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New Graduate Student Checklist

Welcome to Binghamton University's community of scholars, researchers, and teachers!

You've made a great choice. We're confident you will find Binghamton to be an exciting and invigorating place to pursue your graduate studies. Below you will find a list of steps you must take and resources you can use as a new graduate student. (New non-matriculated students should click here.) Make sure to familiarize yourself with these resources as you prepare for graduate studies at Binghamton University.

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Accept Your Offer of Admission

Pay your tuition deposit to accept your offer of admission and confirm your intent to enroll at Binghamton Unversity. The $100 (U.S.) deposit will be credited to your first semester's bill. (Note: Non-matriculated/non-degree-seeking students do not need to make a tuition deposit or confirm intent to enroll.  Accelerated students will declare their intent to enroll as instructed on the acceptance letter.)


Enrollment Intent

 


Activate & Access Your BMail

BMail is your official Binghamton e-mail account. Since all official University communication will be sent here, make sure to check your BMail at least once a week prior to the start of the semester, and more often during the semester. Get started.

Reminder: You must have activated your Binghamton University Computer ID in order to activate your BMail. If you haven't yet activated your User ID, click here and select "Activate Password."

Log in to BMail.

Note: If you are accessing BMail from mainland China you may have issues with the Google service. View alternative ways to log in.


Binghamton University Account Access

BMail

 


Manage Binghamton University Computer Account

Your Binghamton University computer account is used to access all online resources on campus including the Binghamton Portal (my.binghamton.edu).  The portal will link you to Blackboard, BU Brain Self-Service, online bill pay, registration, view/request transcripts, and more.  You can also use your computer account to access other services such as public computers on campus and Internet connection. You access your computer account by logging in with your user ID and password.

Changing password or security questions: Go to the Binghamton University password homepage. Click "Manage Account Profile." Enter your user ID and password. Follow the instructions for changing your password or security questions.


Account Access

Binghamton Portal

 


Accept the Code Of Conduct

You are required to read and accept the online Code of Conduct. When you first access a web service through BU Brain, the Code of Conduct will be presented automatically. Once it appears, please review the information as required, and select CONTINUE.


BU Brain

 


Submit Final, Official Transcript(s)

The Graduate School at Binghamton University requires hard copies of your official, final transcript(s) documenting your previous college and/or university coursework and degrees. This requirement applies to all enrolling students, both matriculated and non-matriculated. You must submit your transcript(s) no later than six weeks after the beginning of the semester.

It is essential that we receive the required documentation in a timely manner to assure that your student record is updated. If your final transcript is not received, you will be unable to register for coursework in future semesters. Also, missing such proof of documentation may result in a rescinded admission offer or a hold on your student account, or prevent the future conferral of your graduate degree.

Please request your transcript(s) be mailed via the postal service; do not fax or e-mail your final transcript. Unofficial documents will not be accepted. To assure receipt of delivery and timely processing of your transcript, please be sure your transcript(s) is/are mailed to:

Binghamton University
ATTENTION: The Graduate School
PO Box 6000
Binghamton, NY 13902

 

 


Submit Mandatory Health Forms

Certain health forms are required for all students. You must download the required immunization forms and submit them to the Decker Student Health Services Center via mail, fax, or a PDF e-mail attachment before you will be allowed to register. For more information, visit the Decker Student Health Services Center online or call them at 607-777-2221.

Health Insurance: There are several health insurance options available on campus to graduate students. Review plan options, eligibility requirements and enrollment details here. Note: certain students are required to have health insurance.


Mandatory Health Forms

Decker Student Health Services Center

Student Insurance

 


Obtain Student ID Card

All graduate students must have a student ID card to access most campus services. ID cards are available through the Office of Financial Aid & Student Records, Student Wing, Room 119. Current Binghamton University undergraduate students will need to obtain a new, Graduate School ID in order to take advantage of new library privileges. To check where and when the office is issuing student IDs, go here. You will need to bring a valid photo ID.


Office of Financial Aid & Student Records

Student ID Cards

 


Course Registration & Textbooks

You will use BU Brain, Binghamton University's online student services hub, to view the course schedule, check your registration window, confirm your enrollment, and add/drop classes. You can access BU Brain by logging into Binghamton Portal and selecting the BU Brain Self Service icon.  You may also access a public schedule of courses here. Registration processes vary across departments, so make sure you know how students in your program secure course registration. In some department, students register themselves; in others, the department will register you for specific courses. Watch for communications from your school, department, graduate director, and/or faculty advisor. Contact your academic department with your specific questions.

Non-Degree/Non-Matriculated Students may register for most graduate classes; however, some programs limit admission to certain specified classes. Contact your academic department with your specific registration questions. View requirements for newly enrolled non-degree students.

Note: All students who have been admitted into a degree-granting program must maintain continuous registration each major (fall and spring) semester for a minimum of 1 credit hour. Students who do not register and who have not been granted a leave of absence must reapply to The Graduate School and pay additional fees. Readmission is not automatic.

Textbooks

Visit the Binghamton University Bookstore in the University Union to buy or rent your textbooks. To see what textbooks your courses require, go to the Schedule of Classes on BU Brain.


BU Brain

How to Register with BU Brain

Schedule of Courses

University Calendar

Registrar's Office

Bookstore

 


Confirm Enrollment

Students are required to confirm their enrollment of coursework every semester by the fifth day of classes. You will confirm your enrollment using BU Brain. For instructions, go here.


BU Brain

Confirmation of Enrollment

 


Attend Orientation(s)

Binghamton University offers several orientations: an orientation for new graduate students (fall only), an orientation for all international students (fall and spring), an orientation for new teaching assistants (fall only) and program-specific orientations hosted by individual academic departments (fall and spring). For information on orientation times, locations and requirements, click here.

Teaching Assistant Orientation

International Student Orientation

 


Find Housing; Arrange Transportation and Parking

The Binghamton area offers a wide variety of affordable off-campus housing for graduate students, and free bus service to campus makes it easy to get around. For more information on housing and transportation, or to begin your housing search, go here. If you plan to park on campus, learn about parking permits here.


Housing & Transportation

Off-Campus College

Parking Permits

 


Finalize Financing

Financial Aid: All domestic graduate students who seek federal loans or need-based tuition scholarships should file a FAFSA. If awarded, accept or decline your loans online through BU Brain. For more information, contact the Office of Financial Aid & Student Records.

Student Employment: To find part-time employment opportunities on and off campus, check eRecruiting regularly for job postings. New fall graduate students will have access after August 1.

Funded Students: New Teaching Assistants, Graduate Assistants, Research Project Assistants, fellows, and Tuition Scholarship awardees must sign and submit the award letter you received with your offer. In addition, Teaching and Graduate Assistants should contact Human Resources for information regarding health insurance plans and required paperwork. RPAs can contact the Research Foundation Personnel/Payroll Office at 607-777- 4264 with questions.

Proof of Enrollment/Enrollment Verification: if you need to obtain proof of enrollment for an insurance company, scholarship program, loan company or other third party, go to "Student Service Tools" (under the "Student" tab) on BU Brain.


FAFSA

BU Brain

Office of Financial Aid & Student Records

eRecruiting

Human Resources

Research Foundation Personnel/Payroll Office

 


Pay Your Bill

Your semester bill notification will be sent to your BMail. The first fall or spring semester bill notification is sent after you have registered for classes and confirmed your enrollment. You may pay your tuition and fees online through Student Accounts. Make sure to pay by the date listed on the bill to avoid penalties. If you have questions regarding tuition, billing or payment, please contact Student Accounts directly at 607-777-2702 or stuaccts@binghamton.edu.


Student Accounts

BU Brain

 


Establish New York State Residency

If you need to establish New York residency for tuition purposes (a requirement for most tuition scholarship awardees), you will need to obtain the following items before classes start:

  • New York State Lease/Land Deed
  • New York State Driver's License
  • New York State Car Registration
  • New York State Voter's Registration

For more information on residency requirements, go to the Student Accounts Residency website or call Student Accounts at 607-777-2702.


Office of Student Accounts

 


Set Yourself Up for Academic Success

One way to help yourself have a successful graduate school career is to be proactive in knowing and fulfilling your degree requirements. Here are some suggestions:

  • Meet with your advisor at least a couple times per semester. Prepare an agenda. Tell your advisor about your progress, ask for feedback, discuss your career aspirations, and so forth.
  • Pay attention to deadlines. Failure to meet deadlines can cost you time, money, or both.
  • Check with your department about its specific requirements for satisfactory progress. Graduate programs often have requirements that are more demanding than the minimum requirements monitored by The Graduate School. Individual department satisfactory progress criteria are usually printed in the department's student handbook.
  • Consult The Graduate School Manual if you have questions about enrollment, academic policies, funding, and other topics pertaining to graduate studies at Binghamton.


Familiarize Yourself with Campus Resources

Blackboard: Communicate with fellow students and professors in a virtual classroom related to your courses. Access Blackboard.

bMobi: The bMobi application for iPhone, iPods, iPads, Blackberries, Androids, and other web-enabled cell phones provides course schedules, campus maps, news, videos, directories, athletic news, information on campus events, images, and more. View instructions and download bMobi.

Bookstore: Buy textbooks and more and the University Bookstore.

NY-Alert/RAVE: Receive text messages or e-mails through NY-Alert/RAVE, the University's emergency alert system. Sign up or decline.

BUC$: Turn your student ID card into a debit card that you can use at numerous locations both on and off campus. Learn more.

Campus Map: Access a campus map. View a list of building abbreviations.

Campus Meal Plans: Learn about Binghamton University dining options and meal plans at BUDining.

Career Development Center (CDC): The CDC, along with The Graduate School and the Graduate Student Organization (GSO), will present a number of professional development workshops during the semester. Be sure to check your BMail for notifications or visit the CDC's website.

Center for Civic Engagement: The Center for Civic Engagement helps student connect with the Greater Binghamton area through community-based research, internship and volunteer opportunities. Learn more.

Computing Hardware and Software Discounts: Many vendors offer computer hardware and software at a discount to Binghamton students. View a list of hardware and software.

Libraries: Binghamton University libraries have three locations: Bartle Library, Science Library, and the Downtown Center Library. Learn more, search the library catalog, and access journals and databases at library.binghamton.edu.

Office of International Students and Scholars Services (ISSS): The ISSS office provides resources and advice for international students, including information on visas, housing, and international student organizations. Visit the ISSS website.

Printing Services: Students receive a quota each semester to print on-campus using the Pharos laser printing system. View instructions and more information.

The Graduate School Manual: This essential resource provides important information on Graduate School policies, including degree requirements. Access the online Manual.

University Bulletin: Review specific information about academic programs and degree requirements in the University Bulletin.


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Last Updated: 10/20/14