Student Support Services Summer Program (S4P)
The 2016 Student Support Services Summer Program (S4P) was a BLAST. Good luck to everyone this year!
Incoming Binghamton University students who have been invited to join Student Support Services are eligible to attend our summer program called S4P. This summer program is an opportunity for us to welcome you to SSS and to help you prepare for your transition to Binghamton University. S4P runs for four weeks in conjunction with Binghamton University's Summer Session Term II.
Week 1 - On Campus:
Summer 2016 dates: Sunday, 7/10 - Saturday, 7/16
- Students arrive on campus and live in one of our residence halls.
- Students attend Orientation, and we cover the cost (typically about $225).
- Students engage in workshops and activities, make friends, and meet faculty and staff.
- Participate in the S4P Olympics and have a great time!
Weeks 2-4 - Online:
SUMMER 2016 DATES: Monday 7/18 - Friday 8/5
Students will participate in online workshops from the comfort of home to hone their skills before entering Binghamton in the Fall. We help you get an edge on the competition before you even start classes!
- Academic workshops like math and writing to prep you for those tough, college-level courses you're about to take.
- Non-academic workshops designed to get you thinking about how to get engaged on campus, how to land leadership roles as soon as you can, how to start thinking about your career path, or just how to keep calm under pressure.
Welcome back week - On Campus:
SUMMER 2016 DATES: Move in day - Wednesday, 8/17
- Move in early, and beat the traffic!
- Re-join your friends from S4P.
- Attend a few last-minute workshops, but also have a lot more freedom to explore BU and the surrounding community
To enroll in the Student Support Services Summer Program, just look for our invitation, which we send out each May.
For more information or if you have any questions, please e-mail Stephen Rebello or call us at 607-777-2024. We look forward to seeing you!
Here are some of the other perks you get by joining us for S4P:
New Binghamton University students are strongly encouraged to participate in the Orientation Program which costs them $225. S4P participants will attend Orientation during the program and SSS will cover the cost!
All S4P participants are required to move-in a week early for the Fall semester as there are workshops and fun activities held by our Mentors throughout the week. Workshops include speaking with the Financial Aid office, Student Accounts office, and the Career Development Center. Activities include finding your classes, tour of the East Gym (Fitness Center), and getting familiar with the bus system in Binghamton. In addition to that, you will get to avoid the chaos of moving in with the ~3,000 other freshman in August!
S4P participants will be pre-registered into one of the sections of the College Students in Transition class (UNIV 101) taught by SSS staff during the regular school year. This is one of the most popular classes at Binghamton University as it fulfills the oral communication requirement. It fills up quickly during regular registration. S4P students who are enrolled in the Watson School of Engineering will also be pre-registered for Watson classes WTSN103 and WTSN111.
SSS staff and TRiO Mentors will be on-hand during the schedule building portion of Orientation to offer personalized, 1-on-1 assistance with planning for courses in the Fall. This can be one of the most stressful times students have during Orientation as seats to popular courses are limited, and navigating the huge range of available courses can be intimidating. Furthermore, our excellent university advising staff is must help all the other students too. This level of individual support is not afforded to any other students during Orientation!
S4P participants are assigned Mentors during the summer and throughout their freshman year of college to help them transition to Binghamton smoothly. Mentors act as role models, guiding the students whenever they need help with their academics or personal matters.
Each student who enters the SSS program is assigned an individual academic counselor. These counselors become one of the best resources our students have on campus. We pride ourselves on building connections between all departments and offices on campus so we can help students find and connect with resources. The counselors also help students with career planning, and personal development and will also be a someone to confide in during your time at Binghamton.
SSS offers a substantial amount of tutoring to our students above and beyond that available to the general student body. The majority of our tutors come from the SSS program showing both our commitment to providing opportunities to our students, and our students commitment to giving back to the program. We purposefully provide this service and push students to take advantage of it in order to be the absolute best they can be. Whether you're struggling and want to improve, or already an "A" student looking to keep sharp, tutoring is for you.
Upon entering the SSS program, our students become eligible for the highly competitive grant aid we offer. Our most active and engaged students each semester are awarded grant aid. Getting a jump start on your engagement through S4P is a great way to create some momentum going into the fall semester. Stay engaged by going to counselor meetings, attending SSS events, attending SSS tutoring, and spending time in our study space!