BU Instant Admission

By Julianne Sweeney

July 22, 2010 Updated Nov 12, 2008 at 8:38 PM EST

Some Broome Community College students don't have to wait long, or go very far to be accepted to a 4-year school.

Binghamton University hosted an Instant Admission Day.

As Action News Reporter Julianne Sweeney tells us, many students were sold after looking at BU's price tag.

Ask any of these Broome Community College students and they'll tell you, a big weight is lifted off their shoulders.

"It feels really good because I've been really stressed about this." says Arlene Yammine of Endicott.

They've been accepted to Binghamton University, as part of its Instant Admission Day.

More than 60 BCC students met one-on-one with BU admissions counselors.

After reviewing transcripts, 95-percent of them were accepted on the spot.

"I didn't even have to go in, I knew right at the registration, so it was cool." says Mike McManamon of Johnson City.

"These students are looking to the future, and they don't want to walk away with high student loans. Many of them say the price is right at BU." says Action News Reporter Julianne Sweeney.

"It just makes more sense for me to go to a cheaper school for here because a master's degree is going to be a lot, a lot of money." says Erin Price of Endicott.

BU Director of Undergraduate Recruitment Brian Hazlett says with a struggling economy, some students are picking public over private.

"If you look at the figures, I mean over the course of 4-years, it's a 100-thousand dollars more to attend a private school" says Hazlett.

"If it was like 20-thousand dollars a semester of however it works, I wouldn't be able to afford that." says Yammine.

For Yammine, she can afford BU.

An intelligent decision, she says she's paying lower prices and staying local.

If accepted under instant admission, students are eligible to major in the arts, sciences, or human development.

One third of all students who enter BU are transfers.

More than half come from two-year schools.

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