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Transfer Student Orientation

 Summer 2019 Sessions

  • June 12
    • Harpur College, Decker School of Nursing, School of Management 
  • June 14
    • Harpur College, Watson School of Engineering, College of Community and Public Affairs
  • June 18
    • Harpur College, Watson School of Engineering, College of Community and Public Affairs
  • June 20
    • Harpur College ans School of Management 

*We strongly encourage students to attend any of our Transfer Orientation sessions in June to ensure proper course registration. If you cannot attend one of the dates above, you must contact New Student Programs to discuss your options (607-777-2878).

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How to register for the program

Every newly admitted student who has paid his/her admission deposit should receive an invitation from the Orientation Office starting at the middle of May. (Invitations are continuously mailed to students and families beginning at the middle of May.) If you do not receive an invitation via postal mail by May 31, contact our office so we may assist you either over the phone (607-777-2878) or through email ( If you have any trouble, contact our office at the phone number above for assistance.

Students may register for an Orientation date by going to the Orientation registration page, following the five step process, and submitting their reservation. Here, you can also register any family members that you wish to attend the family program. 

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 Before you arrive: Pre-Orientation 

To help better prepare for your on-campus summer Orientation experience in just a few short weeks, it's important that you go through a series of online videos and digital documents designed to aid in your academic success and to assist in developing your first semester college schedule. Visit after May 2 to complete the Orientation checklist. These are absolutely essential steps in order to maximize the benefits of academic advising and get the best possible academic schedule during your orientation.

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 Overnight accommodations

On-campus overnight accommodations are available for the night before and the night of an Orientation session for transfer students and their family members. A double room (two single beds) is $55 (subject to change). You must register for overnight accommodations through our Orientation registration webpage prior to arriving for orientation.

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Session information

The transfer program has many sessions 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, take care of University business (including registering for classes), learn more about your new home away from home – and, most of all, relax and have fun!

In order to attain the most from your attendance at the Orientation program, plan on attending all sessions. The program begins with check-in at 7 a.m. and concludes after course registration at 5:30 p.m. Below is a general outline and some highlights of the one-day program.

Day 1:

Academic advising meetings with faculty, professional advisers and Orientation Advisors take place throughout the program, so that you receive the information necessary to assist you as you select your first-semester classes. In addition to the academic advising materials you will receive at check-in, an “Evaluation of Transfer Credit” form (Orientation report) will be prepared for your use during the Orientation advising process. It will be helpful, but not mandatory, for you to bring along a catalog from your former college that describes the courses you took. It may be useful in discussion with faculty and staff about the academic courses you may wish to take here.

Opportunities to interact with other new students and Orientation staff to learn about campus and student life issues and the resources available to assist you throughout your time at Binghamton. Meetings and sessions are scheduled for each program, in small- and large-group settings.

Campus Services Fair to provide you with the opportunity to ask specific questions about or sign up for individual programs and services such as dining/meal plans, ID cards, banking, computers, phones, refrigerator rentals, a BUC$ account, FitSpace gym membership and the Binghamton University Bookstore.

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Math Placement Exam Information

Calculus Placement Procedures

Over 1,400 students take an introductory calculus course (Math 220,Calculus for Business and Management; Math 223, Intro to Calculus/Math 224, Differential Calculus; 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. If you attend a summer Orientation session, you should plan to take the placement test at that time.

The Online Math Placement Self-Evaluation (“Practice Test”)

To provide students an opportunity to become familiar with the format of the evaluation, the Mathematics 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.

Do I need to take the placement test?

If you wish to enroll in Math 220, Math 223/224 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. If you attend a summer orientation session, you should plan to take the math placement test during your orientation session.

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, Math 223/224 and Math 224/225. That is why the department recommends Math 108 for these students.

What if I don’t get a passing score when I take the test during Orientation, but I would like to take MATH 220, Math 223/224 or MATH 224/225 this fall?

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 in the fall, 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.

What if I don’t want to take calculus?

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, please visit the Mathematics 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 Mathematics Department know at 607- 777-2148 or to arrange an accommodation.

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Last Updated: 1/28/19