9 Things to Do to Start the Semester

Posted by Jacob Wilkins on August 24, 2021


9 Things to Do to Start the Semester

It’s been great seeing so many new and familiar faces returning to campus and we’ve made sure there are plenty of things to do as you make new friends and catch up with old ones. Check out all these activities and bookmark the B-Welcome calendar for a list of things to do on the daily!

Have fun at University Fest

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University Fest takes place from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28, at the Peace Quad, featuring inflatables, free food, music and more! Over 200 student organizations will be there so you can learn more about getting involved and connecting with a wide variety of campus orgs. There’s even a Dog Parade, so bring your pooch!

Try out a Gotcha bike

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Want to explore campus? Ride a bike for free! The Binghamton University Bike Share Program is offering free rentals to students! These GPS-enabled bikes are located in four locations on our main campus. Visit the Gotcha Bike website to find the location near you. Then download the free Gotcha app at app.socialbicyles.com to join and reserve your bike!  

Check out the Virtual “B” premiere

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Every year the incoming class comes together to form our iconic Binghamton “B” logo - and this year is no different! For the second straight year, we’ve put together photos submitted by the incoming class of 2025 to put together a Virtual “B”! There will be an live launch party at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28 on all of our social media channels!

View to a Late Nite movie

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Grab your roommates and check out weekly Late Nite Cinema offerings both indoors and outdoors! Snacks are provided, and there are two different times for each movie to fit your schedule!

Bowl at the Union

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Get your bowling shoes on and check out the lanes at the newly renovated Union Undergrounds! There’s even a new automatic scoring system! You can also enjoy a game of billiards, tennis, foosball and shuffleboard at the Den.

Find a volunteer opportunity

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What makes being a Bearcat great is not just our campus community, but our relationship with the greater Binghamton Community. The Center for Civic Engagement has tons of ways to get involved through community service and volunteer opportunities! You can make a difference!

Attend a Bearcats home game

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Fall sports are underway and you can provide a home-field advantage! Join the BU Zoo student section for men’s and women’s soccer games. Students get in free with their Binghamton University ID!

Take advantage of Campus Rec activities

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All currently enrolled students have access to the Recreation Center at the East Gym for open recreation activities free of charge throughout the semester! This includes basketball, disc golf, lap and recreational swim, tennis and more! If you’re looking to try out the state-of-the-art FitSpace equipment or group fitness classes, see if a membership makes sense for you!

Check out the B-Welcome Week calendar for a full rundown of events!

Jacob Wilkins is an assistant in the Office of Media and Public Relations. He also serves as the lead broadcaster for the Binghamton Rumble Ponies, the New York Mets Double-A Affiliate.

Have questions, comments or concerns about the blog? Email us at social@binghamton.edu.