not required, but results are examined if submitted. Applicants must be graduates of an accredited secondary school or offer evidence of equivalent education. Freshman candidates should normally show completion of the following distribution of high school courses (please note exceptions):
In addition to the high school transcript, freshmen who have taken courses for college credit should have a record of that work sent by the college or testing agency directly to the Admissions Office.
After admission for the fall term has been offered, a $50 tuition deposit must be paid by May 1, or 20 days after admission, whichever is later. Students applying for campus housing must pay an additional $125 room deposit, plus a $75 damage deposit, by May 1 or 20 days after admission, whichever is later. The tuition and room deposits may be refunded if requested before May 1 or 20 days after admission, whichever is later. Students who do not enroll may receive a refund of the damage deposit upon written request. Students admitted to the spring term are given 20 days to pay each deposit or until the start of the term if less than 20 days.
All enrolling students must complete, with the aid of a health official, a health history and a physical examination report prior to registration. The University sends these forms to each student who has paid an admission deposit. Only in the most unusual circumstances is it legally permissible for the University to rescind an offer of admission for health reasons. In those infrequent cases where health or disability seems to pose a challenge to academic success, the admitted student is invited to campus to consult the appropriate health and/or Student Affairs officials to discuss problems the student may encounter in pursuing the desired academic program. In such cases, the final decision to enroll or not is the student's. Students unable to submit health forms because of religious affiliation should consult the University Health Service for alternatives.
Applicants to the University are admitted on the total strength of their applications. While academic criteria such as grades, class rank, quality and level of courses, test scores, and trend of grades are primary, involvement in leadership and school and community activities, and how effectively an applicant communicates strengths and interests are also important (and sometimes crucial) elements in an admission decision. Generally, students applying with a class rank below the top tenth or equivalent grade-point average (GPA) may expect greater emphasis to be placed on achievements outside the classroom. There is no automatic cutoff in the admission process, either in GPA, rank, or test scores.
The Admissions Committee seeks to enroll the strongest and most diverse class possible. Candidates are urged to make full use of the Supplementary Admission Form, sent after the initial application reaches Binghamton University. The Admissions Committee is sensitive to all types of achievement and welcomes information about the candidate's values, aspirations, and personal challenges. Students who meet both academic and financial criteria may be admitted to the Educational Opportunity Program, and students living locally are afforded a degree of flexibility in the admission process. Students should inquire of guidance counselors or members of the Admis sions Office staff for details. Candidates with special skills in music, theater, or dance may request a review of their skills by faculty members by checking the appropriate box on the Supplementary Admission Form. Students with athletic, artistic, or other skills may include supporting information with that form.
Candidates who wish an early decision should file, no later than November 1, an application for admission to Binghamton through the Application Processing Center, being sure to check the box for early decision. All supplemental materials, including transcript(s), test scores, Binghamton's Supplementary Admission Form, and a guidance counselor's letter of recommen dation, should be received in Binghamton by December 1. If an application is complete by December 1, the Admissions Office will notify candidates of a decision by December 31 to offer admission or to defer the final decision until March.
Candidates applying to the University under the Early Decision Plan must sign a statement that they will withdraw any application for admission to other colleges and will file no additional applications if they are accepted to Binghamton and decide to enroll. A guidance counselor must also acknowledge the candidate's commitment by signing the appropriate form.
If offered admission, Early Decision candidates must send a deposit of $250 to reserve a place in the class. Candidates not offered admission will have their applications reconsid ered with those of other candidates during the winter meetings of the Admissions Committee. Notifications of final decisions are normally mailed to these candidates no later than April 1.
Early Decision candidates who wish to be considered for financial aid should file the CSS Profile form available from the College Scholarship Service, Princeton, NJ and from most high school guidance offices. A tentative financial award will be announced shortly after notifica tion of acceptance. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must also be filed, as well as the TAP application (for New York residents), by the annual deadline, typically March 1.
Harpur College of Arts and Sciences allows students to count up to 32 credits of external examination credit toward the degree. External examination credit includes those credits earned through CLEP, RCEP (Regents' College Exams Program), AP, or IB (International Baccalaureate, higher level) with scores of 4 or above, through USAFI/DANTES (United States Armed Forces Institute/Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Services), or through examination from other institutions or correspondence.
transfer to some programs are limited and competition is keen. Students should apply well before the beginning of the semester in which enrollment is desired.
International applicants are required to meet the academic standards for admission, show proficiency in English on the college level, and submit documentation of sufficient funds to cover all educational and living expenses for the duration of study. Due to delays in the exchange of some foreign currencies, students from certain countries may be required to prepay one year's academic and personal living expenses to ensure that adequate funds will be available for their study.
With the exception of students placed through special educational exchange agreements and those enrolling for the summer term only, all international students are required to be matriculated in a degree program.
To certify English proficiency, international applicants whose native language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Information about the examination may be obtained by writing:
Generally, a minimum TOEFL score of 550 is required for admission.
Students are required to provide their own funds for tuition, fees, room, board, insurance, and personal expenses. Currently, this figure is estimated to be approximately $19,000 for one calendar year and can be expected to increase by at least 10 percent each year. The University cannot provide financial assistance to international undergraduate students. Nor can study be financed through employment: the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service rarely grants permission to work off campus, and on -campus employment opportunities are limited.
Applicants who meet the above requirements are issued a letter of admission and, subse quently, the appropriate Certificate of Eligibility to apply for a student or exchange visitor visa.
Details regarding admission policies and procedures for international students are sent to all prospective applicants.
The Educational Opportunity Program comprises a diverse group of students from different kinds of backgrounds and areas within New York State. The program has produced many notable success stories, and students who enter the program may look forward to excellent opportunities, from the challenge and excitement offered in the pre-freshman summer enrichment program, to graduation. Students who believe they may qualify for this program should fill out the basic application. They are also required to complete Binghamton's Supplementary Admis sion Form and may be required to have a personal interview.
It is essential that a high school transcript, or equivalent, be received well before enrollment, so that a complete transfer credit evaluation can be made promptly. The sooner the high school record is received, the sooner the final evaluation can be made. Please note: students applying for transfer admission during their first year of college must submit an official copy of their high school transcript and test scores to complete their application. For some students, admission decisions may be delayed until grades from two consecutive college semesters are available; in such cases, students are notified of this require ment.
Transfer admission for the Watson School is selective, but the school welcomes engineering and computer science transfers. Please see the appropriate academic section of this Bulletin for additional information.
Transfer admission to the School of Education and Human Development is selective. Candidates generally need an average of 2.5 or better to gain admission. Candidates are required to complete the Supplementary Admission Form to help the SEHD Admissions Committee gain a better understanding of the students' educational goals and objectives.
Transfer spaces for the School of Management are limited. Admission is granted primarily on the basis of academic proficiency in appropriate courses; candidates generally need about a B average for admission. Completion of the Supplementary Admission Form is strongly encouraged.
Harpur College usually provides a substantial number of transfer spaces and, while admission is selective, students with about a B average are encouraged to apply.
Transfer admission to the Decker School of Nursing is competitive. Applicants with a strong background in either liberal arts or nursing (registered nurses) should apply. Most students will complete nursing requirements in a minimum of two years. Some registered nurse students and graduates with baccalaureate or higher degrees may be eligible for accelerated programs. Please see the Program Options section under Decker School of Nursing in this Bulletin.
Admission is competitive and based upon:
A maximum of 64 liberal arts and science course credits may be transferred from a community college. A minimum of 128 credits is needed to meet the program requirements. Credit for liberal arts and science course work, including courses prerequisite to the nursing major, may be transferred for courses where a grade of C- or better has been earned. Credit for courses where the student has received a grade of D can not be transferred. Credit for upper-division nursing course work taken in another baccalaureate nursing program will also be evaluated on an individual basis. Please see "Transfer Student Admission" in the Decker School of Nursing section or contact the Decker School for more information.
Registered Nurse Students
Liberal arts courses, including all courses prerequisite to upper-division nursing courses and taken at other colleges and universities, may be accepted in transfer. Graduates of community college nursing programs in New York state may transfer up to 24 credits of nursing coursework. Twenty credits may be used to fulfill nursing major requirements and four credits will count toward the degree as general elective credits. An additional 60 liberal arts credits from the community college setting are transferrable, bringing the maximum number of transfer credits accepted to 84 credits. There is no limit on the number of liberal arts transfer credits from four-year colleges and universities. Residency requirements of the University of at least 7 1/2 courses (30 credits) will be met by taking the 32 credits of required coursework in the nursing major. The 30 credits in residence must be the last courses taken toward the degree, unless students petition the Education Policies Commit tee and obtain, in advance, an exception to this rule.
The Decker School may require comprehensive examinations, such as selected Nursing Regents College Examinations or National League for Nursing Mobility Examinations for registered nurse students for whom coursework was taken more than 10 years ago. Registered nurse students may choose to present evidence of professional experience, continuing education in nursing, specialty certification, etc., to extend the timeframe for direct transfer of nursing and required prerequisite courses.
Graduates of hospital diploma programs and those RNs from out-of-state associate degree in nursing programs that are not NLN accredited may be granted up to 24 college credits for nursing coursework with an acceptable level of achievement on selected Regents College Examinations in nursing or the NLN Mobility Examinations. Diploma graduates who obtain 24 credits via the above process may transfer up to 60 liberal arts credits from community colleges. An unlimited number of credits may be transferred from other four-year colleges and universities. Residency requirements are as described earlier in this section.
A complete program plan for the Registered Nurse student is developed in consultation with the faculty advisor to meet individual needs.
Applicants with Baccalaureate Degrees in Other Fields
Applicants with a baccalaureate or higher degree in another field wishing to earn the bachelor of science degree in nursing are required to complete the prerequisite courses listed in the Decker School of Nursing section and required nursing coursework. Applicants may be eligible for admission to the accelerated baccalaureate track. Please see "Program Options" in the Decker School of Nursing section or contact the Decker School for more information.
Transfer students to the bachelor of science program in applied social sciences are automatically granted 60 credits for their associate degree. Students transferring into the BA program receive 60 credits in transfer if at least 30 credits of their associate degree work are in liberal arts and sciences courses. Transfers to the BA program without 30 credits in liberal arts and sciences have their transcripts reviewed on a course-by -course basis.
The school also considers for possible academic credit or advanced placement, or both, any college-level work offered through approved off-campus programs such as the University of
the Air, the Independent Study Program, RCEP, CLEP, and DANTES, and through certain educa tional programs of private or public institutions, such as hospital nursing programs, or formal training programs conducted by governmental agencies. A maximum of 30 credit hours is accepted from such sources, and each case is decided on its own merits. No credit or advanced standing is granted for general or equivalency examinations.
Questions concerning the transfer of aca-demic and advanced-standing credit should be addressed to the academic advisor of the School of Education and Human Development. Official transcripts and certificates of completion submit-ted by applicants for transfer credit are evaluated by the academic advisor. The final decision to deny or grant academic credit or advanced standing in each instance rests with the dean.
Students may be able to transfer some courses and/or credit in the management and accounting areas, in accordance with the school's transfer credit policy. However, it is strongly recommended that students wishing to transfer concen trate their efforts on satisfying the liberal arts and foundation course requirements. Transfer credit for upper-level professional course work is not granted without ample evidence of its basic equivalency to analogous course work taught in the School of Management. Thus, students must formally "validate" all such courses for which transfer credit is requested. Normally this re- quires (at a minimum) completion of a detailed proficiency examination in each course area for which transfer credit is requested. The coverage of such examinations is based on the appropriate course work as it is taught in the School of Management.
Students transferring into the School of Management from two-year colleges normally are limited to a maximum of 68 hours of transfer credit. For students with more than 68 credit hours, credit for courses that are offered by the School of Management will be considered before credit for liberal arts courses. As a result, credits in liberal arts beyond 68 credit hours cannot be transferred.
Although most transfer students have completed two years of college work, students can be accepted for transfer at any time during their college career, if space permits. Admission is usually not granted to students whose overall average for previous studies at other institutions is less than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Advanced-standing credit is generally granted for all work comparable to that offered by Binghamton University. In addition, up to 16 hours of elective credit may be granted for courses not comparable to any offered by Binghamton, provided that the work was analytical rather than descriptive in nature. Courses falling within this category cannot include business or accounting courses. Advanced standing is not granted for courses completed with a grade lower than C.
Students transferring into the Division of Engineering Design (freshman and sophomore years of engineering) will have their credits transferred on a course-by-course basis. Any courses in which they receive a grade of C- or better and which apply to their major require ments will transfer. The first two years of the engineering programs are the same for either major. Students transferring into the junior year of either electrical engineering or mechanical engineering normally hold the degree of associate of science in engineering science, as defined by the SUNY Two-Year Engineering Science Association (TYESA). Members of TYESA have designed associate of science programs which closely match that of the Watson School so that tranfer into the Watson School program is facilitated. Members of the Two-Year Engineering Science Association are: Adirondack Community College, Alfred Agricultural and Technical College, Broome Community College, Canton College of Technology, Cayuga County Community College, Columbia-Greene Community College, Corning Community College, Delhi Agricultural and Technical College, Dutchess Community College, Erie Community College, SUNY Farmingdale, Finger Lakes Community College, Fulton-Montgomery Community College, Genesee Community College, Herkimer County Community College, Hudson Valley Community College, Jamestown Community College, Jefferson Community College, Manhattan Community College, Mohwak Valley Community College, Morrisville Agricultural and Technical College, Nassau Community College, Onondaga Community College, Orange County Community College, Rockland Community College, Suffolk Community College, Tompkins -Cortland Community College, and Ulster County Community College. Students from other programs should have equivalent transferable credit in the following subjects:
Students transferring as juniors into the electrical or mechanical engineering programs with the associate in engineering science degrees will usually receive 60 credits (junior standing) for the associate degree. Those who transfer into mechanical engineering having completed thermodynamics and/or strength of materials from a New York state community college will have the course(s) waived, substituting free elective credits to replace those junior year courses.
Those who do not have the associate degree are awarded credit on a course-by-course basis, up to 60 credits. Any credits completed in addition to the usual associate degree require ments are reviewed separately by the department of major. Upper-division credits earned, with a grade of C- or better, at any ABET-accredited four year institution are usually transferred whenever applicable to major requirements.
BS in Computer Science
Students transferring to the BS program in computer science have their transcripts evaluated course-by-course. Those who have completed the following courses with no less than a C- in each may finish the program with four full-time semesters of study:
Non-degree students may take a part-time or full-time course load each semester. However, with the exception of applicants for summer sessions, students may not enroll as non-degree students unless at least one year has passed since their last secondary school course work. Students who wish to obtain a baccalaureate degree at some future time should consult with an academic advisor before enrolling with non -degree status for more than two consecutive semesters.
Older Adults AS Auditors
New York residents 60 years of age or older may audit courses free of charge when space is available. Courses may not be taken for credit. Permission of the instructor is required. Persons interested in auditing courses are encouraged to contact the Academic Advising Office in SW 110, 607-777-6305.
Binghamton University values honesty and integrity. Students applying for admission or readmission must provide full and accurate information on the appropriate application. Students falsifying information by any method may be suspended or dismissed from the University or have their admission rescinded if the violation is discovered before enrollment.
2. Official transcripts of all previous college work (submitted in a sealed envelope with the application).
3. At least two letters of recommendation from people acquainted with the applicant's academic achievements at the institution most recently attended. Letters are submitted in sealed envelopes with the application. Applicants who have been out of school for more than five years may use other references.
4. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores (verbal, quantitative, and analytical). Test scores for the GRE advanced examination should also be submitted in those disciplines where GRE advanced tests are given. Applicants for admission to programs in the School of Manage ment should submit Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) scores in lieu of GRE scores. Please submit a photocopy of your test scores, if possible, and order the results sent officially by ETS to the Graduate Admissions Office.
Applicants for the fall semester are urged to take the GRE at the December testing or earlier, as the results of later testings are frequently not available in time for admission and financial aid decisions. Information may be obtained by writing:
Applicants for fall-semester admission to the School of Management are encouraged to take the GMAT at the January testing or earlier. Information about the examinations may be obtained by writing:
5. A personal statement, a completed application form, and the application fee ($50 in 1996) and payment form. These and all other required documents are submitted together, as the instructions on the application explain.
6. Recommendation by the department for admission, and approval by the vice provost for graduate studies and teaching.
The vice provost may waive the admission requirement for GRE or GMAT scores in individual cases, on the recommendation of the department's director of graduate studies. Students who do not submit GRE or GMAT scores may also be admitted provisionally and required to submit test scores before they can achieve regular matriculated status.
Admission to graduate study in any discipline does not imply admission to candidacy for a doctoral degree. Such candidacy is subject to specific requirements as defined by the several departments and schools. Students must have the approval of the department or school in which they wish to major before they can become candidates for the degree in a specific subject.
Applicants should read the detailed instruc tions on the application with care. These instructions direct applicants to enclose all application materials together; completed applications, including transcripts and letters of recommendation in sealed envelopes, are processed more quickly and efficiently by the Graduate Admissions Office. When the completed application is matched with appropri
ate test scores, sent at the applicant's request by Educational Testing Service, the application is forwarded to the department or program for review.
Individual graduate programs have their own criteria for evaluation. Some programs require credentials beyond those required by the Graduate School. Applicants should read carefully the materials sent by the program and should contact the program office if they have questions.
Like other highly competitive graduate institutions, Binghamton University has deadlines for receipt of completed applications. Decisions on admission and funding are made early in the spring for the following year. To be considered for financial aid, students must submit completed applications to the Graduate Admissions Office by February 15; some programs, including clinical psychology, require completed applications by February 1. For fall admission without aid, completed applications should arrive by April 15. For spring admission, completed applications should arrive by November 1. Some programs have different deadlines; applicants should consult the materials sent by their program. International applicants on F or J visas should apply one month before these deadlines.
Applicants wishing to be considered for fellowships or assistantships may apply by completing the appropriate section of the regular application. No separate application for funding is required by Binghamton, though successful applicants are required to apply for the New York State Tuition Assistance Program, and graduate students who apply for loans are required to fill out other forms.
Applicants admitted as matriculated students may be placed in one of the following categories:
Degree status: students are admitted as fully qualified to undertake a program toward a graduate degree.
Provisional admission: students whose credentials are incomplete may be admitted provisionally. Once the missing documentation is received, they will automatically become regularly admitted, this change being imple mented by the Graduate Admissions Office. All missing documentation should be submitted during the student's first semester. Students under provisional admission will not be allowed to register for successive semesters unless approval is specifically granted by the vice provost.
Conditional admission: students who do not meet academic requirements for admission, as determined by their programs, may be admitted conditionally. It is expected that specific conditions for admission to regular status, and a timetable for fulfilling those conditions, will be identified by the program at the time of conditional admission. Each semester, the program will review the student's progress toward satisfying those conditions and recommend appropriate action by the vice provost.
Applicants admitted as non-matriculated graduate students may register for approved undergraduate or graduate courses by obtaining the written permission of the course instructor or the chair of the department. If the instructor cannot be reached prior to registration day, approval may be requested from the department chair or advisor at registration.
Applications for non-matriculated admission may be obtained from the Graduate Admissions Office. A transcript from the college granting the bachelor's degree must be submitted to the Graduate Admissions Office no later than six weeks after the beginning of the semester.
If at a later date a student decides to apply to the Graduate School for admission to a degree program, a regular admissions packet may be obtained from the Graduate Admissions Office. If the student is admitted to a degree program, an evaluation of the graduate courses that have been taken on a non-matriculated basis should be requested from the department. Through this evaluation, those courses that are found appropriate may be officially credited toward the student's degree.
Although special circumstances may allow an individual to be admitted as a non-matriculated student for one term, international students (F-1 visa) generally are not eligible for admission in non-matriculated status.
To certify English proficiency, international applicants whose native language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). However, international students who have received a degree in the United States are not required to submit TOEFL scores. Information about the examination may be obtained by writing:
Normally, a minimum TOEFL score of 550 is required for admission. Some graduate programs require TOEFL scores above the 550 minimum. Instruction in English as a second language may be required as a condition of admission; students are expected to complete such instruction satisfactorily within two semesters.
International applicants must guarantee a minimum of $18,600 per year to cover expenses. This figure includes living expenses, tuition, fees, and insurance expenses. An additional $3,500 is needed for a spouse accompanying the student to the United States, and $2,000 for the first child. An additional $1,000 for each additional child must be guaranteed. The University can provide financial assistance only to a limited number of international students, who must apply for it in advance. The Immigration and Naturalization Service rarely grants permission for international students to seek employment while in the United States. The minimum resources of $18,600 refer only to the 1996-97 academic year at the time of publication. Prospective students will be notified of any cost increases.
Non-matriculated students who fail to register for more than two consecutive semesters, excluding summer, are not permitted to register for courses until they have been readmitted.
Applications for readmission may be obtained from the Graduate Admissions Office. A fee of $50 is assessed for all applications for readmis sion to Binghamton University graduate degree programs.