Welcome to Binghamton University for Spring 2017!


Spring Orientation 2017

The following information is for students who have been admitted for the Spring 2017 semester and will therefore be attending our January Orientation program.

January Orientation sessions

Transfer students:

Harpur College Students:

  • January 12, 2017
  • January 13, 2017

Professional School Students:
(College of Community and Public Affairs, School of Management)

  • January 12, 2017

To access more information regarding transfer Orientation, please visit our Spring Transfer Orientation page. 

Freshman students:

All Colleges:
(Harpur College of Arts and Sciences, College of Community and Public Affairs, School of Management)

  • January 16, 2017 (only for those who did NOT attend the October 29, 2016 Orientation) 

The Following information is for FRESHMAN only:

Who should attend Freshman Orientation on Jan. 16?

All new matriculated incoming undergraduate freshman students for Spring 2017 who DID NOT attend the October 29 Orientation. NOTE: Course registration will take place at Orientation. 

How do you register?

Every spring admitted freshman student who has paid his/her admissions’ deposit is eligible to attend an Orientation session. If you already attended Orientation on October 29, 2016, you do not need to attend Orientation again.  If you did not, however, you may register for the January 16 Orientation by simply visiting the Orientation registration website to complete the registration form (available beginning December 1). If you are having trouble registering for your Orientation session, please contact our office so we may assist you either over the phone (607-777-6393) or through e-mail (orientation@binghamton.edu). 

Freshman Student Check-in

Check in for Orientation for freshman students is from  8 a.m.- 9:30a.m. on January 16, 2017. Check in will be located in the University Union, Tillman Lobby the day of your Orientation session. If you are living on campus, you must check into your residence hall assignment the day before your chosen Orientation session. It is highly recommended that you check into your housing assignment prior to the start of Orientation as we have a full day of events planned with no room for moving your belongings in or unpacking. See details regarding move in below.

All students are encouraged to check-in as noted above before attending any programming.

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What will you get during check-in?

During check-in, you'll receive the orientation program schedule and a schedule of classes. In addition, you will have the opportunity to get your student ID.

Are you living on campus during the academic year?

If you are living ON CAMPUS, you will move into your spring housing assignment the day prior to your Orientation session. Note that there are specific dates and times that you can move in depending upon the Orientation session you are registered for. 

Move in for those attending Jan. 16:

  • Jan. 15 - 2:00 p.m - throughout the evening (in your community area office) 

For any specific spring housing questions, contact the Office of Residential Life at (607) 777-2321.

Are you living off campus?

For those who are living OFF CAMPUS, just report for Orientation Check-In.

Housing process

We invite you to complete your Binghamton University online housing registration.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Before you can access and sign up for housing, you must activate your Binghamton University Computer Account and e-mail account at http://password.binghamton.edu.

How to apply - 

Go to the Residential Life website, binghamton.edu/residential-life, and access the link to the online form from the right side of the homepage. Log in using your Binghamton University Computer User Account user ID and password.

Signing up is easy, but here are a few notes to help you along the way:

     • Once you begin the application process for Spring 2017 you will be asked to read the housing license, review your personal details and enter at least one emergency contact.
     • You will be able to indicate whether you require break housing or would prefer our special housing options:
          o Break housing is a great option for international students, athletes, out-of-state-students, working students and others who need to remain on campus during the four breaks when residence halls close.
          o Chemical-free lifestyle residents agree to abstain from use of alcohol or drugs on- and off-campus. 
          o Quiet living lifestyle residents agree to a quiet environment conducive to sleep and study.
          o Gender-inclusive housing allows students regardless of gender identity to live together in the same room, suite, flat or apartment. 

     • You will be asked to prioritize preferences among our five traditional and two apartment-style residential communities, so be sure to review the options on our website if you have not already done so already.
     • Finally, you can create a web profile to look for prospective roommates. Note that although you are able to request roommates during spring housing sign-ups, our available vacancies may limit our ability to honor such requests.

Are you transferring academic credit?

All students who wish to transfer credit into Binghamton University  should bring a copy of their transcript from their previous school to assist with the evaluation of  transfer credits. Also, bring any health records for Binghamton or from previous institutions to assist in the process here.

When will you register for classes?

All students attending Spring Orientation will register at the conclusion of their Orientation session. Immunity requirements for MMR and meningitis must be completed before course registration. For more information, visit the Decker Student Health Services Center website at http://www.binghamton.edu/health/new-students.html.

ID card

Once you register for an Orientation session, you can start the online student ID card photo upload process. This will enable you to get your Binghamton University student ID right when you check into your housing assignment. Simply visit the ID card website. You will need your PODS username and password.

If you are a living on campus you will be able to pick up your ID when you check into your housing assignment. If you are living off campus, you can pick it up at Orientation check-in in the Tillman Lobby, University Union. NOTE: Your ID serves as both your meal card and your housing access card so make sure to complete this process before Orientation.

You must bring a government-issued photo ID in order to receive your card, such as a passport or a driver's license. You will not be given your Binghamton University ID card without this documentation.


Students will be provided select meals during their Orientation session. Freshman students attending January 16 Orientation will be provided with one lunch during the session. On-campus meal plans will be activated beginning with breakfast on Sunday, January 15. Your ID card is required to purchase meals in the dining halls. 

Math Placement Test

Calculus Placement Procedures

Over 1,400 students take an introductory calculus course (Math 220, for Calculus for Business and Management; or Math 224, Differential Calculus/Math 225, Integral Calculus) each year. Some students take it because it is one way to fulfill the SUNY requirement for a mathematical reasoning course; some students take it because it is required for their major in the sciences, or required for medical school or other health-related graduate program. Many more take calculus because they are interested in the subject for its own sake, and because they wish to develop their analytical skills.

Calculus is a challenging course — at Binghamton and most universities. Even if you took calculus in high school, you are likely to find introductory calculus a challenging course. To help place students in the most appropriate mathematics/reasoning course, the Department of Mathematics requires each student to take a math placement test. The placement test schedule is available online. Note that this test is NOT offered during your Orientation program so be sure to check the math departments website for available test times.

The Online Math Placement Self-Evaluation (“Practice Test”)

To provide students an opportunity to become familiar with the format of the evaluation, the math department has created an online math placement self-evaluation. We encourage you to take this “practice test” prior to attending your assigned Orientation session. In order for this evaluation to be helpful in your math placement, you should try to make your practice session as realistic as possible. As a result, we recommend the following:

  • Complete the self-evaluation in one seating. You will have one hour before the computer ends the session.
  • Do not consult any notes or textbooks, as you will not be able to use these during the actual diagnostic.
  • Do not use a calculator. You will not be able to use a calculator during the actual placement evaluation.
  • Make sure you have scratch paper and a pencil available when taking the self-evaluation.

The self-evaluation that you take at home is not a formal placement test, and your score does not go on your academic record. You will receive a score at the end, however, and that will help you find the right mathematics course for you. We strongly recommend that you print out a copy of this final page with your score, and bring it with you when you come to Orientation. You will use this score during academic advising and course registration.

Do I need to take the placement test?

If you wish to enroll in Math 220 or Math 224/225, you will need to take the math placement test. The Department of Mathematics requires this placement test in order to ensure that you are properly prepared for this challenging course. You must complete this test in a supervised setting in order to enroll in these courses. The self-evaluation that you take on your own before coming to Orientation will not count as the placement test. Math Placement exams will be offered during the times designated on the math departments website

If your self-evaluation or placement test score indicates that you are not prepared for introductory calculus, but you wish to take calculus in the future, then you should enroll in Math 108 (Pre-Calculus). Years of experience have demonstrated that students with low scores on the placement test will perform poorly in Math 220 and Math 224/225. That is why the department recommends Math 108 for these students.

What if I don’t get a passing score when I take the test during Orientation, but I would like to take MATH 220 OR MATH 224/225 THIS Spring?

Students who believe that their placement test score does not accurately reflect their skills may retake the exam before the start of classes. The placement test will be offered several times just before the start of classes and during the first week of classes. The placement test schedule is available online. Students must wait at least one day before taking the placement test for a second time.

What if I don’t want to take calculus?

If you do not wish to take calculus, then you should consider one of the other mathematics or mathematical reasoning courses offered at Binghamton University. Other Harpur College courses that fulfill the University’s General Education requirement in mathematical reasoning (the “M requirement”) include Math 130 (Math in Action); Math 147 or 148 (Elementary Statistics); Philosophy 148 (Methods of Reasoning); and Psychology 243 (Statistical Analysis and Design).

For further information about the calculus and pre-calculus courses,  visit the Math Department’s calculus web page.

If you have a disability and are unable to take the self-evaluation or the placement test in the manner described, let the Math Department know by phone (607) 777-2148 or e-mail calculus@math.binghamton.edu to arrange an accommodation.


What's next? 

After you complete your Orientation registration, you will receive a confirmation email with a small check list of items to complete including submit your health records, student ID photo as well as complete the necessary online pre-Orientation units throughmy.binghamton.edu. These are crucial steps to being fully prepared for your Orientation session. 

If at any point you have questions, don't hesitate to contact our office at 607-777-6393 Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Last Updated: 11/22/16