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The State University of New York Binghamton

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Binghamton is not a top school for engineering,Engineering Department
Binghamton is not a top school for engineering, but it is well connected in the aerospace/defense, chip manufacturing, and finance fields, with strong employers regularly at the career fairs.

Because there are many students who got into Ivy's but chose Binghamton because it is incredibly inexpensive, the top 10% of students at Binghamton could easily match Harvard, Yale, Columbia, etc. students in intelligence and ambition. More importantly, Binghamton is a place that shows how average students can be exceptionally successful in real life.

On the other hand, there are some very unintelligent kids at Binghamton, and I would argue that the bottom 20% of students force professors to reduce the rigor of many courses to prevent failing too many students.

There is not a strong sense of intellectualism at Binghamton, but if you make a point of befriending those brilliant students at the top of your classes, you will find that all of the smart people find each other, and you will push yourself to be more like them.

Binghamton is average or better than average in terms of the social life students have. There's a strong Greek presence as well as easy access to bars, breweries, and restaurants. Off-campus housing is dirt cheap, which means there are always great (free) house parties rivaling the fraternities and sports teams.

Speaking of sports teams, Binghamton has some great teams, but not in sports you're likely to care about. This is not a school for football or basketball fans, unfortunately. There is actually plenty of spirit at the basketball games, but it is a lot like being a Chicago Cubs fan: you're always excited but your team generally loses. One bright spot, however, is the local minor league hockey team which regularly plays at the downtown arena -- it's a lot of fun because the locals are really into it!

It's worth mentioning that there's a lot of nature around Binghamton, including a nature preserve on campus, and the outdoors club is incredibly popular and active as a result. if you like outdoors stuff, this is a great school for you.

On the whole I think Binghamton is a great school that is fun to be at while providing career opportunities which are comparable to schools that are five times more expensive (e.g. Northeastern, BU, Drexel, etc). Overall, Binghamton's greatest weakness is its distance from a major city, because urban schools tend to have closer relationships to both startups and large corporations. Binghamton does a poor job of proactively helping students get real-world experience via co-ops and internships. Recent administrative shake-ups could change this though, so keep an eye on Binghamton's career services activities.

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My years at SUNY Binghamton were very crucialBiology
My years at SUNY Binghamton were very crucial to my development as a person and as a professional. I was challenged to become a thoughtfully analytic individual in all areas of my life, including work. The faculty members I worked with while at school were bright and engaged. Overall, my time at the university was a great experience.
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You can have loads of fun.Super Brilliant
You can have loads of fun. t is an extension of high school. Did you go to NY high school and like it? This will be the same except with easier grading. You will have a lot of friends from high school here with you so that makes the transition easier. Many large lecture classes but some discussion classes too. In discussion theres most talk about grades. Students freak at a A-. A 92% gives you the top possible grade so the system helps us graduate with out anything below a A if you put in a solid few hours a week studying. The school was rated top for grade inflation or easy school. The important things are social anyway and everyone here sticks with their high school friends. If they were risk takers would they be here? Binghamton is a prosperous thriving city so there is a lot to do. If you want great restaurants and terrific facilities just go with the money and so the city offers great fun.
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Social Life: C+, Education Quality: F
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The State University of New York Binghamton
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