First-Year Orientation

Summer 2022

The information below is for our newly admitted, first-year students, who will be enrolled for Fall 2022. 

Join us for Summer Orientation! We have some great ways for you to get acquainted with Binghamton University before you arrive in the fall. Your Orientation experience will encompass many aspects including your in-person Orientation session.

What is the Orientation 2022 Experience?

Starting in early May, you will begin to gain access to the following:

  • Orientation Checklist: A convenient list of important to-do’s meant to guide you through your summer, located on my.binghamton.edu. Make sure to complete all the items on the checklist!
  • BUZZ Emails: Weekly emails loaded with resources and opportunities to take advantage of here at Binghamton. These are sent by Admissions, so keep an eye out in your email!
  • Orientation Session: An in-person, overnight session where you will learn about campus, meet other new students, and receive information about academic advising and course registration. See dates below.
  • Virtual Academic Advising and Registration Appointment: At your Orientation session, you will sign up for your virtual course registration appointment, which will be scheduled for the days following your Orientation session.
  • New Student Move-In and Welcome Program: Our new students will move into the residence halls early and participate in welcome programming. More information will be sent out about move-in as we get closer to the summer. 

Sign up for an Orientation Session

All newly admitted students who have paid their admission deposit will have access to the Orientation Checklist beginning in early May. Students will receive an email when our registration system is available. The first item to complete is to register for an Orientation session. These dates are offered throughout the months of June and July and are specific to the school to which you were admitted. Through our system you can sign up for a session and register any family members you wish to join us for the family program.

If you do not see the Orientation checklist when you log into myBinghamton by May 31, contact our office so we may assist you either over the phone (607-777-6393) or through email (orientation@binghamton.edu). If you have any trouble registering for Orientation, contact our office at the phone number above for assistance.

Summer 2022 Dates

All first-year Orientation sessions take place in-person over the course of two days and students will be housed in one of Binghamton's residence halls for the night of Orientation. Sessions will correspond to a student's academic college (Harpur College of Arts and Sciences, Thomas J. Watson College of Engineering and Applied Science, College of Community and Public Affairs, Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences and School of Management).

We strongly encourage students to attend an Orientation session with us. You will have the opportunity to meet an Orientation Advisor who is a current student as well as some of your future classmates. If you cannot attend one of the dates below, you must contact New Student Programs to discuss your options (607-777-6393).

Session Date Academic Colleges
June 27-28 Harpur College, School of Management, and Watson College
June 30-July 1 Harpur College, College of Community and Public Affairs, Decker College, School of Management
July 7-8 Harpur College, Watson College, Binghamton Advantage Program
July 11-12 Harpur College, College of Community and Public Affairs, Watson College (Engineering only), Decker College, Student Support Services
July 14-15 Harpur College, School of Management, Watson College
July 18-19 Harpur College, School of Management, Binghamton Advantage Program
July 21-22 Harpur College, School of Management, Binghamton Advantage Program
July 25-26 Harpur College, Watson College, Binghamton Advantage Program
July 28-29 Harpur College, Watson College (Engineering only), Binghamton Advantage Program

Binghamton Advantage students can find more information on the Binghamton Advantage Program Website.

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


Orientation Session Information

COVID-19 Vaccinations

As mandated by the State University of New York, (SUNY), all students must be fully vaccinated and boosted (if eligible) to attend Binghamton unless they have a University-approved medical or religious exemption. For these purposes, full vaccination means all shots of a WHO-approved vaccination series AND the 14-day waiting period. 

If you have already received a WHO-approved vaccination series, you will be able to
upload your proof of vaccination in the Health Services portal once you have activated
your account.

You must also be vaccinated to attend Orientation and register for fall classes. Specifically, for those who are receiving the Moderna, Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson vaccine, the doses must be received no later than the dates listed below. Please submit proof of vaccination by the date found in the last column (yellow) for your specific Orientation date:

Vaccine chart for first year

The only exceptions to this vaccination requirement are for students who have been approved for medical or religious exemptions. For Binghamton, the exemption request process and all forms can be found online on the Decker Student Health Services website.  For Binghamton Advantage students attending SUNY Broome, contact Health Services at +1 (607) 778-5181 or by email at healthservices@sunybroome.edu for religious or medical exemption information. Be aware that it may take several days to process an exemption request and you may be asked to provide additional information. No religious exemption requests will be accepted for the fall 2022 semester after Aug. 17. Fall 2022 religious exemptions that are denied can be appealed no later than Aug. 24.

About Orientation

The Orientation program has many sessions over two days designed specifically to answer any questions you may have as Binghamton University’s newest community members. We hope you’ll meet other students, share experiences, learn more about your new home away from home – and, most of all, relax and have fun!

In order to make the most of your time at Orientation, plan on attending all sessions. The program begins with check-in at 8:30AM on the first day and concludes late morning on the second day around 11:30AM. All students will receive a detailed Orientation schedule upon checking in. Below are some highlights of the program.

Some topics students can expect to learn about:

  • Food, money, books, and transportation
  • Residential Life
  • Academic Advising
  • Introduction to campus culture
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Financial literacy
  • Student Success
  • Student Services

Academic Advising and Course Registration

At your Orientation session, you will be signing up for your advising and course registration appointment. Students must attend Orientation in order to register for classes.

Before You Arrive at Orientation

To better prepare for your academic advising and course registration appointment that will take place after your Orientation session, the Academic Advising offices have developed a series of digital documents designed to aid in your academic success and to assist in developing your first semester college schedule. Visit your Orientation Checklist after you register for an Orientation session to review this information and complete necessary steps prior to your Orientation session. These are absolutely essential steps in order to maximize the benefits of academic advising appointments and get the best possible academic schedule during your course registration. Please note, each academic college has different information and important to do's on the Orientation Checklist.

For information on the calculus placement exam, click here.


EOP First-Year Students

First-Year students admitted to the EOP program will not attend Orientation through New Student Programs. They will attend events and the Binghamton Enrichment Summer Program (BEP) through the EOP office.

In order to attend Binghamton University in the fall, students must attend one free orientation specifically for new EOP First-year students, which will be held at SUNY Binghamton.

Students will need to select the date that they plan to attend. Transportation to the EOP Orientation at SUNY Binghamton is provided by EOP to students living in the NYC area. There is no charge to register for the EOP Orientation and Parent/Guardian Meeting. Students must be present for the entire event. 

More information including dates and details can be found on EOP's website


If you have any questions regarding Orientation, please contact our New Student Programs Office by phone at 607-777-2878 or via email at orientation@binghamton.edu.