Broome County enjoys one of the best public school systems in the nation. Full-day Kindergarten programs are offered in most school districts, as are pre-kindergarten programs. Daycare options are plentiful and reasonably priced.
For information and daycare/preschool referrals call the Family Enrichment Network, Inc. at (607) 723-8313, or on the Internet at http://www.familyenrichment.cc/index.html
Broome-Tioga BOCES offers vocational/alternative high school programs. The Broome-Tioga Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) is a unique and innovative educational institution established through state legislation to help public schools share services. One of 38 statewide, the BOCES operates as an extension of the local school districts and serves as liaison to the State Education Department. Broome-Tioga BOCES provides cost-effective services tailored to fulfill specialized needs. Phone: (607) 763-3300
If you are interested in home schooling, call your district office for information or the state’s Non-public Schools Unit at (518) 474-3879.
The Greater Binghamton Area workforce is on average more highly educated than the nation.This commitment to education begins in high school where Greater Binghamton’s students are less likely to drop out than are students elsewhere. Dropout rates are as follows:
Low dropout rates and high quality schools lead to higher SAT scores. On average, Greater Binghamton Area high schools lead state and national averages. The average SAT scores are as follows:
This high commitment to education continues throughout the student’s educational career. Educational attainment from the 2000 Census is as follows:
Binghamton University is one of four university centers within the State University of New York system. The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2005 calls Binghamton the “premier public university in the northeast.” Binghamton enrolls nearly 14,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs.
Binghamton University participates in Division I athletics and opened its $33.1 million Event Center in 2004. The 156,000 square-foot Events Center boasts a contemporary design and covers more than one acre. At its highest point, the three-level Events Center measures 65 feet. Seating capacity is 6,000 – 8,000, depending on the event.
Freshman Profile of the Class of 2008:
- SAT combined average: 1250
- The percentage of freshmen returning for their sophomore year is 92%; the national average is 67%.
- A recent report by the by the National Center for Educational Statistics ranks Binghamton third in the nation for four-year graduation rates for public research institutions at 70%; the BU five-year graduation rate is 80%; the national graduation rate is 56%.
- The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2005 lists BU among the “best buys” in public institutions in the nation.
- U.S. News & World Report continues to rank Binghamton among the top 50 public institutions in the nation for quality and value.
Davis College is a private, undergraduate, coeducational Bible college within the conservative evangelical tradition that fosters the spiritual, professional, intellectual and personal development of students for ministry.
Its three-year diploma, AAS and BRE degree programs provide an integration of Biblical, general and professional studies. The one-year certificate program focuses primarily upon Biblical studies. Davis College provides students with the education and experience to develop a thoroughly Biblical worldview and lifestyle.
Ridley-Lowell Business & Technical Institute
Ridley-Lowell is one of America’s oldest private business schools in continuous operation, spanning 150 years. They provide educational and training opportunities through concentrated, highly structured programs of study that prepare students for entry-level positions, while reflecting the needs of a changing job market.
SUNY Broome Community College
SUNY Broome Community College is a comprehensive community college supervised by State University of New York and sponsored by the County of Broome.
BCC generally enrolls 6,000 full and part time students in its credit programs. Those programs are divided into the following areas: Liberal Arts, Human and Public Service, Business, Office and Information Management, Health Services and Technology-Engineering-Computing. The College is a member of the Middle State Association of Colleges and Schools. Its curriculums are registered by the State Education Department and, accredited, where appropriate, by specific career-accrediting organizations.
Additionally, the Center for Community Education registers thousands of area residents each semester in both vocational and recreational non-credit courses. The Corporate Service office regularly sponsors skill updates to employees of area business and industry.
BCC is also home to the Greater Binghamton Area’s newest community asset, an Ice Center, completed in the fall of 2002. The Ice Center will be home to the BCC Hornets Hockey team, Southern Tier Hockey Association, Broome County High School Hockey Association, Binghamton Area Girls Hockey Association, and the Binghamton Figure Skating Club. The rink will also offer public skating sessions and lessons. The 758-seat hockey arena also includes: The Blue Line Cafe, a Video Lounge and an Events Room.
SUNY Upstate Medical University’s Binghamton Clinical Campus
SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, N.Y., one of only 130 academic medical centers in the country, established a branch campus in Binghamton in 1976.
Every year, about 80 third-year and fourth-year medical students from SUNY Upstate live in Binghamton where they study and hone their clinical skills. Students also work alongside local physicians, nurses and other health professionals at hospitals and clinical sites throughout the Southern Tier. Following graduation several stay to serve the region as doctors.
For more information on SUNY Upstate and its Binghamton campus, go to www.upstate.edu/.