Prospective Freshmen


Students entering the School of Management can expect to be challenged by professors and fellow students to rise above previous accomplishments. The transition to college can be demanding and intimidating, but you have the skills to succeed and to excel. This set of pages and links will help you in the transition process.

Summer Orientation

Your first introduction to Binghamton University and the School of Management will be during Summer Orientation. At this time, you will receive your initial academic advising and prepare the schedule for your first semester. You'll also learn about the various student services offices and the multitude of campus activities and organizations. You may meet your new roommate and visit your residential college. Most of all, you'll make lots of new friends to make the early days of the semester more comfortable. Learn more about Orientation.

First-Year Schedule

Students in the School of Management focus on Binghamton University's General Education requirements during the first year alongside taking two required courses, MGMT 111 and CQS 111. These courses are required first-semester courses and are designed to introduce the new freshman to the programs and services offered in the School of Management and also to provide the computer skills needed in the rest of the program and in today's business world. This is followed in the second semester by CQS 112- Statistics, which introduces statistical techniques and reinforces the computer skills developed in CQS 111.

A typical first-year schedule for a freshman would look like this:

Semester One:
CQS 111 - Computer Tools for Management

MGMT 111-Intro to Decision Making In Management

MATH 220 - Calculus for Management Decisions or MATH 224/225 - Calculus I

General Education course (see discussion of General Education Requirements below)

General Education course

Semester Two:
CQS 112 - Statistics

ECON 160 - Microeconomics or ECON 162 - Macroeconomics

General Education course

General Education course

Note: You will have considerable freedom to choose courses to fit your interests.

Academic Advising

Academic Advising in the School of Management is centralized. The office is located in Academic A, room 142 (AA-142). This is the place you will visit for any academic questions you may have during your time at Binghamton. In addition, Advising is a good source for information about other issues. We know who to visit to get problems solved. We can provide help with Study Abroad and internships, job opportunities, choosing a major, taking courses at home over the summer or winter breaks, and almost anything else you may have questions about. You never need an appointment to see an advisor. Just stop in at your convenience. There is always someone here to help you.

More detailed information on SOM programs may be found at the Academic Advising page.

Degree Works 

The primary tool you'll use to monitor your progress towards your degree is the Degree Works report. These reports are available to you at any time and should be consulted frequently to confirm that you are progressing normally. Degree Works can be accessed in the BU student portal (BU Brain). Among other links on BU Brain are the Course Guide, the Course Schedule and the Registration System. You'll using BU Brain frequently during your time at Binghamton. If you need help in interpreting yourDegree Works please print it and bring it to SOM Advising at anytime. We'll be glad to show you how it works.

General Education Requirements

Most colleges and universities include a set of common courses in their curricula which provide exposure to a wide variety of subjects considered to be necessary for the educated individual. At Binghamton this is known as the General Education requirement and consists of several areas mandated by the SUNY system as well as a few areas chosen by Binghamton. All students at BU must complete the GenEd coursework in order to graduate. This coursework is generally foundational, meaning it is taken during the first two years of any program. Freshmen especially focus on GenEd coursework. See a more detailed explanation of the program and its various categories. GenEd is also covered in significant detail during the Orientation sessions held prior to enrollment. General Education courses may be taken in any order.

Advanced Placement and College credits

Students who have earned college credit via Advanced Placement (AP) courses or courses taken through local colleges while in high school will have those credits evaluated and added to the student record as appropriate. Most liberal arts courses and lower-level business courses will transfer easily. Upper-level business courses (those numbered 300 or higher at Binghamton) transfer only from other Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accredited colleges and universities.

Advanced Placement scores are usually sent to Binghamton electronically late in the summer, but only if you asked to have your scores sent. Please arrange to have score reports sent to us before you arrive for your first semester if you did already not request they be sent. See a table showing how specific AP courses are equated to BU requirements.

College coursework will be evaluated by the SOM Advisor for equivalence to BU courses and credit awarded for those deemed acceptable. Credit is awarded as specifically as possible and would include credit for GenEd requirements as well as other degree requirements. For those freshmen entering the School in the fall semester, this is usually done during the first month of classes. Admitted students should arrange for official final transcripts to be mailed to Binghamton University's Admissions Office as soon as courses are completed. Students who have questions about how their previous coursework was evaluated should visit the SOM Advising Office once the credit has been added to the student record. Additional information may be required to make the evaluation more accurate. Retain your syllabi and course descriptions until after the credit has been finalized.

Information on the equivalencies for many liberal arts courses offered by SUNY or CUNY community colleges is available through the Harpur College Advising pages. The School of Management generally follows the advice of Harpur College in regards to equivalencies for liberal arts coursework.

Connecting to the School of Management

The required MGMT 111 course taken during the first semester will introduce you to the various major options in the School and begin the professional development process which will continue long after you leave BU. You'll write a resume and learn to update it regularly. You'll do mock interviews. You'll attend mentoring sessions with upper classmen where they'll provide you with the benefits of their experience.

You'll use the SOM Student Lounge as study space or for meeting with fellow students to work on group projects. You'll visit the Advising Office whenever you have academic questions or even just to chat. You may even serve as a academic peer advisor as a junior or senior or as a mentor to younger students.

You are encouraged to participate fully in School activities. It is not too soon to get involved with recruiters and going to their presentations will help you prepare for future visits when you will be seeking internships and jobs. It's never too early to begin developing your network. Visits by recruiters and speakers are regularly announced on the various SOM listserv's. Read your email frequently.

Student organizations welcome freshmen as well. If you have an interest in a particular discipline within management, attend the student club meetings. See a list of our SOM student clubs.

Get involved. It makes a difference.

Last Updated: 7/1/16