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Welcome to Binghamton University!

If you have any questions regarding your upcoming semester please contact 

Keep in mind that full-time status for a non-matriculated student is 12 credits per semester. Some students take 16 credits; maximum is 18 credits per semester. If you want to pursue your degree at Binghamton, we recommend no more than 12 to 13 credits per semester. Please Note: In most academic programs, a non-matriculated student may only take 24 credits total before applying as a matriculated student at Binghamton or attending another university.

This welcome letter also details the required steps and actions to be completed in order to be ready for the first day of classes at Binghamton University. Please carefully read the four sections below and complete the following as soon as possible

1. Provide Documentation & Complete Actions Before Registration

I. Health Requirements (start ASAP as verification can take some time):

ALL BU STUDENTS must meet health requirements. Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) and meningitis information is due before registration, or you will be blocked from registration. If you are taking more than 12 credits, you will need to submit your tuberculosis information by the fifth Friday after classes begin. Go to this page for details regarding tuberculin testing and physical examination documentation.

II. NYS Residency:

If NYS residency is not proven, you will be billed for out-of-state tuition. All issues on residency must be cleared up by the first day of classes. Non-matriculated students admitted two weeks before the first day of classes have until the Drop/Add deadline to comply. There are no refunds. For information on residency information, go here. The Application for NYS Residency Tuition can be found here. Please note there are additional documents that must accompany the form.

III. Activate Binghamton University Computer Account and BMail:

Follow these step-by-step instructions for activating your Binghamton University computer account and BMail.

i) Activate your Binghamton University Computer Account

STEP 1: Go to the BU Account Access Page.

STEP 2: Click on the blue "Activate Password" box.

STEP 3: Enter your User ID and the e-mail address you supplied with your application.

STEP 4: An initial password will be sent to your supplied e-mail address.

ii) Manage your Binghamton University Computer Account

STEP 1: Return to the BU Account Access Page.

STEP 2: Click on "Manage Account Profile."

STEP 3: Enter the user ID and the initial password you received via email.

STEP 4: You will be prompted to accept the Binghamton University Computer and Network Usage Policy.

STEP 5: Create a new password and two security questions and answers.

iii) Create BMail Account Password

STEP 1: Go to the BU Account Access Page. Create your separate BMail account password by clicking on the orange "BMail Password Reset" box on and logging in with the BU Computer Account user ID and password you just established.

STEP 2: Enter and confirm a new BMail password following the rules displayed on the page. We strongly recommend you choose a different password than the one created for your Binghamton University Computer Account. You should see a confirmation that you were successful.

iv) Access BMail

STEP 1: Go to

STEP 2: Enter your BMail user ID and your BMail password.
*Here is additional information about activating and managing your BU Computer Account. Check or see below to learn the definitions of computer accounts, BMail, and how to activate and manage your computer account; what to do if you don't know your computer account (pods account) password; want to change passwords; create BMail password or don't know your current BMail password.


2. Access BU BRAIN: Complete Online Requirements and Register for Courses

i. Visit BU Brain:

It is important for you to visit BU BRAIN well ahead of registration and login using your pods number, user ID and password. If you have any problems logging in, please report them to the Help Desk by phone (777-6420) or email.

II. Important items to note:

  • Students need to complete the Code of Conduct acknowledgment.
  • Using BU BRAIN, you can view the schedule of classes by going to the Detailed Schedule of Classes or the Grid Schedule of Classes sections on the Main Menu.
  • If you completed a FASFA, check aid status by going to Registration, Financial Aid and Student Accounts on the Main Menu.

III. Registration status:

The BU BRAIN Registration channel helps determine if you are eligible to register, and when. Non-matriculated students register the Friday before classes start, click here to view the academic calendar. Check BU BRAIN to see if you have anything preventing your registration by clicking the Student tab, Registration, and My Registration Status.

Before you register be sure to verify the following:

(1) Time Ticket: Your initial window for registration is the best opportunity to register for courses you are interested in. If you are WITHIN your time ticket, you'll automatically be taken to the Add/Drop Classes area.

(2) Hold Status: If you have any holds (financial, judicial health, parking etc) they must be cleared at least one day BEFORE your registration window begins. Holds are not released instantly, and can take 24 hours. Failure to clear a hold could result in a registration delay.


3. Know Academic Coursework Details

I. Transfer Credits:

If you have transfer credits from another college, use your transcript or list of courses and look at the transfer equivalencies found here. An official determination of what credits transfer can only be done by the advisers in your School, upon matriculation at Binghamton University. I can give some unofficial information. If you have AP course credit from High School, visit this page for more information.

II. What Courses to Take:

If you want to matriculate at BU, you may want to sign up for General Education courses. Visit this page for more information. The “General Education Planning Sheet for Freshmen and Transfer Students” is very useful. I do not recommend non-matriculated students meet the activity/wellness requirement as these are not counted towards the GPA, and can take time away from other studies. Note, that while physical education courses are offered, they are NOT required for non-matriculated students.

If you find a Binghamton University course that has two Gen Ed designations, that course will satisfy only one of the two requirements. There are exceptions: Composition (C) courses, Oral Communication (O) courses, and joint courses (J) may satisfy either one or both of the listed requirements and may fulfill one other Gen Ed requirement. A few courses (less than 10) will meet 2 requirements simultaneously.

*Interested in Calculus I?

If you are interested in Calculus I, you must take a Calculus Placement Test. For more details, please visit this page.

III. Enrollment Confirmation:

The first week of classes you will be required to confirm your enrollment via BU BRAIN. ALL registered students must confirm their enrollment by the specified deadline or their registrations will be cancelled, even if payment has been processed.

  • After logging in to BU Brain, there is a prompt to confirm enrollment.
  • If confirmation of enrollment is not completed, a student’s semester schedule of courses is automatically canceled the FIFTH day of classes, freeing up class seats for students looking to add a course. If you try to reregister, the course you had before may be closed.
  • Financial aid recipients must confirm enrollment to receive a refund (if applicable) and/or to have funds credited and applied to pay balances.
  • You only need to confirm once a semester, even if you add or drop courses.Clear up residency issues by the first day of classes, to avoid paying out of state tuition. (non-matriculated students admitted two weeks prior to the start of classes have until the Drop/Add deadline to comply.) There are no refunds or retroactive corrections so submit documentation early in case there are issues to address.

IV. Billing:

Bills for full-time tuition and fees for less than full-time students must be dealt with at Student Accounts. Unpaid bills result in cancellation of registration.

How Pay Your Bill

  • Semester bill notifications are sent to BMail addresses. You can view, print and pay your bill following these step-by-step instructions.
  • Only you have access to your bill unless you make someone an “authorized payer.” If you'd like your parent(s) or guardian(s) to be able to pay your bill, designate them as an "authorized payer." Click here for instructions.
  • More information at Student Accounts
  • Don’t see the proper financial aid credit on your bill? Click here for details.
  • If you list an authorized payer, that person will receive an ebill via email when the student gets one at their BMail. This is the only way for someone other than you to see and pay for the bill. Click here to view Billing Procedures and Policies.

V. Financial Aid:

Although you complete a FAFSA, only non-matriculated students who take prerequisite courses necessary for admission to BU or elsewhere are able to be considered for the federal loan program. Students with courses that are not prerequisites for admission are still eligible for alternative loans, usually from private lenders at higher interest rates. Six or more credits are necessary to be considered for a loan.

Forms are available in the financial aid office.

Complete the FAFSA. Paper applications are in the Financial Aid Office (BU’s school ID is 002836). The online FAFSA turnaround time is approximately one to two weeks; the paper application is approximately three to four weeks. You can check the status of a submitted FAFSA at the above linked site. Federal regulations dictate the maximum amount to be borrowed. Eligible non-matriculated students may receive loans for one consecutive twelve-month period. 

VI. Blackboard:

Some instructors use Blackboard and distance education courses, also known as online courses, use Blackboard here at BU. Blackboard is a course management system used by instructors to communicate with students, record grades, etc. For more information, go to


4. Other Information

I. Review/Verify Your Contact Information:

If you have transfer credits from another college, use your transcript or list of courses and look at the transfer equivalencies found here. An official determination of what credits transfer can only be done by the advisers in your School, upon matriculation at Binghamton University. I can give some unofficial information. If you have AP course credit from High School, visit this page for more information.

II. Emergency Alert Contact Information (NY-Alert/RAVE) 

Last Updated: 2/1/19