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Binghamton University

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Established 1946
School type Public
President Lois B. DeFleur
Location Binghamton, NY
Enrollment 10,563 undergraduate, 2,822 graduate and professional
Faculty 504
Campus Suburban, 887 acres (3.6 km≤)
Sports teams 19
Mascot Bearcat
Homepage www.binghamton.edu

Binghamton University, also known as the State University of New York at Binghamton, is a public university located in the Binghamton, New York, USA area. It is one of the largest universities in the State University of New York system. Binghamton University offers a wide variety of programs to its 10,000 undergraduate and 2,600 graduate students. Binghamton University is considered by some to be the top school in New York State's public university system.


History of Binghamton University

Binghamton University was established in 1946 as the Triple Cities College, to serve the needs of local veterans returning from World War II. Established in Endicott, New York, the college was a branch of Syracuse University. When the college was incorporated into SUNY in 1950, it was renamed as Harpur College, in honor of Robert Harpur, a Colonial teacher and pioneer who settled in the Binghamton area. In 1961, the college was moved to its current location in Vestal, New York. After Harpur was selected as one of the four university centers of SUNY in 1965, it was renamed as the State University of New York at Binghamton. As other schools were added to the university, Harpur College remained the liberal arts college of Binghamton University.

The University Today

The campus is spread over 887 acres (3.6 km≤) along the Susquehanna River. It features a 190 acre (0.8 km≤) Nature Preserve, a forest and wetland area that includes a six acre (24,000 m≤) pond that adjoins the campus.

The school's sports teams are called the Bearcats (formerly the Colonials). They participate in NCAA Division I athletics through the America East Conference.

The school features five undergraduate and two graduate residential communities. The undergraduate dorm communities, in order of completion, are:

  • Dickinson Community (ostensibly named for the city of Dickinson)
    • Opened in 1959
    • Individual dorms: Champlain, Digman, Johnson, O'Connor, Rafuse, Whitney
    • Dorms named for local residents of importance when the community was constructed
    • Dorms are made up of double-occupancy rooms
  • Newing College
    • Opened in 1962
    • Individual dorms: Bingham, Broome, Chenango, Delaware, Endicott
    • Dorms named for Counties surrounding the college
    • Dorms are made up of double-occupancy rooms
  • Hinman College (named for Senator Harvey D. Hinman)
    • Opened in 1967
    • Individual dorms: Cleveland, Hughes, Lehman, Roosevelt, Smith
    • Dorms named for New York State governors
    • Dorms are a mix of singles, doubles, and suites
  • College in the Woods (aka "CIW")
    • Opened in 1991
    • Individual dorms: Cayuga, Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Seneca
    • Dorms are named for the five regional Native American tribes that made up the Iroquois nation.
    • Dorms are a mix of doubles, triples, quads, and five or six-person suites
  • Mountainview College
    • Opened in 2004

The graduate halls, also made available to upperclassmen, are:

  • Susquehanna Community
    • Opened in 1984
    • Individual buildings: Brandywine, Choconut, Nanticoke, and Glenwood
    • Buildings named for local creeks
  • Hillside Community
    • Opened in 1990
    • Individual buildings: Adirondack, Belmont, Catskill, Darien, Evangola, Fillmore, Glimmerglass, Hempstead, Jones, Keuka, Lakeside, Minnewaska, Nyack, Palisades, Rockland and Saratoga
    • Buildings named for cities in New York State
    • Each building consists of a set of apartments, each of which house four to eight students
The Bartle Library Tower

Famous alumni

External link

  • Binghamton University (http://www.binghamton.edu/)

Units of the State University of New York
University Centers: Albany | Binghamton | Buffalo | Stony Brook
Other Doctoral-Granting Institutions: College of Environmental Science and Forestry | HSC Brooklyn | HSC Syracuse | NYS College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (Cornell) | NYS College of Ceramics (Alfred) | NYS College of Human Ecology (Cornell) | NYS College of Veterinary Medicine (Cornell) | NYS School of Industrial and Labor Relations (Cornell) | State College of Optometry
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Online Program: SUNY Learning Network .

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