headingNews From Academic & Transfer Advising Services    |   Spring 2013   |   Issue #1, January 25 - February 10

Welcome to the “Please be Advised” email newsletter.  This bi-weekly e-mail will keep you apprised of academic advising-related matters, including deadlines and special events. This is the first newsletter for the Spring 2013 semester.  Your success matters to us! Go Seawolves!


1.   Credit Limits

2.   Apply For Graduation
3.   Spring 2013- Important Dates, Deadlines, & Events
4.   Pre-Health
5.   Pre-Law
6.   Academic Advising Offices
7.   Word of the Week  


Friday, Jan. 25
Credit limit will be raised to 19 credits for all students.

Sunday, Jan. 27
Last day students can drop all courses via Solar.  

Monday, Jan. 28
First Day of Classes.

Wednesday, Jan. 30
Credit limit will be raised to 23 credits for all students with a C.G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher, and no “I”, “R”, “NR”, “Q” or missing grades. ($20 fee will be automatically billed to students’ accounts for students who enroll in more than 19 credits). Credit limit will remain at 19 credits for all other students not meeting the above criteria.

Sunday, Feb. 3 (Actual date Friday, Feb. 1) (Strongly recommended to view the Academic Calendar.)
Last day to drop a class or withdraw from the university without tuition liability.  

Friday, Feb. 8 @ 4 PM (Strongly recommended to view the Academic Calendar.)

  • Last day to add classes and/or process a swap. Tuition liability may apply if student reduces credit load.
  • Last day to drop or withdraw from the university without a “W” (withdraw) recorded on student record. Student is liable to pay pro-rated tuition and all fees.
  • Last day to change status to or from full-time or part-time status.
  • Last day for Spring (May) or Summer (August) degree candidates to apply for graduation. Only Seniors (U4) who have at least 108 credits (completed and posted to the record + in progress) with a declared major will be eligible to apply. (Watch the Video Tutorial: How to Apply For Graduation!)

 ***Click here for more information about Spring 2013 deadlines.*** 


Beginning Friday, January 25, students can enroll in up to 19 credits.  Starting Wednesday, January 30, continuing students who have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA with no incompletes or Q grades on their record can enroll in a maximum of 23 credits. ($20 fee billed to students registered for more than 19 credits).


The deadline for Spring (May) and Summer (August) candidates to apply for graduation is Friday, February 8 @ 4 p.m.  If you will be completing all of your degree requirements in the Spring semester please choose the "May" graduation date.  If you will be completing all of your degree requirements in the Summer session, please choose the "August" graduation date.  Both candidates (May & August) will walk in the May ceremony. There is no Summer ceremony.

Undergraduates must apply online via Solar (Click on the “Apply for Graduation” Link on your homepage.) Only Seniors (U4) who have at least 108 credits (completed and posted to the record + in progress) with a declared major will be eligible to apply.

Watch the Video Tutorial: How to Apply for Graduation on SOLAR

Watch the PBA Show: All About Graduation Episode:



On Academic & Transfer Advising Services' website, in the upper right hand corner is a link titled, "Spring 2013, Important Dates, Deadlines, & Events".  On this page students will find a collection of the Spring semester's most important deadlines and events, coupled with relevant videos and tutorials.  Get everything you need in one place!  Bookmark this page and use this helpful resource all semester long!

***This is an edited list of deadlines from the Academic Calendar.  It is strongly encourage to view the Academic Calendar in addition to the page below.***




4.  PRE-HEALTH www.stonybrook.edu/healthed

Pre-Professional Advising Hours for Spring 2013
Walk-in hours for January 28 -February 8, 2013
Monday & Wednesday, 10a.m.-12p.m. & 2p.m.-4p.m.

Walk-in hours:
Monday & Wednesday, 10a.m.-11:30a.m. & 1p.m.-3p.m.

Meetings by Appointments: 
Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, 9a.m.-5p.m.

Stony Brook School of Medicine 
Admissions Open House Event 
         March 1, 2013      
        2:00-4:00 p.m.
    Health Sciences Center
    Lecture Hall 3 , Level 2

Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University
Interested in Research? 
The DIVERSITY STUDENT SUMMER RESEARCH OPPORTUNITY PROGRAM is designed to provide educational opportunities for undergraduate students who have a strong interest in a career in biomedical, biological sciences and/or medicine. In keeping with Albert Einstein College of Medicine’s overall commitment to diversity, we strongly encourage applicants from those groups historically underrepresented in medicine. 
Eligibility Requirements: College Sophomore or Junior, science GPA 3.0, and encourage applications from groups historically underrepresented in medicine to apply.
Stipend: $3000
Deadline: March 1, 2013 

News From Kaplan
Planning on going to Med School?  Make February Your MCAT Awareness Month!
Take a Free Practice Test at SBU 2/9/13
Experience the exam under proctored conditions, receive a detailed score analysis, and learn exclusive strategies to help improve your score!
Saturday, February 9, 2013, 2pm start time, SUNY Stony Brook
Register at www.bit.ly/lievents.  Other times, dates, and locations available.*Highly recommended for those with most science pre-reqs completed.  All are welcome.

Free MCAT Prep Series

Stony Brook graduate Michael Sperandeo, one of Kaplan’s top rated instructors, thrives on helping students to succeed not just on the MCAT but with the entire application process.  Join us for a series of events this Spring tailored for success on the road to Med School!  Sessions this Spring will include Organic Chemistry, Verbal, and Admissions Advice. Register today for free MCAT prep at www.bit.ly/lievents.



5.  PRE-LAW www.stonybrook.edu/prelaw

Pre-Professional Advising Hours for the Spring 2013
Walk-in hours for January 28 -February 8, 2013
Monday & Wednesday, 10a.m.-12p.m. & 2p.m.-4p.m. 

Walk-in hours: 
Monday & Wednesday, 10a.m.-11:30a.m. & 1p.m.-3p.m.

Meetings by Appointment 
Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, 9a.m.-5p.m.

Pre-Law appointments with Fern Gold, J.D. by appointment for Wednesdays and Thursdays.

CLEO Summer Institute Program
The CLEO Six-Week Pre-Law  Summer Institute is designed to demystify the law school experience. Preparation builds self-assurance and participants enter law school more confident in their ability to succeed. A full-time program, held on two law school campuses during June and July, the Institute is rigorous and demanding. The Institute focuses on legal methods and techniques that help to develop students’ abstract thinking, analysis, and synthesizing skills. The Institute has an impressive track record of success!  Nearly 9,000 diverse and/or economically disadvantaged students have been oriented to law school through the Institutes since 1968. More than 90% of the students who attend the institute enter law school in the fall. 

Eligibility Requirements: Applicants must be eligible to attend an ABA-approved law school at the completion of the program and must also have obtained a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university prior to the start of the summer institute
Deadline: February 15, 2013

News From Kaplan:
Is 2013 the Year of Your LSAT?
Whether you're cramming for February's exam or prepping for another test date this year, Kaplan has you covered!
Start the new year off right by helping make your law school goals a reality.  See how you're scoring on the LSAT right now risk free, find out what goes into crafting a winning personal statement, and sign up for some free prep at a preview class from the experts in test prep. Sign up for free opportunities at www.bit.ly/lieventsand join us on campus 3/2 for your Free Practice Test!

“In 2013, Resolve to Predict”
LSAT Blog by Lindsey Plyler
Have you reflected thoughtfully on last year’s ups and downs, promising to make positive changes in the New Year?  There’s one resolution LSAT test takers should definitely make: “look forward to the future” in the Logical Reasoning and Reading Comprehension sections - predict your answers before scanning the answer choices. Read more at http://blog.kaplanlsat.com/2012/12/28/in-2013-resolve-to-predict/


Several offices provide general and major/minor-related academic advising to specific cohorts of undergraduates.  To see where you go for academic advising, visit http://www.stonybrook.edu/sb/academichelp.shtml .

word of week

En règle  \ ahn RE-gluh \  , adjective;

1.In order; according to the rules; correct. 

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