MUST DOs 

Binghamton University Computer Account

Your Binghamton University Computer Account is used to access all online resources on campus: BU BRAIN, housing request form, Blackboard, public computers on campus, Internet connection, etc. You access your computer account by logging in with your User ID and password.

Know Your B-Number

The B-Number is the primary identification number for students. Your B-Number was sent to you upon receipt of your admissions application to Binghamton. Forgot your B-Number? Log into BU BRAIN, select the "Home" tab and click on "What's My B-Number?". 

E-mail Account

If you haven't already done so, activate your Binghamton University e-mail (BMail) account today. Complete details were contained in a letter you received upon receipt of your enrollment deposit, and may also be found here.

Your BMail is where we send all official university information, including orientation and housing details, required health forms, semester bill, financial aid and more!  

IMPORTANT note to students in mainland China: If you have problems accessing BMail at http://bmail.binghamton.edu, go to https://mail.google.com/a/binghamton.edu.

On-campus housing

Freshmen and transfer students

  • Freshmen and transfer students are guaranteed housing for fall 2014. Explore the different room styles (doubles, singles, suites, on-campus apartment) and community attributes.
  • You will need to first activate your email account before you can sign up for housing.
  • Online housing registration  is open! Residential Community assignments will be e-mailed to your BMail at the end of June and then go out on a rolling basis. Hall assignment and room, suite, or apartment mate information will be e-mailed to you the first week in August.
  • Microwave/refrigerator rentals are available for pre-order. All orders placed by August 10, will be installed in your room prior to your arrival on campus. All orders placed after August 10 will be delivered after the start of the academic year. To order, call 1-800-525-7307 or visit www.mymicrofridge.com.

Transfer students

  • For information on available off-campus housing options, visit the Off Campus College Office (OCC). The Binghamton area offers a wide range of housing options and free bus service to campus. 
  • OCC also has a listing for new transfer students looking for housemate(s). To have your name added to the listing, complete the roommate Survey at http://saffairs.binghamton.edu/occ/survey.

Orientation Registration

Domestic students: Orientation for fall 2014 students occurs in June for transfer students and in July for freshmen. It's very important to attend, because it's a great way to start feeling at home on campus. Register online beginning Monday, May 5, at http://orientation.binghamton.edu.

At Orientation you will:

* Register for courses
* Obtain academic and pre-professional advising from faculty, staff and students
* Meet in small-groups with student Orientation Advisors
* Attend social events to meet other new and current students
* Learn about student services on campus, including health services, campus safety and academic support
* Get familiar with the campus - Student services, residential communities, academic buildings and more!

Find out what you need to do to prepare for Orientation >>

International Student Orientation and Services

International Student Orientation and course registration begins on Monday, August 25 and runs for a few days. Details can be found here >

Visit the Office of International Students and Scholars Services for information about:

  • Travel and Visa Information
  • Express Mail Service
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Housing
  • International Student Organizations
  • Friendship Family Program
  • Information for New Students
  • Billing  

Final High School Transcript(s)

ALL students (freshmen and transfers) are required to mail an official, final high-school transcript, including graduation date, and seal, stamp or signature.

Final College Transcripts (transfers and freshmen who have taken college courses)

  • Request that an official transcript from every college or educational institution you've attended be mailed to the Admissions Office: Binghamton University, Office of Undergraduate Admissions, PO Box 6001, Binghamton, NY 13902-6001.
  • For course to course equivalency information, transfer guides and the University Bulletin, visit: http://www2.binghamton.edu/admissions/students/transfer-students.html.

It's very important Binghamton receives your final transcripts because if we don't it will prevent you from registering for future semester courses and financial aid disbursement.

Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) Credit --Send Scores

  • AP credit -- Please bring your student copy of your AP scores with you to Orientation. To receive proper credit for any AP courses taken, contact the College Board (888-225-5427) to confirm your scores will be sent electronically to the Admissions Office. Test scores of 3, 4, or 5 may receive credit based on the policy established by the State University of New York. Click here for more about Binghamton's AP credit guidelines
  • IB credit -- Credit is awarded only for Higher Level IB exams, with scores of 4 or 5 receiving 4 credits, and scores of 6 or 7 receiving 8 credits. IB scores are submitted to Binghamton University through the International Baccalaureate website. Find out more about IB credit guidelines.

Required Health Forms

All incoming students MUST complete two online health forms (Medical History form and Immunization Worksheet) before Orientation in order to be able to register for fall semester courses.

Students who are under 18 must also have a parent or guardian fill out the Under 18 Consent for Emergency/Medical Treatment Form (pdf).

To get started:

• First, read step-by-step instructions on completing the required health forms.
• Then, go to https://myhealth.binghamton.edu/osh to access the required online forms. (You will need your Username and password to log in.)

Again, you won't be allowed to register for classes at Orientation until Decker Student Health Services receives these forms.

Questions? Visit Health Services Center online, or call 607-777-2221.

Health Insurance Requirement: Accept or Waive

Domestic Students

All students are automatically enrolled in the Student Accident and Sickness Plan (University health insurance) unless it is waived by completing the online Health Insurance Waiver by the sixth week of classes.

Learn more about waiving the health insurance and why you need it >>

Information about health insurance plan benefits can be found at http://www.shs-nn.com/student-insurance-binghamton-university.asp.  

International students

International students on F-1 and J-1 will enroll in the State University of New York plan administered through the University's International Student and Scholar Services office.

Domestic and international students can read more about insurance plans at: http://www2.binghamton.edu/health/health-insurance/insurance-plans.html.

Financial Aid

Check status, accept/decline loans to assure your account is properly credited. 

Pay Your Bill

Billing: Your fall 2014 e-bill notification will be sent to your BMail in early August with a due date of Friday, Sept. 5. For more details regarding payment and due dates, visit Student Accounts

Assure your financial aid is credited on your bill >

Payment Plan: Binghamton offer an interest-free, web-based payment plan which allows you to divide your student account payments into equal installments for a specified number of months. A non-refundable enrollment fee of $40 per term is required to activate the payment plan.

Billing Information Access: Only you will have access to your bill unless you make someone an "authorized payer". So, if you'd like your parent(s) or guardian(s) to be able to pay your bill, make sure you designate them as an "authorized payer". Click here for step-by-step instructions.

Don't see the proper financial aid credit on your bill? Get details >>

Sign up for Direct Deposit for Refunds (students only, no parent(s) and/or guardian(s)

Refund checks are printed ONLY once a week. Signing up for direct deposit allows you to have refunds automatically deposited into your bank account and get your money faster!

Step-by-step instructions on how to sign up for direct deposit >

Binghamton University Dining

When you register for housing, you will be assigned our standard meal plan, Meal Plan "C".  Sushi, Kosher, gluten-free, vegan, smoothies, tacos, midnight pizza - we have it all! We start serving breakfast at 7:30 a.m. and won't finish cooking until you're done eating. You can even order late night delivery service until 1 a.m! Here's more information on BU Dining and meal plans.

Looking for the ultimate in healthy eating? Read about our NourishU program, headed by our campus dietitian, Alexa Schmidt. For more information email Alexa at aschmidt@budining.com.

Living off campus? Check out our commuter plan.

Parking

Transfers and local students: Learn more about on-campus parking regulations, including how to purchase a parking permit, here.

Freshmen living in university residence halls are not permitted to register or park a vehicle on campus.

Review/Verify Your Contact Information

  • Log into BU Brain Self Service, "Information" tab
  • Verify your contact information (address and emergency contacts)
  • Make sure we have your Social Security Number on file (required for tax and financial aid information)

Emergency Alert Contact Information (NY-Alert/RAVE) 

  • NY Alert allows you to get emergency alerts from the University via text message. If you want to receive text notifications, you will need to log in to enter or verify your cell phone number and provider. Otherwise, you will be notified of emergency situations only via e-mail. To register, go to https://www.getrave.com/login/binghamton, and sign in with your Binghamton email address.
  • Additional information may be found at http://www2.binghamton.edu/banner/rave.html.

Students with Disabilities

Students who require disability-related services or accommodations MUST contact Services for Students with Disabilities as soon as possible so we can make any necessary arrangements.

School of Management Students: Laptop Requirement

  • All SOM students must have a laptop computer with the current version of Microsoft Office.
  • If you choose to use an Apple brand computer, there may be additional software expenses for the installation of Microsoft Office.
  • Discount prices on software are available at http://www.journeyed.com/select.

Confirmation of Enrollment

You must confirm your enrollment every semester

  • The first week of classes you will be required to confirm your enrollment via http://bubrain.binghamton.edu. You will receive an email from Student Records (Registrar) reminding you to confirm your enrollment.
  • Upon successful log in to BU Brain, you will be prompted to complete the requirement.
  • Confirmation of enrollment is a combination of federal, state and University requirements.
  • If confirmation of enrollment is not completed, a student's semester schedule of courses is automatically cancelled the FIFTH day of classes, freeing up class seats for students looking to add a course. Cancellation will occur whether or not a student's semester bill is paid.
  • Financial aid recipients must confirm enrollment to receive a refund (if applicable) and/or to have funds not only credited but applied to pay their student account balance.
  • You only need to confirm once a semester, even if you add or drop courses.

Obtain Enrollment Verification/Proof of Enrollment (if needed)

  • An insurance company, scholarship program, loan company or other third party may require a student and/or family to show proof of enrollment (also called enrollment verification).
  • Binghamton's official enrollment verifcation is offered through the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) one week prior to the start of each semester.
  • To access NSC, log in via http://bubrain.binghamton.edu
  • Complete details and how-to steps can be found here.

First Week of Classes: Be Prepared

Print our first week of classes checklist to reference for your final Must Dos. Be successful right from the start!

Last Updated: 7/21/14