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 and we encourage you to attend all of the orientation programs applicable to you as a new graduate student. 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 2019 new graduate student Orientation is Monday, Aug. 19, 2019. 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).

Fall 2019 Orientation schedule 

Location: Lecture Hall LH001

  • 11:30 a.m.–noon: Doors open, check-in
  • Noon–12:15 p.m.: Introduction and welcome from Aondover Tarhule, vice provost and dean of the Graduate School and Gretchen Mahler, associate dean of the Graduate School
  • 12:15–12:45 p.m.: Human resources and related benefits
  • 12:50–1:30 p.m.: New graduate students: strategies for success in graduate programs
  • 1:35–2:20 p.m.: Faculty panel: tips from faculty
  • 2:25–3:10 p.m.: Student panel: learn about Binghamton University from current students

Location: Fine Arts Building

  • 3:15–4:15 p.m.: Program-specific breakout sessions with graduate student ambassadors

Location: Clock Tower

  • 4:25–5 p.m.: Campus walking tours

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 Internal Graduate student Orientation prior to the fall and spring semesters. It is required for all new international graduate students to attend this program.

ISSS is pleased to announce their date for fall 2019 New International Graduate Student Orientation as Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019. You will receive a communication from ISSS with more details as they become available.