Binghamton University officials say the school is expected to host President Obama next Friday as part of an upstate bus tour to discuss affordable higher education for the middle class.

University president Harvey Stenger Friday afternoon said he is "thrilled" about the planned presidential visit.

Speaking with reporters on the Vestal campus, Stenger said it's "very exciting" that the president has included Binghamton on his scheduled tour.

Stenger said those associated with the university have a "great story to tell." He noted Binghamton is ranked as providing one of the best higher education values in the nation.

Stenger provided no details about exactly when and where the president is expected to appear during his local visit.

University officials say it's a "White House event" and is being coordinated by Obama's staff.

Stenger was asked whether he would encourage the president to consider a Binghamton University education for his daughters.

Stenger said: "I would hope that his daughters would consider Binghamton University as one of the schools that they would visit and perhaps apply to. I think that would be appropriate. Maybe I'll give him some material about Binghamton University, some recruiting material, for his daughters."