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 http://orientation.binghamton.edu.
- Harpur College of Arts and Sciences Advising Office
- College of Community and Public Affairs
- Decker School of Nursing
- School of Management
- Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science Student Services
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
HDEV 105: College Students in Transition
HDEV 105: College Students in Transition is a two-credit seminar course for new students to assist in their transition to the University. Students are provided with opportunities to explore campus resources, potential majors, and personal learning styles, as well as develop and practice skills in oral presentations, critical thinking, and student success topics. As the course is developed in collaboration with the Human Development department and the Discovery Program, each student is assigned a Discovery Advisor as a peer mentor for the semester to assist with questions or concerns from a student perspective. HDEV 105 fulfills the "O" General Education requirement. Multiple sections are offered each semester. To find specific meeting times and locations, visit the Schedule of Classes website. Note: Students cannot enroll in both HDEV 105 and HARP 101 (described below).
HARP 101 is a two-credit seminar course for new students in Harpur College during the fall semester. HARP 101 offers a blended course format which includes two primary components, one focusing on an interesting academic course topic with additional class time 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 professional staff member on a specific academic topic of interest. (for example, one course may examine the life and events of Abraham Lincoln while another may discuss the psychology behind relationships with others.) The team teaching format and combined components of the course allow opportunities for students to explore campus resources, develop critical thinking and writing skills, and improve time management. HARP 101 fulfills the "W" General Education requirement. Multiple sections are offered each semester, 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 HDEV 105 (described above).
Emerging Leaders Program
The Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) is a semester-long certificate program for entering
first-semester students (freshmen or 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 a small group 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 a leadership team consisting
of trained undergraduate peer mentors along with a faculty program advisor and professional
staff advisor. Emerging Leaders participate in a workshop series, networking and professional
development activities, and weekly KC meetings. They also develop and implement a
service-learning project during this fall semester program.
New students can apply to be part of the ELP through an online application, available during the summer on the ELP website. For more information about the ELP , visit www.binghamton.edu/emerging-leaders.