First-Year Orientation

Summer 2023

The information below is for our newly admitted, first-year students, who will be enrolled for Fall 2023. 

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 2023 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.
    • Special note for Harpur students: in addition to attending the Orientation session, Harpur College students must also complete their Advising & Interest Survey before they are eligible to schedule their Advising & Registration appointment. 
  • 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 2023 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 26-27 Harpur College, School of Management, College of Community and Public Affairs, Binghamton Advantage Program
June 29-30 Harpur College, Watson College, Decker College
July 6-7 Harpur College, School of Management, Decker College, Binghamton Advantage Program
July 10-11 Harpur College, School of Management, Binghamton Advantage Program
July 13-14 Harpur College, Watson College, College of Community and Public Affairs
July 17-18 Harpur College, Watson College, Decker College
July 20-21 Harpur College, Watson College, College of Community and Public Affairs
July 24-25 Harpur College, School of Management, Binghamton Advantage Program
July 27-28 Harpur College, School of Management, Watson College (Engineering Only)

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

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. Harpur students must complete all aspects of the Orientation checklist, including their Advising & Interest Survey before they are eligible to schedule their Advising & Registration appointment.

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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 607-777-6393 or via email at orientation@binghamton.edu.