I've never been to Binghamton, but from what I've heard about it I like Rutgers better too. There are tidbits of info about many colleges floating around in my head, from pieces of conversation, tones of voice, combined with my knowledge of the person speaking--they take shape in my mind even though I've hardly been to any of these places. The memory about Bing that stands out in my mind is that it isn't strong as a community, meaning that people (many? most? I don't know) aren't glad to be there, but are somewhat glad for the education. (That reminds me a little of my school, Connecticut College, where people pretended to be glad to be there. But we were extremely glad for the education). I knew someone who had a hard time making friends at Rutgers, though--a smart, somewhat ougoing guy. I tend to think of it as kind of a lonely place. But it's diverse, and not far from NYC. Also, Rutgers is like a city of its own. Academically, I think they are similar, but Rutgers may be better. Lastly, my aunt went to Binghamton about 30 years ago and loved it.