First Year Experience

Join the Emerging Leaders Program (ELP)
The ELP is a fall-semester program, and its participants are part of a unique, small-group environment where new students interact with peers, trained student mentors and a faculty/staff team to explore leadership through a specific interest-based knowledge community. Through weekly meetings, leadership workshops, special events, and a student-developed and led service-learning project, participants earn a leadership certificate upon completion of the program in December.
Through the ELP you will:
GET CONNECTED to University and local community members
BUILD an immediate support network
EXPLORE, develop and practice leadership skills
IMPACT the local community during your first semester
EARN a leadership certificate
LEARN how to maximize your college experience

The deadline to apply online is 11:59 p.m. Sunday, July 30. You'll need your Binghamton user ID (emoustafa) to complete the application.
Get ahead with Success Coaches
Peer and professional Success Coaches provide personalized coaching through workshops, one-on-one appointments and virtual resources. They are trained to identify potential barriers to academic success and will work with you to construct a tailored success plan, focusing on topics such as:

  • effective goal setting
  • time and task management
  • study strategies
  • organization
  • productivity and procrastination

Success Coaches also work closely with partners across campus and can refer you to a variety of student services. For more information, visit the Success Coach website.

Get comfortable with public speaking
The Speaking Center provides quality peer-to-peer consulting to all BAP students seeking public speaking, oral presentation assistance and critique.
Peer consultants support all aspects related to presentations and public speaking, from planning and organizing to addressing concerns and polishing delivery. Visit the website for more details and/or to make an appointment to receive constructive oral presentation consulting in a risk-free, professional environment. 

First-year student Common Read Experience
Each year all new Binghamton students participate in the Common Read Experience, designed to elicit reflection and discussion of vital topical issues. This year, we will read "All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis," a curated collection of essays, poetry and art by Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and Katherine K. Wilkinson. This timely and engaging text takes a solutions-oriented approach to the climate crisis, examining it from multiple perspectives. 

As you read this book over the summer along with the other members of the class of 2027, we encourage you to reflect upon this important topic. When you arrive on campus, you will be invited to join the broader University community in discussions and programs related to it in your residential communities, your classes and many other exciting ways.
Read our blog> 6 reasons for incoming students to join the Common Read Experience