First-Year Orientation


NOTE: The following information refers to Summer 2020 Orientation. This information will be updated for Summer 2021 in late Spring. 

Join us for Virtual Summer Orientation! We understand that this year is a little different, but we have some great ways for you to get acquainted with Binghamton University before you arrive in the fall. Your Orientation experience will encompass many aspects and take place online throughout the entire summer — not just July. Make sure you are following all the items on your Orientation checklist.

What is Orientation 2020?

  • Virtual Orientation: A virtual meeting with your Orientation Advisor (see dates below).
  • Pre-Orientation academic advising: A series of modules to prepare you for your advising and registration appointment.
  • Academic advising and registration appointment: A virtual academic advising and course registration appointment (assigned in July after completion of advising material).
  • Meet other new students: Opportunities to connect with current and incoming students through virtual social events (calendar of dates and events TBD).
  • Post-Orientation: Access to the many resources available to you as a Binghamton University student to aid in your academic and social success (available August 1).

Sign up for a virtual Orientation session

All newly admitted students who have paid their admission deposit will have access to the Orientation checklist. The first item to complete is to register for a virtual Orientation session. These dates are offered throughout the month of July and are specific to the school to which you were admitted. If you do not see the Orientation checklist when you log into myBinghamton by May 31, 2020, contact our office so we may assist you either over the phone (607-777-6393) or through email ( If you have any trouble registering for Orientation, contact our office at the phone number above for assistance.

Family members are welcome to view our Virtual Family Orientation program that will be rolled out in July. Visit our Family Orientation page for further information.

Students may also register for an orientation session by going to the Orientation registration page, following the five-step process, and submitting their reservation. Here, you can also register any family members you wish to have access to the virtual family program.

Summer 2020 Dates

All first-year virtual Orientation sessions take place via Zoom over the course of approximately one and half hour.

We strongly encourage students to attend an Orientation session with us. You will have the opportunity to meet a current student as well as some of your future classmates. If you cannot attend one of the dates below, you must contact New Student Programs to discuss your options (607-777-6393).

Harpur College Students

  • July 6–7 (Harpur College and Student Support Services)
  • July 9–10 (Harpur College and Binghamton Advantage Program)
  • July 16–17 (Harpur College and Binghamton Advantage Program)
  • July 20–21 (Harpur College and Binghamton Advantage Program)
  • July 23–24 (Harpur College)
  • July 27–28 (Harpur College and Binghamton Advantage Program)

Professional School Students

(Thomas J. Watson College of Engineering and Applied Science, College of Community and Public Affairs, Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences and School of Management)

  • July 6–7 (School of Management, College of Community and Public Affairs, Watson College of Engineering)
  • July 13–14 (School of Management, College of Community and Public Affairs, Watson College of Engineering, Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences)
  • July 23–24 (School of Management, College of Community and Public Affairs, Watson College of Engineering)

EOP Students (First-years)

  • Friday, June 5, 2020
    3–5 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 13, 2020
    11 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

First-year students admitted via the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) must attend one of these virtual sessions prior to the BVirtual summer experience.  To register for one of these orientations, visit our EOP registration page for more information.

If you cannot attend one of the dates above, you must contact the EOP department at 607-777-2361 to discuss your options.

Note: EOP First-year students only attend the EOP BVirtual Orientation. There is no need to sign up for an additional Orientation session.

Pre-Orientation academic advising

To better prepare for your academic advising and course registration appointment that will take place in July, the Academic Advising offices have developed a series of online videos and digital documents designed to aid in your academic success and to assist in developing your first semester college schedule. Visit myBinghamton after you register for a virtual Orientation session to complete the pre-Orientation academic advising material. These are absolutely essential steps in order to maximize the benefits of academic advising appointments and get the best possible academic schedule during your course registration.

Academic advising and course registration appointment

Once you have completed your pre-Orientation academic advising materials, you will be contacted by your college's Academic Advising office to schedule your virtual academic advising and course registration appointment. This process varies from college to college, so follow the prompts from that office as noted in the pre-Orientation material.

Meet other new students

Throughout the month of July, New Student Programs will be putting out opportunities for new students to connect virtually in fun and creative ways. Some events include Zoom Pictionary, Virtual Coffee Hour, and Netflix Watch Parties! For a full calendar of events, please check back in June.

Post-Orientation student resources

Come back to myBinghamton on August 1 to get connected to the post-Orientation student resources material. In this set of modules, you will be exposed to many resources available to you as a Binghamton University student, including the Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development, Campus Recreation and FitSpace, Offices of the Dean of Students, and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Calculus Placement Exam information

Calculus placement procedures

To help place students in the most appropriate introductory calculus course, the Department of Mathematics requires each student planning to take Business Calculus or Calculus I to take a calculus placement test. Introductory calculus includes: Math 220, Calculus for Business and Management; Math 223, Intro to Calculus/Math 224, Differential Calculus; or Math 224, Differential Calculus/Math 225, Integral Calculus. 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. Although some students take it because it is one way to fulfill the SUNY requirement for a mathematical reasoning course, students can also take other math courses to fulfill the mathematical reasoning course that do not require a placement test (see FAQ below).

Calculus for Business, MATH 220, is a four-credit full semester course. This is appropriate for School of Management and economics majors.

Calculus I, MATH 223, 224 and 225 are two-credit courses offered as half-semester sequences every semester. The Calculus I sequence is made up of MATH 224 and MATH 225. The start of a student’s calculus sequence will depend on their score for the calculus placement exam. For example, if a student scores high enough to get placed into MATH 224, then they will take MATH 224 for the first half of the semester and then take MATH 225 in the second half of the semester.

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. A calculus placement exam will be available for you to take online beginning June 15. You will be able to find more information regarding this exam after June 15.

The Online Calculus 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 calculus placement self-evaluation. We encourage you to take this “practice test” prior to taking the calculus placement test. 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:

  1. Complete the self-evaluation in one seating. You will have one hour before the computer ends the session.
  2. Do not consult any notes or textbooks, as you will not be able to use these during the actual diagnostic.
  3. Do not use a calculator. You will not be able to use a calculator during the actual placement evaluation.
  4. 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 make note of your score and have it with you during your Academic Advising and course registration appointment.

Do I need to take the placement test?

If you wish to enroll in Math 220, Math 223/224 or Math 224/225, you will need to take the calculus 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 will not count as the placement test.

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 the first time I take the exam, but I would like to take MATH 220, Math 223/224 or MATH 224/225 this fall?

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 in the fall, 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 121 (Methods of Reasoning); Philosophy 122 (Elementary Logic); and Psychology 243 (Statistical Analysis and Design).

For further information about the calculus and pre-calculus courses, please 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, please let the Math Department know by phone 607-777-2148 or e-mail to arrange an accommodation.