OK. Some hazing. Frat houses are run down. Nothing upscale.

    Clubs and Activities

    So many clubs and groups that you could find one you like.

    Great for these types of students

    All types of students but would reconsider if you want to be on a good sports team!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have a huge nature preserve that people go to explore and hike.

    Bang for the buck

    Definitely a good school for what you pay. Save money!

    What to do for fun

    Clubs, volunteering, if you don't like to party there is Late Night that hosts various activities until about 2 am. If you like to party you can too easily. There are lots of ethnic clubs too.

    Food and Dining

    Dining Halls aren't the best, but decent. Meal plans aren't unlimited.

    Dorm Life

    We have some good dorming communities and there are brand new ones being built to replace the old ones. They feel like a hotel! Suites are available and single rooms too. Single rooms aren't available to first year though. Much larger dorms then everywhere I visited.

    Academic Rigor

    It's college. Classes are going to require you to do lots of works. There will be some easy ones, but still.

    Tips for prospective students

    This school is NOT for athletes. Not many people watch the games and we lose often. Many students here don't even know about what sports we have. There are lots of fun clubs and organizations though. If not we have fraternities and sororities that are ok. I would say theres something for everyone, but if you're an athlete you are better off somewhere else.

    In three sentences

    Binghamton University is a good school. Many of the students here could get into better schools but couldn't afford them. This is still a great school with good academics.

  • 05/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 36 of 98

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus safety at Binghamton is wonderful. There is a police station on campus and blue lights everywhere. They are available to help at anytime. Also, Binghamton has their own ambulance service (Harpur's Ferry). Each building requires student ID to get into, and is specific to whatever building you live in, so just because someone has a student ID does not mean they can get into any dorm building; a friend that lives there needs to let them in.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is not huge at Binghamton but there are still a lot of sororities and fraternities. It is a great way to join something that you are passionate about and want to be involved in. You will definitely meet people that you will stay close with for a long time. There are pre-professional fraternities as well, such as the pre-med or business one.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds of clubs on campus, from academic clubs to community service to fun and social clubs. There is definitely something for everyone and I recommend joining at least one! It is a great way to make friends and meet new people, as well as add ons to your resume. There are also a lot of activities on campus. Sporting events, LateNight, and community events are just a few but there is always something going on.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who are hard workers and have a good work ethic will be successful here. Also, those who are outgoing and willing to make friends will do great here because everyone is so friendly and helpful. Also those who do not mind rain and snow in the fall and winter!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Each community has their own special traditions. For example, Newing has Newing Navy in which each building competes at various activities for the winning title. The Nature Preserve is a great place that not a lot of people have been to even though its a great place to relax and take a break from work.

    Bang for the buck

    Not only does Binghamton offer a great education for the cost (Public Ivy title), but it offers a great college experience that many students fall in love with. Not only do I feel I will be prepared academically for graduate school and a job, I feel I will be ready for real-life situations as I have made many great friends and connections.

    What to do for fun

    There is lots to do for fun here! There are volleyball courts, fields for soccer, football, and frisbee at each community. There are always events held by clubs, as well as LateNight Binghamton. There is lots to do downtown as well: shopping, sightseeing, and great dining. There are many sporting events as well with 21 Division I teams!

    Food and Dining

    As with any college, the dining is limited in what they provide. Sodexo food is not going to be as good as home cooking. There are lots of different types of food, however. There is a different type of food at each dining hall (kosher, Mexican, etc). Each dining hall also has a deli, pizza and pasta, entree, and international station. There is also retail food such as Jazzman's Cafe and Einstein's Bagels on campus.

    Dorm Life

    There are five different communities at Binghamton and all of them are friendly. Whether it is a double or a suite style room, the people on your floor become some of your closest friends. The RAs are outgoing and helpful as well. There are many events that each building or community holds and they are really fun and interesting!

    Academic Rigor

    The work load is overall fair for most classes, but the typical joke classes here are not easy at all. Two classes I took last semester that I though were going to be easy ended up historically having C averages, and required lots of work. Science and engineering majors also have a lot of work, especially with labs.

    Tips for prospective students

    As a new student at Binghamton I recommend getting involved with as much as you can. There are many clubs, sororities and fraternities, job opportunities, and events that you can participate in. Also, get to know your professors because they can help a lot, especially for letters of recommendation. Do not be a hermit! Get to know people in your building and meet people in your classes. And always try to be ahead on your work because it will catch up with you, especially for finals.

    In three sentences

    Binghamton University is a diverse, challenging, and wonderful school to go to. There are so many opportunities, both academic and social, with many events for both. The students and faculty are friendly and making new friends is very easy.

  • 06/12/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 37 of 98

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    Like I said before, Binghamton is known as the Ivy League of the SUNY system. That being said, you get a high-quality education (not to mention the countless other opportunities) at the cost of attending a public school.

    What to do for fun

    I follow the Binghamton University Facebook page, and it seems like there's always something going on on campus or in the community, whether it's a fall concert, the spring carnival, or a game of Frisbee in the quad. Furthermore, Binghamton's diverse population results in a multitude of clubs and student organizations; there's something for everyone.

    Food and Dining

    I've heard that the food at Binghamton is fine, but with my only experience of it being from a guy who's willing to eat pizza and burritos every day I'm not sure how much I trust that opinion. I do like the way the meal plan is set up, however. My former school had an all-you-can-eat system, and I easily gained the freshman fifteen simply from over-eating. Given that I'm a massive cheapskate, paying per item will definitely help me control my impulses to eat.

    Dorm Life

    I had a great dorm experience at my former school, so it's difficult for me to rate the dorms at Binghamton. The living community they show on the tour, CIW, is a bit shabby appearance-wise. However, my friends who have attended have lived in that building and speak very highly of it.

    Academic Rigor

    I've heard nothing but good things about Binghamton's academics. Where I'm from, Binghamton is known as the Ivy League of the SUNY system. The students at Binghamton are among the best of the best in the state, the courses are challenging, and the academic opportunities are nearly limitless. One thing that Binghamton is particularly known for is the research opportunities available to students. Research can be done through faculty members or on one's own, with grant money available for the renting of equipment.

    Tips for prospective students

    I suppose that I don't have many tips for prospective students, given that I am a prospective student myself, but as far as college is concerned I did spend my freshman year at another SUNY school. The number one tip I have for new students is to plan ahead and learn to manage your time. Know the courses you're taking, what you need for them, and how to find them. Study the university's handbook. College life can throw you a lot of curve balls, but they won't trip you up if you plan ahead and manage your time wisely.

    In three sentences

    I know a number of students who attend Binghamton, and I know that this school has a ton to offer a student in terms of academic, extracurricular, and career opportunities. The campus is well-kept and the student population is diverse. These are only a few of the reasons I chose to transfer to Binghamton for the Fall 2013 semester.

  • 06/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 38 of 98

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    Binghamton's greek life has gotten a lot of bad press recently from the NY times. Unfortunately Binghamton's greek life is very mild juxtaposed to other schools, but they still got the bad reputation. Greek life is not a huge part of campus, but it is there if you wish to be a part, but if not that is perfectly fine too.

    Clubs and Activities

    Since Binghamton is a large school there is a club for every interest possible. There are circus clubs, dance clubs, political clubs, academic clubs, volunteering clubs etc. Every day students receive an email called b-line which notifies them of all clubs and activities on campus that day.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Parade Day takes place 2 weeks before St. Patricks Day. The city of Binghamton holds its St. Patrick's Day parade while the students use it as an excuse for day drinking. Be prepared to start drinking by 8 am for the full experience.

    Bang for the buck

    Binghamton is named the premiere public university in the Northeast and also a public ivy. Yet even with those titles it has one of the cheapest tuitions in the country.This leaves many students the opportunity to save money to attend graduate programs.

    Food and Dining

    It is better than a lot of other school's food yet it gets extremely repetitive. Everything is edible but be prepared to start making experiments when you get bored (i.e. taking the fries and putting salad bar condiments on top for creative cheese fries). Your meal plan works like a debit card, you put money on in the beginning of the semester (and you can always add money) and each foo item you buy is charged separately. I personally like this since if I want to eat something small I don't need to worry about wasting swips like at other schools.

    Dorm Life

    Binghamton has been expanding and rebuilding all of their dorms. Most of the dorms now are brand new and some of the most beautiful dorm rooms in the country. The campus is split up into communities. Each community holds 4 residence halls, a dining hall, community events, req fields and much more! People tend to identify themselves with the community they live in and it makes the school seem a lot smaller since you tend to see the 2,000 people living in your community every day and recognize them.

    Academic Rigor

    Many students enter Binghamton being from the top of their high school graduating class. It is often a huge shock for freshmen who are used to getting straight As to be finding themselves average. In addition there is no such thing as an easy A at Binghamton. Be prepared to work hard for your grades, even for classes you would not expect.

    Tips for prospective students

    Many students come to Binghamton because they could not afford to attend an ivy league school. In addition because of the price tag it attracts thousands of applications per year. Because of this Binghamton is very selective of its students making admission into the university more selective every year.

    In three sentences

    Binghamton University is a college filled with bright goal-driven students who still love to have fun (but only when their work is done!). The students' energy around campus changes the school from just another SUNY to something that is truly special. This school is a home away from home for thousands of students each year.

  • 06/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 39 of 98

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus has towers not more than 5 minutes away from each other in which you can click a button which will forward you to a call center if you feel in danger. The school also offers 'safe ride' in which you can have free private transportation around campus if you do not feel safe walking back to the dorms at a late hour.

    Greek Life

    Binghamton has a mixture of on campus and off campus fraternity's and sorority's. What makes Binghamton greek-life different from private school's is that it is extremely affordable, not intimidating, and smaller which makes it easy to know more people.

    Clubs and Activities

    All clubs are very friendly and easy to join. I became vice-president of a club my sophomore year and was able to get positions in two clubs during my first year of becoming a member.

    Great for these types of students

    Students looking for a business degree or interest in Jewish learning.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Whenever there is an exceptional amount of rain early on in the fall semester Binghamton students go mud-sliding. You take a tray from the dining hall and slide down the school's hills. It is so fun!

    Bang for the buck

    Binghamton is ranked exceptionally high on lists of schools that offer the most bang for your buck. In addition, being a student in the School of Management always brings about opportunities for contests and future jobs and internships.

    What to do for fun

    Joining sports teams or clubs is a great way to meet new people. In addition, on-campus community's often host free events with food on interesting topics from student health to resume building to puppy interactions! Walking around the nature preserve is amazing.

    Food and Dining

    The school has recently added many new restaurants and places to eat on the go such as Einsteins. In addition, the Chenango room offers alchohol after hours for student and faculty over 21.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would tell prospective students to sign up to live in New Dickinson for housing. Take advantage of the opportunities to meet new students in the first few weeks of school. Look at the reviews of professors before picking classes especially for gen-eds. Seek out all the extra-curricular activities that the school has to offer. Look into the different schools within Binghamton such as the School of Management or Decker School of Nursing as early as possible to know whether you would like to switch majors.

    In three sentences

    Binghamton University is one of the best state university's in terms of getting value for your money. The campus itself is friendly and fun and it is extremely easy to meet people. Binghamton's relaxed atmosphere means that the faculty is always helpful and not intimidating.

  • 06/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 40 of 98

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There is SUNY Police Station on campus as well as blue lights phones throughout campus which connect you to the police if you feel unsafe. Officers and OCCT's Safe-Ride Shuttle help escort or transport students to their on campus destination after hours as well.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is HUGE on campus. There's a host of both social and pre-professional fraternities and sororities including many cultural/ethnic greek organizations. Greek life play a key role in characterizing the BU social atmosphere.

    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing.

    What to do for fun

    Intramural Sports. Student Organizations. Exercise. Concerts. Spring Fling. Road Trip. PARTY.

    Food and Dining

    Sodexo isn't that great but its manageable. Don't eat fries and burgers from the grill everyday - that's a sure fire way to the freshman fifteen. Try to diversify your diet by exploring the different choices in each dining halls as well as different dining halls. The Food Court should be open in the fall which is a great place to get fast food but its expensive. The Chenango Room is also great but it's also expensive. Jazzman's and Einstein Bagels are great for breakfast or snacks (beware of lines). 100% organic lunch is served for a small price in the lower level of the new union everyday at noon by students during the semester. Hope that helped.

    Dorm Life

    The best place to live on campus now is in the Newing Community. It just opened in 2011 and it's definitely the most comfortable place to live on campus in terms of the buildings and rooms and the dining hall. Its also pretty close to the Union. The school is still adding new buildings to Newing. Mountainview is the next nicest place to live on campus, its fairly new but not the best in terms of location. Hinman is great for the super studious because it's close to the lecture hall and library. Dickingson and College-In-The-Woods are alright.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your college and major your semester can be a breeze or a miserable drag. The Watson School of Engineering is often time regarded as the hardest school in the university. The Biochemistry major in Harpur is also intense. Majors like HDEV are often regarded as easy.

    Tips for prospective students

    - Research classes and professors beforehand and choose wisely so you don't find yourself regretting your schedule halfway through the semester. - For freshman, you'll be living on campus and thus feeding yourself through your meal plan. Make sure you keep tabs on what your Meal Plan Balance should be regularly using charts which can be found in the dining halls. Refilling your meal plan over and over because you didn't manage your funds well sucks. - Step out of your comfort zone. There's a lot to explore at BU and in the Binghamton Area. Utilize all the resources around, meet new people, do new things - that's what college is all about.

    In three sentences

    Binghamton University is the premier public university in the Northeast. A growing institution thriving with cutting-edge research. The best example of a quality of affordable education on a scenic campus coupled with a vibrant cultural and social atmosphere.

  • 08/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 41 of 98

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Never been assaulted or anything, and there are phones everywhere that go to the police if you ever need them

    Greek Life

    Lots of frats and sororities if that's what you're into.

    Clubs and Activities

    Club sports are really fun and a better alternative to intramural if you're looking for a higher level of competition. There are always cool things going on in the 'Undergrounds' like musicians and comedians.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The preserve isn't unusual put is very nice to get away from the campus and be in nature. As for traditions, there's plenty. It all depends on your dorm community.

    Bang for the buck

    Very affordable and can be seen on many lists as the biggest bang for your buck school. Especially for out-of-staters such as myself.

    Food and Dining

    The food is not great and neither is the system. Most school I've heard of, use a swipe system, but at Bing you've an account with spending money and it's really easy to run out quickly if you indulge in late night foods. The only great dining hall is Mountainview, but the food quality is pretty much on par with the rest of the school. Although, a nice (albeit more expensive) alternative to the dining hall, are the cafes in the library and near the science buildings.

    Dorm Life

    Depends on where you live, personally I find the newer buildings (Newing and Dickinson) to really take away from the college dorm life experience. They're closer to hotels, but very nice nonetheless. CIW (my own community) is very close knit with lots of fun traditions, albeit without some of the perks of living in the nicer, newer communities like Newing, Dickinson and Mountainview. I can't say much for Hinman.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are very difficult, with my experiences coming from the science and engineering departments. Science and engineering related classes don't mess around, so be prepared to study long hours and really devote time to your studies.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get FAFSA and all financial aid things done early. Also, if you're a transfer student, hound the school to transfer your credits, this school, while academically good is notoriously slow in terms of administration. I knew someone who transferred in as a sophomore in the fall semester, and didn't get his credits until a good time into the spring semester. And he was transferring from another SUNY school, supposedly with more contact than another school.

    In three sentences

    Binghamton University is a top class school. It's affordable and is listed as one of the best schools to get the biggest bang for your buck. This qualification is especially true for out of state students.

  • 10/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 42 of 98

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus has several police cars that are always driving around to ensure your safety. There are blue lights around emergency phones that you can use to call the police and they will come pick you up. Also there is a student run ambulance service that will come get you in both emergencies and non emergencies to treat you and take you to any of the three emergency hospitals near campus if need be.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is good. They only charge you for what you buy (not a set price for dinner) For example if you get 1 slice of pizza for dinner and a soda. they will only charge your meal plan for the soda and pizza slice. Also there are 4 dinning halls on campus and as a resident, you can visit and get food at any of them. It doesn't matter what community you live in on campus. If you get sick of the food on campus, you can go down the strip near the campus and get food at over 20 different restaurants or have food delivered right to your building.

    Dorm Life

    There are five different residential areas on campus. Two of them are newly constructed, one is a decade old and the other two are from the 1960's and 1970's. while all these communities are different. the dorm life seems to vary depending on which area you live in. in the oldest community (Hinman) the people there are much nicer than in the newer communities.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes here are challenging but stimulating at the same time. Though many of the intro classes can be quite large they are also engaging and not super difficult. the smaller classes are easier to follow and are easier to discuss in. Just take good notes, study well, and GO TO LECTURES. If you do all that you will do fine.

  • 03/12/2014

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 43 of 98

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    Don't go here for the greek life.

    Bang for the buck

    Ivy league worthy education for a public school price.

    What to do for fun

    Get involved! So many cool, unique, and fulfilling clubs/organizations/causes to join. There are a lot of activities that go on in Downtown Binghamton, such as parades, art festivals, bar crawls, and minor league hockey and baseball games.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls are okay. There are a lot of options (and a lot of dining halls) to choose from. A brand new food court just opened and it blows everything else away. Fantastic.

    Dorm Life

    Instead of the typical dorms at most schools, Binghamton has 5 Communites: Hinman, Dickinson, Newing, Mountainview, and College-In-The-Woods. These communities consist of multiple residential halls and each has their own distinctive look and traditions.

    Academic Rigor

    It's tough, but not impossible. I never found it competitive in my experience, but I hear that the premed majors can be. Study and do your work and you should be fine. Since the classes are 4 credits instead of the traditional three, you only need 4 classes to take 16 credits a semester.

    Tips for prospective students

    Buy a raincoat and rain boots. Take it seriously but take the time to relax and unwind. Make the most of the opportunities you come across. Get involved!

    In three sentences

    Binghamton lives up to its prestigious reputation. Attending Binghamton, you get the chance to experience a small community within a large school thanks to the various dorm communities on campus. Best four years of my life.

  • 06/12/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    This school is good for the student who does not fear a challenge. All of the students attending Binghamton were at the top of their high school classes so you are always surrounded by the best of the best. If you would like a large group of kids with individualized attention then this school is perfect.

    Tips for prospective students

    Write a great college essay to show that you are personable because sometimes grades are not all that matter.

    Bang for the buck

    The school's tuition for New York residents is nothing short of cheap and money well spent.

    Will enjoy being here

    This school provides a large number of students with a small school feel. It is a mid-sized school at 12,000 but when you are on campus it feels like and small town and that is very good depending on what the individual student wants.

    Will learn a lot

    This school has a great deal of majors, excellent class sizes, and is regarded to be the Harvard of the SUNY's. The number of clubs, groups, organizations, activities, etc offered here will make anyone become a better person, at the least.

  • 11/16/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Will enjoy being here

    I think I will, because it has a large Jewish population

  • 12/25/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Maximize the resources which are provided for you

  • 12/27/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Typically any types of students; the school varies in the types of students it hosts, so many students may feel welcome.

    Tips for prospective students

    The University is a good place for a social life, but you may have a tough time with the education if you let the social life influence you too much.

    Bang for the buck

    The University is relatively cheap and financial most likely covers majority of the tuition.

    Am enjoying being here

    If you're interested in a social life, you can find it here; just don't expect it to be a bright area. Many people find the University to be depressing due to the amount of rain it receives weekly.

    Am learning a lot

    There are a lot of great teachers in the University that are willing to help you, but you are going to have to study on your own; there's no way two ways about this. Recommended to have good work ethic.

  • 01/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Anyone, really. It's a very diverse school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard, be smart, don't be afraid to be a bit of an oddity.

    Bang for the buck

    It's a state school - it's cheap - but I'm getting a great education.

    Am enjoying being here

    No doubt the weather is poor, but I love dorm life. I have great friends and the work I do for class is rewarding.

    Am learning a lot

    Binghamton offers a great variety of courses and the teachers I've had so far have been (with one notable exception) great. Most people consider it boring but I think they're just looking at the wrong places - there's plenty of stuff going on on campus if you just care to look, plenty of experiences to be had and ways to learn outside the classroom.

  • 01/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    clubs, athletic related and non-athletic related.

    Academic Rigor

    the work is challenging, but not overwhelming.

    Tips for prospective students

    with the looks of the economy nowadays, the education given to binghamton university's students gives them reassurance and confidence of a future in their chosen career path.

    In three sentences

    binghamton university's education is fantastic, and the professors are truly there to help you out. the various tactics used by the professors all have one similarity: they challenge us to think outside of the box. there is no such thing as a stupid question, professors, ta's, and friends are constantly at your side to help you through your four years at the university.

  • 01/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    for the most part, i love our food. i've visited my friends at their private universities and i have been very disappointed by the quality of their food. not everything at bing tastes great, but if you choose wisely, you'll find that a lot of things do!

    Dorm Life

    a lot of students dorm, but the specific dorm life for each student varies depending on which residential community they live in. i am currently living in dickinson. dickinson is known to be the most social community on campus. however, it is also the oldest, so it has its cons. most of my floor mates are very friendly, so i never feel like a stranger in my home.

    Academic Rigor

    as a bioengineering major, the classes that i am required to take are very challenging and require a whole lot of studying outside of class. nonetheless, there is help wherever you turn. professors are friendly and willing to help, and tutors are assigned to you upon request.

    In three sentences

    binghamton university is a great school academically, socially, and financially. it allows me to focus on my studies while enjoying myself at the same time. i wouldn't trade it for the world!

  • 01/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    people who like living up in the mountains, love nature.

    Bang for the buck

    best suny school in new york for the best price.

    What to do for fun

    join clubs or go to the gym which was recently renovated.

    Tips for prospective students

    come to the new student orientation. it is very helpful

    In three sentences

    well put together. great living environment. really friendly staff.

  • 03/28/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Looking forward to finding out about all there is to do -- love to hike and snowboard so I am sure there is some of that in the winters!

    Food and Dining

    I was impressed by how much food there was and how many choices you had -- whether it was choices within one cafeteria or the number of cafeteria choices total (each dorm has a themed cafeteria and anyone can eat in any one they want!)

    Dorm Life

    Still haven't decided for sure which dorm I will put as my first preference, but I saw all of them and there wasn't one I didn't like.

    Academic Rigor

    I've been told the academic rigor is up there. Looking forward to being challenged my first year of college!

    Tips for prospective students

    There seems to be a lot to do on campus and I don't mind walking so everything is pretty easy to get to on foot.

    In three sentences

    Visited SUNY Binghamton in November and LOVED the campus. Also, the town of Binghamton itself seems very friendly and inviting. Definitely my first choice school.

  • 04/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus police everywhere.

    Greek Life

    If you want to have an exciting college experience, you go Greek.

    Clubs and Activities

    A million things to get involved with.

    Great for these types of students

    All types of students. Very diverse.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Beautiful nature preserve.

    Bang for the buck

    One of the best valued schools in the country.

    What to do for fun

    I love being in Greek life. I also play a lot of pick up sports. I go out on the weekends. Seems like there's a lot of things to do, but it gets old after a couple of years.

    Food and Dining

    The food is nothing special. Some days its good, some days it's bad.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm communities are comfortable with many newly built buildings. Everybody dorms their first two years because it's so convenient and fun.

    Academic Rigor

    It really depends on the classes you take. School of Management classes are generally easier than science classes. Rated on of the least workloads out of all top tier schools.

    Tips for prospective students

    You don't need to come here with your friends because it's easy to make new ones. It is really what you make of it here, my first year I didn't do a lot, but sophomore year I joined clubs and a fraternity and now I feel very content.

    In three sentences

    Has the best aspects of large and small schools combined. Great value for the low tuition and high level education. Many opportunities to get involved with.

  • 05/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    I am apart of a fraternity and I believe the greek life on campus is good for both people in greek life and people outside looking in.

    Bang for the buck

    Its definitely worth the money you pay.

    What to do for fun

    Not much off campus besides an amazing movie theater and the greek life parties off campus

    Food and Dining

    The food is not good here to be honest but it is food and sometimes made well.

    Dorm Life

    The different dorm styles are great for everyone. Allows people to become more social.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are not easy because the gpa desired is not going to be attained without effort.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to not get distracted by the party life, remember that you're a student first.

    In three sentences

    Binghamton is not the greatest of cities but the campus is completely different. The atmosphere is great and most people that roam the university are friendly. The academics are what makes this college the top SUNY.

  • 05/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Cannot really comment but I have heard its decent

    Clubs and Activities

    Many clubs but a lot of them are poorly organized

    Great for these types of students

    Very independent students with ambition that can outshine other hardworking students.

    What to do for fun

    Play sports outside, make fun of the shabby events the school tries to set up

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not go if your out of state unless you have an immense scholarship. Sign up for dorms early because there is a wide breathe of quality in terms of housing. Despite being a city, Binghamton feels isolated which is difficult for many students to cope with

    In three sentences

    Unforgiving curriculum and weather. The atmosphere is great and the students are very friendly. There is a lack of interesting events and the town itself is also very dull.

  • 05/26/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Go downtown to the bars or any restaurant to eat with your friends. Also depending on your dorm, there are always activities going on which you can join. On warm days people usually go out and play sports, run or just tan.

    Food and Dining

    You can get tired of the food in the dining hall because after a while it gets repetitive but you can always call for delivery or cook yourself.

    Dorm Life

    It is very welcoming, doors are always open so you feel free to come in and chat with anyone in your floor. RA's are also very friendly and hospitable.

    Academic Rigor

    BU has high expectations for its students academically but none are impossible to meet.

    Tips for prospective students

    During the winter it gets very cold so it's important to have a good coat and snow boots so you won't fall on the hills. Buying food in the Union, Susquehanna, and Night Owl is always more expensive so it's better to buy it at any dining hall. Always ask for help from the professors, they can help you get your grade up.

    In three sentences

    Binghamton University is a college that promotes independence and growth. It creates leaders for the future that are knowledgeable enough to face and handle everyday situations. Also it has a very inclusive policy which makes everyone feel welcome.

  • 06/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus seems very safe and secure.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a lot of clubs and activities.

    Bang for the buck

    The school is not worth the price.

    What to do for fun

    The school offers many clubs and sports teams.

    Food and Dining

    The food is pretty good and the setup is nice.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm experiences vary depending on roommate and personality types.

    Academic Rigor

    The school is very challenging

    Tips for prospective students

    The school may seem great but the price is something to take seriously because they are not willing to give financial help.

    In three sentences

    The school is a great institution; however, the price is extremely high, and frankly, unnecessary.

  • 06/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Just be careful when going into the woods at night, but I never experienced or heard of anything horrible happen during my time at Binghamton.

    Greek Life

    I don't get this, it's such a cliche...I'm sure it's as Greeky and fratty as all Greek life is as any other college or university. I wouldn't know, cause I don't really give a you-know-what (I can't curse in my review, this site won't let me).

    Clubs and Activities

    Clubs are all student run, and there's great info on the Binghamton website if you wish to explore. There's a lot of clubs/activities...it would take me a long time to retype them from the website onto here. But it's hard not to get involve in at least something, because the variety of things to do here is very extensive.

    Great for these types of students

    Outdoorsy, actively social, lovers of knowledge, people who are sick of city life, those who enjoy playing sports, artsy types, people who like to write.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Nature Preserve can be awesome if you don't ask for trouble when you're doing whenever it is you do in an isolated area away from authority and the campus police. Just watch out for some of the deer s@%t, it gets pretty bad in some corners of the woods.

    Bang for the buck

    Binghamton is a school of phenomenal value, especially for New York residents (it is a SUNY school after all). Again, it largely depends how much effort you put into your time here at the university. If you spend your time doing nothing, and just attending your classes and letting the hours of your free time go to waste, you will feel ripped off. But for what it's worth, it's impossible to put a price on walking away thinking that your time here at the school were the best years of your life. Also, this school is cheaper than most of the others, look it up :P

    What to do for fun

    Hiking, biking, reading outdoors, sports, skiing/snowboarding, bar-hopping, shopping, camping, bowling, and a ton of other stuff that I'm too lazy to type! It's really hard to be bored.

    Food and Dining

    Ugh...I'm skipping this section, you can find out for yourself. HINT: it's terrible...but then again, you won't really care once you get here.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are cramped, ugly, and experience extreme weather patterns, and you will love every minute of your time in them. The halls can get loud and smelly, but you won't care enough to let it affect how much you will enjoy your time at Binghamton. It's the people around your dorm and your roommate(s) that matter, and it's so much fun getting to know a bunch of different people you'll be living in close proximity to. It's so incredibly awesome to be away from home and meet new interesting people. It just is. Dorm life is good, man.

    Academic Rigor

    This varies among the schools at SUNY Binghamton. The School of Management (the school I'm in) is widely regarded as the most rigorous at the university, as well as one of the most prestigious in the country. But really, the degree of how rigorous the academics are depends mostly on the student than the material. I can't really summarize up how rigorous the academics are, for that all students are different, but it's what you make of your classes and extracurricular activities that determine how much effort you want to put into them to get things done. It can be extremely challenging or extremely easy depending on what school you are in and the classes you take. Just don't let yourself back away from a challenge, challenge is good! Remember, college costs money, make sure you get the most you can out of your academics!

    Tips for prospective students

    If you plan to get a job within the area or at the school, apply as early as possible. I cannot stress this enough. There may be a specific deadlines for jobs on campus to apply, but the retail store and restaurants within the area can take applications in the summer before you arrive at the university. It may also be a good idea to divide personal spending money into two piles, one for the first semester and another for the second semester. Don't give yourself the freedom to spend it all in the first three months of school! But these are just typical tips to save money. There are more important types below. GET INVOLVED! MEET NEW PEOPLE! I'm sure you have heard these tips once or twice (or hundreds of times), but they are the best tips anyone can give a prospective student! For this particular school, riding a bike or hiking off campus through the rural landscapes are excellent ways to spend some of your free time. Not to mention that it does wonders for whenever you are feeling stressed or having trouble adjusting to life away from home. Once you fine a great view (and there are many) of the mountains and hills of New York, it's hard to let the little things get you down.

    In three sentences

    Binghamton is a highly regarded public university located in the beautiful forests of rural New York. Although the buildings are rather boring and ugly, it's the incredible staff of professors and school employees that make it a wonderful place to spend your college years. It's a shame that the city nearby and the disgusting chain-restaurants and stores spoil what otherwise would be a perfect refuge from urban life.

  • 06/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are things such as safe ride for those that fear the dark or for those that simply want some company walking back to their dorms after a long night of studying in the library.

    Clubs and Activities

    So many to choose from, you will find one that you like.

    Great for these types of students

    It will be great for those that are out-going and want to try new things. This university provides great opportunities for those that are adventurous and ambitious.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a lot of construction going on at the moment, so expect great things to come.

    Bang for the buck

    This school is really affordable for a higher education institution. For the reputation it has, it probably costs about one third of what other private institutions may cost despite it being a public one.

    What to do for fun

    Lots of clubs and extra curricular activities. There are many active groups and great ways to love and bring forth your forte.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are the city-type of person, this may not be the best place for you since it is quite nature-esk. However, if you want a change in surrounding then yes this is the place for you.

    In three sentences

    Binghamton University is a very diverse and multi-cultural environment. Everyone is very accepting and respectful. The school itself is nice in terms of architectural aspects.

  • 06/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Blue lights, safe ride, everything to keep you safe.

    Greek Life

    The minority greek life is a big family. Very good to get involved in if you want to be a leader on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    Everything from greeklife to zombie vs human clubs

    What to do for fun

    So many clubs, theres a nature preserve so you can take walks all the time. Theres the downtown scene which is cool too.

    Tips for prospective students

    The dorms go from high-class to projects. You get what you pay for, so keep money in mind.

    In three sentences

    The school is a good size not too small but not too large. It is the top SUNY school, therefore academics are notable. I love it.

  • 08/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is extremely safe. I've heard of relatively no incidences towards any student's safety on campus. The blue light safety boxes are scattered throughout campus within reasonable walking distance from any given point.

    What to do for fun

    Well besides party scene off-campus there are plenty of gigs, events and food at LateNight in the Union. There are also community events with the town like First Friday which opens up all downtown art galleries to the public. On a regular weeknight there are always cool clubs and there are plenty of rec and club sports to participate in as well.

    Food and Dining

    The food's ok, there are a few high and low points and each dining hall has something different to offer.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great! Binghamton has a lot of new on-campus housing and all the residence communities on campus have tons of activities and tools to help you enjoy your time at college and succeed.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes can be tough especially depending on your major but you do get time to have a social life.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved when you get there! Whether it's a club, your residence community government, or greek life, the people you meet at Binghamton will most probably be your friends for life. There are a lot of friendly and kind students

    In three sentences

    Binghamton University is a

  • 09/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is always something to do on campus.

    Food and Dining

    great variaty of food.

    Dorm Life

    Neat, clean, new, lack nothing.

    Academic Rigor

    We have lecture, discussion, lab, professors' office hours, and student teams to help students learn more and make sure they have reached their potential.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come here if you want to get solid education.

    In three sentences

    The dorms are great. The education system always challenges students for the better. The campus is beautiful.

  • 10/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    never feel unsafe

    Greek Life

    Controversial at the moment

    Clubs and Activities

    Awesome clubs!

    Great for these types of students

    Hard workers who are social

    Bang for the buck

    Binghamton is a great value.

    What to do for fun

    There are many activities on campus and many opportunities to get involved.

    Food and Dining

    Decent food, nothing special, but it's alright.

    Dorm Life

    Everyone is really nice, I love my suite mates.

    Academic Rigor

    Very demanding, but not impossible to do well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take as many APs as possible. Even intro level classes expect you to have a decent foundation in the subject.

    In three sentences

    Binghamton is a great University. Everyone is very smart here, but people know how to have fun. The weather is not the greatest but that's really my only complaint.

  • 10/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    I usually go out and read. I usually like to go a sing.

    Food and Dining

    I have a commuter meal plan. I basically cook in the apartment I reside at.

    Dorm Life

    I do not really like the dorm I am currently residing at. It is an apartment dorm its not what expected.

    Academic Rigor

    One the classes I attended in Binghamton is a writing intensive class. Every Thursday I have a paper due.

    In three sentences

    Binghamton University is an excellent college. The in Binghamton are more challenging then my previous college. I am very happy to be attending this University.

  • 11/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Almost too safe, lots of cops and the campus cops are state troopers. Emergency phone boxes with blue lights all over in case something really goes wrong, which is nearly never does.

    Greek Life

    In flux right now after recent bad press, but as a member of a fraternity, it's not nearly as bad as it seems on the outside.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's something for everyone and if not it's very easy to start one yourself or with friends.

    Great for these types of students

    Basically anyone who's lot looking for a strong fine arts or music education, and has a tolerance for cloudy days.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Each set of dorms has its own unique culture and even as a senior I'm still finding new hidden places on campus and off.

    Bang for the buck

    It is what you make of it, if you try you'll have a great experience, but it won't be the time of your life if you seclude yourself in your dorm.

    What to do for fun

    Hang with friends, party, volunteer.

    Food and Dining

    On campus dining leaves a lot to be desired, but there're a lot of hidden gems out in the city.

    Dorm Life

    A lot of fun if you meet the right people, and if not, there's always the option to move or hang out with the people you meet wherever they live.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on the major, it can be as difficult as if not more challenging than some Ivy League schools.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try everything.

    In three sentences

    A highly interconnected university with many options for everyone, temperamental weather, and mediocre college town.

  • 11/25/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Clubs and Activities

    The clubs seem awesome and the sports teams are awesome too...a lot to choose from.

    Bang for the buck

    Very affordable...even if you have to take out loans....this school is worth it.

    Food and Dining

    Calling all vegetarians/vegans/gluten free/allergy to food people!!!! Binghamton has a wide variety of food for you and there is more restaurants to get food that fits your diets!!!

    Dorm Life

    Looks clean, safe, and fun :)

    Academic Rigor

    It will be a challenge!

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early. I applied as a transfer student and with a 3.5 gpa and honors from a community college with a lot of involvement in school activites....if I had applied right after high school, I know I wouldn't have been accepted to binghamton.

    In three sentences

    Great price, great campus, great education!!!!

  • 11/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Party, go to the movies and hang out with friends. that's about it.

    Food and Dining

    Sodexo. enough said.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is the usual. It depends on the community you're in. The only thing that makes the dorms not as fabulous is the ridiculous price tag.

    Academic Rigor

    The workload can sometimes get pretty intense depending on your major.

    Tips for prospective students

    If your looking for a school with a ton of school spirit, Bing is not for you. If you are emotional dependent on your parents, Bing is not for you. If you keep focused and study hard you'll do great!

    In three sentences

    The college makes the city, basically once break comes along it's a ghost town. There's not much to do here except study, unless you are a party goer there's not much for you to do on the weekends. The professors are awesome.

  • 11/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The Campus has a large police present and seems very safe.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is active on campus both throwing parties and putting together charity events but don't join a frat here as the pledging is said to be a little rough and there has been hazing within the greek life on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs on campus, almost too many to chose from. A lot of the clubs can be a lot of fun to participate from and range from a large amount of dedication to a sparse amount of meetings throughout the semester.

    Great for these types of students

    The college is good for those who are looking to be socially active and possibly join a frat but also for those looking to succeed in school but not sure what they want to do in college yet.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Parade day is a full day activity that basically involves a full day of partying and watching of a parade. Almost everyone goes out on parade day and it is an amazing day with tons of exciting things going on in Binghamton.

    Bang for the buck

    The college is a very well priced SUNY as there is so many opportunities and you get a lot of the same opportunities you get at private colleges. The price is worth it as long as you take the effort to look for the opportunities.

    What to do for fun

    You can join a club on campus or spend your weekends going downtown. There are tons of options that allow you to have a great time while still getting your work done.

    Food and Dining

    Sodexo food is not great but you get used to it and occasionally it can be good. It is extremely convenient to use though and get food.

    Dorm Life

    There are a lot of activities you can participate in but none seem too interesting. All activities are a lot less fun then going out and hanging out downtown with friends at nice houses and apartments.

    Academic Rigor

    Certain classes at Binghamton require a lot of to get a good grade including many late nights spent studying or writing an essay but there are a lot of classes that you can get by on by not doing much in class or outside of class.

    Tips for prospective students

    The school is not incredibly difficult to get into just make sure you have a variety of activities that you participate in to show that you are active. Also Binghamton is relatively cheep but you should still apply for scholarships to save the money.

    In three sentences

    Binghamton is a really good campus with many different activities that you can participate in and great classes that you can take. There is a lot to do here between partying and academics that will keep you busy. There are also opportunities to pursue research which is a great experience,

  • 11/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    frats are very big here but the hazing for greek life is very dangerous

    Great for these types of students

    academicly advanced studentsand students who want to go pre-med

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    parade day

    What to do for fun

    There are many clubs to join as well as different activities to partake in.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take as many college credit classes in high school as you can to prepare yourself for the academic shock!

    In three sentences

    Binghamton University is very overwhelming academically. The area is a great location for a university, although it does get very cold! Binghamton University provides students with the education they would gain from an Ivy League school, but for an affordable price.

  • 01/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    In three sentences

    ITS AMAZING

  • 01/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel safe walking home from work at night

    Greek Life

    I don't know much about greek life

    Clubs and Activities

    Everything from the professional fraternities to the pirate club

    Great for these types of students

    It's great for students with a strong sense of community

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    You'll always see something new

    Bang for the buck

    It's a well-standing public university with good course offerings, faculty, and undergraduate opportunities.

    What to do for fun

    Trips into town, shopping at the local mall, great theater, and great local restaurants.

    Food and Dining

    Not bad on some days while not good on others but it's cafeteria food so I'm not surprised.

    Dorm Life

    I'd recommend suite-style living for a strong floor community atmosphere!

    Academic Rigor

    Definitely a competitive school with challenging courses.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't think because it's far away that it's boring! Or easy..

    In three sentences

    Binghamton's great for the price, the people, and the atmosphere. It's a stimulating environment where I can still feel at home. It wasn't my first choice, but I don't regret attending this university at all.

  • 01/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There's always something to do for fun. From clubs and fitness exercise groups to taking a stroll around the Nature Preserve to hanging out with your friends at Late Nite each weekend in the union, there's always something to do.

    Food and Dining

    Sodexo is a terrible food service provider. Many people get sick from the food and they don't devote all of the necessary time needed to prepare special food for those who have special needs.

    Dorm Life

    Everyone enjoys their dorm life whether they are living the suite life or living in the long corridors of CIW, Dickinson, or Newing. The best part about living on a floor is all of the people that you get to meet. If you don't get along with your roommate, there's always a lounge with people.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are difficult but not impossible, that is if the student puts forth as much effort as the professors do.

    Tips for prospective students

    A great decision was made in choosing Binghamton University. Make sure that you familiarize yourself with the various clubs, there's one for everyone!

    In three sentences

    Binghamton is a wonderful place to be. It has prestige and more than what students look for in a school. It's definitely worth each penny.

  • 01/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is a strong, but not oppressive security presence on campus. Unless you're making trouble, you most likely will seldom notice them, but they're there if you need them. I've never personally experienced, or been a victim of any real crime on campus.

    Greek Life

    Though BU's Greek LIfe has faced considerable amounts of negative publicity laterly, I believe, overall, that they are positively- oriented groups of people with much to offer propsective and currents students.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a dizzying array of clubs and activities at BU. From the academic to the social and eveything inbetween.

    Great for these types of students

    Engineers, science and liberal arts majors. Students who want to work hard but still have a life.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    If you like higher- end food offerings, try the new Chenago Room restaurant.

    Bang for the buck

    There is no better value than BU. I feel like I am getting a world class education for peanuts.

    What to do for fun

    BU and the Binghamton area provides much to do if your willing to look hard enough. If you love the outdoors, you'll love Broome County. Campus groups are constantly offering various gatherings, club memberships, and parties.

    Food and Dining

    My advice would be to learn to cook for yourself. If you count on others to feed you, you have no right to critique anything.

    Dorm Life

    I cant speak to this because I've never lived in a dorm, nor would I ever.

    Academic Rigor

    My claases have been challenging but not unrealistically so. LIke any school, you get out of it what you put in.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come visit the area and see if it's somewhere you'd like to live. If your a big-city soul. this may not be the place for you.

    In three sentences

    BU is a great value. Faculty and staff is helpful. The campus is large but not impersonal.

  • 01/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is very safe, and the worst reported crimes are thievery. Be careful with your belongings and you'll be fine.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs and organizations on campus for all different types of interests.

    Bang for the buck

    Great value; besides the meal plans.

    What to do for fun

    There are limitless options for fun at Binghamton. Though most people take cover from their academic lives in the social sphere of the fraternity houses and bars downtown, there are tons of other activities to participate in. The campus owns an enormous nature preserve with clearly marked trails that is a great hike, and the surrounding Binghamton area has many (very well) hidden gems.

    Food and Dining

    Food is handles through Sodexo, and is a giant rip off. The meal plans are very over priced for somewhat unappetizing food.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is pretty great. With 5 different living communities, the housing is diverse and suited to your style.

    Academic Rigor

    Binghamton's academics, in particular their science and business, are very demanding and high quality.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're sure about Binghamton, apply early action. Otherwise, weigh your choice wisely. There are many students here that didn't choose Binghamton as a first choice. If you apply, make sure you like it.

    In three sentences

    Binghamton University is an affordable education. They boast high quality academics that challenge students to Ivy standards. The campus and tri-city area have many different experiences waiting to be had as well.

  • 01/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    there is a club festive were you can see all the clubs the campus has to offer and trust me there is alot but don't get over whelmed and sign up for all of them pick a few that you enjoy and be dedicated.

    Great for these types of students

    all types

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    there is a bridge in the nature preserve which is great to star gaze from

    Bang for the buck

    YOU GET A GOOD EDUCATION FOR THE PRICE. BEST EDUCATION FOR THE PRICE IN NEW YORK STATE

    What to do for fun

    I play soccer and ultimate Frisbee in the quad. I long board around campus go to the nature preserve and go downtown to the mall as well as hang with friends and watch movies in our dorms and play games.

    Food and Dining

    Its college food you learn to not expect much. The good news is you can eat it and there is variety . Sometimes if your lucky the food actually taste very good.

    Dorm Life

    The RA create many fun events for the students living in the building although they are usually lame in a sense and most people don't attend them. Dorm life is okay but I have seen better at other schools.

    Academic Rigor

    It is far more competitive then you imagine. People study really hard and there are many kids how are more intelligent then you would believe. The school is competitive and teachers do not grade easily.

    Tips for prospective students

    apply for aid and scholarship from the school. make a schedule the works best for you and make sure you actually try first semester and don't get carried away doing other things.

    In three sentences

    Binghamton is a good school, you get a decent education for the money and will have a good time however you will find the weather to be a big downer and at times you will feel as if there's nothing to do.

  • 01/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    Join the 250+ clubs or make your own!

    Bang for the buck

    Affordable, but live off-campus and you will save even more!

    Food and Dining

    Sodexo sucks!

    Dorm Life

    Most of your friends are probably going to be from your dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on your class, really. Otherwise, most, if not all, classes are doable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Find your study place- It will help you greatly! Don't sweat about not making friends right away- it will happen.

    In three sentences

    A place where you can make it your own. It can be the one of the best or worst places to be. Make use of whatever Binghamton has to offer.

  • 02/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe

    Greek Life

    frat/ soro life being revived.

    Clubs and Activities

    Many clubs,

    Great for these types of students

    Bookish,

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition the best for NYS residents.

    What to do for fun

    Parties, frats/soros, clubs, chillin' with friends

    Food and Dining

    Food always close to your room.

    Dorm Life

    Some Cliques. Nice rooms.

    Academic Rigor

    Challenging courses, bright fellow students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved!

    In three sentences

    The academics are very good, as is the campus The place lacks a school spirit. Tuition unbeatable for in-staters.

  • 04/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    lots of university police at night

    Greek Life

    enough

    Clubs and Activities

    lots to join!

    Great for these types of students

    academic

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    none

    What to do for fun

    Clubs, go downtown, bowling in the University Union, movies

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to know your professors early on.

    In three sentences

    The science classes are difficult. The psychology classes are easier if taken over the summer. The campus is easy to get around.

  • 05/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The police is on campus al the time

    Greek Life

    it is better now

    Clubs and Activities

    tons of clubs

    Great for these types of students

    any students

    What to do for fun

    Late night on campus on the weekend.

    Food and Dining

    Sodexo company :( However sometimes they do have good food

    Dorm Life

    Hinman is the best place to be. Get involve!!!

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring your rain boots.

    In three sentences

    It's great place to be. It provides a lot of opportunities for the students whether for job, scholarship, or tutoring. However, the weather is horrible.

  • 05/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    If I was an undecided in state student it may be worth it going to Binghamton just so I didn't have to go to community college, however, being out of state, it's definitely not worth it.

    What to do for fun

    Not much great party night life but if you're not into drinking there's cheap bowling and pool and board games and stuff every weekend in the center of campus.

    Food and Dining

    If I could give it a zero I would. It's run by Sodexo and they most likely put laxatives in the food to keep us healthy. You have a certain amount of dining money to spend under your meal plan and if you want to eat healthy it's going to be expensive. They always brag about their great deals but that's only if you think it's okay to live of of cheap, greasy pizza and plastic bagels.

    Dorm Life

    Depending on where you land freshman year it can be awesome. If you don't like the community your'e in you first year then you're pretty much screwed. Switching communities is almost impossible with the messed up housing sign up they have.

    Academic Rigor

    It's an ongoing joke that the School of Management never has work while Harpur college works so hard. If you know you want to major in something with in the School of Management apply there right away because otherwise you'll end up with warped GPA when applying from Harpur to SOM.

    Tips for prospective students

    Good for business, engineering, nursing and accounting but if you're looking to pursue the liberal arts, don't go here.

    In three sentences

    Binghamton is not all I hoped it to be. The weather is always gloomy and for a girl who likes to have fun, the night life isn't all that great.

  • 06/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    You feel extremely safe on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is something for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    Driven.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Skylark diner. Go early in the morning for a great bonding experience.

    Bang for the buck

    Worth it.

    What to do for fun

    Go to the theater department's performances.

    Food and Dining

    The food is mediocre, but you can usually find something to get you through the day.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms offer decent opportunities to socialize, but you may have to go the extra mile.

    Academic Rigor

    As long as you work hard, you get the grade you deserve.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to as many GIMs as possible.

    In three sentences

    Binghamton University is a wonderful place where I have met incredibly driven people who I am proud to call my friends. The extracurricular activities are endless, and you can find a place for yourself no matter what you're interested in. The professors here are very dedicated as well.

  • 07/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    It's a hit or miss. If you want to join greek life, be prepared for some gruesome pledging. A lot of people upon surviving the process say it's an experience that everyone should go through, but who knows. There are a handful of frats/sororities that throw awesome parties, a majority that only hang out with each other and don't do much else, and then the professional frats. Check it out and be open to the idea, but be careful.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The nature preserve has some awesome sites, including the suicide hill (NOT WHAT YOU'RE THINKING. It's just really steep...), bridges and a waterfall.

    What to do for fun

    Each community has specific events every once in a while to build pride I suppose. They're what you make of them because it depends how close you are with your floor/building. Besides the obvious of going out (frats/downtown), there's also the movie theater (awesome seats), Oakdale mall (meh), local parks, bowling, and on-campus sports (just playing with friends, intramural, club, or division).

    Food and Dining

    Sodexo... not horrible, but it'll definitely make you miss being home. Dining halls are usually overcrowded during peak times which can get annoying because the lines get too long and there are never enough cashiers.

    Dorm Life

    Each community has its own dynamic. With the construction, Dickinson is the place to be because it's the only community with accessible single rooms (in flats). Newing is far from the main buildings, but it's also pretty new and a lot of people return to that community after living there. Mountainview has 3-, 4- & 6-person suites I believe. Also pretty new... active community, but also an annoying walk. Hinman is all suites with very small rooms and CIW is a mix of doubles, triples & suites. CIW is also the only community with true communal (floor) bathrooms.

    Academic Rigor

    No, this isn't Harvard, and no, this isn't your local community college. Some classes are easier than others, but most of the classes are reasonable. The professors and their TAs challenge you, but many are open to help and work with you to achieve good grades.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you have any friends who attend the school, VISIT DURING THE SEMESTER. Sure, those one-day college tours are a great way to learn about the school, but I cannot emphasize enough how different the experience is between being on a tour and actually seeing how college life is. Sit in on a class, go to the dining hall, sleep over in a dorm, and if you're into it, go out for the weekend! If you come here, you'll be spending most of your time on campus, downtown, or at Walmart (not kidding), so have a friend show you around!

    In three sentences

    I definitely understand why Binghamton is considered a public ivy. For the price of a public university, BU has a diverse community of peers & faculty, challenging & fun classes, and an abundant source of activities. It took some getting used to, but you learn to make the most of your time.

  • 07/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Make the most of your first few weeks, you'll make friends that you will keep forever.

    In three sentences

    Have the ability to do whatever you want. With support of faculty there is an experience for learning or extra curricular that any student may enjoy.

  • 07/27/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    there are lots of concerts, carnivals,and mixers through-out the year for students to hardly ever be bored on campus. in the current rec center there is a bowling alley that only cost about 50 cents per individual something that i have not been able to find in my home town (nyc) especially not on a college campus,

    Food and Dining

    dining is designed to serve all students no matter their diet

    Dorm Life

    there are a variety of types of dorms based on interests of the individual. for example, students that are a bit layed back, studious,environmentally conscious,engineer students, etc. this is something that i have not been able to find at other campuses

    Academic Rigor

    binghamton university although a public university it does not fit the norm. first off it does amazing research as well as very stimulating environment, students from all walks of life.

    Tips for prospective students

    obviously having the best grades that you can have, not saying everyone needs a perfect 4.0, but good grades, activities,essay/personal statement, SAT score, as well as visiting campus and showing interest is important. All in all it is important to showcase yourself in the best possible way but remember to be yourself

    In three sentences

    campus life seems to be very vivid, when i went to visit there was a concert occuring on campus, this seems to be part of the norm for students. binghamton has a great educational system that is unique and rewarding magnified because of the affordable price tag. lots of recreational activities for everyone as well such as the current recreational and future center that is under going construction. some activities includes bowling for 50 cents

  • 07/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never felt unsafe on campus.

    Greek Life

    I am a founding mother of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Pi and absolutely love the bond Greek life creates.

    Clubs and Activities

    I love Pipe Dream I have been writing for the newspaper since first semester of freshman year. I am President of the Hinman Production Company and think it is a great way for non-theatre majors to get involved with theatre.

    Great for these types of students

    Science students who are Pre Med.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Everyone loves to hang out in the Nature Preserve. Parade day is a big drinking day which is Binghamton's St. Patrick's Day celebration.

    Bang for the buck

    Being from out of state I think the out of state tuition can be a little less than what it currently is to attend Binghamton.

    What to do for fun

    There's special events in Binghamton like Communiversity Fest, First Friday, Restaurant Week, CHOW walk. There is so much that ties the campus to the community.

    Food and Dining

    Food itself is good, and most Sodexo workers are extremely friendly.

    Dorm Life

    Hinman is the best community I could ask to have lived in for 3 years of college.

    Academic Rigor

    Those who are from out of state like myself will joke that we only got in because we're out of state. Those from New York, especially Long Island are very smart.

    Tips for prospective students

    Find a club that suits you because that's where you'll meet your lifelong friends!

    In three sentences

    It's a very intellectual school that puts an emphasis on extra curriculars. It's the perfect size to feel at home, but also continue to meet new people every year. It's not as cold as people say!

  • 08/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    WELL NOTHING HAS HAPPENED WHILE I WAS THERE BUT THEY DO HAVE SAFTEY/EMERGENCY PHONE ALL AROUND THE CAMPUS

    Greek Life

    STRONG! VERY STRONG! THEY THROW ALL THE PARTIES.

    Clubs and Activities

    VARIETY TO CHOOSE FROM. MANY ARE VERY INVOLVED AND UP AND RUNNING STRONG. IF THEIR IS A MAJOR OR CAREER FIELD FROM YOUR MAJOR AND YOU WANT TO JOIN A CLUB, I AM 95% SURE THAT THEIR IS A CLUB FOR YOU. DANCE,CHOIR,VIDEO GAME, CHESS, BOWLING ETC ARE ALSO CLUBS ON CAMPUS THAT YOU MIGHT WANT TO CHECK OUT.

    Great for these types of students

    GREEK LIFE. SOCIAL. STUDIOUS. CAREER STUDENTS

    What to do for fun

    BE APART OF CLUBS AND GO TO THEIR EVENTS/MEETINGS. I DO NOT GO TO FRAT PARTIES BUT THEY DO HAVE THEM EVERY WEEKEND.

    Food and Dining

    NIGHTOWLS=EXPENSIVE. AND REGULAR DINING HALL AFTER A WHILE YOU DONT KNOW WHAT TO CHOOSE CAUSE YOU HAD IT ALL BEFORE. SOME TIMES THEY HAVE SPECIAL DAYS LIKE SUSHI DAY ETC.

    Dorm Life

    IF YOU ARE IN A SUITE THERE IS LESS ROOM FOR MAKING FRIENDS IN TOUR PARTICULAR BUILDING. ESPECIALLY IF YOU GO INTO A SUITE WITH SUITE-MATES THAT HAVE BEEN THERE TOGETHER FROM THE START.CORRIDOR STYLE IS MORE LIKELY TO MEET PEOPLE BECAUSE YOU MIGHT SHARE A BATHROOM WITH THE FLOOR YOU ARE ON.

    Academic Rigor

    SCIENCES ARE VERY HARD AND LOTS OF WORK ESPECIALLY THE BIOLOGY FIELD. CHEMISTRY IS A LOT EASIER AND MANY PEOPLE WHO START AS BIOLOGY MAJORS ENDED UP SWITCHING TO CHEMISTRY AS THEIR MAJOR INSTEAD. ENGINEERING TAKES UP A LOT OF TIME BECAUSE THEY HAVE SO MUCH WORK TO DO.THERE IS LITTLE ROOM FOR PLAY MUCHLESS EAT.

    Tips for prospective students

    COME PREPARED TO WORK/STUDY. JOIN CLUBS AND TRY GO TO SOCIAL EVENTS.WALK WITH SNACK FOR NIGHT PURPOSES BECAUSE THE NIGHT EATING PLACES ON CAMPUS IS VERY EXPENSIVE.

    In three sentences

    A VERY STUDIOUS SETTING IN CLASSES. GREAT PARTIES ON THE WEEKEND. LOTS OF SORORITIES AND GREEK LIFE ON CAMPUS AS WELL AS CLUBS TO JOIN.

  • 08/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I have never felt unsafe on campus. But if you go off campus, stay with friends.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is pretty prevalent, but you can learn to have fun without being Greek. Just join organizations and clubs to meet friends.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many different types of clubs at the school, some are silly sounding such as the sitting club. If you want to create a new club, go for it. Every weekend, there is something called late night, where events are hosted for students who are bored.

    Great for these types of students

    hardworking, friendly, and outgoing.

    What to do for fun

    People always say: Binghamton has walmart, a movie theater and a mall. The movie theater is cheap, and it has comfortable reclining seats. We also have a nature preserve that people can go hiking in. Visit friends for fun! Binghamton is not boring if you actively go and look for something to do.

    Food and Dining

    The food is not expensive and it doesn't taste bad. Sometimes it gets a bit boring. However there are different dining halls that serve different types of foods, so if you look, you will find something to fill your cravings. The school is trying to promote healthy eating as well.

    Dorm Life

    It all depends on where you live. Certain dorms are very nice and comfortable. Other places have shabby furniture. The school is trying to renovate and older dorms are being built into newer ones. I lived in a suite both years that I lived on campus, and I grew close to my suite. However, those who live corridor style usually grow close to their floors.

    Academic Rigor

    Don't think that you can get by without studying. Students at this school are hardworking and competitive. I barely know any slackers, and when finals comes around, everyone is at the library.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to research, research research about your major! With the many organizations that are being chartered or currently chartered there, there is bound to be a place where one will fit in. Get to know professors. Take advantage of every opportunity that arises.

    In three sentences

    Binghamton is a small school with many opportunities if you go and look for it. the faculty is very accepting and will answer any questions that are needed. All the students are friendly as well.

  • 08/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Binghamton University is a relatively small campus, allowing there to exist a nice community. There are so many events going on at campus and multiple clubs and sports team that can take up your free time. People complain that Binghamton is in the middle of nowhere but there's so much to do on and around campus that you forget.

    Food and Dining

    I actually really enjoy the food, there's something for everyone!

    Dorm Life

    It all depends on where you live. The new Dickinson community is beautiful!

    Academic Rigor

    Academics in Binghamton are very good, especially since it's a state university.

    Tips for prospective students

    Attend open houses and get a tour of the campus, especially during the fall. Get a feel for the campus and see if it's right for you.

    In three sentences

    Binghamton University is a wonderful school. The tuition is less than private universities but the academics are just as great. Everyone is extremely friendly and considering the fact that it's a small campus, it's easy to make friends.

  • 09/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Binghamton University is great for all types of students. You just have to be willing to try new things to enjoy yourself.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I saw a deer once. It was so cute.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't join to many clubs your first year. Be brave: go experience something new STUDY HARD!

    In three sentences

    Binghamton University is simply a great university. The students and the staff here is very nice; nearly everyone is courteous and caring and there is always something to do even for if you're shy. Also there's always free food and shirts.

  • 10/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    off campus parties and bars are a must !

    Food and Dining

    we have 5 different dining halls but after a while It gets tiring.

    Dorm Life

    FUN

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are somewhat hard. especially with the amount of people in introductory courses.

    Tips for prospective students

    The College life at Binghamton is great and the people attending it are smart individuals who like to have fun!

    In three sentences

    The education at Binghamton University is great. It has many

  • 12/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are many clubs and activities to join that encompass any interests.

    Food and Dining

    The food is not the best, but there are many options in each dining hall including salad bars, vegan options, international foods, grilled foods, and many other options.

    Dorm Life

    Very social and friendly dorms, the students and RA's are very friendly and welcoming. It is a very great atmosphere to be in.

    Academic Rigor

    Very hard classes, must be interested in the subject to do well. Work and studying hard will pay off in the end.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early, take a tour, and ask a lot of questions.

    In three sentences

    This is a school for studious and hard-working students. There are a variety of options to choose from for classes and majors. This school provides many academic, social, and athletic opportunities.

  • 02/11/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Never felt unsafe

    Greek Life

    Phi Delta Epsilon, the pre-medical fraternity, is the best organization on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    Many to join

    Great for these types of students

    Science majors

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Spring fling- carnival toward the end of the spring semester

    Bang for the buck

    Affordable for a great reputation school

    What to do for fun

    There is a strip of bars downtown.

    Food and Dining

    The new Marketplace is great. Other dining halls are hit or miss.

    Dorm Life

    New dorms were just built. Most are great especially Mountainview, Newing, and Dickinson

    Academic Rigor

    Science classes require hard work but are very doable

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of free tutoring

    In three sentences

    Binghamton University provides a wonderful education for a great price. The teachers are always there if you need help as long as you ask for it. There are many organizations to be a part of and meet new people.

  • 03/01/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are blue emergency boxes all over campus. There are services to escort women at night if they're concerned about safety. Campus police are NY State Troopers who work closely with the Vestal and other local entities. Most areas are well lit and while no place is completely crime free, this area has a relatively low crime rate.

    What to do for fun

    As a grandparent of 9 grandkids, I suspect that my version of fun is different. However, there are a lot of opportunities to have an active social life both on and off campus. Many businesses cater to BU students and that has now been extended to more areas locally. Expansion in downtown Binghamton is specifically being geared to BU students with housing, stores, and even classes (okay, not fun, but convenient!) There are parks, rivers, mountains, and more. There are activities geared to all of these and all seasons. If you like winter activities, ski resorts are within 45 minutes of campus and offer packages for the day, weekend, or season. Buses run trips to these resorts on fairly regular basis. There is a very active music scene in local bars, coffeehouses, and other locations providing music from all genres. Triple Cities Opera is a regional company that works with BU's Fine Arts program and NYC Met training opera's next stars and rehabbing current stars. You never know who you'll see. Interested in Broadway? Broadway in Binghamton provides top Broadway shows at the Forum through the traveling companies. Top acts in all genres of music play at the Arena with smaller acts playing at various locations depending on the act and size of venue. If you like professional sports, Binghamton has hockey, baseball, and football teams. If you play sports, there are leagues for all kinds. There are also nationally-recognized sports events held locally in tennis, golf, basketball, cycling, and more. Aside from the two gyms and event center (Home to BU Athletics), many of the parks provide basketball and tennis courts. There are public pools and sports fields. The school's location may be one of its best assets. It is centrally located in the Southern Tier of NY and borders on the Northern Tier of PA. It is about 4 hours to NYC, 1 hour to Scranton, 1 hour to Syracuse, and 1 hour to Ithaca. All of these locations supply additional opportunities for fun.

    Food and Dining

    The school offers flexible food plans that operate outside the standard dining hall. There are restaurants, bagel places, coffee shops, and more. There is also a Kosher Kitchen and arrangements can be made for other kinds of dietary restrictions such as medical or religious (i.e. Halal). Sodexo runs the services and do an excellent job. Check out some of the on campus restaurants for a change from dining hall choices.

    Dorm Life

    I haven't lived in a dorm in over 30 years. In fact, my dorm has been torn down and rebuilt for modern living. Can't really help you with this except that I had a great time when I did.

    Academic Rigor

    Expect to work very hard for good grades. This is one of the top schools in the country and the school prides itself on this. Expect to spend a lot of time outside of class completing assignments. However, successful students learn more than just course material. The additional skills needed to operate in this type of environment are what employers are looking for.

    Tips for prospective students

    Cold in the winter; humid in the summer. However, the area provides activities for snow bunnies and summer fun lovers. There are a lot of clubs to join. If you need help, check out the Discovery program which provides tutors in areas across disciplines. The school provides free blue buses that operate off campus. Harpur's Ferry is an on-campus ambulance service operated by students. Hopefully you'll never need it, but it's nice to know emergency services are available.

    In three sentences

    Disclosure: This reviewer is an adjunct faculty member (since 1997) as well as a student in one of the PhD programs. However, this reviewer attended BU in 1976 as a transfer student (dropped out in senior year) and again in 1984 completing both UG and MS by 1989. This is one of the top 100 schools in the country. It promotes research at the UG stage which provides practical experience desired by employers. Students can earn post-graduate degrees; some programs combine UG and Grad degrees reducing the time to earn both degrees.

  • 03/02/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Can't address this because I won't be attending.

    Food and Dining

    Can't address this because I won't be attending.

    Dorm Life

    Can't address this because I won't be attending.

    Academic Rigor

    Can't address this because I won't be attending.

    Tips for prospective students

    They may make you change your major.

    In three sentences

    I was admitted but they changed my major based on history of extra-curricular activities. I found this strange.

  • 05/16/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I've never felt unsafe on campus. We have State Troopers as UPD, the blue light system, ID cards to get building access, and campus closes at midnight and you need an ID to get in. I've walked around at some pretty late hours on campus and never once felt threatened or unsafe!

    Greek Life

    Our school is 11% Greek. If you're interested in it, it's there, but if not you won't notice it much. By no means are we Greek or geek.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 300 clubs and organizations to join on campus. Anything you could possibly want to do in college is here for you, and if it's not, creating your own club is so easy to do! Our clubs and organizations are run completely by students with no faculty advisors- we are completely in charge and manage a 2 million dollar budget every year. Great leadership opportunities, great ways to make friends and have fun!

    Great for these types of students

    EVERYONE!

    Bang for the buck

    Binghamton is a world class value. The level of education you can get here for the price is phenomenal. Our facilities and resources greatly surpass what you would think we could have here for the cost. Best value I know of!

    What to do for fun

    There are endless things to do for fun- clubs, dorm activities, Student Association festivals, sports events, Late Night Binghamton, dance shows, acapella groups, you name it, we've got it. Off campus there are also a lot of activities- First Fridays, BMets and BSens games, Greek Peak for snowboarding/skiing, Nathaniel Cole Park (aka the Blake) and so much more! There's always something going on here. If you're bored it's your problem!

    Food and Dining

    Sodexo isn't amazing, but they don't suck either, and they are very willing and able to accommodate different diets. They could do better in the health food department, but overall, the food isn't bad.

    Dorm Life

    Binghamton has an Oxford dorming style- 5 different little communities that will always make you feel like home! Most of our housing is new and absolutely beautiful, and the programming that they put on in the dorms is great. Dorm life is awesome here!

    Academic Rigor

    I feel that I've been appropriately challenged at Binghamton, but I'm also not flooded with so much work I can't handle it. There's a really good work-social life balance here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Focus on your essay!! I'm sure you've heard this enough, but your essay is what sets you apart from other people. Binghamton Admissions counselors are looking for people that are going to contribute something amazing to their University- so show them that you'll do so!

    In three sentences

    Binghamton is an amazing place for students of all kinds. The opportunities here are endless and available in all different arenas- academic, social, research, etc., the campus is gorgeous and the people are amazing. Binghamton has been just the right amount of challenge and amazing experiences.

  • 05/23/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Hang out with your high school friends. One of the most obvious things on campus is the groups of students hanging together. International students are in groups speaking their native language and students from different parts of NY hang together. No need for any adjustment period if you stick with your high school friends.

    Food and Dining

    Not very good but you can always take a trip to Cornell's dorms and eat well.

    Dorm Life

    Posh and expensive living quarters. That's what college is all about! With over 60 SUNY campuses you can't expect much from the academic side but if you are willing to pay enough you certainly can life in nice dorms or apartments.

    Academic Rigor

    Binghamton was rated as #1 Least Rigorous college in the country. That may be an exaggeration but don't expect rigor. On the other hand, you can get through without course work being the central part of your life. If you want easy As go to Binghamton. And if you don't get an easy A go complain to the administration and they can pressure the instructor to change your grade or be ridiculed. I believe students expect to be given As for managing to get to class a few times a semester.

    Tips for prospective students

    Read Kevin Carey's article called How I aced college-and why I now regret it. Google Binghamton University and scandal to prepare you for a dishonest administration that is all about making sure the college is depicted in a positive light but is nothing about trying to make sure the university actually adheres to decent values. So do not believe the material you get because there are too many instances of the university omitting information or bending the truth. The information that is sent to Robert Morse for the US News and World Report ratings are apparently not complete. That means that some of the (low) scores are omitted and I don't mean that only the range from 25%-75% are sent. I mean that what looks like it is the range of 25%-75% isn't really because apparently, according to Robert Morse, certain data is withheld.

    In three sentences

    You can get an efficient degree without much hassle. You won't have to adjust much from whatever got you Bs in high school and you can knock off a bunch of courses by using your AP credits. It is not the same school that was once called the public ivy.

  • 10/22/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel safe on campus. There's a blue light every other place on campus so there's no need to worry. Campus security is always on the patrol at night.

    What to do for fun

    There's always activities going on on campus. You can attend events on the weekends hosted by your resident hall. Occasionally, there are concerts held at the Anderson Center and little plays put on by your resident hall. There's also the bowling alley and billiards center opened on weekdays and weekends. Every Friday, there is Late Nite; you get free foods and stuff. There are also individual events held by different clubs, such as the Amazing Race by China Care and Pho Event by VSA. Off campus, you can go to parties on the weekends and paintballing. There is Oakdale Mall if you like shopping, but there are limited stores there.

    Food and Dining

    Sodexo is the company that provides the food at our dining halls. It's not exactly the best food, but it's still edible. The company has upgraded its food quality since the last year (at least for Hinman). I find that the quality is a little different at each dining hall. Personally, I like the C4 dining hall the best; more choices and overall quality is the best. Appalachian Dining Hall doesn't have the best food, but it has the best view on campus! If you're willing to compromise food quality, you definitely want to eat there often during the Fall. You get a great picture of the campus and a fantastic feel for Autumn with the different leave colors.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is definitely very interactive and inclusive. Specifically at Hinman College, there are the traditional Dorm Wars and Hysteria events in the Fall and Spring semester, respectively. Each resident halls of Hinman compete with each other in various events such as tug of war, relay competitions, and food eating contests. I met a lot of cool new people by attending, and I really enjoyed myself. Everyone is friendly and really outgoing, so it's really easy approach anyone. The RAs are always willing to help and so approachable. I lived with my RA last year, and I thought it was gonna be a terrible experience. But she is super cool and laid back.

    Academic Rigor

    To a large extent, Binghamton students are very serious about their academics. The libraries are usually filled on a regular basis and as exams week approach, it is even harder to find a space to study. Most students just camp out or pull all nighters at the main library. The atmosphere really motivates you stay on top of your studies, but sometimes it can be a little dejecting since you are competing with hundreds of other students in one single class.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you don't like winter or cloudy days, I suggest you go to another school. I love summer a lot and enjoy sunny warm days, and Binghamton weather is definitely the opposite of my preference. There is usually sun and shine the first month and half of school (end of August to mid October) and last months of school (end of April to mid May). Every other month is full of rain, cloud days, and snow. Definitely bring boots and a super warm jacket. It's always brick cold weather here after October.

  • 10/30/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Frats are much bigger than sororities

    Great for these types of students

    Hard working, friendly

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There aren't really any traditions. It's not very school spirited or ra ra

    Bang for the buck

    For the price, the school is great.

    What to do for fun

    There's always a party every weekend if you're up for it. I wouldn't say Binghamton is known for it's party scene though. Some parties are fun and some aren't. It depends on who you know there, who you came with, which frat it is, and the night in general.

    Food and Dining

    The food is mediocre at best. I would've given it 3 stars but its so repetitive and the workers are super slow. I wish there were more cafes on campus.

    Dorm Life

    I live in Dickinson and I the dorm is amazing. Basically like living in a hotel. It is the same for basically Newing and Mountainview. However, if you get stuck living in Hinman or CIW it kinda stinks.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are very challenging for far but for me also manageable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early and come visit