New Student Resources

New Student Programs, in collaboration with other departments throughout the University, assists new students and families with the transition to Binghamton University. New Student Programs has three specific programs to help new students with this transition: Orientation and Transition Programs, First Year Experience (FYE) classes, and the Emerging Leaders Program.

Orientation and Transition Programs

Orientation and Transition Programs are specifically designed to meet the needs of the students who attend these sessions. Throughout these sessions, students are introduced to a number of resources on campus, especially those that focus on assisting students in succeeding academically. During Orientation, students will have an opportunity to meet with academic advisors, speak with faculty and peer advisors, register for courses, and meet other new students. For more information about each specific orientation and transition programs, visit

Advising Information

Sites to Assist with Course Selection

  • University Bulletin
    Provides information about academic programs and majors
  • Schedule of Classes
    Provides classes offered for upcoming semesters included meeting times and course descriptions; also provides the opportunity to view classes by General Education requirement

For more information about each specific orientation and transition program, visit the Orientation section.

First Year Experience (FYE) Classes

HARP 101 

HARP 101 is a two-credit seminar course for first-semester freshman students in Harpur College.  HARP 101 offers a blended course format which includes two primary components, one focusing on an interesting academic topic with the second component devoted to new student transition topics.  Students are involved in discussions with a small group of other new students, a Harpur College faculty member and a professional staff member, including a specific academic topic of interest (for example, one course may examine the environment and contemporary film while another may discuss classic political novels). The team teaching format and combined components allow opportunities for students to explore and utilize campus resources, develop critical thinking and writing skills, and improve time management. Each student is assigned a Discovery Advisor as a peer resource for the semester to assist with questions or concerns from a student perspective. Multiple sections are offered each fall, each with a different academic course topic. To find specific topics, meeting times, and locations, visit the Schedule of Classes website.  NOTE:  Students cannot enroll in both HARP 101 and UNIV 102/HARP 102. In addition, students will not receive credit for taking both HARP 101 and UNIV 102/HARP 102 (described below).


UNIV 102/HARP 102

UNIV 102/HARP 102 is a two-credit seminar course for first-semester freshmen and new transfer students.  It is team-taught by a faculty member and a professional staff member and includes a common reading for all sections as well as a focus on new student transitions. The course is based on Ta-Nehisi Coates's book, Between the World and Me, an exploration of race and racism in America. The book is written in deeply personal terms, as an open letter from Coates to his son. It is part epistle, part memoir, part history lesson. Coates has a strong social media presence (on Twitter) and is currently writing the best-selling comic in the country (Marvel's Black Panther), providing many opportunities for students to think about the ways that ideas about race and representation circulate in the public sphere. The reading will provide opportunities for students to reflect and discuss current issues and will serve as the basis for short writing assignments, small-group discussions and other activities. Students will also explore campus resources, develop oral communication skills and engage in degree planning.  Students are assigned a Discovery Advisor, a peer resource, to assist with college transition from a student perspective. To find specific meeting times and locations, visit the Schedule of Classes website. NOTE: Students may not register for multiple sections of UNIV102/HARP 102. In addition, students will not receive credit for taking both UNIV 102/HARP 102 and HARP 101 (described above).

Emerging Leaders Program

The Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) is a semester-long certificate program for entering first-semester students (freshmen and transfers) who are interested in learning about and practicing leadership, becoming connected to the university and local community and developing important skills for success in college and life. Emerging Leaders join one of six small groups of approximately thirteen new students in a specialized “Knowledge Community” (KC), based on their area of interest, providing a lens from which to explore and practice leadership.  Each Knowledge Community is led by a leadership team consisting of trained undergraduate peer mentors along with a faculty program advisor and professional staff program advisor. Emerging Leaders participate in a workshop series, networking and professional development activities, and weekly KC meetings.  As a way to put leadership skills into action, the new students within each KC work together to develop and implement a team-initiated service-learning project during the fall semester program. The ELP takes place only during the fall semester.

New students can apply to be part of the ELP through an online application, available May through the end of the July orientation programs on the ELP website.  For more information about the ELP, visit


Last Updated: 3/6/17