SUNY at Binghamton Reviews

  • 76 Reviews
  • Vestal (NY)
  • Annual Tuition: $27,791
89% of 76 students said this degree improved their career prospects
88% of 76 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

Mike
  • Reviewed: 8/10/2019
  • Degree: English
"Binghamton has a lot of opportunities available and I wish that I took more advantage of all of them. I struggled figuring out what I wanted to major in and this resulted in me changing my major a few times. I wish that I had reached out to my academic adviser to help me figure out what I wanted to do and the best way of doing it instead of trying to do that all on my own. You really need to be your own advocate because the resources are there. I did visit career services which was helpful in creating my resume. I worked for ESCAPE, Binghamton's student run bus company that provides buses to the five boroughs during breaks. This was very helpful because you are able to receive a certain amount of free bus tickets for working about 1-2 hours a week. If you stick with it, you can become a director and receive a stipend along with bus tickets. Definitely take at least one class with Ryan Vaughn as your professor!"
Caitlin
  • Reviewed: 8/1/2019
  • Degree: Engineering
"Binghamton offers a lot of helpful resources to find your direction in college. I entered not knowing too much what I specifically wanted to do, but after I met with the engineering department (Watson Advising) they were able to give me insight into the program and the different avenues I could take within that. I was able to then transfer pretty easily and ended up loving my major and the faculty that taught my curriculum were extremely knowledgable and helpful. I do wish I got involved in a few more extracurriculars early in my college career, I wish I knew to be more involved."
Alex Almonte
  • Reviewed: 7/25/2019
  • Degree: Biology
"SUNY Binghamton was an incredible experience from start to finish. It is a medium sized school with about 17,000 students but most of the time you wouldn't even be able to tell. Though lectures can become large, especially in the STEM field that is incredible popular at Binghamton, I never felt like I was lost in the crowd. The professors at Binghamton are incredibly talented and always there to help--most of them just ask you to swing by their office and your problems are solved in an instant. I can't speak for other departments but for the most part I found the Biology and English departments to be incredibly insightful, passionate, and receptive to curiosity. The social scene was arguably even better. I found myself making friends the very first night and keeping most of them throughout my four years at Binghamton. There are almost endless possibilities for clubs, fraternities, social events, sports, etc. Almost anything you can think of, Binghamton had it. I found myself trying so many different things; I joined the fencing team for a semester, wrote for the school newspaper, played in an intramural dodge ball league, and settled into a pre-health fraternity that truly sparked my intense passion for science and health care. In my opinion if you're complaining that there's nothing to do at Binghamton you simply aren't looking hard enough because I never found it difficult to get involved with anything I set my mind to. The only negative I can think of for Binghamton is the on-campus general advising office, specifically for the liberal arts school. It is by far the largest college on campus and the advisors are ill-equipped to take general questions especially around registration periods. I think they are simply understaffed--you are better off going to the head of your major departments or seeing the freshman advisors in the Discovery Program. All in all, Binghamton is an academically challenging but rewarding and fun school. I don't regret my time their one bit and has opened up many opportunities for me!"
Samantha Zerrenner
  • Reviewed: 7/24/2019
  • Degree: Psychology
"I loved my degree program at SUNY Binghamton. The psychology department had many opportunities to get involved outside of the classroom in research and internships, which really helped to give students a more hands-on learning experience. Internship sites ranged from non profits to hospitals to schools. There was an internship opportunity for mostly anything students wanted. Additionally, the courses were incredibly thorough and the professors cared about what they were teaching. Often times, the professors would be teaching upper level coursework that was directly related to their own research. This really allowed for the professors to have a more thorough understanding of the topics and explain them better. It also allowed for discussions to be based on both textbooks and research papers. Students were not only given an academic viewpoint but also an applied on. We were able to see what various psychology theories were and how they played into current research. The professors also gave students multiple opportunities to reach out for help and to get involved in their own personal research on campus. The psychology curriculum also gave students the option to pick classes and make the degree their own. There were very few required courses, so students could gear their degree in a more social psychology path or a more cognitive psychology path. There were also a wide variety of courses to take that ranged from abnormal psychology to human factors psychology to cognitive psychology. The options for coursework almost seemed limitless and really allowed students to shape their education around their career goals."
Pamela Miller
  • Reviewed: 5/18/2019
  • Degree: Political Science
"Binghamton University holds itself to a high degree of academic integrity. It is a somewhat large college campus, but a community feel is fostered within the various living communities. The majority of my professors in my programs (Political Science and Spanish) were intelligent, approachable, and contributed to a good learning experience. I thought academic advising left much to be desired. Go Bearcats!"
Pam Miller
  • Reviewed: 5/18/2019
  • Degree: Political Science
"Binghamton University holds itself to a high degree of academic integrity. It is a somewhat large college campus, but a community feel is fostered within the various living communities. The majority of my professors in my programs (Political Science and Spanish) were intelligent, approachable, and contributed to a good learning experience. I thought academic advising left much to be desired."
Ampofo Mensah Jr.
  • Reviewed: 3/12/2019
  • Degree: Political Science
"Binghamton University offered me a community I could learn from and grow within. I became the best version of myself attending the institution. With such a diverse student body I met people from all over the world that I will keep in contact with forever. The Professors at the University were pretty straightforward in the sense that you will not be applying any techniques outside of the classroom, mostly just reviewing slide presentations and taking exams. At the same time there were a select few that pushed me to apply myself as a First Generation student from Africa geared towards Global and International Affairs. Binghamton is truly the Premiere Public Institution and is very affordable. The location has seen vast improvements in recent years and without the institution the community would be really dull. I was able to join Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated at Binghamton as well as the African Student Organization, bonds that will stand the test of time because of the people I was able to connect with and learn from. Forever indebted to Binghamton, Proud Bearcat Alum!"
Eve G.
  • Reviewed: 7/15/2018
  • Degree: History
"Looking back 3 plus decades I review my experience at Binghamton from depth to breadth to perspective, the motto of my alma mater. When selecting a university start by narrowing your choices to 6-7 centers of learning based on what you can reasonably afford. Make sure to see schools both small, large and medium in range of student body; urban and suburban; and make sure, and I cannot stress this enough, there is some sort of one on one advisory or mentor program beginning when you start and lasting through graduation, that provides internships, career advice and aptitude testing, none of which I found at Binghamton. Without a plan, you are just taking classes which may add up to a degree but ultimately are meaningless. Back in 1982, there were 12,000 students and one was told to find their own advisor. Unfortunately for me, having come from an average public HS, Where I rarely if ever saw a guidance counselor, I had no idea how to proceed. Eventually, I approached an instructor in my major who agreed to be my advisor. Big mistake. She was as interested in advising students as is my cat. She gave me the number of credits I needed to graduate, which I could find in a brochure and ushered me out of her office, because she was busy doing research on German Industrialization in the 19th century . Maybe I saw her twice. I only leave off her name because I forgot it. The professors were a mixed bunch, and on the whole though academically stellar. However, there was no strategy or scholarly path presented for an undergraduate History major. If you were interested in pursuing higher academics, you were unprepared for any serious scholarship, since the History Department at Binghamton neglected to remind its undergraduates that without being fluent or at least proficient in at least one or two foreign languages in your field of historical study (French, Latin, Spanish, ) you could not hope to be accepted at any serious history graduate program at any university in the U.S. Perhaps since the majority of the students were applying to Law Schools they didnt think it necessary. Lecture halls of 100-150+ students was average for introductory courses. Rarely was there any one on one time with instructors. With some large universities you still feel intimate learning settings, not at Binghamton. Binghamton was and it still possibly is just somewhere to go BEFORE you GET your GRADUATE DEGREE. You will NOT get a career here. If you can get into Binghamton, you may have the grades to get into Cornell or Brown, and comparable name schools. Quite simply, it is worth the loans to have a degree from a university whose very name will open doors to you through your life. You cannot get that at a State school. And if you have no goal in mind put college off until you do. It is a lot of money to waste just to take courses that have no value for you."
Rachel Serwetz
  • Reviewed: 4/2/2018
  • Degree: Human Services
"Binghamton University is an incredible school, for a great value, for a student with any career interest. The quality of education, no matter which major, is top notch. Human Development in particular is something I suggest because it is such a broad area of study - the study of people. I typically explain Human Development as a combination of Psychology and Sociology. Thus, it's broad enough to be applicable to any career and it is also great for a student who isn't sure yet of their path (while studying about people and communities, it helps students figure out specifically where their interests lie). Binghamton or Human Development are both great picks, and a safe bet, for a respected undergraduate degree."
Stephanie
  • Reviewed: 2/2/2018
  • Degree: Organizational Leadership
"Binghamton is a top level public university in New York with a beautiful campus, amazing on campus housing and student learning programs that will support you for your entire enrollment at the university! There are so many academic and social resources available that you will have ample opportunities to engage in curricular and co curricular activities! It is a really great option at an amazingly affordable price!"
Dee, 1989
  • Reviewed: 9/1/2017
  • Degree: Engineering
"It's actually a great school. They faculty and staff are the nicest. Everything in this school is great. One negative thing is the city, it's boring, but at least this is how you get to study!"
Andres Gonzalez
  • Reviewed: 6/29/2017
  • Degree: History
"Binghamton University is its own city of intellect situated in the rolling hills of upstate New York on the outskirts of the tri-city area. It is one of the best value universities of the Northeast. The faculty there is excellent and diversity of classes was an eye opening experience for me. Binghamton also has a great reputation in New York City which is great for job placement opportunities. All in all I loved my experiences here!"
Pamela Miller
  • Reviewed: 6/28/2017
  • Degree: Political Science
"Go Bearcats! I received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a B.A. in Spanish Language and Literature. I had wonderful professors with rigorous curriculums. In addition,I'm attending Boston University in the fall for graduate studies in public health."
Kara Pafumi
  • Reviewed: 6/28/2017
  • Degree: Psychology
"My psychology degree does not help me with my current job. After graduating from Binghamton, I went to nursing school in Syracuse NY. Now I am a registered nurse in an outpatient oncology facility. My psychology degree did not help me with my career and is a lot back debt."
Erika Flores
  • Reviewed: 6/27/2017
  • Degree: Political Science
"Located in the southern tier of New York and surrounded by acres of nature preserve, Binghamton University has it all. Binghamton University is a phenomenal school and a perfect learning location for anyone who wants to go to a big school but still take advantage of small classroom sizes. Specifically, the Political Science department was number 11 in the nation when I attended and the return on my investment in my education at Binghamton keeps giving. All of my employment post graduation has been with the support of my previous professors and connections I made in the Political Science department. While in classes you get to learn from an amazing staff that come with extensive and impressive backgrounds in their field. If you're looking for the best of academia, student life and a life time of connections - Binghamton is for you!"
Erin H
  • Reviewed: 6/26/2017
  • Degree: Psychology
"It's no secret that Binghamton University offers its students an exceptional education at a competitive value. However, this school offers its students so much more than just that. At BU, I was able to explore and learn more about myself, my country, and the world around me. I met so many different kinds of people, both students and faculty, that challenged and supported me. From this school I have only grown in my knowledge, confidence and perspective. Everything my future holds, I owe to Binghamton."
Jose
  • Reviewed: 6/20/2017
  • Degree: Mechanical Engineering
"As an undergrad Binghamton University offered many clubs and organizations to be a part of. One called SHPE(Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers) had annual job conferences with the likes of Ford, Boeing, GMC, Lockheed Martin and many more recruiting. Another club I was a part of SAE(Society of Automotive Engineers ) sponsored a team of 11 plus myself to design, build and race an off road baja style car. This in addition to a very diverse student body and amazing research opportunities has made my decision to go back to pursue a masters degree here much easier."
Esther Lenderman
  • Reviewed: 6/11/2017
  • Degree: Film Production
"Binghamton is the Harvard of the SUNY system. If you are bored in Binghamton then it's your own fault. The school makes it incredibly easy to be involved. Everyone knows that if you want to stay here then you have to do well. The person who enters will be different than the person who leaves. You will get an ivy school education at a public school price."
Josh
  • Reviewed: 5/23/2017
  • Degree: Environmental Science
"It is a good university located in upstate New York. It has a rich history in STEM research and community service. BU has a very strong alumni base. The university has a strong faculty with strong research credentials. However, it is focused heavily on research and the curriculum is more rigorous than most other universities. Overall its a really nice university if you are serious about your education and you're sure to find plenty of people supporting you to find success."
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 5/22/2017
  • Degree: Mathematics
"Lovely campus, plenty of parking. Thoughtful professors."