Information for Parents

Harpur College Academic Advising is committed to your student's success at Binghamton University and beyond. While our role is chiefly that of academic advisor, we seek to encourage students in all areas of University life. Moreover, we strive to be a key source of information as students consider their future careers or post-baccalaureate studies. Read our MISSION STATEMENT for more information.

We are here to provide tools, advice, encouragement and direction for students. However students are ultimately responsible for creating their schedules, making decisions about coursework, deciding their academic tracks and majors, pursuing steps in career-building, and being informed of key policies and requirements at the University. Additionally, students are considered adults, in all senses, by the University and by the staff of Harpur College Academic Advising. As a result, students are afforded the privileges of privacy, and the expectation that they can operate autonomously. We are fully committed to the idea that our students are responsible young adults who, with guidance, can make sound academic decisions. Harpur College Academic Advising stands ready to serve as a source of support and information as students pursue their goals.

We fully understand the often difficult position parents are in when considering their student's future and their student's academic track. We encourage parents to be actively engaged in the process of decision making, research and planning. The flow of information, and any discussions concerning the specifics of a student's academics, should take place between the student and the parent. This reinforces our position that the student is capable of making informed decisions, and furthermore, is capable of articulating and communicating their reasons for their decisions. Furthermore, the staff of Harpur College Academic Advising is committed to honoring your student's right to privacy as laid out in the directives of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), which transfers rights to education records to the student once they reach the age of 18. To learn more about our obligations under FERPA, you may view the U.S. Department of Education's summary and complete text of FERPA. Because of our commitments to privacy, parents cannot communicate with us concerning the specifics of their student's academic progress or planning absent written consent, or the presence of the student. Parents can, of course, communicate with us concerning general questions surrounding policy and procedure, however we cannot reveal the specifics of a student's record or case without consent from the student.

The parent-student relationship is an important one. Parents serve as key pillars of support and guidance even as students move into adulthood. Even though we cannot discuss private matters with parents, we still encourage parents to be actively involved by maintaining lines of communication, and providing support. Being familiar with what Binghamton offers to students, in terms of support and services, can often be very helpful to parents and students.

If you feel your student is struggling, we have various means of support at Binghamton University. Feel free to familiarize yourself with services at the University by exploring the University Web:

If general, policy, account, aid or enrollment questions arise, various administrative units are available to assist:

In addition to the above, there are many other more specific areas of support and programs viewable on the Current Students menu of the Binghamton Web.

The University community has several other resources, programs and initiatives which seek to serve parents. We also encourage you to access the following resources which may be helpful to you and your student.

Binghamton University Resources

  • About the University
    If you're learning about the University and the Binghamton area, this resource should be your first "stop." View key information about the University and the City of Binghamton. Also, this resource will provide key information for visitation, including where to stay, where to shop and where to eat. You can also learn about the University's history, tradition and standards of excellence.
  • Parent and Family Calendar/Handbook
    The Parent Handbook is an excellent that provides a great deal of information about the University. 
  • The Binghamton Bearcat Family Association Facebook Page
    This Facebook page is dedicated to providing updated and consistent information to parents and family members of Binghamton University students.
  • The Counseling Center: Parent's Guide
    When your student begins their college career, it can be a stressful experience for parents as well. The Counseling Center has assembled some key resources for parents, including web versions of their helpful handouts.
  • Orientation
    Orientation is designed to give students and parents the opportunity to interact with faculty, staff and their peers. During an orientation program, students will have the opportunity to ask questions, view and select courses, join a campus tour and take part in social events and informative programs. Also, students will have an opportunity to explore their new surroundings and become acquainted with classrooms, facilities, dining and residential life.

Requirements Overview

  • Harpur College Requirements
    What is expected of students? Harpur College is committed to providing the highest quality liberal arts program to students. Our requirements reflect our ideals of diversity, exploration, and self-discovery.
  • General Education Requirements
    In addition to major requirements and Harpur College requirements, students are expected to complete the General Education requirements. General Education requirements provide students with a broad base of courses. This broad base is helpful in career and academic exploration, and seeks to provide students with skills and knowledge considered essential to being a World citizen.
  • Transfer Information
    Many students will enter Harpur College with credits and coursework which may have been completed elsewhere. These credits may come from Advanced Placement (AP), accelerated programs, summer programs, credits earned at a community college, or previous college enrollments. The transfer area may serve to answer many questions concerning the applicability of credits and coursework. 

Last Updated: 3/29/16