Matriculated students are those who have applied for and been accepted into a program of study at Binghamton University to earn a specific degree. Matriculated students—undergraduate and graduate—go through an extensive application process that includes the submission of SAT or GRE scores. Matriculated students register for Summer Session and/or Winter Session courses through the BU Brain registration system the same way they do for classes taken during the spring and fall semesters. No additional application or admission is necessary.
Note: If you’re a matriculated student at another college or university and you wish to take courses during Summer Session or Winter Session, you’re considered a “visiting student” at Binghamton University. Visiting students are enrolled as Continuing Education (non-degree, non-matriculated) students. Explore our checklist for visiting students.
Non-matriculated students (also called “Continuing Education” or “non-degree” students) are those who aren’t enrolled in a degree-earning program. Continuing Education Graduate students are allowed to take undergraduate courses. Understanding what your status is as a non-matriculated student (potential, continuing or returning student) will help guide you to your next step in the academic process at Binghamton. Non-matriculated students can register for classes in winter, summer session, as well as fall and spring terms.
Financial Aid for Non-Matriculated Undergraduate and Graduate students is limited. http://www2.binghamton.edu/financial-aid/funding-needs/non-matriculated.html
Currently enrolled Binghamton University International Students
International students who are currently enrolled at BinghamtonUniversity are eligible to enroll in Winter and/or Summer Session courses of their choosing. However, if the student will graduate during Winter Session or Summer Session and is in F-1 non-immigrant status, U.S. federal regulations do not permit the student to be registered only in distance learning courses. At least one course registration during the session when graduation will take place will need to require physical presence on the BinghamtonUniversity campus.
If the international student is not graduating in winter or summer session, then there is no limit on the number of distance learning courses that can be taken during that specific term. Please note that there are limits on distance learning courses during the Fall and Spring semesters. To learn more about those requirements, read this information.
International Students Currently Attending Other U.S. Colleges or Universities
International students currently attending other U.S. colleges or universities and who plan to return to their home university after completing a winter session or summer session class (distance learning or in-classroom) are eligible to be admitted as non-matriculated (non-degree) students for the purpose of registering for a winter session or summer session course.
International Students Attending a College or University Abroad
International students attending a college or university abroad who are interested in Binghamton Distance Learning classes and who have no intention of traveling to the United States are eligible to be admitted as non-matriculated students and enroll in distance learning courses.
International Students Interested in Entering the United States to Take Binghamton University Distance Learning and/or Classroom Courses for a Summer Session, Winter Session or a Semester
Unfortunately, US federal regulations do not allow for the issuance of an I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility for an F-1 Visa) for part-time programs or short-term full-time programs not leading to a degree. Students enrolled in an overseas institution or organization that has a written exchange agreement with BinghamtonUniversity will be issued form DS-2019 to obtain a J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa for short-term full-time study.
Non-Matric students who need pre-requisites for Admission into Decker School of Nursing, or the School of Management, or Watson, MAY be eligible for government loans.
Non-Matric students interested in Harpur College or HDEV (within CCPA) are not eligible for Federal loans, because applicants for matriculation are either admitted into one of those colleges or not admitted. Non-Matric students interested in Harpur or HDEV can apply for private/alternative loans.
Non-Matrics who are the equivalent of freshmen, are not eligible to receive loans as a Non-Matriculated student.
Potential student: a person desiring to take classes for the first time at Binghamton University. If you’re a potential student, you:
Continuing student: a student who has taken courses at Binghamton before may continue taking classes part-time (4–11 credits) or full time (12 credits). If you’re a continuing student, you:
Returning student: a non-degree seeking student who has previously taken classes at Binghamton, but not within the last major semester. If you’re a returning student, you:
After the admissions process has been completed for potential and returning students, you’ll receive a letter of acceptance from admissions. This letter will include your “B-Number,” which will be your primary student identification number throughout your time at Binghamton. Later, you’ll receive an e-mail containing a temporary personal identification number (PIN). You’ll need your B-Number and PIN to access all online University systems (including registration, grades and more). You must then make an appointment with the Continuing Education Advising office.
If you have a bachelor's degree and want to take graduate or undergraduate courses without pursuing a graduate degree:
You must apply for admission to the Graduate School, and you must be formally admitted before you can register for summer courses.
Last Updated: 5/10/13