The State University of New York at Binghamton, also known as Binghamton University, (commonly referred to as Bing or BU), is a public research university in the U.S. state of New York. The university is one of the four university centers in the State University of New York (SUNY) system. Since its establishment in 1946, the University has grown from a small liberal arts college, Harpur College, to a large doctoral-granting institution, presently consisting of six colleges and schools, and is now home to nearly 15,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Binghamton University is currently ranked 90th among the 262 national universities ranked in the 2012 U.S. News America's Best Colleges and Universities ranking and has been called a 'Public Ivy' (although there is no such official organization). The Carnegie Foundation has classified the University as RU/H (Research Universities with high research activity).
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