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SUNY at Binghamton

In the past six decades, this New York public university has grown from a small regional school to a research university with a variety of nationally recognized programs. It shines at getting students to graduation on time, with an 83% graduation rate, and recent graduates report average salaries just over $56,000. One of SUNY Binghamton's specialties is international education. The university has robust study-abroad offerings, and its student population includes 2,500 people from other countries. Binghamton also offers a dual-degree program with Turkish universities and a Languages Across Curriculum program, in which languages other than English are used in a variety of academic courses with the translation assistance of international graduate students. Aside from popular social sciences majors, notable academic programs include management, computer science and engineering. Freshmen interested in engineering participate in the Engineering Design Division, a hands-on introduction to different engineering fields to help them discover which specialty most interests them. A group called "BU Zoo" started enlivening the student cheering section at basketball games a couple years ago. That seems to have paid off, as attendance at Bearcats sporting events has climbed.
costs
Est. Full Price 2018-2019
$26,700
% of students who get any grants
51%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$17,800
Average price for low-income students
$11,100
admissions
Acceptance rate
41%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1320/30
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
14,736
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
83%
% of need met
72%
% of students who get merit* grants
3%
Average merit grant
$7,250
student success
Graduation rate
83%
Average time to a degree
4.2 years
Average student debt
$19,500
Average salary within 3 years
$56,400
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
54%
key deadlines
Early decision application
Nov 1
Regular application
rolling

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

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