Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Binghamton University welcomes new students and their families to campus for the academic year.
Approximately 2,570 freshmen, 1,190 transfer students and 1,000 new graduate students are joining the campus community this year.
On Thursday, new students moved in to dorms all over campus for Move-In Day. Many freshmen were on campus. Parents and students lugged boxes, suitcases and bags out of cars and up flights of steps.
"It is the most exciting day of the year," said Dr. Harvey Stenger, Binghamton University President, "To have thousands of students, either new or returning students, come here all at once, unpack their cars, move into their rooms, meet their roommates for the first time. Watching parents say goodbye and some shed a few tears. It makes your heart beat a little faster today."
Seven percent of the new undergraduate class is from Broome and Tioga counties. 27 percent is from upstate New York, 23 percent from Long Island and 18 percent from New York City.
"It is one of the highest quality, maybe the highest quality group of students we've ever brought in and it's the largest freshmen class we've ever brought in," said Stenger.
Stenger says the University admitted the same amount of students this year, but more accepted and decided to attend Binghamton University.
Students say they are looking forward to the education opportunities the University has to offer.
"I'm a science major and I'm looking at a pre-med career. Binghamton University has a lot of resources I feel I could use including a large collection of science literature. University hospitals are always looking for research and internship opportunities so I think that will be helpful in the future," said Sean Harrington, Freshman at Binghamton University.
Approximately 165 (13 percent) of the new transfer students are coming from Broome Community College. The University says another 45 have signed up for the Binghamton Advantage program, which is a joint admission program that will allow students to attend BCC while living on campus at BU.
Binghamton University also expects a large number of international students on campus this fall. There are more than 400 international students representing 55 countries.
Classes for the fall semester begin September 4, 2012.