New Student Resources
New Student Programs, in collaboration with other departments throughout the University, assists new students and families with the transition to Binghamton University. New Student Programs has three specific programs to help new students with this transition: Orientation and Transition Programs, First Year Experience (FYE) classes, and the Emerging Leaders Program.
Orientation and Transition Programs
Orientation and Transition Programs are specifically designed to meet the needs of the students who attend these sessions. Throughout these sessions, students are introduced to a number of resources on campus, especially those that focus on assisting students in succeeding academically. During Orientation, students will have an opportunity to meet with academic advisors, speak with faculty and peer advisors, register for courses, and meet other new students. For more information about each specific orientation and transition programs, visit http://orientation.binghamton.edu.
- Harpur College of Arts and Sciences Advising Office
- College of Community and Public Affairs
- Decker School of Nursing
- School of Management
- Watson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Sites to Assist with Course Selection
- University Bulletin
Provides information about academic programs and majors
- Schedule of Classes
Provides classes offered for upcoming semesters included meeting times and course descriptions; also provides the opportunity to view classes by General Education requirement
For more information about each specific orientation and transition program, visit the Orientation section.
First Year Experience (FYE) Classes
UNIV 101/UNIV 103 are two-credit seminar courses for first-semester freshmen students. UNIV offers a blended course format, team-taught by a faculty member and a professional staff member. The course includes two primary components, one focusing on an interesting academic topic, with the second component devoted to new student transition topics. The team teaching format and combined components allow opportunities for students to explore and discuss the specific academic and the transition topics, utilize campus resources, develop critical thinking and writing skills and improve time management. Students are assigned a Discovery Advisor, a peer resource, to assist with college transition from a student perspective. To find specific meeting times and locations, visit the Schedule of Classes website. NOTE: Students may not register for multiple sections of UNIV 101/103.
Emerging Leaders Program
The Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) is a semester-long certificate program for entering first-semester students (freshmen and transfers) who are interested in learning about and practicing leadership, becoming connected to the university and local community and developing important skills for success in college and life. Emerging Leaders join one of six small groups of approximately thirteen new students in a specialized “Knowledge Community” (KC), based on their area of interest, providing a lens from which to explore and practice leadership. Each Knowledge Community is led by a leadership team consisting of trained undergraduate peer mentors along with a faculty program advisor and professional staff program advisor. Emerging Leaders participate in a workshop series, networking and professional development activities, and weekly KC meetings. As a way to put leadership skills into action, the new students within each KC work together to develop and implement a team-initiated service-learning project in the local community during the semester-long program. The ELP takes place only during the fall semester.
New students can apply to be part of the ELP through an online application, available May through the end of the July orientation programs on the ELP website (applications are due July 31st). For more information about the ELP, visit www.binghamton.edu/emerging-leaders.