The Department for Student Transition and Success offers programs and resources to support students' academic, personal and professional development as they transition through their Binghamton collegiate experience.


Appalachian Collegiate Center AP-G17

Office hours

  M: 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
   T: 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
  W: 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Th: 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
   F: 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

Professional staff

Suzanne E. Howell
Executive director for student transition and success


Diana Castellanos
Associate director for student transition and success


Michelle Richardson
Administrative assistant to the executive director for student transition and success 

Binghamton Advantage Program

The Binghamton Advantage Program is a unique joint admissions program between Binghamton University and SUNY Broome Community College. Students live on the Binghamton University campus while taking classes at SUNY Broome with an opportunity to transfer to Binghamton after one or two years.

Michael Henningsen
Assistant director for transfer year success and programming

First-year programs

The Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) is a multi-faceted leadership development program for first-semester first-year students (freshman and transfer). The ELP provides first-year students with an opportunity to immediately connect to the Binghamton University community and greater Binghamton community by practicing leadership and participating in a high impact learning experience.

Binghamton University’s First Year Experience seminars (UNIV 101/103) are two-credit-hour courses designed to connect Binghamton University first-year students to a faculty and professional staff member on campus in a small class setting. They provide students with an opportunity to explore an academic topic of interest, cultivate critical thinking and writing skills, and assist them in making a successful transition to Binghamton University.

Tyler Lenga
Assistant director, first year success and programs

Speaking Center

The Speaking Center supports student development and success in public speaking and oral presentation preparation and delivery, providing quality peer-to-peer consulting to all Binghamton University students seeking oral presentation assistance and feedback.

Debora Clinton Callaghan
Senior associate director, Speaking Center

Success Coaching and Supplemental Instruction

Peer and Professional Success Coaches support students in their learning experiences, providing one-on-one coaching on skills such as: note taking and study skills, time management and organizational skills, productivity and workflow management. Coaches also work closely with campus partners to serve as a source of direct referrals to all student services.

Supplemental Instruction (SI) is a group study environment facilitated by undergraduate students, SI Leaders, who have previously taken and excelled in courses that students traditionally find challenging. Different than tutoring or TA support, our SI Leaders are also trained as Peer Success Coaches, providing them the skills and holistic coaching perspectives necessary to identify barriers to academic success, and to support their students as they work through the course content.

Lauren Morris
Assistant director for student success coaching
Success Coaching 

Transfer Student Services

Transfer Student Services assists students prior to and during their transition into Binghamton University, and all the way through to their graduation day. After arriving on campus, transfer students are encouraged to use this office as a primary resource during their time at Binghamton, where they will find mentoring, advice and advocacy.

Michael Henningsen
Assistant director for transfer year success and programming