Binghamton University is a midsize public institution and one of four university centers in the State University of New York (SUNY) system. The University combines an interdisciplinary, international education with one of the most vibrant research programs in the nation. Each year, Binghamton enrolls more than 18,000 students, including 3,800+ graduate students.
The Binghamton academic culture rivals a first-rate private university—rigorous, collaborative, and innovative—while campus culture exemplifies the best kind of public university experience—richly diverse students, an active social life, and deep engagement with the community.
Programs and schools
Binghamton offers more than 60 master’s, 30 doctoral, and 50 accelerated (combined bachelor’s/master’s) degrees, plus certificates and non-degree coursework under six schools: College of Community and Public Affairs, Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Harpur College of Arts and Sciences, School of Management, Thomas J. Watson College of Engineering and Applied Science, and the newly established School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.
University faculty are top scholars and groundbreaking researchers; most (93%) hold the highest degree offered in their field. Among the many honors Binghamton professors have received are a Nobel Prize in Chemistry (Distinguished Professor M. Stanley Whittingham); Fulbright, Ford, and Guggenheim Fellowships; National Science Foundation and National Book Awards; and grants from the National Institutes of Health and the US Departments of Energy, Defense, Commerce, and Education.
Advanced research conducted across every discipline and every school at Binghamton leads to new insights, new technologies, and new jobs. From work developing biofilm technology to the study of human trafficking, Binghamton graduate students collaborate with faculty and thrive in a diverse community that promotes the exchange of innovative ideas. Our graduate students have the opportunity to work with faculty researchers in the University’s six Transdisciplinary Areas of Excellence (TAEs), which explore critical issues with the aim of developing solutions to today’s complex and consequential problems. These TAEs focus inquiry and innovation in the distinct areas of citizenship, rights, and cultural belonging; data science; health sciences; material and visual worlds; smart energy; and sustainable communities.
Elsewhere, researchers across the board are expanding our knowledge—such as in spring 2020, when faculty and team members designed inventive tools to help the fight against COVID-19. These inventions included ultraviolet light sterilization stations to kill the coronavirus on contaminated PPE and the first prototype of a B Resuscitator that eliminates the need for a health care worker to squeeze a manual resuscitator, freeing personnel to care for other patients.
Campus setting and facilities
The Binghamton University main campus is spread over 930 acres in the town of Vestal, New York, one mile west of the city of Binghamton. Greater Binghamton is a friendly, affordable, and safe community that is only hours from major metropolitan areas such as New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC.
Resources available on campus include extensive libraries, a five-building science complex, a 190-acre forest and wetland area, a performing arts center and art museum, and extensive athletic facilities. The University’s Innovative Technologies Complex is home to the Bioengineering Building, the Engineering and Science Building, the Center of Excellence in Small Scale Systems Integration and Packaging Center, and the Smart Energy Building.
There are over 140,000 Binghamton alumni around the globe, and graduates have gone on to become technology innovators, best-selling authors, trailblazing researchers, business leaders, respected educators at Tier 1 research universities, and more. Many alumni support current students by offering internships, serving as mentors, and participating in networking initiatives.