Spring Orientation for Families

Our Virtual Family Orientation experience for summer 2021 and spring 2022 is designed to bring you our traditional presentations and connections all from the comfort of your own home. Through our VZOrientation system, you will be able to access modules covering the most important themes parents and families want to learn about. We recognize that this time may be busy for most, so you will be able to click through these modules at your leisure. We will also offer a few live opportunities to connect with Parent and Family Programs and with current Binghamton University students. 

In addition to our online resources, we are offering a selection of either a live virtual Family Orientation session or an in-person Family Orientation to choose from. The sessions will provide additional information and the opportunity to ask questions in real-time and connect with Binghamton University staff and current students. 

If you have any questions regarding our Virtual Family Orientation, please contact our New Student Programs Office by phone at 607-777-6393 or via email at orientation@binghamton.edu.


Program overview

Online Family Orientation Portal

The Online Family Orientation Portal has been crafted with the needs of parents and families in mind. Content is developed specifically to create meaningful connections and share ways that you can support your students in making the most of their time as undergraduate students and successfully completing their degrees. Modules will cover the following (and more!) themes:

  • Residential life and housing
  • Safety and wellness
    • University Campus Police
    • Services for Students with Disabilities
    • Health Promotion and Prevention Services
    • Case Management
    • University Counseling Center
    • Emergency Management
  • Auxiliary Services
    • Meal plans
    • Banking
    • Transportation
    • Campus Bookstore
  • Student Accounts and Financial Aid
  • Parent and Family Programs
  • Academic programs and advising
    • Harpur College of Arts and Sciences
    • College of Community and Public Affairs
      School of Management
    • Watson College of Engineering and Applied Sciences
    • Decker School of Nursing and Health Sciences

After completed registration, you will be able to log into your own portal on VZOrientation to view these modules at your own pace. Modules will be available from the time you register to mid-February.


Live Family Orientation Session

In addition to the Online Family Orientation Portal, families may choose to participate in one of the following Live Family Orientation Sessions based on their student’s Orientation Session selection:


Virtual Family Orientation Session Option:

Friday, October 15th from 6:30pm-8:30pm via Zoom Webinar. 

During this online session, families will hear from:

  • Parent and Family Programs Welcome
  • Current Binghamton University Students panel
  • Residential Life and Housing Information Session
  • Q&A with Financial Services: Financial Aid and Student Accounts

Attendees can ask questions in real time and the session will be recorded for those who miss it or need to come late/leave early. Please note that this session is SEPARATE from your student’s Orientation session if they are attending on Zoom. You will be asked to register for this session through a Zoom Webinar link when you receive your confirmation email.

In-Person Family Orientation Session Option:

Saturday, October 16th from 10:30am-3:30pm. Details will be emailed to those registered.

During this in-person session on our campus, families will hear from and participate in:

  • Parent and Family Programs Welcome
  • Current Binghamton University Students panel
  • Residential Life and Housing Information Session
  • Q&A with Financial Services: Financial Aid and Student Accounts
  • Campus Tours

Attendees will be able to see campus and connect in-person with staff and students. Offices will not be open for walk-ins as this session takes place during a weekend day. Please note that this session is CONCURRENT to your student’s Orientation session if they are attending in-person.


Additional Virtual Resources

Aside from our Virtual Family Orientation, supplemental virtual opportunities for families to engage with our campus include:


How to register

All newly admitted students who have paid their admission deposit will have access to the Orientation checklist. The first item to complete is to register for an Orientation session. During the registration process, students may register parents and family members to the Virtual Family Orientation.

Upon registration, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to the Online Family Orientation Portal and further instructions for your Family Orientation Session registration. The confirmation email tends to go to spam, so please be sure to check there if you do not see it in your inbox; it will be coming from our registration system, VZOrientation.

If you experience any trouble registering for Orientation, please contact our office so we may assist you either over the phone at 607-777-6393 or through email at orientation@binghamton.edu.