Congratulations on your admission to the College of Community and Public Affairs!
We've created this "hub" to serve as a one-stop-shop to ensure you're prepared for your arrival to Binghamton University. In addition to this page, be sure to review your program's page for resources and information relevant to your specific degree.
I am happy you will be joining the CCPA community, and I look foward to meeting you!
View the academic calendar to plan your semester >
New student info – next steps
Review the Graduate School's list of important next steps for new graduate students (obtaining your student ID, submitting required health forms, securing housing, etc.)
Are you looking for housing or roommates? Join the new CCPA Housing & Roommate Search Facebook Group created/monitored by CCPA students!
University-wide virtual event
Binghamton is hosting a campus-wide event for new students on Saturday, April 10 where you can learn more about resources for graduate students, graduate student life and connect with current students. Register here!
The New Graduate Student Orientation will be held on Monday, August 23 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. The format and location are currently TBD.
A reminder that this orientation is required for all new teaching assistants and graduate assistants and highly recommended for all new graduate students.
Check your department page for program-specific graduate orientation times, dates and locations as they are set.
It's important to CCPA faculty and staff to make sure international students have the information they need to make a smooth transition to the U.S. and the Binghamton University community. The Graduate School's new international student web page provides resources on this page that we encourage you to revisit frequently. Check out the website for our International Student and Scholar Services office.
What will fall 2021 look like?
Improving COVID-19 trends and increasing access to vaccines have allowed us to begin making plans to return to a vibrant, bustling campus where the virtual world will be replaced by the face-to-face interactions we’ve collectively craved as a university, a nation and a world.
We are planning for you to be able to interact meaningfully with our distinguished faculty in a traditional classroom setting and enjoy many extracurricular activities — whether that’s attending a Division I basketball game or enjoying a meal with a group of new friends.
As we have done throughout the pandemic, the safety of our University community is our first priority. Our decisions will always be grounded in science and we will follow the expert guidance of our local, state and national public health leaders. More information to follow.
CCPA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)
The CCPA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) committee supports a College culture
where faculty, staff and students feel comfortable expressing their thoughts, opinions
and views to allow for honest conversations about uncomfortable racial and social
justice issues. The committee is dedicated to creating meaningful activities, projects,
and initiatives that advance anti-racism, social justice, inclusion, equity, and change.
Contact co-chairs Kateri Reagan or Stacy Marrow for questions and conversations.
Accommodations for students with disabilities
Binghamton is committed to full and equitable access for all enrolled students. If you are a student with a disability and wish to request accommodations, contact the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) as soon as possible. The SSD office makes formal recommendations regarding necessary and appropriate accommodations based on specifically diagnosed disabilities. Information regarding disabilities is treated in a confidential manner.
Managing stress inside and outside the classroom
Sometimes the pressures graduate students face inside and outside the classroom can feel overwhelming. Binghamton offers a wide range of campus resources, including:
- Dean of Students Office
- Decker Student Health Services Center
- University Police
- University Counseling Center
- Interpersonal Violence Prevention
- Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
- Office of International Student and Scholar Services
- Under the federal civils right law, Title IX, students are protected in educational institutions from sex discrimination. Coordinator Andrew Baker is available to answer questions or file a complaint about conduct and whether it may fall under Title IX.
Ethics and integrity guidelines
CCPA takes ethics and integrity issues, including any academic honesty violations, very seriously. Read more about CCPA’s policy regarding ethics and integrity.
The Writing Center is available to all students and appointments are made online. Writing support is available for students through the CCPA Writing Tutors program. The schedule for writing tutors is set at the beginning of each semester. The College also offers two writing classes each semester that are available for graduate students. Email Stacy Marrow or call her at 607-777-9227 for additional information.
To buy or rent your books, visit the the University Bookstore online or in the University Union on main campus. View the list of textbooks required for your courses.
Establishing residency (from Student Accounts)
To be eligible for resident tuition in the second year of study, it is important for students take steps to make New York state their documented residence as soon as they arrive in New York.