I think there are some tensions between upstate kids and Long Island/city kids. I'm in the latter category, I'm from Brooklyn. I have friends from the city, from upstate New York, and from out of state. I don't think it's something you see on a day-to-day basis, but I think a lot of upstaters feel discounted and forgotten about in some ways. I know I'm not articulating it well, and I'm sorry about that. I guess it shows up in things like a conversation I had with a friend about getting home for the break. I asked a her if she was taking the school-sponsored bus home, and she said no. I said "Why not? They go everywhere!" "Yeah, they go 'everywhere' if you're from the city or Long Island." I didn't realize until then how city-centric my view of things tends to be.
But I don't think that things like that are felt on a day-to-day basis, you know? It's there, but it's not a huge issue, it's something that I've noticed occasionally and never been especially bothered by.
Is there like a bus route like Peterpan or something at Bing? Or do you have to go to NYC to get on to a bus to there..? HOw far is it from NYC? MOstly instate kids right? Are the dorms nice? or are they like really small and prison cell like?
Shortline and Greyhound both have bus stations in downtown Binghamton.
Binghamton is about 4 hours from the city. Most kids are instate, but I know several from out of state, as well. I think Bing is trying to increase the number of OOS kids right now, I've noticed some advertising by them in PA and NJ.
The dorms, well, I've already described them as best I can. They're not luxury accommodations by any stretch of the imagination, but they're decent. I personally prefer suite-style to corridor-style, but corridor rooms are larger. The official word from Binghamton can be found here: Binghamton University - Residential Life - Communities ; I think that between that and what's already been said, you can get a pretty good sense of what the dorms are like. Anything more specific? I'd be glad to help if I can!
How far Greyhound station from Bing?
I think I can answer a question about bus to Philly. Greyhound goes from Binghamton to Scranton, PA. And then you can take another bus to Philly that stops at Willow Grove, King of Prussia and in downtown Philly.
I believe that jb12 is correct about getting from Binghamton to Philly.
The Greyhound station is 10 - 15 minutes driving from campus. There are several buses that go from campus to downtown Binghamton, where the bus station is located. The Broome County transit system is really reliable, as are the Off Campus College Transportation (OCCT) "Blue Buses". Additionally, there's a shuttle from campus to the Shortline terminal on Friday afternoons, and back to campus on Sunday. A taxi from campus to the bus station would run you $7.
Thanks, jb12, and also orcasand0wls for your addtional information. It sounds like the bus to Scranton, and picking up a connection to the Philly area would work fine--far better than having to travel several hours into NYC and then have to travel at least a couple more hours into PA.
Another question: How much of a "suitcase" campus is Binghamton? Is there much in the way of weekend/evening activities on campus that could be a viable alternative to the party scene? Thanks again.
Most weekends, some people go home, but not everyone. For those of us from the city, it's expensive: $75 round trip. That's a prohibitively high cost for me, so I've only been home once, and I've never felt lonely.
I'm not a partier at all. I've been to two house parties, but both were hosted by "quirky" people, and were more about playing four square in the living room than about drinking. I've never been down to the bars. I've still found things to do here on the weekends. Late Nite Binghamton (Late Nite Binghamton) attempts to offer alternative activities on the weekends. I've been to a few, and they're fun. I also spend a lot of weekends just hanging out at friend's places, watching movies, listening to music - normal teenage stuff, I guess. It was harder at first, before I fell in with a group of friends. But once you meet people who are like-minded, I think you'll find things to do.
I can't give you a percentage of how many people are from upstate, I don't know and I would have no idea where to look up the data. I feel comfortable saying that it's a significant percentage of students, I just don't know how many. Sorry I can't be of more help on this one.
Getting from Binghamton to Boston without a car is a pain in the butt. It looks like a round-trip ticket on Greyhound is about $160, and the schedule has you taking a bus from Bing to NYC and then transferring to another bus to get from NYC to Boston. When I (and most people I know) want to get from Bing to Boston, the first thing they look for is a ride share. If that doesn't work out, the least expensive option is to take a bus from Binghamton to NYC and then take a Chinatown bus (or Bolt Bus or Megabus, if you purchase a ticket in advance) up to Boston. It's a long trip, generally 4 hours from Bing to NYC and another four hours from NYC to Boston. Driving, Bing to Boston is about 5 hours.
I do not feel qualified to answer the GPA question, but I'm sure someone else will!
Hi, I'm from NJ and applied. Don't know yet if I got in. I have a few questions:
1. I'm a little nervous about Binghamton being on the Princeton Review's list of schools with the most depressed students. I know those lists are a bit subjective, but have you noticed this to be the case?
2. Sort of answered upthread, but is there much to do for someone who doesn't drink or do drugs? Is substance free housing a good idea, or mainly used by the very religious?
3. How likely are you to be able to chose your community? Based on what you've said and other accounts I've heard, I definitely don't want Newing.