The application for the 2019 summer program is closed, but you can still apply to join us at any point during the academic year. Click here!
Incoming Binghamton University students who have been invited to join Student Support Services are eligible to attend our S4P summer program. This is an opportunity for us to welcome you to SSS and help you prepare for your transition to Binghamton University. S4P runs for four weeks in conjunction with Binghamton University's Summer Session Term II.
Week 1 — on campus: Sunday, July 7th to Saturday, July 13th
- Arrive on campus and live in one of our residence halls.
- Attend Orientation at no charge to you.
- Engage in workshops and activities, make friends and meet faculty and staff.
- Participate in the S4P Olympics and have a great time
Weeks 2–4 — online: Monday, July 15th to Friday, August 2nd
Students participate in online workshops from the comfort of home to hone their skills before entering Binghamton in the fall. Get an edge on the competition before even starting classes!
- Academic workshops like math and writing keep knowledge and skills sharp over the summer, preparing students to hit the ground running when everyone else is still trying to figure things out.
- Non-academic workshops are designed to get students thinking about how to get engaged on campus, how to land leadership roles as soon as possible, how to start thinking about career paths, or just how to keep calm under pressure.
Welcome back week — on campus: Wednesday, August 14th
- Move in early and beat the traffic!
- Meet back up with your friends from S4P and connect with our fall admits.
- Attend a few last-minute workshops
- Explore the University and the surrounding community
To enroll in the S4P summer program, look for an invitation, sent out each May.
For more information or if you have any questions, e-mail Steve Rebello or call 607-777-2024.
Perks of attending S4P
As a new Binghamton University student, you must attend a summer Orientation session, which typically costs around $225. S4P participants attend Orientation during the first few days of S4P, and SSS will cover the cost!
All S4P participants are required to move in a week early for the fall semester, to participate in workshops and fun activities held by TRIO Mentors. The workshops and activities during this week vary from year to year, but in the past have included: speaking with the Financial Aid office, Student Accounts office and the Career Development Center; finding your classes; a tour of the East Gym (fitness center); and getting familiar with the bus system in Binghamton. In addition, S4P students get to avoid the chaos of moving in with the nearly 3,000 other freshmen in August!
Pre-register for UNIV 101
The College Students in Transition class (UNIV 101) is one of the most popular classes
students can register for in their first semester at Binghamton. S4P participants
can request to be pre-registered for a section of this class that is taught by SSS
staff, exclusively for SSS students. This class fulfills the oral communication requirement,
one of the many general education classes that all Binghamton students must complete,
and it fills up quickly during regular registration.
S4P students who are enrolled in the Watson School of Engineering will also be pre-registered for WTSN 103 and WTSN 111.
Course registration assistance
SSS staff and TRIO Mentors are on hand during the schedule-building portion of Orientation to offer personalized, one-on-one assistance with planning for courses in the fall. This can be one of the most stressful times for students during Orientation, as seats to popular courses are limited, and navigating the huge range of available courses can be intimidating. Our excellent University advising staff are on hand, but they must help all the other students too. This level of individual support is not afforded to any other students during Orientation!
S4P participants are assigned a TRIO Mentor during the summer and into the fall of their freshman year to help them transition to Binghamton smoothly. Mentors act as role models, guiding students whenever they need help with academics or personal matters.
Each student who enters the SSS program is assigned a professional academic counselor. These counselors are one of the best resources our students have on campus. We pride ourselves on building connections between all departments and offices on campus so we can help students find and connect with resources. Counselors also help students with career planning and personal development, and are someone to confide in during their time at Binghamton.
SSS offers a substantial amount of tutoring to our students above and beyond that available to the general student body. The majority of our tutors come from the SSS program, showing both our commitment to providing opportunities for our students and our students' commitment to giving back to the program. We push students to take advantage of this service so they can be the absolute best they can be. Whether you're struggling and want to improve, or are already an "A" student looking to keep sharp, tutoring is for you.
Grant aid eligibility
Upon entering the SSS program, our students become eligible for the highly competitive grant aid we offer, which is awarded to our most active and engaged students each semester. Getting a jump start on your engagement through S4P is a great way to create some momentum going into the fall semester. Stay engaged by going to counselor meetings, attending SSS events, taking advantage of SSS tutoring and spending time in our study space!