BU welcomes academically excellent freshman class

By Julianne Peixoto

August 28, 2014 Updated Aug 29, 2014 at 5:46 PM EDT

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Binghamton University welcomed 2,550 freshmen Thursday. The school is calling this group one of the most "academically impressive" in its history.

With an average high school GPA of 94 percent and an average SAT score of nearly 1300, this year's group of freshmen stood out against the more than 28,000 applications BU received.

"He came to tour here when he was about 15 years old because he wanted to go to this college," said parent Michael Castello, of Brooklyn. "I never expected he would get the GPA to make it here, but he did, and I'm so proud of him."

Upperclassmen assisted the new students by helping to unload their belongings and set up their new rooms.

"I'm excited, I'm nervous, a lot of emotions going through me right now," said freshman Alex Sgueglia, of Westchester.

Sgueglia's family helped him to set up his room, and said the whole process was bittersweet.

"Right now I'm very excited," said Sgueglia's mother, Anita. "Maybe in a couple of hours I'll be feeling quite differently, but at the moment I'm thrilled for my son."

Parents marveled at the new dormitories in the Dickinson Community on campus.

"It's amazing, compared to what I lived in as a freshman in Northeastern, it's remarkable," said parent David Sklaver. "The fact that they have air conditioning here is incredible!"

Binghamton University offers a unique experience that sorts students in a way comparable to the Harry Potter Hogwarts houses.

"For freshmen, they'll preference between the five communities and then the housing people will place them based on their preferences," said senior Rebecca Latona. "Every community has its own personality."

The upperclassmen students come to campus this weekend.

Also this weekend, the university celebrates its 21st annual University Fest.

For details on events and locations, click here.