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New Non-Degree (Non-Matriculated) Graduate Students

Welcome to Binghamton University's community of scholars, researchers, and teachers!

We're confident you will find Binghamton University a rewarding place to continue your education. Below you will find a list of steps you must take to begin your studies as a non-degree student at Binghamton University.

Activate & Access Your BMail

BMail is your official Binghamton e-mail account. Since all official University communication will be sent here, make sure to check your BMail at least once a week prior to the start of the semester and more often during the semester. To activate your BMail account, you will need the Binghamton University User ID and password you used to pay your application fee. Get started.

Already activated your BMail account? Log in!



Manage Your Binghamton University Computer Account

Your Binghamton University computer account is used to access all online resources on campus: Blackboard, public computers on campus, Internet connection, BU Brain Self-Service, online bill pay, registration, view/request transcripts, etc. You access your computer account by logging in with your user ID and password.

Changing password or security questions: Go to the Binghamton University password homepage. Click "Manage Account Profile." Enter your user ID and password. Follow the instructions for changing your password or security questions.

Account Access


Accept the Code Of Conduct

You are required to read and accept the online Code of Conduct. When you first access a web service through BUBrain, the Code of Conduct will be presented automatically. Once it appears, please review the information as required and select CONTINUE.

BU Brain


Submit Mandatory Health Forms

Certain health forms are required for all students. You must download the required immunization forms and submit them to the Decker Student Health Services Center via mail, fax, or a PDF e-mail attachment before you will be allowed to register for classes. For more information, visit the Decker Student Health Services Center online or call them at 607-777-2221.  Distance learning students requesting a health waiver must submit written documentation (email) from the academic department to  (For summer and winter distance learning courses, please contact Susan Holden (Office of Continuing Education) at 607-777-2793 or

Mandatory Health Forms

Decker Student Health Services Center

Student Insurance


Register for Classes

You will use BU Brain to view the course schedule, add/drop classes, and confirm enrollment.

You will be able to register for classes beginning one week before the start of the term. To look up and register for classes, log in to BU Brain using your Binghamton University User ID and password. Then, under the "Student" tab, click "Registration."

Admitted non-degree students may register for most graduate classes; however, some programs limit admission to certain classes. It is your responsibility to verify that courses are available for the semester in which you apply. Contact the graduate director in your academic program of interest with your specific class/registration questions.

What if registration is full for the class I want to attend?

If registration for the course you wish to attend is full, you may petition the instructor for admittance into the class. Contact the instructor directly, via e-mail, to make your request. The instructor, in conjunction with the academic department, will review the petition. You may also opt to take a different class.

Submit Final, Official Transcript

The Graduate School at Binghamton University requires hard copies of your official, final transcript documenting your previous college and/or university coursework and degree conferral. This requirement applies to all enrolling students, both matriculated and non-matriculated. You must submit your transcript no later than six weeks after the beginning of the semester.

It is essential that we receive the required documentation in a timely manner to assure that your student record is updated. If your final transcript is not received, you will be unable to register for coursework in future semesters. Also, missing such proof of documentation may result in a rescinded admission offer or a hold on your student account, or prevent the future conferral of your graduate degree.

Please request your transcript be mailed via the postal service; do not fax or e-mail your final transcript. Unofficial documents will not be accepted. To assure receipt of delivery and timely processing of your transcript, please be sure your transcript is mailed to:

Binghamton University
ATTENTION: The Graduate School
PO Box 6000
Binghamton, NY 13902


BU Brain

How to Register with BU Brain

Schedule of Courses

University Calendar

Registrar's Office


Obtain Student ID Card

All non-matriculated graduate students must have a student ID card to access most campus services. Current Binghamton University undergraduate students will also need to obtain a new, Graduate School ID in order to take advantage of extended library privileges and other graduate student services.

ID cards are available through the Office of Financial Aid & Student Records. New students may upload their own ID card photo in advance to avoid waiting in long lines at the beginning of the semester. A Binghamton University UserID and password are required to login.  Upload your ID photo today!

 Visit the Student Records website to learn where and when the office will be issuing student IDs. A valid photo ID is required.

Office of Financial Aid & Student Records

Student ID Cards

Photo Upload


Confirm Enrollment

Students are required to confirm their enrollment in coursework every semester by the fifth day of classes. You will confirm your enrollment using BU Brain. View instructions.

BU Brain

Confirmation of Enrollment


Pay Your Bill

Your semester bill notification will be sent to your BMail after you have confirmed your enrollment. You may pay your tuition and fees online through Student Accounts. Make sure to pay by the date listed on the bill to avoid penalties. If you have questions regarding tuition, billing or payment, please contact Student Accounts directly at 607-777-2702 or

Student Accounts

BU Brain


Seeking a Future Degree or Certificate

If you later decide that you would like to pursue a graduate degree or certificate at Binghamton University, The Graduate School welcomes your application. Depending on the curriculum requirements of a program, some courses taken as a non-degree student may be applied toward a degree.

Please note: Non-degree graduate students may take up to 12 credits total, though some academic departments and schools limit that number further. Any credits taken beyond the 12-credit limit as a non-degree student will not be counted toward earning a degree, should you later matriculate into a graduate degree program. View The Graduate School Manual for details.

Admission to a graduate degree program or certificate requires an application to The Graduate School, formal acceptance, and enrollment. Taking courses as a non-matriculated student does not guarantee admission to a degree-granting program.

View program deadlinesApply for graduate study.

Program Deadlines



Familiarize Yourself with Campus Resources

Blackboard: Communicate with fellow students and professors in a virtual classroom related to your courses. Access Blackboard.

bMobi: The bMobi application for iPhone, iPods, iPads, Blackberries, Androids, and other web-enabled cell phones provides course schedules, campus maps, news, videos, directories, athletic news, information on campus events, images, and more. View instructions and download bMobi.

Bookstore: Buy textbooks and more and the University Bookstore.

NY-Alert/RAVE: Receive text messages or e-mails through NY-Alert/RAVE, the University's emergency alert system. Sign up or decline.

BUC$: Turn your student ID card into a debit card that you can use at numerous locations both on and off campus. Learn more.

Campus Map: Access a campus map. View a list of building abbreviations.

Campus Meal Plans: Learn about Binghamton University dining options and meal plans at BUDining.

Career Development Center (CDC): The CDC, along with The Graduate School and the Graduate Student Organization (GSO), will present a number of professional development workshops during the semester. Be sure to check your BMail for notifications or visit the CDC's website.

Center for Civic Engagement: The Center for Civic Engagement helps student connect with the Greater Binghamton area through community-based research, internship and volunteer opportunities. Learn more.

Computing Hardware and Software Discounts: Many vendors offer computer hardware and software at a discount to Binghamton students. View a list of hardware and software.

Libraries: Binghamton University libraries have three locations: Bartle Library, Science Library, and the Downtown Center Library. Learn more, search the library catalog, and access journals and databases at

Office of International Students and Scholars Services (ISSS): The ISSS office provides resources and advice for international students, including information on visas, housing, and international student organizations. Visit the ISSS website.

Printing Services: Students receive a quota each semester to print on-campus using the Pharos laser printing system. View instructions and more information.

The Graduate School Manual: This essential resource provides important information on Graduate School policies, including degree requirements. Access the online Manual.

University Bulletin: Review specific information about academic programs and degree requirements in the University Bulletin.

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Last Updated: 1/7/15