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Excelsior Scholarship Launches
Announced in April 2017, the Excelsior Scholarship will provide eligible New York State resident students up to $5,500 annually for assistance with tuition. The scholarship is being phased in over three years, beginning in fall 2017 for New Yorkers making up to $100,000 annually, increasing to $110,000 in 2018, and reaching $125,000 in 2019.

In collaboration with the NYS Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) and SBU's Student Accounts staff, our offices of Financial Aid & Scholarship Services and the Registrar have worked dilligently to coordinate application reviews and administration of the scholarship. We applaud the hard work of so many at SBU to help make college more affordable for our students.


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SBU Joins Coalition for Access & Affordability
Students applying to Stony Brook in fall 2018 now have a new application option: The Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success. The platform provides a single, centralized toolkit for students to organize, build, and refine their applications to numerous institutions.

Students may also choose to apply to Stony Brook's undergraduate programs using The Common Application or SUNY Application.




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Admitted Student Day Photo Gallery
Check out snapshots from our April 2017 Admitted Student Days. More than 6000 students and guests visited Stony Brook the weekend of April 7-9, 2017.

Events began with an invation-only tour of Brookhaven National Laboratory, for our highest-achieving admitted students seeking to pursue STEM majors.

Weekend programming included academic and student life fairs, faculty-hosted workshops and guided walking tours of both our campus and the residence halls.


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Admissions Hosts Overnight Experience for NYC Students

Supported by the President's Plan for Diversity and Inclusion, the Admissions Office hosted an overnight program for select admitted students from New York City last March. Programming included campus tours, workshops with student leaders and key administrators, and a cultural show coordinated by the Office of Multicultural Affairs. Half of the student participants chose to enroll at Stony Brook.

SBU Partners with Other Flagships to Host Florida Events

In May, Admissions officers co-coordinated three joint recruitment events in Miami, Orlando and Fort Lauderdale, our second joint travel initiative conducted with The Ohio State University, the University of Connecticut and and the University of Pittsburgh.

Health Sciences Applications Soar

Demand for entry to our health sciences programs continues to increase.  For the summer 2016 to spring 2017 cycle, the Health Sciences Office of Student Services processed 6541 applications (+771), admitted 2620 students (+35) and enrolled 1649 (+103).

Students Use ZeeMee to Showcase Talents

Stony Brook has partnered with ZeeMee, an optional, free service that enables applicants to create online porfolios, including low-tech videos made right on their smartphones. Students enter their ZeeMee profile URLs onto their applications.


SBU Recognized for Increased Graduation Rates

According to U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 Best Colleges , SBU fared much better than expected in the category of 6-year graduation rate by achieving a 72 percent graduation rate vs. the expected rate of 69 percent.

Year-Round Pell Reinstituted

In June, the U.S. Congress approved the reinstatement of the Year Round Pell Grant program. The change allows Pell-eligible students to receive up to 150 percent of a regular grant award over the course of the academic year. Students can continue taking classes over the summer,  without diminishing grant funds needed to support their fall/spring studies, in order to complete their degrees faster.

Mobile App to Support Student Success Launches Across Campus

Guide is a mobile app that helps students choose the right major, navigate requirements from financial aid to course registration, and stay on top of important dates and deadlines—all in the palm of their hands. Following a pilot program in the spring 2017 semester, and a successful launch for incoming undergraduates in summer 2017, the app was launched campus-wide at the beginning of the fall 2017 semester.

S-STEM ASSETS Provides Support, Scholarships

Funded by NSF and administered by SBU's Department of Technology and Society, S-STEM ASSETS  is a new program offering academic and financial support to transfer students who completed an AA or AS degree, plan to pursue a STEM major at Stony Brook, and have financial need.


Select one of the tabs below to read about recent accomplishments and ongoing projects.

  • Undergraduate Admissions

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    Coming off of a year which saw a record number of first-year students apply and enroll at Stony Brook, efforts to continue recruiting the strongest and most diverse class possible are already underway.

    We kicked off our fall 2018 recruitment season with two workshops in August for rising seniors and family members called "Navigating the College Application Process." One workshop was hosted on campus and the other at the SUNY Welcome Center in Manhattan to serve students from the five boroughs.

    In early September, we collaborated with Stony Brook Children's Hospital to host “Surviving the Search: A Free College Workshop and Expo for Students with Cancer and Blood Disorders.”

      This fall we will host our third annual SOMAS Red Carpet Day. This unique event gives prospective students a wonderful opportunity to tour our marine science facilities both here at Stony Brook and in Southampton, as well as to meet faculty and students, and learn about academic programs and research opportunities.

  • Financial Aid and Scholarship Services


    Our Financial Aid and Scholarship Services Office recently re-evaluated and revamped its office team structure, enabling better service for students and families on a daily basis.

    Among the many highlights from the past year was event for current students titled the Game of Life, coordinated by our our Financial Literacy Advisor. Modeled after the board game, the event was created to expose students to the financial realities of life after college. Seventy students attended.

  • Health Sciences Office of Student Services


    The  Health Sciences Office of Student Services provides services to students in the five Health Sciences Schools in the areas of Admission, Financial Aid, Records/Registration, and Data Reports.

    Highlights from the past year include:

    A Loan Repayment Presentation was upgraded to include audio and put on YouTube to accommodate our distance learning students and those who were unable to attend in person.

    We graduated a total of 1,912 students (as of 8/9/17). 

    Systems Analyst Rich McDonald create a new flowchart that fixed errors in application coding for students claiming New York State residency.

    For the first time in several years, we attended the annual Major/Minor Networking event  to promote our office and the Health Sciences majors.

    Our new phone system allows callers to easy access to messaging regarding deadlines and application information, as well as giving them the ability to leave messages for specific areas of the office. The implementation created more robust statistics for the office to record walk-ins, emails, and the types of phone calls/messages, helping us to better evaluate and improve our services to students.


  • International Admissions


     Our International Admissions staff coordinated its annual  Summer in the USA program for international high school students in July. Twenty-one students attended the two-week program. Events included meet and greets with Stony Brook faculty, tutorials on the college admissions process, and field trips across Long Island and to New York City.



  • Registrar


     The Registrar's Office has been heavily engaged in a number of important initiatives over the last year, including providing certification for students seeking to obtain Excelsior Scholarships and TAP grants. Additionally, the Registrar's website was revamped in spring 2017, providing virtual visitors a more user-friendly experience in finding the information they are seeking.

  • ERM Communications

    Stony Brook's Enrollment Communications staff are at the forefront of innovation. We  recently piloted a new live video series on Google+ to help guide prospective students through the admissions process. The series will run monthly this fall, featuring guests from across campus.

    The University's virtual tour underwent a major upgrade last spring and now features a new tour guide, fresh photography, a new Google Maps integration, and additional panoramas of campus facilities.

    In the coming year, we plan to pilot new virtual reality Google Cardboard headsets to help prospective students from afar experience the excitement of our campus.

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Rene Andersen

Assistant Registrar for Academic Success

Daniella Capraro

Financial Aid Advisor

Connie Daniels

Secretary 1, Health Sciences Office of Student Services

Stephanie Drasba

Financial Aid Assistant

Corey Fortcher

Assistant Registrar for Scheduling

Taylor House

Financial Aid Assistant

Amanda Murray

Financial Aid Advisor

Ambika Mukhi

Data Analyst for Support & Reporting

Mary Ann Schill

Assistant Registrar for TAP Certification

Youssef Wahib

 International Admissions Counselor




Katherine McFarland

Promoted to Assistant Dean of Admissions



Dina Brennan

Congratulations to Dina Brennan, a longtime member of the Undergraduate Admissions staff, who recently accepted  a position as a program administrator with the Alan Alda Institute for Communicating Science. We  thank her for the outstanding work she has done coordinating the Accelerated College Education Program (ACE).


“Sometimes students just look at how many credits will transfer and make their decisions from there. What they really need to ask is, ‘How many will apply to my degree?’ ”


Stony Brook's Maria Campanella quoted in  "Six reasons you may not graduate on time, and what you can do about it" ( The Hechinger Report)

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