SUNY Broome sees growth, high hopes

By Brandi Bailey

SUNY Broome sees growth, high hopes

September 3, 2013 Updated Sep 4, 2013 at 10:10 AM EDT

Town of Dickinson, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Students at SUNY Broome started their first day of classes with plenty of spirit and determination for the coming year.

Tuesday, nearly 6,000 students traveled through campus outlining their schedules and searching for the right classrooms.

The campus has seen a 1 percent increase in student population in the past year, and a 2 percent increase in full-time students.

SUNY Broome administrators say they see determination in students, many of whom are coming to campus with a distinct career path in mind.

"My expectations for this semester are I want to really connect with a lot of the clubs here at BCC. They're starting up a new student learning club to connect students with opportunities to work with professors and form community projects. I want to help start that up," student Matthew Palka said.

Others were impressed with a new experience.

"The classes are actually really small and I feel like I can get a lot of teacher/student time as opposed to going to a big university. So I think it will be easier for me to make friends and focus," student Kali West said.

The campus also opened the doors Tuesday to its new Natural Science Building. An official grand opening for that building is expected in the coming weeks.