Each year, approximately 1,300 students in search of new and challenging academic opportunities transfer to Binghamton from two-year community colleges and four-year colleges and universities from around the world.
We value transfer students because they enrich our campus community with different perspectives, experiences, personal interests and cultures.
Transfer admission criteria
Admission to Binghamton is selective. A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of a 3.0 or anticipated 3.0 is expected. Please note that both the Decker School of Nursing and the School of Management are more selective and require a higher cumulative GPA.
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In addition to GPA requirements, the following criteria are also taken into account:
- Rigor of coursework, strength of academics and grades with emphasis on most recent courses
- Completion and strength of academics and grades in pre-requisite coursework.*
- Participation and leadership in extracurricular activities, community service and work experience.
- Unique skills or talents that will enhance the Binghamton community.
- Strength of character in overcoming adverse life circumstances such as personal or financial difficulties.
*Please note that while the grades in all college coursework are important to success in Harpur College of Arts and Sciences, the completion of pre-requisites with strong grades is a priority for the professional schools.
Transfer of credit
Though you probably thought the number one question we receive is how to apply or scheduling a campus visit, by far the most popular question we receive from prospective transfer students and even their families is: How will coursework transfer to Binghamton University?
Binghamton University offers several online tools for prospective transfer students to initially assess themselves what coursework may transfer:
• First, we recommend you view the transfer guides in the column to the right. Simply find your school and then select the major you are interested in. If you don't see your community college or major listed, then explore Binghamton University's Bulletin to see what courses would be required for your major at Binghamton.
• Second, be sure to access our Course to Course Equivalencies. This online tool will assist you with understanding specific course equivalencies and general education requirements. Note: If you do not see your course listed, that does not mean you won’t receive credit. We update our list continuously.
Once accepted to Binghamton University, you will receive an email notification instructing you on where and how to view your preliminary transfer coursework evaluation.
Then, during transfer student Orientation you will meet with an academic advisor or department faculty for a final official credit transfer evaluation.
If you're seeking more details about academic advising and transferring courses to a specific Binghamton school, visit Harpur College of Arts & Sciences, College of Community and Public Affairs, Decker School of Nursing, School of Management, or Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science.
NOTE: All SUNY institutions are required to have a campus appeals process for transfer students to appeal the decisions made on the evaluation of credit from their prior colleges or universities. Binghamton University has developed an online form for admitted transfer students or current Binghamton students to appeal decisions made on evaluation of transfer credit. Please visit http://www2.binghamton.edu/academics/provost/undergrad/transfer-appeal-form.html for more information and to access the online form.
Transfer students can choose to live on or off campus.
Students live in one of five residential communities. Each offers a unique living and learning neighborhood and student services. Transfer students choosing to live on campus can also opt to live in the apartment communities of Susquehanna or Hillside.
Transfers may also choose to live off campus in moderately-priced apartments in our surrounding communities -- all easily accessible by bus service (free to Binghamton University students), a short drive by car, or manageable bike ride in three seasons (and maybe even on some winter days!) Students begin their housing search online with the assistance and support of our Off Campus College (OCC) office. OCC offers a comprehensive listing of housing and apartment choices. It also offers roommate matching services and lease review.
Meeting Your Needs
Transfer Student Services Office
The Transfer Student Services Office assists in your transition to Binghamton. Its staff provides help in strong connections to the University community including faculty, students, and staff. The office serves enrolled students who have transferred in from other institutions.
Every residential community at Binghamton University includes transfer-student mentors who are familiar with the unique needs of transfer students and are dedicated to assisting every step of the way. Off-campus students are offered mentors, too. Details are explained at Orientation.
Binghamton University founded its chapter of Tau Sigma, the national academic honor society for transfer students, in 2007. Transfer students are also eligible for all university, school and department honors opportunities and research opportunities.
Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship
Binghamton University awards several scholarships each fall semester to members of Phi Theta Kappa which is an honor society for students at two-year U.S. or international schools. Selection is competitive, and to be considered, an application is required by March 15.
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