Academic Tools

The academic transition to Binghamton University can be challenging. There are a number of individuals, places, and materials through multiple campus organizations and offices to assist you with this transition.

A great place to begin with your transition is by following this checklist for your freshmen year, developed by the Discovery Program. We encourage you to download a PDF Version of this checklist for more detailed information on each item.

  • Get to know your RA, DA, and your fellow residents.
  • Make sure you are going to class.
  • Get involved on campus.
  • Get to know at least one professor each semester.
  • Get to know the academic resources on campus. A great place to start is by checking out the information below!

Academic Assistance

The Discovery Program seeks to help students academically and prepare them for a transition into and throughout their college experience. One of the services coordinated by Discovery are the Discovery Advisor. Your Discovery Advisor can provide you with great tips on study skills, including these study tips (.pdf), as well as other academic support and career planning information. You can find your Discovery Advisor by visiting any one of the Discovery Centers.

University Tutoring Services, a free tutoring service, which offers tutoring in a broad range of undergraduate courses on both a by-appointment and walk-in basis.

The Writing Center provides students with individual, free assistance to improve their writing. The Writing Center is located in Library North room 1209. For hours and contact information, please visit the Writing Center website.

English as a Second Language Program (ESL) helps students improve their ability to use English in an academic context so that they may achieve their academic potential. The program offers ESL courses as well as a speaking partners program to assist students with English.

The Binghamton University Libraries will assist you with researching topics and important information as well as providing great places to study.

Need to type a paper, print out an article, or email your professor? You can do so in the Computer Pods. Check the following website for a schedule: http://pods.binghamton.edu/schedule.html.

Academic Advising, Choosing a Major and Career Assistance

Your college’s Academic Advisors are here to assist you with degree planning and schedule building. The Advising Offices supply great resources on-line and meet with students individually throughout the academic year. Links for each advising office are below.

The Discovery Advisors (DAs) are peer advisors who serve as the first step in providing students with academic support and career planning information. The DAs, with the help of REACH peer educators, developed a list of Tips for Choosing Your Major. You can find your Discovery Advisor by visiting any one of the Discovery Centers.

The Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) assists students in six disciplines including pre-law, pre-health, engineering, nursing, accounting, and psychology. The program fosters a cooperative learning environment with support services that enhance each student’s academic growth and professional potential.

The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services to help students choose a major, determine a career path, identify and secure opportunities that will allow students to gain experience, and conduct a successful job search. Regardless of your class year or major, the CDC can assist you.

The Registrar’s Office coordinates the registration process and provides a number of resources to assist students with using the registration system, including a How To Register guide.

Last Updated: 11/10/14