New Student Resources

New Student Programs, in collaboration with other departments throughout the University, assists new students and families with the transition to Binghamton University. New Student Programs has three specific programs to help new students with this transition: Orientation and Transition Programs, First Year Experience (FYE) classes, and the Emerging Leaders Program.

Orientation and Transition Programs

Orientation and Transition Programs are specifically designed to meet the needs of the students who attend these sessions. Throughout these sessions, students are introduced to a number of resources on campus, especially those that focus on assisting students in succeeding academically. During Orientation, students will have an opportunity to meet with academic advisors, speak with faculty and peer advisors, register for courses, and meet other new students. For more information about each specific orientation and transition programs, visit

Advising Information

Sites to Assist with Course Selection

  • University Bulletin
    Provides information about academic programs and majors
  • Schedule of Classes
    Provides classes offered for upcoming semesters included meeting times and course descriptions; also provides the opportunity to view classes by General Education requirement

For more information about each specific orientation and transition program, visit the Orientation section.

First Year Experience (FYE) Classes

          UNIV 101: First Year Experience

UNIV 101: First Year Experience is a two-credit seminar course for new students to assist in their transition to the University. Students are provided with opportunities to explore campus resources, potential majors and future-planning tools, as well as develop and practice skills in oral presentations, critical thinking, and student success topics. Each student is assigned a Discovery Advisor as a peer resource for the semester to assist with questions or concerns from a student perspective. UNIV 101 fulfills the "O" General Education requirement.  Multiple sections are offered for first-semester freshmen and transfers in the fall semester with additional sections offered to incoming first-semester transfer students during the spring semester. To find specific meeting times and locations, visit the Schedule of Classes website. Note:  Students cannot enroll in both UNIV 101 and HARP 101 (described below). 


HARP 101

HARP 101 is a two-credit seminar course for new first semester freshman students in Harpur College during the fall semester.  HARP 101 offers a blended course format which includes two primary components, one focusing on an interesting academic topic with the second component devoted to new student transition topics.  Students are involved in discussions with a small group of other new students, a Harpur College faculty member, and professional staff member including a specific academic topic of interest (for example, one course may examine sustainable energy solutions while another may discuss the psychology behind relationships with others). The team teaching format and combined components of the course allow opportunities for students to explore campus resources, develop critical thinking and writing skills, and improve time management. HARP 101 fulfills the "W" General Education requirement.  Multiple sections are offered each fall, each with a different academic course topic. To find specific topics, meeting times, and locations, visit the Schedule of Classes website.  Note:  Students cannot enroll in both HARP 101 and UNIV 101 described above.

Emerging Leaders Program

The Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) is a semester-long certificate program for entering first-semester students (freshmen and transfers) who are interested in learning about and practicing leadership, becoming connected to the university and local community and developing important skills for success in college and life. Emerging Leaders join one of six small groups of approximately thirteen new students in a specialized “Knowledge Community” (KC), based on their area of interest, providing a lens from which to explore and practice leadership.  Each Knowledge Community is led by a leadership team consisting of trained undergraduate peer mentors along with a faculty program advisor and professional staff program advisor. Emerging Leaders participate in a workshop series, networking and professional development activities, and weekly KC meetings.  As a way to put leadership skills into action, the new students within each KC work together to develop and implement a team-initiated service-learning project during the fall semester program. The ELP takes place only during the fall semester.

New students can apply to be part of the ELP through an online application, available May through the end of the July orientation programs on the ELP website.  For more information about the ELP, visit


Last Updated: 5/25/16