COURSE REGISTRATION

 

Can I search by DEC category when making a schedule?

Yes. On the class search page on SOLAR, click on the pull-down menu next to "Rqmnt Designation." You can view a video tutorial on how to do this, here.

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How and when will I register for my classes?

You can register for class on the date prescribed by your Enrollment Appointment. Your Enrollment Appointment will be viewable about a week prior to registration, around late October for the Winter and around early April for the Summer. Access to your enrollment appointment date can be viewable on the SOLAR system under "Student Records & Registration." For help on how to find your enrollment appointment time, please watch this video tutorial.

It is recommended that students have their schedule already created prior to their Enrollment Appointment to ensure a swift and smooth registration experience. For further help you can visit the online demo here.

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How many classes can I take?

Full-time students usually enroll in four or five classes (an average of 12-16 credits). Full-time students must maintain a minimum of 12 credits, and part-time can take up to a maximum of 11. Students can register for a maximum of 17 credits until one week prior to the start of classes, when the limit will be raised to 19 credits.

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What does the Enrollment Appointment mean?

The enrollment appointment is the first available time that students are able to register for courses on SOLAR. It is recommended to have a schedule already planned out before the enrollment appointment date to ensure a swift registration experience.

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Can I take more than 19 credits a semester?

Taking more than 19 credits per semester or more than 9 credits in one summer session is referred to as an academic overload. The criteria for an overload is based on the following:

Cumulative GPA 3.0 or Higher
You are automatically eligible to register for up to 23 credits if you meet the following criteria. No petition is needed:
a. have a cumulative GAP of 3.0 or higher.
b. have no incomplete or Q grades on your academic transcript.
c. have completed at least one semester at Stony Brook.

Cumulative GPA 2.50—2.99
You are eligible to petition for an overload for up to 23 credits, if you meet the following criteria:
a. have a cumulative GAP between 2.50 and 2.99.
b. have no incomplete or Q grades on your academic transcript.
c. have completed at least one semester at Stony Brook.

Cumulative GPA Less Than 2.5
You are not eligible for an overload.

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What are the G/P/NC and Withdrawal options?

These are grading options that are alternatives to the standard grading format (A,B,C,D) Special restrictions apply, see "Top 10 Things to Know," below. These options can be accessed in your SOLAR account. Under "Class Schedule" select "Edit" and then select the course you wish to change. REMEMBER, these classes cannot be changed back after the G/P/NC and Withdrawal deadline.  For more information, please watch the G/P/NC video tutorial here.

A mark of W is recorded when the student withdraws from a course after the first ten days of classes through the 9th week of the semester. The W is used to indicate that the student withdrew after the end of the add/drop period.

Additional information regarding the G/P/NC can be found in the on-line undergraduate Bulletin under the section "Pass/No Credit Option (P/NC)." Click here.

To view a video tutorial on how to elect the G/P/NC option, please click here.

Please speak to an Academic Advisor if you are considering any of these options.

TOP 10 THINGS TO KNOW:

  1. Neither the "P", "W" or "NC" are factored into your GPA.
  2. Earning a "P" in a course does NOT fulfill DEC or major requirements, although you will earn the credits toward the number you need to graduate and you will earn upper division credit for classes 300 and above.
  3. You can't G/P/NC a class that is S/U or A, B, C/ U graded (check the bulletin for more info).
  4. The G/P/NC option is available for only one course per semester (regardless of the number of credits of the course).  Summer I and II is considered one semester. 
  5. Withdrawing from a course from week 3 through week 9 of the semester will result in a "W" on your transcript.
  6. If you are registered as a full time student, you cannot withdraw from a class if it will put you below 12 credits. You might want to consider the G/P/NC option to maintain full time status.
  7. It is not necessarily better to G/P/NC or withdraw from a course, speak to an advisor to figure out which might be best for you!
  8. Talk to your professor about how you are doing in a course before deciding on an option because you might be doing better than you think!
  9. Remember to verify the semester deadline for G/P/NC and withdrawal!
  10. The Academic and Pre-Professional Advising Center is here to help!
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Can I use the G/P/NC grade option for my major courses?

Yes, however grades of "P" generally do not satisfy major requirements. Please consult your major advisor for specifics in this matter.

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How do I sign up for an internship?

Students can find information about internships at the Career Center and on their website here. Students can also consult with their major advisor for major-specific internships.

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What is the Course Re-take policy?

Information on the new course retake policy can be found here and in the Bulletin, here.

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