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Welcome to Spring Transfer Orientation

The following information is for students who have been admitted for the Spring 2018 semester and will therefore be attending our January Orientation program.


January Orientation sessions


Transfer students:


  • January 11th or January 12th


  • January 12th


Who should attend?

All new matriculated incoming undergraduate students for Spring 2018. NOTE: Course registration will take place at Orientation. Orientation dates are on a first-come, first-served basis.

How do you register?

Every newly admitted student who has paid his/her admissions’ deposit should receive an invitation via email from New Student Programs starting in December. Simply visit the Orientation registration website to complete the registration form (opens Dec. 4). If you do not receive the email invitation via by Dec. 10, 2017, please contact our office so we may assist you either over the phone (607-777-6393) or through e-mail ( 

Where do I Check-in?

Check in for Orientation for Transfer students is from 7 a.m.- 8:30 a.m. on the day of your selected Orientation. Check in will be located in the University Union Tillman Lobby the day of your Orientation session. If you are living on campus, you must check into your residence hall assignment the day before your chosen Orientation session. It is highly recommended that you check into your housing assignment prior to the start of Orientation as we have a full day of events planned with no room for moving your belongings in or unpacking. See details regarding move in below.

All students are encouraged to check-in as noted above before attending any programming.

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What will you get during check-in?

During check-in, you'll receive the orientation program schedule and a schedule of classes. In addition, you will have the opportunity to get your student ID, purchase your parking pass and set up a bank account.

Are you living on campus during the academic year?

If you are living ON CAMPUS, you will move into your spring housing assignment the day prior to your Orientation session. Note that there are specific dates and times that you can move in depending upon the Orientation session you are registered for. 

Move in for those attending Jan. 11:

  • Jan. 10 - 9 a.m. - noon, 12:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.  (in your community area office)

Move in for those attending Jan. 12:

  • Jan. 11 - 9 a.m. - noon, 12:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.  (in your community area office)

For any specific spring housing questions, contact the Office of Residential Life at (607) 777-2321.

Are you living off campus?

For those who are living OFF CAMPUS, just report for Orientation Check-In at 7:00 a.m.

Housing process

We invite you to complete your Binghamton University online housing registration.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Before you can access and sign up for housing, you must activate your Binghamton University Computer Account and e-mail account at

How to apply - 

Go to the Residential Life website,, and access the link to the online form from the right side of the homepage. Log in using your Binghamton University Computer User Account user ID and password.

Signing up is easy, but here are a few notes to help you along the way:

     • Once you begin the application process for Spring 2017 you will be asked to read the housing license, review your personal details and enter at least one emergency contact.
     • You will be able to indicate whether you require break housing or would prefer our special housing options:
          o Break housing is a great option for international students, athletes, out-of-state-students, working students and others who need to remain on campus during the four breaks when residence halls close.
          o Chemical-free lifestyle residents agree to abstain from use of alcohol or drugs on- and off-campus. 
          o Quiet living lifestyle residents agree to a quiet environment conducive to sleep and study.
          o Gender-inclusive housing allows students regardless of gender identity to live together in the same room, suite, flat or apartment. 

     • You will be asked to prioritize preferences among our five traditional and two apartment-style residential communities, so be sure to review the options on our website if you have not already done so already.
     • Finally, you can create a web profile to look for prospective roommates. Note that although you are able to request roommates during spring housing sign-ups, our available vacancies may limit our ability to honor such requests.

Previous College Credit?

All transfer students should bring a copy of their transcript from their previous school to assist with the evaluation of  transfer credits. Also, bring any health records for Binghamton or from previous institutions to assist in the process.

When will you register for classes?

All students attending Spring Orientation will register at the conclusion of their Orientation session; around 5:45 p.m. (*subject to change). Immunity requirements for MMR and meningitis must be completed before course registration. These can either be submitted by you or your previous institution. For more information, visit the Decker Student Health Services Center website at


ID card

Once you register for an Orientation session, you can start the online student ID card photo upload process. This will enable you to get your Binghamton University student ID right when you check into your housing assignment. Simply visit the ID card website. You will need your PODS username and password.

If you are a living on campus you will be able to pick up your ID when you check into your housing assignment. If you are living off campus, you can pick it up at Orientation check-in in the Tillman Lobby, University Union. NOTE: Your ID serves as both your meal card and your housing access card so make sure to complete this process before Orientation.

You must bring a government-issued photo ID in order to receive your card, such as a passport or a driver's license. You will not be given your Binghamton University ID card without this documentation.



Students will be provided select meals during their Orientation session. Transfer students will be provided lunch during their Orientation session. On-campus meal plans will be activated beginning with breakfast on Wednesday, Jan. 11. Your ID card is required to purchase meals in the dining halls. 

The following dining hours will be available outside of Orientation: 

Hinman Dining Hall:

Wednesday, January 11- Friday, January 13, 8 a.m.-7p.m


Math Placement Test


Over 1,400 students take an introductory calculus course (Math 220, for Calculus for Business and Management; or Math 224, Differential Calculus/Math 225, Integral Calculus) each year. Some students take it because it is one way to fulfill the SUNY requirement for a mathematical reasoning course; some students take it because it is required for their major in the sciences, or required for medical school or other health-related graduate program. Many more take calculus because they are interested in the subject for its own sake, and because they wish to develop their analytical skills.

Calculus is a challenging course — at Binghamton and most universities. Even if you took calculus in high school, you are likely to find introductory calculus a challenging course. To help place students in the most appropriate mathematics/reasoning course, the Department of Mathematics requires each student to take a math placement test. The placement test schedule is available online. Note that this test is offered during your Orientation program (Jan. 12 and 13, 7:30am-8:30am), so be sure to talk to your Orientation Advisor during Orientation if you need to take the test.


To provide students an opportunity to become familiar with the format of the evaluation, the math department has created an online math placement self-evaluation. We encourage you to take this “practice test” prior to attending your assigned Orientation session. In order for this evaluation to be helpful in your math placement, you should try to make your practice session as realistic as possible. As a result, we recommend the following:

  • Complete the self-evaluation in one seating. You will have one hour before the computer ends the session.
  • Do not consult any notes or textbooks, as you will not be able to use these during the actual diagnostic.
  • Do not use a calculator. You will not be able to use a calculator during the actual placement evaluation.
  • Make sure you have scratch paper and a pencil available when taking the self-evaluation.

The self-evaluation that you take at home is not a formal placement test, and your score does not go on your academic record. You will receive a score at the end, however, and that will help you find the right mathematics course for you. We strongly recommend that you print out a copy of this final page with your score, and bring it with you when you come to Orientation. You will use this score during academic advising and course registration.


If you wish to enroll in Math 220 or Math 224/225, you will need to take the math placement test. The Department of Mathematics requires this placement test in order to ensure that you are properly prepared for this challenging course. You must complete this test in a supervised setting in order to enroll in these courses. The self-evaluation that you take on your own before coming to Orientation will not count as the placement test. Math Placement exams will be offered during check in at Orientation (Jan. 12 and 13, 7:30am-8:30am).

If your self-evaluation or placement test score indicates that you are not prepared for introductory calculus, but you wish to take calculus in the future, then you should enroll in Math 108 (Pre-Calculus). Years of experience have demonstrated that students with low scores on the placement test will perform poorly in Math 220 and Math 224/225. That is why the department recommends Math 108 for these students.


Students who believe that their placement test score does not accurately reflect their skills may retake the exam before the start of classes. The placement test will be offered several times just before the start of classes and during the first week of classes. The placement test schedule is available online. Students must wait at least one day before taking the placement test for a second time.


If you do not wish to take calculus, then you should consider one of the other mathematics or mathematical reasoning courses offered at Binghamton University. Other Harpur College courses that fulfill the University’s General Education requirement in mathematical reasoning (the “M requirement”) include Math 130 (Math in Action); Math 147 or 148 (Elementary Statistics); Philosophy 148 (Methods of Reasoning); and Psychology 243 (Statistical Analysis and Design).

For further information about the calculus and pre-calculus courses,  visit the Math Department’s calculus web page.

If you have a disability and are unable to take the self-evaluation or the placement test in the manner described, let the Math Department know by phone (607) 777-2148 or e-mail to arrange an accommodation.


What's next? 

After you complete your Orientation registration, you will receive a confirmation email with a small check list of items to complete including submit your health records, student ID photo as well as complete the necessary online pre-Orientation units through These are crucial steps to being fully prepared for your Orientation session. 

If at any point you have questions, don't hesitate to contact our office at 607-777-6393 Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Last Updated: 12/14/17