Admission

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Undergraduate Admission

Students wishing to take courses for credit or pursue undergraduate degree programs in Harpur College of Arts and Sciences, College of Community and Public Affairs, Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences, School of Management or Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science must be admitted to the specific school (or re-enrolled if appropriate) before registering for courses. Admission forms and information are available online at https://www.binghamton.edu/admissions/. In addition to academic program information in the Bulletin, additional information is available online from the Undergraduate Admissions Office, academic departments and schools. Before the start of each academic term, Student Records publishes the schedule of course offerings online on BU Brain at https://my.binghamton.edu, for which a login is necessary. The public schedule is available at https://ssb.cc.binghamton.edu/banner/bwckschd.p_disp_dyn_sched.

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First-Year Admission

First year applicants are defined as students who have attempted no college coursework, or whose only college courses were pursued before high school graduation. All of Binghamton’s undergraduate schools accept first year applicants. Binghamton offers Early Action admissions.

Applications are available online at https://www.binghamton.edu/admissions/apply/. Binghamton University accepts The Common Application, the State University of New York (SUNY) Application and the Coalition Application. Freshmen are required to submit a high-school transcript. An essay and a teacher or counselor recommendation are also required for all applicants. Binghamton accepts SAT and ACT scores sent directly by the testing agency and from an official high school transcript. There are also limited opportunities for some students to self-report scores, which must be followed by official scores if the student enrolls. Home-schooled applicants with well-documented educational and personal achievement records are encouraged to apply.

After admission for the fall term has been offered, an enrollment deposit of $350 must be paid by May 1, or 20 days after admission, as specified in the admission letter. Deposits are non-refundable after May 1. Students enrolling must be graduates of an accredited secondary school or offer evidence of equivalent education (e.g., TASC).

Payment of an undergraduate admissions deposit indicates that the student plans to enroll. Students may accept an admission offer from one school only. If a student pays a deposit at more than one institution, Binghamton may revoke the offer of admission.

All enrolling students must complete, with the aid of a health official, a health history and a physical examination report prior to orientation and course registration. Students unable to submit health forms because of religious affiliation should consult the Decker Student Health Services Center at https://www.binghamton.edu/health/.

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First-Year Admission Decisions

Specific enrollment goals are set for each undergraduate school. Available spaces in relation to the number of applications, as well as admission policy, play a role in who is admitted. Admission is very selective. Freshmen are admitted to one of five undergraduate schools/colleges: Harpur College of Arts and Sciences, College of Community and Public Affairs, Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences, School of Management and Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science. Majors are declared after students enroll in the school to which they were admitted. Applicants to the University are admitted on the overall strength of their applications. While academic criteria such as grades, quality and level of courses, test scores, trend of grades and rank are primary, involvement in leadership, school and community activities, recommendations, and how effectively an applicant communicates strengths and interests, are also important elements in an admission decision. There is no automatic cutoff in the admission process, either in GPA, test scores or rank, as the Admissions Committee is aware of differences in how secondary schools grade and rank their students, as well as ways in which secondary-school offerings and competitiveness vary.

The Admissions Committee seeks to enroll a strong and diverse class. Applicants are urged to make full use of the activities and essay section on their application. The Admissions Committee is sensitive to all types of achievement and welcomes information about the applicant’s values, aspirations and personal challenges. Applicants with special skills and talents (i.e., music, theater, debate, art) may opt to submit additional information according to details available online. As a participating NCAA Division I member institution, Binghamton University extends application periods for prospective student-athletes to accommodate National Letter of Intent signing periods and the review of other prospective student-athlete applications (NCAA Staff Interpretation 02101989).

New York state students who meet both academic and financial criteria may be admitted to the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) (https://www.binghamton.edu/admissions/apply/eop/index.html).

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Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)

Under the New York state-supported Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), Binghamton provides an avenue for low-income students from historically under-represented backgrounds to pursue a bachelor’s degree. Students are provided with financial assistance, tutoring and counseling, the opportunity to take advantage of credit-bearing developmental courses where needed, and other student support services. Continued enrollment in EOP is contingent upon meeting program expectations and use of student services. Complete program guidelines set forth by New York state can be accessed at https://www.suny.edu/attend/academics/eop/.

Students who believe they may qualify for this program should complete either the SUNY Application, The Common Application or the Coalition Application in addition to any required EOP financial materials. Further instructions on how to apply can be found at https://www.binghamton.edu/admissions/apply/eop/index.html.

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Transfer Admission

A transfer applicant is someone who graduated from high school and has completed (or will have completed) at least one 3-credit college course prior to enrollment. The completion of one full-time college semester is preferred.

Applications are available online at https://www.binghamton.edu/admissions/apply/. Binghamton University accepts The Common Application, the State University of New York (SUNY) Application and the Coalition Application. EOP applicants must also submit the required EOP materials. Transfers with fewer than 24 post-high-school college credits must submit a high school transcript (or equivalent) and SAT/ACT scores. For some students, admission decisions may be delayed until grades from two consecutive college semesters or in-progress grades from the current semester are available; in such cases, students are notified of this requirement. Transcripts should be sent directly to the Undergraduate Admissions Office at Binghamton University.

Transfer students are admitted on the strength of their academic performance at the two and/or four-year colleges they have attended and — in certain cases — high school transcript(s) and test scores. For more information on admission standards, visit https://www.binghamton.edu/admissions/apply/transfer/.

College coursework record(s) should be sent in a timely manner to the Undergraduate Admissions Office to ensure a final credit evaluation is conducted by each school at Binghamton University.

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Additional Admission Information for International Students

International applicants are defined as applicants intending to study in the United States with a F-1 or J-1 visa authorization. First year international students should consult the First Year Admissions section of the Bulletin and Transfer international students should consult the Transfer Admission section of the Bulletin.

International applicants are required to meet the academic standards for admissions, demonstrate English proficiency at the college level and submit documentation of sufficient funds to cover all educational and living expenses for their entire first year of study.

The University requires original transcripts and official English translations, when applicable. Transcripts should contain the grades from secondary school and/or university with an explanation of the school’s grading system.

SAT or ACT results are required for international students who will graduate from a U.S. high school, any high school worldwide where English is the primary language of instruction, or for application to specific Binghamton University degree programs. Applicants not required to submit SAT or ACT scores are strongly encouraged to do so. The University must receive electronic test results from the College Board or ACT. TOEFL or IELTS is required for students who will graduate from a high school where English is not the primary language of instruction.

International students must provide financial documentation indicating that the applicant has sufficient funding to pay for their own tuition, fees, housing, meals, insurance, and personal expenses. The amount of $44,500 (as of March 2019, subject to change) is the current estimate of these expenses. The University does not provide financial aid to international undergraduate students.

Admitted applicants who meet the above requirements are issued the appropriate Certificate of Eligibility to apply for a student or exchange visitor visa. The University sends all admitted applicants additional details regarding admissions policies and procedures for international students.

With the exception of students placed through special education exchange agreements and those enrolling for the summer term only, all international students are required to be enrolled in a degree program.

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English Proficiency

Binghamton University is committed to the success of its students and provides advising, academic and language support as necessary to students whose native language is not English. Admitted students whose application or on-campus English proficiency exam indicates that degree progress would be enhanced by additional language courses will be required to take English Language Institute (ELI) courses during the first year of study. These courses will count toward graduation.

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Internal Transfer/Intra-University Transfer

Students enroll in a specific undergraduate school at Binghamton University. If internal transfer to a different school is sought, an application must be submitted online by the fall or spring deadline. Guidelines for intra-university transfer (IUT) can be obtained online at https://www.binghamton.edu/admissions/apply/current/#current, and students are responsible for meeting the specific academic requirements of the school to which they are seeking a transfer. Spaces for intra-university transfers are limited and competitive. 

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Reenrollment

See the Academic Policies and Procedures section of this publication.

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Deferred Admission

Students who wish to defer their enrollment should follow the requirements found at https://www.binghamton.edu/admissions/info/deferral-process.html. Deferments are reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the Admissions Committee. Students must submit an enrollment deposit before a deferral can be granted.

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Transfer Credit

The awarding of transfer credit is determined by each undergraduate school. Evaluations are completed for admitted and/or enrolled students by the advising office of each school, available via the BU Brain. It is essential that all final college and final high school transcripts (or equivalent) for newly-enrolled students be received before classes start so that a complete transfer credit evaluation may be conducted by an academic advisor. Questions regarding transfer credit decisions may be discussed with the academic advising staff within your school at Binghamton University.

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Academic Integrity

Binghamton University values enrollment honesty and integrity. Undergraduate and graduate students applying for admission or readmission/reenrollment must provide full and accurate information on the appropriate application. Students falsifying information by any method may be suspended or dismissed from the University or have their admission rescinded.

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Special Circumstances

Consideration of Undergraduate and Graduate Admissions Applications from Individuals Who Have Been Suspended or Expelled from a College or University for Disciplinary Reasons: Disciplinary suspension or expulsion from another college or university is not grounds for automatic rejection of an application for admission to Binghamton University. If the applicant is academically admissible, additional information is requested about the expulsion or suspension. A Special Circumstance Committee chaired by the Dean of Students requests a personal statement and signed release form giving Binghamton permission to obtain and discuss documents related to the incident.

The Special Circumstance Committee may recommend acceptance of the applicant, acceptance of the applicant with restrictions on participation in university life at Binghamton University, or rejection of the applicant based on the nature of the incident(s) that caused the disciplinary suspension or expulsion. An appeal of the decision of the committee may be made to the provost and vice president for academic affairs. Questions regarding this policy should be directed to the Provost, Binghamton University, PO Box 6000, Binghamton, New York 13902-6000.

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Felony Convictions

Binghamton University adheres to the State University of New York policy that prohibits University-wide and individual SUNY campus admission applications from inquiring into an applicant’s prior criminal history. Please note that students who have previously been convicted of a felony are advised that their prior criminal history may impede their ability to complete the requirements of certain academic programs, to meet licensure requirements for certain professions and/or live in campus housing. Students who have concerns about such matters are advised to contact the dean's office of their intended academic program.

 

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External Placement

External examination credit includes credits earned through Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), Excelsior College Examinations (formerly known as Regents College Examinations), DANTES Standard Subject Tests (DSST) or through official transcript evaluation of courses taken at other institutions. Selected external credits may apply to General Education or major requirements as specified.

Students in Harpur College of Arts and Sciences may apply a maximum of 32 external examination credits towards a degree.

AP and IB course equivalencies follow.

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Advanced Placement

Advanced Placement examinations with a grade of 3 or better are approved for credit, with the amount and applicability determined by the appropriate academic unit.

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ART HISTORY

Score of 3: four elective credits. May be used to fulfill the Aesthetics General Education requirement.

Score of 4 or 5: four credits equivalent to ARTH 110. May be used to fulfill the Aesthetics General Education requirement.

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BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

For students in Harpur College of Arts and Sciences, College of Community and Public Affairs, School of Management and the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science

Score of 3: four elective credits. May not to be used toward the biological sciences or biochemistry majors.

Score of 4: four credits equivalent to either BIOL 113 or BIOL 114. A biological sciences advisor, in consultation with the student, will determine appropriate placement. May be used to fulfill the Laboratory Science General Education requirement.

Score of 5: eight credits equivalent to BIOL 113 and BIOL 114. May be used toward the biological sciences major. May be used to fulfill the Laboratory Science General Education requirement.

For students in Decker School of Nursing:

Score of 3: four elective credits. 

Score of 4: four credits equivalent to either BIOL 113 or BIOL 114. May be used to fulfill the Laboratory Science General Education requirement.

Score of 5: eight credits equivalent to BIOL 113 and BIOL 114 that may be used toward the biological sciences major. BIOL 113 credit may be used to fulfill the Introduction to Biology requirement of the nursing major. The remaining four credits count as elective credit towards satisfying the overall degree requirements in nursing. May be used to fulfill the Laboratory Science General Education requirement.

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CALCULUS AB

Score of 3, 4 or 5: four credits equivalent to MATH 224 (2 credits) and MATH 225 (2 credits). May be used to fulfill the Mathematics/Reasoning General Education requirement.

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CALCULUS BC

Score of 3: four credits equivalent to MATH 224 (2 credits) and 225 (2 credits). May be used to fulfill the Mathematics/Reasoning General Education requirement.

Score of 4: eight credits equivalent to MATH 223 (2 credits), MATH 224 (2 credits), MATH 225 (2 credits) and MATH 226 (2 credits). May be used to fulfill the Mathematics/Reasoning General Education requirement.

Score of 5: eight credits equivalent to MATH 224 (2 credits), MATH 225 (2 credits), MATH 226 (2 credits) and MATH 227 (2 credits). May be used to fulfill the Mathematics/Reasoning General Education requirement.

Score of less than a 3 on the BC exam with a 4 or 5 subscore for Calculus AB: four credits equivalent to MATH 224/225. May be used to fulfill the Mathematics/Reasoning General Education requirement.

Score of less than a 3 on the BC exam with a 3 subscore for Calculus AB: four credits equivalent to MATH 223/224. May be used to fulfill the Mathematics/Reasoning General Education requirement.

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CHEMISTRY

Score of 3: four credits equivalent to CHEM 101. May not be used to fulfill chemistry major requirements.

Score of 4: four credits equivalent to CHEM 107 or CHEM 111. A chemistry advisor, in consultation with the student, will determine appropriate placement. Pre-Health track students not majoring in chemistry are recommended to take credit for CHEM 107 and then take CHEM 108 to avoid having to take a 300-level chemistry course to complete their pre-health requirements in inorganic chemistry. May be used to fulfill chemistry major requirements. May be used to fulfill the Laboratory Science General Education requirement.

Score of 5: eight credits equivalent to CHEM 107 and CHEM 108. May be used to fulfill chemistry major requirements. May be used to fulfill the Laboratory Science General Education requirement.

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CHINESE LANGUAGE AND CULTURE

Score of 3, 4 or 5: four elective credits. May be used to fulfill the Foreign Language General Education requirement.

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COMPARATIVE GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS

Score of 3, 4 or 5: four credits equivalent to PLSC 113. May be used to fulfill Political Science major requirements. May be used to fulfill the Social Science General Education requirement.

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COMPUTER SCIENCE A

For students in Harpur College of Arts and Sciences, College of Community and Public Affairs and Decker School of Nursing

Score of 3, 4 or 5: four elective credits.

For students in the School of Management and the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science

Score of 3, 4 or 5: four credits of free electives.

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ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION

For students in Harpur College of Arts and Sciences and Decker School of Nursing

Score of 3, 4 or 5: four elective credits. Not to be used to fulfill major requirements. Does not satisfy Harpur College Writing requirement.

For students in College of Community and Public Affairs and School of Management

Score of 3, 4 or 5: four credits. May be used as liberal arts or free elective credit. Does not satisfy School of Management writing requirement.

For students in the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science

Score of 3, 4 or 5: four credits. May be entered as generic English credit.

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ENGLISH LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION

For students in Harpur College of Arts and Sciences and Decker School of Nursing

Score of 3, 4 or 5: four elective credits. Not to be used to fulfill major requirements. Does not satisfy Harpur College Writing requirement. May be used to meet Humanities General Education requirement.

For students in College of Community and Public Affairs and School of Management

Score of 3, 4 or 5: four credits. May be used to meet humanities or distribution requirements. Does not satisfy School of Management writing requirement. May be used to meet Humanities General Education requirement.

For students in the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science

Score of 3, 4 or 5: four credits. Four credits of generic English credit may be used to meet the Humanities General Education requirement.

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ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

Score of 3: four credits equivalent to ENVI 101.

Score of 4: four credits equivalent to ENVI 101. May be used to fulfill the Laboratory Science General Education requirement.

Score of 5: eight credits equivalent to ENVI 101 and ENVI 201. May be used to fulfill the Laboratory Science General Education requirement.

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EUROPEAN HISTORY

Score of 3, 4 or 5: four elective credits. May be used to fulfill the Social Science General Education requirement.

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FRENCH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE

Score of 3: four credits equivalent to FREN 211. May be used to fulfill the Foreign Language General Education requirement.

Score of 4: four credits equivalent to FREN 215. May be used to fulfill the Foreign Language General Education requirement.

Score of 5: four credits equivalent to FREN 241. May be used to fulfill the Foreign Language General Education requirement.

Course placement – score of 3, the next course would be FREN 215; score of 4, the next course would be FREN 241; score of 5, the next course would be FREN 300-level; 341 or above.

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GERMAN LANGUAGE AND CULTURE

Score of 3 or 4: four elective credits. May be used to fulfill the Foreign Language General Education requirement. Contact the department to discuss placement in the major.

Score of 5: four credits equivalent to GERM 203. May be used to fulfill German major requirements after consultation with the department. May be used to fulfill the Foreign Language General Education requirement.

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HUMAN GEOGRAPHY

Score of 3, 4 or 5: four credits equivalent to GEOG 101. May be used to fulfill the Social Science General Education requirement.

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ITALIAN LANGUAGE AND CULTURE

Score of 3: four credits equivalent to ITAL 211.  May be used to fulfill the Foreign Language General Education requirement.

Score of 4: four credits equivalent to ITAL 215. May be used to fulfill the Foreign Language General Education requirement.

Score of 5: four credits equivalent to ITAL 215. May be used to fulfill the Foreign Language General Education requirement.

Course placement – score of 3, the next course would be ITAL 215; score of 4, the next course would be ITAL 241; score of 5, the next course would be ITAL 241 or above.

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JAPANESE LANGUAGE AND CULTURE

Score of 3, 4 or 5: four elective credits. May be used to fulfill the Foreign Language General Education requirement.

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LATIN

Score of 3: four elective credits. May be used to fulfill the Foreign Language General Education requirement.

Score of 4 or 5: four credits equivalent to LAT 203; consult with Classics and Near Eastern Studies department to determine whether this may count towards the major. May be used to fulfill the Foreign Language and Humanities General Education requirements.

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MACROECONOMICS

Score of 3, 4 or 5: four credits equivalent to ECON 162. May be used to meet the Social Science General Education requirement.

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MICROECONOMICS

Score of 3, 4 or 5: four credits equivalent to ECON 160. May be used to meet the Social Science General Education requirement.

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MUSIC THEORY

Score of 3: four elective credits. May be used to fulfill the Aesthetics General Education requirement.

Score of 4 or 5: four elective credits; see Music department for placement in Music Theory sequence. May be used to fulfill the Aesthetics General Education requirement.

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PHYSICS 1: ALGEBRA-BASED

Score of 3 or 4: four elective credits.

Score of 5: four credits equivalent to PHYS 121; may be used to fulfill the Laboratory Science General Education requirement.

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PHYSICS 2: ALGEBRA-BASED

Score of 3 or 4: four elective credits.

Score of 5: four credits equivalent to PHYS 122. May be used to fulfill the Laboratory Science General Education requirement. 

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PHYSICS C: ELECTRICITY AND MAGNETISM

Score of 3 or 4: four elective credits.

Score of 5: four credits equivalent to PHYS 132. May be used to fulfill the Laboratory Science General Education requirement.

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PHYSICS C: MECHANICS

Score of 3 or 4: four elective credits.

Score of 5: four credits equivalent to PHYS 131; may be used to fulfill the Laboratory Science General Education requirement.

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PSYCHOLOGY

For students in Harpur College of Arts and Sciences and Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science

Score of 3: four elective credits.

Score of 4 or 5: four credits equivalent to PSYC 111. May be used to fulfill major requirements.

For students in Decker School of Nursing, College of Community and Public Affairs, and School of Management:

Score of 3, 4 or 5: four credits equivalent to PSYC 111.

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SPANISH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE

Score of 3: four credits equivalent to SPAN 211. May be used to fulfill the Foreign Language General Education requirement.

Score of 4: four credits equivalent to SPAN 215. May be used to fulfill the Foreign Language General Education requirement.

Score of 5: four credits equivalent to SPAN 250. May be used to fulfill the Foreign Language General Education requirement.

Course placement – score of 3, the next course would be SPAN 215; score of 4, the next course would be SPAN 250; score of 5, the next course would be SPAN 251.

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SPANISH LITERATURE AND CULTURE

Score of 3: four credits equivalent to SPAN 250. May be used to fulfill the Foreign Language and Humanities General Education requirement.

Score of 4 or 5: four credits equivalent to SPAN 251. May be used to fulfill the Foreign Language and Humanities General Education requirements.

Course placement – score of 3, the next course would be SPAN 251; score of 4 or 5, the next course would be SPAN 344.

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STATISTICS

Score of 3, 4 or 5: four credits equivalent to MATH 147. May be used to fulfill the Mathematics/Reasoning General Education requirement.

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STUDIO ART AND DRAWING

Score of 3, 4 or 5: four elective credits. May be used to fulfill the Aesthetics General Education requirement.

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STUDIO ART: 2-D DESIGN

Score of 3, 4 or 5: four elective credits. May be used to fulfill the Aesthetics General Education requirement.

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STUDIO ART: 3-D DESIGN

Score of 3, 4 or 5: four elective credits. May be used to fulfill the Aesthetics General Education requirement.

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UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS

Score of 3, 4 or 5: four credits equivalent to PLSC 111. May be used to fulfill Political Science major requirements. May be used to fulfill the Social Science General Education requirement.

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UNITED STATES HISTORY

Score of 3, 4 or 5: four elective credits. May be used to fulfill the Social Science General Education requirement. The exam score may be used to determine proficiency in United States history.

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WORLD HISTORY

Score of 3, 4 or 5: four elective credits. May be used to fulfill the Social Science General Education requirement.

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International Baccalaureate Program

Binghamton University students may earn credit by exam for coursework completed in high school under the International Baccalaureate Program. Credit is awarded as follows: exams must be higher-level, scores of 4 or 5 are equivalent to four credits for a subject, and scores of 6 or 7 are equivalent to eight credits for a subject. Higher-level exam course equivalencies by subject exams are listed below.

General Education credit can be awarded for successfully completing IB exams in the following areas: Aesthetics, Humanities, Mathematics, and Social Science. Students who received an IB score of 6 on the Biology or Environmental Sciences exam, an IB score of 5 on the Chemistry exam or an IB score of 7 on the Physics exam will receive general education laboratory science credit. In addition, the General Education requirement for foreign language may be satisfied by a score of 4-7 on the IB exam.

Students in the Diploma Program may receive up to 32 credits. To receive the full 32 credits, the following conditions must be met:

  • The IB Diploma must be completed with a score of 30 or more points; and
  • The student must complete at least three IB exams with a score of 5 or higher.

IB diploma holders who meet these conditions receive credit for their individual exam scores plus additional elective credit totaling 32 credits.

The IB student who does not meet all of these conditions will receive credits on a course-by-course basis.

The Arts
Dance, Film, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts:

  • Score of 4 or 5: four credits of electives. May be used to fulfill the Aesthetics General Education requirement.
  • Score of 6 or 7: eight credits of electives. May be used to fulfill the Aesthetics General Education requirement.

Foreign Languages:
French:

  • Score of 4: four credits equivalent to FREN 211. May be used to fulfill the Foreign Language General Education requirement. The next course would be FREN 215.
  • Score of 5: four credits equivalent to FREN 215. May be used to fulfill the Foreign Language General Education requirement. The next course would be FREN 241.
  • Score of 6 or 7: eight credits total. Four credits equivalent to FREN 250 and four credits equivalent to FREN 241. May be used to fulfill the Foreign Language General Education requirement. The next course would be a FREN 300+ course from FREN 341 or above.

Spanish:

  • Score of 4 or 5: four credits equivalent to SPAN 250. May be used to fulfill the Foreign Language General Education requirement. The next course would be SPAN 251.
  • Score of 6 or 7: eight credits total. Four credits equivalent to SPAN 250 and four credits equivalent to SPAN 251. May be used to fulfill the Foreign Language General Education requirement.

Classical Greek, German, Latin, and Mandarin: 

  • Score of 4 or 5: four elective credits. May be used to fulfill the Foreign Language General Education requirement.
  • Score of 6 or 7: eight elective credits. May be used to fulfill the Foreign Language General Education requirement.

Individuals and Societies
Business Management, Information Technology in a Global Society and Philosophy:

  • Score of 4 or 5: four credits of electives.
  • Score of 6 or 7: eight credits of electives.

Economics, Global Politics, Geography, History, Social and Cultural Anthropology:

  • Score of 4 or 5: four credits of electives. May be used to fulfill the Social Science General Education requirement.
  • Score of 6 or 7: eight credits of electives. May be used to fulfill the Social Science General Education requirement.

Psychology:

  • Score of 4 or 5: four credits of electives equivalent to PSYC 111.
  • Score of 6 or 7: eight credits total, four credits equivalent to PSYC 111.

Sciences

Biology:

For students in Harpur College of Arts and Sciences, College of Community and Public Affairs, School of Management and the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science

  • Score of 4 or 5: four credits of electives.
  • Score of 6: eight credits total. Four credits equivalent to either BIOL 113 or BIOL 114 and four credits of electives. May be used to fulfill the Laboratory Science General Education requirement.
  • Score of 7: eight credits total. Four credits equivalent to BIOL 113 and four credits equivalent to BIOL 114. May be used to fulfill the Laboratory Science General Education requirement.

For students in Decker School of Nursing:

  • Score of 4 or 5: four credits of electives.
  • Score of 6: eight credits total. Four credits equivalent to BIOL 113 and four credits of electives. May be used to fulfill the Laboratory Science General Education requirement.
  • Score of 7: eight credits total. Four credits equivalent to BIOL 113 and four credits equivalent to BIOL 114. May be used to fulfill the Laboratory Science General Education requirement.

Chemistry:

  • Score of 4: four credits equivalent to CHEM 101
  • Score of 5: four credits equivalent to CHEM 107 or CHEM 111. Pre-Health track students not majoring in Chemistry are recommended to take credit for CHEM 107 and then take CHEM 108 to avoid having to take a 300-level chemistry course to complete their pre-health requirements in inorganic chemistry. May be used to fulfill the Laboratory Science General Education requirement.
  • Score of 6 or 7: eight credits equivalent to CHEM 107 and CHEM 108. May be used to fulfill the Laboratory Science General Education requirement.

Computer Science:

  • Score of 4 or 5: four credits of electives.
  • Score of 6 or 7: eight credits of electives.

Design Technology:

  • Score of 4 or 5: four credits of electives.
  • Score of 6 or 7: eight credits of electives.

Environmental Science:

  • Score of 4 or 5: four credits equivalent to ENVI 101.
  • Score of 6: eight credits, four credits equivalent to ENVI 101. May be used to fulfill the Laboratory Science General Education requirement.
  • Score of 7: eight credits equivalent to ENVI 101 and 201. May be used to fulfill the Laboratory Science General Education requirement.

Physics:

  • Score of 4 or 5: four credits of electives.
  • Score of 6: eight credits of electives.
  • Score of 7: eight credits of electives. May be used to fulfill the Laboratory Science General Education requirement.

Mathematics

  • Score of 4 or 5: four credits of electives. May be used to fulfill the Mathematical Reasoning General Education requirement.
  • Score of 6 or 7: eight credits total. May be used to fulfill the Mathematical Reasoning General Education requirement. Consult with the Department of Mathematical Sciences to determine appropriate course placement.

Studies in Language and Literature

Language A: Language and Literature:

  • Score of 4 or 5: four credits of electives. May be used to fulfill the Humanities General Education requirement.
  • Score of 6 or 7: eight credits of electives. May be used to fulfill the Humanities General Education requirement.

Literature:

  1. Score of 4 or 5: four credits of electives. May be used to fulfill the Humanities General Education requirement.
  2. Score of 6 or 7: eight credits of electives. May be used to fulfill the Humanities General Education requirement.
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Harpur College of Arts and Sciences

Credit is usually granted for liberal arts courses completed at other accredited institutions. In addition, up to 36 elective credits may be granted for the study of theoretically oriented courses of a non-liberal arts nature. Academic credit may be granted only if a grade of Pass or a C– or better was earned in the course.

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College of Community and Public Affairs

Undergraduate students who are applying to Human Development must have earned a grade of C or better from an accredited college or university to receive credit for any transfer courses, including those completed as part of the associate degree. In cases where questions arise about the transferability of a course, a Human Development academic standards committee will review and provide a recommendation about the status of a course. Please note that HDEV 200 (Introduction to Human Development), HDEV 300 (Social Science Research Methods), HDEV 400 (Social Justice) and HDEV 475 (Practicum in Human Development) are not transferable courses and must be taken in the Department of Human Development at Binghamton University.

Undergraduate students applying to the CCPA-Undeclared or BSW program must have earned a grade of C- or better from an accredited college or university to receive credit for any transfer courses, including those completed as part of the associate degree. Please note that core BSW courses (SW 303, 304, 305, 315, 410, 411, 412, 491, 492, 495 and 496) are not transferable courses and must be taken in the Department of Social Work at Binghamton University.

Questions concerning the transfer of academic and advanced-standing credit should be addressed to the student's undergraduate academic advisor. Official transcripts and certificates of completion submitted by applicants for transfer credit are evaluated by the student's undergraduate academic advisor. The final decision to deny or grant academic credit rests with the dean of CCPA.

Applicants to graduate programs in the Department of Teaching, Learning and Educational Leadership should note prerequisites and submit the requirements as outlined on the TLEL Admissions website. TLEL offers year-round, rolling admissions for all programs except for the MSEd Childhood/Early Childhood and EdD Educational Theory, Research and Practice programs which offer fall admission only. Students may apply to the MAT programs for the spring semester if they are willing to pursue a 4-semester program instead of 3 semesters. Please contact TLEL for advising prior to application.

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Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences - Decker School of Nursing

Decker School of Nursing admits transfer students with advanced standing to the sophomore or junior level of the undergraduate program. Transfer applicants include students with liberal arts and science coursework from a two-year or four-year institution, students with baccalaureate or higher degrees in other fields, and registered nurse students from associate degree programs and hospital diploma schools.

Admission is competitive and based upon:

  • evidence of a minimum of one semester of full-time college study, including science and other courses prerequisite to the nursing major;
  • review of high school transcript if there has been no prerequisite science course;
  • competitive cumulative and prerequisite GPA of 3.0 or above.

Other considerations include:

  • student’s personal statement;
  • extracurricular activities;
  • quality of previous college or university work;
  • trend of semester grades;
  • demonstrated evidence of talent in athletics, performing arts, fine arts, leadership or other areas;
  • letters of recommendation;
  • assessed potential for success.

A minimum of 126 credits is needed to meet the program requirements. Credit for liberal arts and science coursework, including courses prerequisite to the nursing major, may be transferred for courses where a grade of C– or better has been earned. Credit for courses in which the student has received a grade of D may not be transferred. Credit for upper-division nursing coursework taken in another baccalaureate nursing program is evaluated on an individual basis. See “Transfer Student Admission” in the Decker School of Nursing section or contact the Decker School for more information.

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Applicants with Baccalaureate Degrees in Other Fields

Applicants with a baccalaureate or higher degree in another field wishing to earn the bachelor of science degree in nursing are required to complete the prerequisite courses listed in the Decker School of Nursing section and required nursing coursework.

Applicants may be eligible for admission to the accelerated baccalaureate track program. See “Program Options” in the Decker School of Nursing section or contact the Decker School for more information.

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School of Management

In order to maximize credit transfer, students who have taken two years of undergraduate education at another college or university, and who wish to transfer into the School of Management for their junior and senior years, should have concentrated their first two years of academic work in arts and sciences courses, attaining at least 30 hours of credit in such subjects with grades of C or better. The student’s first two years of education should therefore consist of work in the following areas: English and literature (including at least one course in compositional techniques); economics (including one course each in microeconomic and macroeconomic theory); mathematics (including at least one course in calculus); and elective coursework in the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences — with special attention to courses that fulfill the University’s General Education requirements. Students may also choose to further supplement their first two years of undergraduate education with courses in the principles of financial accounting, statistics and business law. Such courses are an important foundation for the professional coursework that composes the School of Management student’s final two years of study. Students whose two-year curriculum closely follows the pattern above will have completed coursework that maintains the course sequence adhered to by School of Management students during their freshman and sophomore years.

While students are able to transfer courses and/or credit for the specific business administration and accounting courses indicated above, in accordance with the school’s transfer credit policy, transfer credit for upper-division accounting and business administration coursework is not granted without ample evidence of its basic equivalency to analogous coursework taught in the School of Management, unless these courses are taken at AACSB-accredited business programs during the junior or senior year of study. Thus, students completing upper-division accounting and business administration coursework as part of freshman or sophomore years of study must formally “validate” all such courses for which transfer credit is requested. Normally this requires (at a minimum) completion of a detailed proficiency examination in each course area for which transfer credit is requested. The coverage of such examinations is based on the appropriate coursework as it is taught in the School of Management.

Although most transfer students have completed two years of college work, students may be accepted for transfer at any time during their college careers, if space permits. School of Management transfer spaces are very limited and consequently admission is highly competitive. Admission is granted primarily on the basis of academic proficiency in appropriate courses; candidates generally need above a 3.2 average for admission. Advanced-standing credit is generally granted for all work comparable to that offered by Binghamton University. In addition, up to 16 hours of free elective credit may be granted for courses not comparable to any offered by Binghamton, provided that the work was theoretical/analytical rather than applied in nature. Courses falling within this category may not include business or accounting courses. Advanced standing is not granted for courses completed with a grade lower than C.

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School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

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Admission Requirements

Admission to the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program is via the Pharmacy Centralized Application Service (PharmCAS; http://pharmcas.org).

Students must complete at least two years of study at a regionally accredited college or university (or an equivalent institution) to enroll. All prerequisite courses (see below) must be completed by the time of matriculation, with grades of "C-" or better prior to enrollment. Prerequisites must be completed within seven years preceding matriculation. Exceptions may be considered upon review of a student's full application. There is no overall minimum GPA. A preferred minimum GPA of 2.75 is recommended for all prerequisite courses.

All applicants must take the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT). The PCAT can be waived for populations including but not limited to students in the Pharmacy Early Acceptance Program, any of the 3 + 4 pathway programs, and Binghamton University's Scholars Program. PCAT results must be completed within five years of application to the program. While the SOPPS does not have a minimum PCAT score, scores at or above the national average are considered highly competitive for entry. In lieu of the PCAT, applicant's GRE, MCAT, DAT, GMAT or LSAT scores will be accepted if taken within the last three years. The PCAT is preferred. If an applicant has not yet taken a graduate standardized admissions exam, they must take the PCAT. For more information contact pharmacy@binghamton.edu.

Additionally, competitive applicants will be invited to and must complete an interview to be considered for admission.

The admission process is holistic and will consider a variety of factors including academic record, intellectual achievements, extracurricular activities and personal background rather than be solely based on an empirical formula of GPA and PCAT scores. Additional consideration will be given to those with community service, patient care, pharmacy and/or military experience.

The SOPPS focuses on maintaining a culturally diverse student population.

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Prerequisite Courses

Binghamton University Course Number

Course Title

Credits

BIOL 251

Human Anatomy & Physiology I

4

BIOL 347

Human Anatomy & Physiology II

4

WRIT 111

Inquiry & Academic Writing

4

 

Any course that has both written and oral communications components

3 or 2

 

Social or behavioral science

2

BIO 113

Intro to Cell & Molecular Biology 

 

4

BIO 114

Intro to Organisms & Pops Biology 

 

4

BIOL 319

Pre-Health Microbiology

 

4

CHEM 107 or 111

Intro Chemistry Principles I or Chemical Principles

 

4

CHEM 108 or 341

Intro Chemistry Principles II or Intermediate Inorganic Chemistry

 

4

CHEM 231

Organic Chemistry I

4

CHEM 332 & CHEM 335

Organic Chemistry II and Lab

4 and 2

PHYS 121

General Physics I

 4

MATH 224 & 225

Differential Calculus and Integral Calculus

2 and 2

MATH 147 or 148 or PSYC 243 (for majors only)

Elementary Statistics or Elementary Statistics for Biologists or Statistical Analysis and Design (majors only)

4

ECON 160

Principles of Microeconomics

4

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Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science

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BS in Engineering

Students transferring into the Watson School have their credits evaluated on a course-by-course basis. Any courses in which they receive a grade of C– or better and which apply to their major requirements will transfer. Students transferring into the junior year of biomedical engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, industrial and systems engineering or mechanical engineering normally hold the degree of associate of science in engineering science (or equivalent coursework).

Students transferring into the Watson School should work with the Watson School Advising Office to have their current and future coursework evaluated for transfer. The Watson School Advising Office evaluates all credits on a course-by-course basis, including General Education courses and major requirements.

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BS in Computer Science

All transfer courses that earn a C- or better, including computer science major requirements and General Education courses, are awarded on a course-by-course basis. Transfer students should work with the Watson School Advising Office to have their current and future coursework evaluated for transfer.

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Non-Degree Students

The University encourages certain types of students to pursue coursework on a non-matriculated basis, within certain academic limits. Those who wish to take courses for credit, and who intend to apply for matriculation into the University, may enroll as non-degree students, provided they have been out of high school at least one year and give evidence of the ability to do satisfactory work. Others, including visiting students interested in taking a limited amount of coursework for transfer or prerequisite purposes, may also do so as non-degree students. Finally, those individuals interested in taking credit-bearing courses for their own personal improvement or enjoyment, which will not transfer into a degree from the University, may do so as a special type of student known as the lifelong learner.

All undergraduate non-degree students are strongly encouraged to meet regularly with the non-degree student advisor in the Harpur College Academic Advising Office to explore available options and develop a personalized educational plan to guide their efforts at Binghamton University.

Undergraduate non-degree students may attend part time or full time each semester, are limited to a total maximum of 24 attempted credit hours of coursework, and must maintain GPA standards set by Harpur College.

Beyond that point, individuals may continue taking courses at Binghamton only by gaining admission into a degree-granting program or agreeing to become a lifelong learner. Applications for admission to the University and information on deadlines are available from Undergraduate Admissions. Students may apply for lifelong learner status through the Harpur College Academic Advising Office.

Students suspended or dismissed from another college or university may not enter Binghamton until one major semester has elapsed since the date of dismissal. Summer Session and Winter Session are not major semesters.

Applicants 21 years or older without a high school diploma or its equivalent, who have not enrolled in any previous college-level coursework, may apply only as non-degree students. Upon completing appropriate coursework, a student may apply for a high school equivalency diploma and, upon receiving it, seek admission to a degree program by completing the appropriate application for matriculation. Students interested in earning a high school equivalency diploma should work with the New York State Education Department.

While non-degree status has certain limitations, many students have found it to be a strategic and useful way of continuing their journey toward achieving their most valued educational goals.

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Visiting Students

Students attending and in good standing at other colleges or universities who wish to enroll in the University for one or two semesters apply as non-degree students. This status is generally available only for Harpur College of Arts and Sciences and College of Community and Public Affairs, but inquiries about spaces in the Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences, School of Management and Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science should be directed to the Admissions Office. Admission as a visiting student, or for one of the study-abroad programs, does not imply admission to a degree program at Binghamton University. Visiting students who become interested in pursuing a degree at Binghamton must apply for admission by completing the SUNY application.

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College Link Program

This program is open to qualified Binghamton-area secondary school and home-schooled students who wish to take coursework in the arts and sciences at Binghamton University during their junior and/or senior years.

Courses taken by College Link students carry regular University credit and will appear on their official University transcript. College Link students are considered non-degree students, and therefore, not admitted into a degree-granting program of the University.

Specific information concerning admissions procedures and academic standards for the College Link Program is available in the Harpur College Dean's Office.

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Advising

Binghamton University’s Harpur College Academic Advising Office is responsible for administratively overseeing the educational activities and academic advising of undergraduate non-degree students. All undergraduate non-degree students are directed to the non-degree advisor in the Harpur College Academic Advising Office for their initial contact. Administrative duties, school coding and most advising activities are handled by the Harpur College Academic Advising Office. Once non-degree students apply and are formally admitted as students into a degree-granting program, the admitting school takes over all administrative and advising duties and intra-University transfer policies take effect.

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Student Auditors

Students may satisfy their interest in a subject area or explore a new area of study through a course audit. By auditing, they participate in, but do not receive credit for, the course. Course Audit Petitions are available in the Office of Financial Aid and Student Records and the Graduate School. Students may register for audits within the course add period only. Credit-bearing courses may not be changed to audit courses after the course-add deadline, nor may audited courses be changed to credit courses after this deadline. Audited courses do not satisfy degree requirements.

Prospective auditors are advised of the following:

  • Students who audit a course must pay full tuition and fees.
  • Audit students are expected to attend class regularly and to fulfill course requirements. Successful completion is listed on the transcript with a notation of AU in place of the grade; the course is expunged from the record if the student fails to meet the requirements.
  • A course taken on an audit basis will not be counted in determining full-time status for financial aid eligibility, student loan deferments, NCAA eligibility, assistantship or fellowship eligibility, on-campus housing, or for some health insurance coverage.
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Older Adults Auditors

New York residents 60 years of age or older may audit courses free of charge when space is available. Courses may not be taken for credit. Permission of the instructor is required for auditors seeking enrollment in a Harpur College course. For courses offered by School of Management, Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences, College of Community and Public Affairs, or Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science, contact the school's academic advising office for permission. Persons interested in auditing courses are encouraged to contact Harpur College Academic Advising Office by email or phone: harpuradvising@binghamton.edu or 607-777-6305.

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Graduate Admission

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Requirements for Matriculation

To be eligible for graduate study, applicants must:

  • Provide a complete set of undergraduate (and, if applicable, graduate) transcripts showing one of the following:
    • The applicant has earned a bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university
    • The applicant is within one academic year of earning a bachelor’s degree (or its equivalent) from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university
    • The applicant is eligible to apply as part of a memorandum of understanding between their current institution and Binghamton University 
  • Have earned, at minimum, one of the following:
    • A 3.0 GPA over the entire undergraduate career
    • A 3.0 GPA during the last 60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits of the undergraduate degree, with most courses graded regularly (not as "pass/fail")
    • A 3.0 GPA in a graduate degree, with most courses graded regularly (not as "pass/fail")
    • In consideration of the different grading scales used around the world, each academic department evaluates international transcripts to determine on a case-by-case basis whether they demonstrate one of the above requirements. 

Exception: Applicants for the PharmD program in the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (SOPPS) must meet the requirements listed in the SOPPS section of the Bulletin. Applicants must have completed certain courses and must have, at minimum, a 2.75 GPA.

All applicants must submit:

  • Online application
  • Application fee
  • Transcript(s) for all previous college or university coursework showing courses, grades and conferral of degree (submitted according to the guidelines outlined in the Graduate School Manual)
    • Unofficial transcripts are accepted for application review; official transcripts are required upon admission
  • Personal statement
  • Résumé or curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Letters of recommendation from individuals who can comment authoritatively on the applicant's academic achievements and/or work or internship experience related to the program (submitted according to the guidelines outlined in the Graduate School Manual)
  • Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) scores, as specified by the program, unless otherwise specified by the program (submitted electronically according to the guidelines in the Graduate School Manual)
  • Any program-specific application materials, such as writing and/or work samples, licenses and/or certifications, and/or other test scores

Exception: Applicants for the PharmD program in the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (SOPPS) must apply through the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS) and submit official Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) scores.

International students must also submit:

  • International Student Financial Statement (ISFS) Form
  • Supporting financial documentation (such as bank statements, scholarship or sponsor letters, etc.)
  • Proof of English proficiency (such as proof of conferral of degree from certain countries or TOEFL, IELTS or PTE Academic scores)

These and all other required documents must be submitted according to the instructions on the application and in the Graduate School Manual. Please review individual department admission requirements before submitting an application, as different programs may have different requirements.

Students are admitted after recommendation for admission from the department or program and with approval from the vice provost and dean of the Graduate School.

The vice provost and dean may waive the admission requirement of official test scores in individual cases, on the recommendation of the department’s director of graduate studies. Students who do not submit official test scores may be admitted, but may be required to submit test scores before they achieve regular matriculated status.

Admission to graduate study in any discipline does not imply admission to candidacy for a degree. Such candidacy is subject to specific requirements as defined by the academic programs and schools/colleges. Students must have the approval of the program or school/college in which they wish to major before they may become candidates for the degree in a specific subject.

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Procedures

Application instructions and forms are available online. Applicants should carefully read the detailed online instructions. These instructions direct applicants regarding electronic submission of materials. When the completed application is received, the application is forwarded to the department or program for review. The application is matched with appropriate test scores, which are sent at the applicant’s request by the appropriate testing agency. Applications for the PharmD program are processed through the PharmCAS.

Individual graduate programs have their own criteria for evaluation. Some programs require credentials beyond those required by the Graduate School. Applicants should review the requirements specified by the program and should contact the program office if they have questions.

Like other highly competitive graduate institutions, Binghamton University has deadlines for the receipt of completed applications. Application deadlines vary by program. The Graduate School's online program descriptions provide the specific deadlines for each program. For onsite programs, decisions on admission and funding are made beginning early in the spring semester for the following fall semester and, for programs with spring admissions, early in the fall semester for the following spring semester. To be considered for University funding, students must submit completed applications to the Graduate School by the deadline specified by the graduate program. See deadlines. International applicants should generally apply at least one month before these deadlines.

All applicants are evaluated and considered for fellowships and assistantships. There is no general application for funding. There may be additional application requirements for program-specific funding. Applicants should check with the program office if they have questions.

Applicants admitted as matriculated students may be placed in one of the following categories:

  • Degree status: Students are admitted as fully qualified to undertake a program leading to a graduate degree, as determined and specified in the University’s offer of admission.
  • Conditional admission: Students who do not meet all academic requirements for admission, as determined by the academic program, may be admitted conditionally. Specific conditions for admission to degree status and a timetable for fulfilling those conditions will be identified by the program at the time of conditional admission. Each semester, the program will review the student’s progress toward satisfying those conditions and recommend appropriate action by the vice provost and dean. Due to federal regulations, international students are not eligible for conditional admission.
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International Student Admission

Applicants to the Graduate School who are not citizens or permanent residents of the United States, whether they are enrolled in a college/university in the United States or abroad, are required to meet academic standards for admission to a degree program, show proficiency in English at the college level and certify that they will have the required funds needed for each year of study.

When applicants are offered admission to Binghamton University, the Office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) issues a Certificate of Eligibility: either Form I-20 (F-1 visa) or Form DS-2019 (J-1 visa). Although special circumstances may allow an individual to be admitted as a continuing education student for one term, international students (F-1 visa) generally are not eligible for admission in continuing education status. Admission into an online graduate program does not qualify international students for a F-1 or J-1 visa. 

To certify English proficiency, international applicants must submit official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the PTE Academic. Applicants who have a college or university degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university OR from an institution in the United Kingdom (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales), Ireland, Australia, New Zealand or Canada (except Quebec) are eligible for a waiver. The required minimum scores are detailed in the Graduate School Manual. Additional instruction in English may also be required.

International applicants must guarantee and certify funds sufficient to cover the cost of education, as posted by the Graduate School and the federal government. This figure includes living expenses, tuition, fees and insurance expenses. Additional funds are needed for a spouse and for each child accompanying the student to the United States. For details, see the International Student Financial Statement (ISFS) Form.

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Continuing Education Admission for Non-Matriculated/Non-Degree Study

Persons holding a baccalaureate degree may apply to enroll in graduate courses. Application for status as a non-matriculated/non-degree student is processed by the Graduate School.

Non-matriculated/non-degree students may take up to 12 credits total, though some academic departments and schools/colleges limit that number further. Academic departments and schools/colleges may also restrict enrollment in their courses to degree and certificate matriculated students. Degrees, certificates and financial assistantships are not granted to non-matriculated/non-degree students.

Depending on the curriculum requirements of a program, some courses taken as a non-matriculated/non-degree student may be applied toward a degree, if the student later gains admission to a Binghamton University graduate degree or certificate program. The maximum number of credits taken as a non-matriculated/non-degree student that can be applied toward a degree is 12 and toward a certificate is 8. Whether non-matriculated/non-degree credits will be applied toward a degree or certificate is determined at the time of admission to a degree or certificate program. Non-matriculated/non-degree credits will not be applied toward a degree or certificate once the student has begun the degree or certificate program. Students should take no more than 12 graduate-level credit hours as a non-matriculated/non-degree student if they plan to eventually pursue a graduate degree.

If, at a later date, a student decides to apply to the Graduate School for admission to a degree program, a graduate degree application must be submitted electronically. If the student is admitted to a degree program, they should obtain an evaluation of graduate courses taken as a non-matriculated/non-degree student from the department. Through this evaluation, those courses that are found appropriate may be officially credited toward the student’s degree.

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Readmission

All graduate students admitted to a degree program must register for each semester, excluding summer and winter, until all degree requirements have been completed. Students who fail to maintain continuous registration, unless granted a formal leave of absence, are ineligible to resume graduate study until readmission has been approved. Students applying for readmission to a graduate program are subject to the rules, procedures, curriculum and standards in effect at the time of readmission. Readmission is not automatic and may be subject to additional conditions set by the department or school/college or by the vice provost and dean of the Graduate School.

Students admitted to an online program must refer to their program’s plan of study, which may include the need to register for summer sessions.

Continuing education students who fail to register for more than two consecutive semesters, excluding summer and winter, are not permitted to register for courses until they have been readmitted.

Applications for readmission may be obtained online. The regular application fee is assessed for all applications for readmission to Binghamton University graduate degree programs.

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Special Circumstances

Consideration of Graduate Admissions Applications from Individuals Who Have Been Suspended or Expelled from a College or University for Disciplinary Reasons: Disciplinary suspension or expulsion from another college or university is not grounds for automatic rejection of an application for admission to Binghamton University. If the applicant is academically admissible, additional information is requested about the expulsion or suspension. A Special Circumstance Committee chaired by the Dean of Students requests a personal statement and signed release form giving Binghamton permission to obtain and discuss documents related to the incident.

The Special Circumstance Committee may recommend acceptance of the applicant, acceptance of the applicant with restrictions on participation in university life at Binghamton University, or rejection of the applicant based on the nature of the incident(s) that caused the disciplinary suspension or expulsion. An appeal of the decision of the committee may be made to the provost and vice president for academic affairs. Questions regarding this policy should be directed to the Provost, Binghamton University, PO Box 6000, Binghamton, New York 13902-6000.

Consideration of Graduate Admissions Applications from Individuals with Felony Convictions Binghamton University adheres to the State University of New York policy that prohibits University-wide and individual SUNY campus admission applications from inquiring into an applicant’s prior criminal history. Please note that students who have previously been convicted of a felony are advised that their prior criminal history may impede their ability to complete the requirements of certain academic programs, to meet licensure requirements for certain professions and/or live in campus housing. Students who have concerns about such matters are advised to contact the dean's office of their intended academic program.