Binghamton University: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

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Binghamton University is a public research university with an acceptance rate of 40%. Part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system, Binghamton University typically ranks among the best public universities in the country. For its strengths in the liberal arts and sciences, Binghamton was awarded a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. The 887-acre campus features a 190-acre nature preserve, and the university has been recognized for its sustainability efforts. In athletics, the Binghamton Bearcats compete in the NCAA Division I America East Conference.

Considering applying to Binghamton University? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, Binghamton University had an acceptance rate of 40%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 40 were admitted, making Binghamton University's admissions process competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 38,755
Percent Admitted 40%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 19%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Binghamton University requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 97% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 650 710
Math 660 730
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of Binghamton's admitted students fall within the top 20% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to Binghamton scored between 650 and 710, while 25% scored below 650 and 25% scored above 710. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 660 and 730, while 25% scored below 660 and 25% scored above 730. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1440 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at Binghamton.

Requirements

Binghamton University does not require the SAT writing section or SAT Subject tests. Note that Binghamton participates in the scorechoice program, which means that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates.

ACT Scores and Requirements

Binghamton University requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 34% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Composite 28 32

This admissions data tells us that most of Binghamton's admitted students fall within the top 11% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Binghamton received a composite ACT score between 28 and 32, while 25% scored above 32 and 25% scored below 28.

Requirements

Binghamton University does not require the ACT writing section. Unlike many universities, Binghamton superscores ACT results; your highest subscores from multiple ACT sittings will be considered.

GPA

In 2018, the middle 50% of Binghamton University's incoming class had high school GPAs from 3.4 to 3.9. 25% had a GPA above 3.9, and 25% had a GPA below 3.4. These results suggest that most successful applicants to Binghamton have primarily B/B+ grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Binghamton University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
Binghamton University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Binghamton University. GPAs are unweighted. See how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

Binghamton University is one of the most selective schools in the State University of New York (SUNY) system. Less than half of all applicants gain admission, and most admitted students have grades and standardized test scores that are well above average. However, Binghamton has a holistic admissions process involving other factors beyond your grades and test scores. The Binghamton admissions folks will be looking at the rigor of your high school courses, and not simply your grades. Success in challenging college preparatory classes such as International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement, and Honors can strengthen an application significantly. At a minimum, Binghamton applicants should have completed a core curriculum that includes adequate science, math, English, foreign language, and social science classes. Binghamton will also be interested in seeing an upward trend in your grades during high school.

The university accepts the Common Application and the SUNY Application. Whichever application you choose to apply, you'll need to write a strong application essay. The university is also interested in learning about your extracurricular activities, particularly leadership and talent related to non-academic pursuits. Finally, all applicants must submit a letter of recommendation. Binghamton also has a "Special Talent Review" for students who want to showcase their talent in art, dance, music, speech and debate, or theater.

In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. The majority of successful applicants had high school averages of "B+" or better, combined SAT scores of 1100 or higher, and ACT composite scores of 23 or better. You'll have a much better chance of getting an acceptance letter if your GPA is up in the "A" range.

You'll see that there are quite a few red dots (rejected students) and yellow dots (waitlisted students) mixed in with the green and blue in all but the upper right corner of the graph. Quite a few students with grades and test scores that were on target for Binghamton University did not get in. At the same time, note that some students were accepted with test scores and grades a bit below the norm.