Binghamton University opened in 1946 as Triple Cities College. It catered to the needs of local veterans returning from World War II and was originally located in Endicott as a branch of Syracuse University. The college was incorporated into the State University of New York four years later and was renamed Harpur College. The college was finally renamed the State University of New York at Binghamton in 1965, and has informally been called Binghamton University.
SUNY at Binghamton is made up of six different schools: Harpur College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Community and Public Affairs, the Decker School of Nursing, the School of Education, the School of Management and the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science. The 887-acre campus is located on a hill in Vestal, a suburb of Binghamton, and has a Nature Preserve with plenty of trails for biking, hiking and running.
Students living in college housing or an off campus apartment will be pleased to know that there is a wide variety of things to do both on and off campus. Binghamton has a sophisticated cultural life, complete with operas, symphonies, orchestras, theaters and museums. Sports fans will be glad to know that there are professional sports teams in the area and lots of recreational activities.
Those looking for a great place to meet up with friends after a long week of studying will find solace in the many coffee houses, restaurants, concerts and malls. There's never a shortage of things to do in the area.
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