A photo of the Dean of Students at Binghamton University. Message from the
Dean of Students

Dear Parents/Families

I think February 2015 might just go down in history as a blockbuster month at Binghamton University. Between actor Hugh Grant coming to campus Feb. 8, for a special screening of his new movie, "The Rewrite," (written and directed by alumnus Marc Lawrence '81), and visits later this month by Spike Lee (Feb. 19) and influential poet and activist Nikki Giovanni (Feb. 26) – both free for students – in recognition of Black History Month, we're getting some power-packed breaks from the winter cold and snow. 

Speaking of the cold and snow, it can sometimes disrupt campus life. For example, we recently canceled morning classes due to the weather, and that's a costly decision to make because it keeps students out of the classroom, though briefly. The decision whether or not to cancel classes is a complex one, but we focus on student safety as our top priority when making it. If you want to know who is involved in making such a decision, and how it is made, check out this description of the process in Inside, our online campus newspaper. 

So, as we move through the winter season, students have picked up the pace, tackling their studies, taking leadership roles in clubs and continually working with campus administrators to make Binghamton University a welcoming campus for everyone.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, you can reach us at dos@binghamton.edu.

April Thompson
Dean of Students

Parents: Get involved and make a difference for future Bearcat families!

Parents, we need your help and your expertise! Thousands of prospective students and parents will be visiting campus this spring for Admitted student Open House days. This is an opportunity for admitted families to learn more about Binghamton University before making their big decision. Many of these parents are curious and want to know what it's like to be a parent of a Binghamton University student? Who better to answer that question than our current parents!

Spring Open House dates are Saturday and Sunday, March 28 and 29, and Sunday, April 19. We value your insight, and know these new families will, too. This is a great opportunity to make the trip to Binghamton to visit with your current student, and make a difference for prospective parents. If you are available any of these dates and are interested in helping, e-mail families@binghamton.edu for more details.

Prevent the flu!

With flu activity high in certain areas and expected to continue in other areas not heavily hit yet, it is important for students to consider vaccination. It is important to discuss this with your student and be encouraging about getting vaccinated before returning to campus. The most recent FluView report for the 2014-2015 flu season shows that the flu season in the United States has begun and about half the country is experiencing high levels of flu activity. Reports of flu illnesses, hospitalizations and deaths are elevated. Activity is expected to continue for several weeks, especially in parts of the country that have not yet seen significant activity.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends an annual flu vaccine for everyone 6 months and older. There are documented benefits from flu vaccination, including reductions in illnesses, related doctors' visits and missed work or school. Vaccination also prevents flu-related hospitalizations and deaths. While most of the viruses spreading this season are different from what is in the vaccine, vaccination can still provide protection and might reduce severe outcomes such as hospitalization and death.

Summer Internship Funding Available for Undergraduate Students

The Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development encourages students who are undertaking an unpaid summer internship to apply for the Sodexo Internship Fund. Sponsored by Binghamton's campus food services provider, Sodexo, Inc., the Sodexo Internship Fund provides the opportunity for talented undergraduate students to secure financial support while completing an unpaid summer 2015 internship. Through the fund, chosen students will receive a stipend of up to $5,000 to complete an unpaid internship. Students who are interested in applying or want more information about the application process and how to apply should visit the Sodexo Internship Fund web page. Applications will be reviewed beginning March 16, and decisions made on a rolling basis. The final deadline to apply is April 22.

Make plans now for move-in day

If you'll be moving your student back Aug. 27 or 28, especially if you plan to spend a night, be forewarned that the Greater Binghamton area will be bustling with a major community event – the Senior PGA Tour Dick's Sporting Goods Open – so hotel rooms will be at a premium and it will likely take longer than usual to drive from point A to point B. Make your plans now! 

Campus Recreation

On Thursday, Feb. 5, the Binghamton Ice Hockey Club faced off against local rival SUNY Broome in the First Annual Presidents Cup. Students were provided with free tickets and shuttles to and from the game, which ended with Binghamton bringing the cup home, defeating the SUNY Broome Hornets, 2-1.

The campus has been blanketed with snow the past few weeks and our winter activities are in full swing! We have hikes or trips every weekend in February. These low- to no-cost programs are perfect for new adventure seekers and outdoor enthusiasts alike. Encourage your student to visit our website for details and get outside!

Did you know that Campus Recreation offers Red Cross certifications including First Aid and Adult CPR/AED Certification? We have three classes scheduled in February and several more over the course of the semester. Send your student to our website if you think they might be interested in this unique on-campus offering.

Residential Life: Faculty Masters

Is your son or daughter struggling with classes or trying to decide on a major? Encourage them to connect with their Faculty Master. Faculty Masters play an essential role in helping Residential Life students adjust to living within their communities as well as navigating their academic courses. Each of our five traditional communities has its own Faculty Master who teaches on campus and is uniquely qualified to help your student achieve the most out of their living and learning environments. While individual interests and backgrounds differ, our Faculty Masters are all passionate members of their communities involved in making the University experience inclusive, stimulating and welcoming to every student.

Their responsibilities include:

     • General academic and career path advising
     • Serving as a liaison between students, faculty and staff
     • Orienting new students and transfers
     • Training for Resident Assistants and Resident Directors
     • Development and support of academic programming on campus
     • Coordinating diverse learning opportunities that bring together students with similar interests

Find information on our individual Faculty Masters under each Residential Community on the Residential Life website

Financial Aid and Student Records

Time to file the 2015-16 FAFSA

Students can now file their 2015-16 FAFSA online. Binghamton University's recommended filing date is April 1 for continuing students. Parents may use estimated 2014 tax return information to apply. Be sure to add Binghamton's school code: 002836. 

Eligible students who have their 2015-16 FAFSA information sent to Binghamton University can expect financial aid award offer e-notifications beginning early May 2015.

Completed the FAFSA? Now apply for TAP!

If your student is a New York state resident, they could be eligible for TAP! Once the FAFSA is complete, be sure to fill out the TAP application. TAP is a state grant given to full-time matriculated NYS residents who qualify financially and maintain an academic requirement. They must fill out a TAP application at http://www.hesc.ny.gov. Be sure to add Binghamton's school code: 0880.

Parent PLUS Loans – another option for funding your student

The Parent PLUS loan is taken out by the parent of an undergraduate student to aid in paying for the student's education. Learn more and apply for this loan online.

Is your student graduating in May 2015? Be sure they fill out the Application for Degree!
By filling out the Application for Degree (AFD), your student will inform the University of their intent to graduate at the end of the spring semester. Learn more and apply on the student BU Brain account.


Are you interested in learning more about our libraries on campus? Check out the winter edition of Inside the Libraries.

"The Rewrite" tickets? Binghamton apparel? It's all here!

Did you know that by liking the Bearcats Family Association Facebook page you could have won VIP passes to "The Rewrite" premier on campus? Like our page today so you can receive daily news and information from Binghamton University, as well as win fun prizes just for parents!

Live support after hours – we're here for you! 

Parents: Can't call during business hours? Want a live response instead of waiting for an e-mail? We understand parents and family members have busy lives, which is why we've created the live-chat system just for you. Learn more online!

Check out Binghamton University on Facebook, too

Want to know more about what's going on at Binghamton University beyond the parent Facebook page? Check the Binghamton University main page out on Facebook.

Visiting Binghamton?

If you're planning a trip to Binghamton, visit the Visiting Binghamton section on our website or the Greater Binghamton Convention and Visitors Bureau for information on what to see, where to stay and where to eat while you're here.

Update parent information

Keep your contact information updated in our parent database. If your address, phone or e-mail has changed, send a note to kellis@binghamton.edu to let us know. And if you're looking for more from us, check out some of our pages targeted directly to parents and guardians:

Calendar of events

  • University's Academic Calendar
  • Jan. 5-23: Winter Session
  • Jan. 22: Residence halls open at 9 a.m.
  • Jan. 23: Pre-semester registration for spring 2015
  • Jan. 26: Classes begin
  • Feb. 6: Course add/drop/delete deadline

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Last Updated: 2/16/15