President's Report Masthead
June 30, 2015

College Scheduler/pre-Orientation information eases registration stress

Binghamton University has made changes to Orientation and implemented new software that, collectively, will ease the burden placed on academic advisors and the stress many students experience as they register for classes during summer Orientation sessions.

In March, Binghamton University began using College Scheduler software to help students through the course registration process. The software enables students to easily generate a number of schedule options, including blocked times for jobs and extracurricular activities.

In addition, the Center for Learning and Teaching worked with departments across campus to create videos for students to view before coming to Orientation. These videos include messages from deans, academic advising information, General Education and degree requirements, course scheduling toolboxes and overviews of majors and interests – all to help incoming students prepare for a less-stressful registration process during Orientation. 

To use College Scheduler, students simply sign in through and click on BU BRAIN Self Service to begin the process of adding courses. If courses are already filled, they will not be visible to select as an option.

Once a student has completed selecting courses and blocking out times, they can generate and compare potential schedules. The user-friendly interface allows students to return to the scheduling page if there are any errors in the selected schedule. Once any errors are fixed, students click on register and have their schedule for the semester.