Orientation

Binghamton University offers several unique orientation programs for new graduate students, each carefully designed to assist and guide your transition to a member of our university community. Binghamton University orientation is a campus-wide, collaborative effort. Please see below for important information regarding orientation programs and scheduling.


New Graduate Student Orientation (fall only)

The Graduate School offers an exciting program where new graduate students will receive important information and have the opportunity to meet with other new students, faculty and members of the university community. 

The fall 2022 New Graduate Student Orientation will be held on Monday, Aug. 22, 2022. While it is strongly recommended that all new graduate students attend this program, it is required for all new Teaching Assistants (TA) and Graduate Assistants (GA).

All new graduate students will receive an email invitation to register for the New Graduate Student Orientation in July.

Fall 2022 Orientation Schedule - Monday, August 22, 2022

Location: Parking Lot D

  • 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m:  Box lunches available

Location: President Reception Room, Anderson Center

  • 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m:  Check-in

Location: Osterhout Concert Theater, Anderson Center

  • 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m:  Campus Group Tabling 
  • 12:00 p.m. – 12:15 p.m:  Welcome from Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School
  • 12:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m:  New Graduate Students: Strategies for Success in Graduate Programs

This session will examine the pathways for success in Graduate School and University-wide resources that are available to enrich your experience at Binghamton University 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 teaching and library resources on campus. 

  • 2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m:  Faculty Panel - Tips from Faculty

There are different types of assistantship appointments depending on your discipline, type of funding, and expertise. This session will address specific duties associated with your appointment and provide some general advice from our distinguished faculty. 

  • 3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m:  Human Resources and Related Benefits

Human Resources will provide an overview of GA/TA employee benefits and a description of payroll and related forms that must be completed prior to the beginning of the academic year. 

  • 3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m:  Graduate Student Employees Union 

Graduate and Teaching Assistants (GAs/TAs) employed on the New York State Payroll fall under the Graduate Student Employees Union (GSEU).  GSEU represents graduate GAs/TAs within the State University of New York system. GSEU will provide information regarding rights and benefits as members of the GSEU bargaining unit.

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Academic Department Orientation (fall)

Most academic departments offer orientation events in the fall for new graduate students within their academic programs. Dates, times and locations will vary by program and you will receive a communication from your department. If offered, it is strongly recommended for all new graduate students to attend their department's program.

Academic Department Orientation (spring)

Some academic departments offer orientation events in the spring for new graduate students within their academic programs. If your first semester of study is in the spring, please contact the Graduate Secretary of your academic department directly for information regarding spring orientation. If offered, it is strongly recommended for all new graduate students to attend their department's program.


New International Graduate Student Orientation (fall and spring)

The Office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) hosts New International Graduate Student Orientation prior to the fall and spring semesters. It is required for all new international graduate students to attend this program.

International Student Orientation for fall 2022 will include pre-recorded videos and synchronous virtual programs. You will receive a communication from ISSS with more details as they become available.