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Advising at Binghamton University

Academic advising at Binghamton University operates using a "dual advising model." That means that you will be advised by both professional academic advisors, and University faculty. Our roles are similar in the sense that we aim to support and guide students throughout their academic careers at Binghamton. That said, our areas of expertise and focus differ.

Harpur College Academic Advising focuses on the broad areas of your degree plan. Our role involves guiding you through the General Education and Harpur College requirements, while looking at your overall plan and your progress at a macro level. We exist to help you understand how all of the various options available to you at Binghamton University can be used to create your individual degree plan; through helping you assess and consider various options within the general requirement areas, and through other University programs. We will help you consider core requirements, co-curricular and extra-curricular opportunities. We also help you track and account for all of your various degree requirements through providing support to the Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS) program, and through transfer credit articulation.

While Harpur Academic Advisors are generalists, faculty members are specialists. Only faculty members within your major department can adequately answer questions regarding major requirements. The level of expertise, and the familiarity with specific requirements needed to advise students of the major can only be found in the academic departments. Just as you would see a general physician, who might refer you to a medical specialist, we too will often refer you to the academic department. Certainly, Harpur Academic Advisors are familiar with major requirements. We can get you started within all majors. However, if you need advice on course selection after having completed introductory major work, you will be referred to a major advisor. Students who are fully declared, and have a specific major in progress, will work with major advisors on major requirement areas.

In addition to being experts in major areas, the academic department is responsible for the major requirement policies, and all major requirement fulfillment. If a transferred course or experience you have had is believed to fulfill a major requirement, you are advised to visit your major advisor or undergraduate coordinator/director.

The dual advising model situation means you will benefit from both a focused and broader degree planning perspective. Your faculty advisor will ensure that you have the required depth and breadth within your focused area of study, while we stand at the ready to help you develop a more complete plan, which may include internships, career exploration, National Student Exchange, or studying abroad (to name only a few).

If you are interested in pursuing a career, or post baccalaureate education in the health or law fields, we have also have noted Pre Health and Pre Law Advisors on staff. Please visit the prehealth website and prelaw website to learn about the curriculum and advising services.

In addition to support from faculty members and advisors, Binghamton University has many other dedicated professionals and counselors who provide advice and guidance. Take a look at the some of the campus resources available to help you tailor your academic plan, or gain relevant experiences.

Last Updated: 3/17/16