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New Graduate Student Orientations

Binghamton University offers several orientations to help you familiarize yourself with the campus, transition into graduate school, learn about important resources and meet professors and colleagues.

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Strongly recommended for all new students starting in the fall semester

The Graduate School would like to welcome you to the University on Tuesday, August 25, 2015, from 9–10:30 a.m. in Lecture Hall 001. Coffee and tea will be provided, beginning at 8:30 a.m. The Graduate School will also offer breakout meetings from 3:05–4 p.m. View tentative schedule (PDF, 14KB).

The morning session will examine the pathways for success in graduate school and University-wide resources that are available to enrich your academic experience at Binghamton University and ensure the timely completion of your graduate degree. Additional time will be devoted to issues relating to academic integrity, confidential problem solving, managing your enrollment and English as a Second Language (ESL) resources on campus.

The afternoon breakout meetings will offer program-specific insight and information on the graduate experience.


Strongly recommended for all new fall and spring students

Most academic departments offer orientation events for new graduate students in their academic programs. Dates, times and locations will vary by program and between fall and spring semesters. You will receive an e-mail from your academic department with details.

View department orientation schedule.


Required in the fall for all new teaching assistants (TAs)

The Graduate School will welcome new TAs on Tuesday, August 25, 2015, from 10:45 a.m.–3 p.m., beginning in Lecture Hall 001. The orientation will clarify the University's mission and the role of graduate TAs; explore strategies for effective teaching and learning; and discuss the institutional resources that are available to graduate students to support their academic aspirations and teaching as a professional career. View tentative schedule (PDF, 14KB).

New TAs should also read the following books, available at the University Bookstore, from or in the University Libraries:

  • Teaching Your First College Class: A Practical Guide for New Faculty and Graduate Student Instructors (Lieberg, Carolyn S., 2008)
  • Developing Quality Dissertations: A Graduate Student’s Guide to Achieving Excellence (Lovitts, B.E., Wert E.L., 2009)
    • Note: There are several versions – Sciences, Social Sciences or Humanities – depending upon your area of study.


Required for all new international graduate students starting in the fall or spring semesters

The Office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) hosts a required orientation the week prior to the start of classes. You will receive an e-mail from ISSS with details. You can also visit the ISSS website for more information.

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Last Updated: 7/17/15