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The White House has officially released a location for President Barack Obama's visit to Binghamton. As expected, Binghamton University will be one of the stops along his two-day bus tour. During the trip, the President is expected to lay out his plan for affordable higher education for middle class families. YNN's Melissa Kakareka has the latest from Binghamton University.

VESTAL, N.Y. -- Excitement is building at Binghamton University now that the White House has confirmed President Barack Obama will visit the campus next Friday.

"To have the President of the United States visit Binghamton University on his tour to talk about how higher education can impact the middle class is extremely exciting. Very proud, looking forward to it," said Binghamton University President Harvey Stenger.

"Everyone's really excited and they just can't wait for him to get here. They are also shocked," said BU Student Christina Seung.

The White House said the President will take part in a town hall style event at Binghamton University. However, the university is still waiting for specifics about the venue and the size of the gathering. It is also unclear who will get to attend.

Many students are hoping for a chance to see the President.

"I actually was hoping to come because it seems like a once in a lifetime opportunity," said Michelle DiGiacomo, a Binghamton University student.

"If I was able to go to a town hall meeting, it would be awesome to just hear feedback from other people and hear him respond to their questions," said Brittnay Corcco, a Binghamton University student.

Stenger said he feels the university is an appropriate venue for the President's bus tour, which will also take him to Buffalo, Syracuse and Scranton.

"Providing an affordable education and a quality education for students is one of our features and I think that's probably why he, his staff, and the researchers that went into this chose Binghamton University," said Stenger.

Stenger said he is looking forward to showing the President everything Binghamton University has to offer.

"We hope everything goes very smoothly and we hope our campus is friendly and receptive to him, I know they will be, and that we have a great turnout and that he enjoys himself here and that he feels happy about being here," said Stenger.

University officials say they expect to have more information about the President's visit in the next few days.

As far as preparing for his visit, the schools says it will follow whatever instructions and protocols are laid out by the White House.

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