Binghamton University offers several orientations to help you familiarize yourself with the campus, transition into graduate school, learn about important resources and meet professors and colleagues.

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New Graduate Student Orientation (fall only)

Strongly recommended for all new graduate students starting in the fall semester

The Graduate School would like to welcome you to the University on Tuesday, August 21, 2018

The New Graduate Student Orientation will examine the pathways for success in graduate school and review University-wide resources to enrich your academic experience and ensure the timely completion of your graduate degree. Additional time will be devoted to issues relating to academic integrity, confidential problem-solving, managing your enrollment and accessing English Language Institute resources. The breakout meetings will offer insight and information on the graduate experience. There will also be a session on human resources and related benefits for new graduate assistants (GAs) and teaching assistants (TAs). 

Department Orientations (fall and spring)

Strongly recommended for all new fall and spring graduate students

Most academic departments offer orientation events for new graduate students in their academic programs. Dates, times and locations will vary by program and between fall and spring semesters. You will receive an email from your academic department with details.

For fall orientation information, view the department orientation schedule. For spring orientation information, please contact your department directly.

New Teaching Assistant Orientation (fall only)

Required in the fall for all new teaching assistants (TAs)

The Graduate School will welcome new TAs on Tuesday, August 21, 2018

The New Teaching Assistant Orientation will clarify the University's mission and the role of graduate TAs; explore strategies for effective teaching and learning; and discuss the institutional resources that are available to graduate students to support their academic aspirations and teaching as a professional career. 

New TAs should also read the following books, available at the University Bookstore, from www.StylusPub.com or in the University Libraries:

  • Teaching Your First College Class: A Practical Guide for New Faculty and Graduate Student Instructors (Lieberg, Carolyn S., 2008)
  • Developing Quality Dissertations: A Graduate Student’s Guide to Achieving Excellence (Lovitts, Barbara E., and Wert, Ellen L., 2009)
    • Note: There are several versions – Sciences, Social Sciences or Humanities – depending upon your area of study.

New International Graduate Student Orientation (fall and spring)

Required for all new international graduate students starting in the fall or spring semester

The Office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) hosts a required orientation prior to the start of classes. The New International Graduate Student Orientation for Fall 2018 will be held on Wednesday, August 15, 2018. You will receive an email from ISSS with more details. You can also visit the ISSS website for more information.