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The Registration Preparation Page

Registration Begins on Monday, October 30 for Winter & Spring 2018


WHEN DO I ENROLL?

View the starting date and time of your enrollment on SOLAR under “Student Records and Registration”.  Click on “Enrollment” and then “Enrollment Dates”.  For step-by-step instructions, please watch the video tutorial.

WINTER SESSION enrollment begins on Monday, October 30 for ALL students.  Use the winter to catch up or get ahead in your studies!

  • The winter 2018 class schedule is now available on SOLAR and at www.stonybrook.edu/winter
  • Winter session runs from Tuesday, January 2 - Saturday, January 20.  The winter schedule includes study abroad, online, and West campus course options. 
  • You may enroll in a maximum of 4 credits in winter. 

SPRING SEMESTER enrollment begins on Monday, October 30 and continues through Wednesday, November 15 based upon seniority by credits. 

  • Register for spring 2018 classes as soon as your enrollment appointment begins, but no later than Friday, November 17.
  • The spring 2018 class schedule is now available on SOLAR.
  • The 2017-18 Undergraduate Bulletin which includes majors, minors, course descriptions, and pre-requisites is available at www.stonybrook.edu/bulletin
  • Spring classes begin on Monday, January 22.  You can initially enroll in a maximum of 17 credits this spring.  The limit will increase to 19 credits on Friday, January 19 at 11 a.m.
HOW CAN I CHECK IF I HAVE A HOLD?

Check SOLAR to make sure you don’t have any holds that will prevent you from registering on time, including any balance due on your account.  To register for classess, you must have a zero balance due.  Resolve any financial issues now so that you do not miss out on classes that fill up quickly.

HOW DO I CHECK MY DEGREE PROGRESS REPORT?

Check SOLAR to review your Degree Works progress report and verify what requirements you have met, what are in progress, and what still needs to be completed.  For step-by-step instructions, please watch the video tutorial.

You must complete the following to earn your Stony Brook undergraduate degree:

1.  Your major (and minor, specialization, or concentration if required by your major)

2.  Your SBC or DEC & skill general education requirements, depending upon when you started at Stony Brook.  (Your degree progress report will identify which requirements you are following.)

3.  120 total credits (124 for Journalism, and 128 for Bachelor of Engineering degrees)

4.  39 upperdivision credits (courses at the 300-level or higher)

5.  2.0 minimum cumulative GPA

6.  36 residency credits (meaning that after finishing your 57th credit, you complete at least 36 more credits at Stony Brook.)

HOW DO I CHECK MY DECLARED MAJOR?

Check SOLAR to verify your major on your transcript or Degree Works progress report.  If you are pursuing a different major or adding a major/minor, after October 30, go to www.stonybrook.edu/registrar/forms/forms.php, click on "Undergraduate" and "Major/Minor Declaration Form", and visit the respective academic department for the faculty member’s signature.  Then submit the signed form to the Registrar's Office, 2nd floor Administration.  Majors/minors for spring 2018 can be declared starting Monday, October 30 and must be declared by Friday, January 26 at 4 p.m.  

WHERE DO I GO FOR MAJOR/MINOR OR GENERAL ACADEMIC ADVISING?

Academic advising units will have advising hours to assist you in course selection and academic planning during registration.  Find your general academic advisor and your major/minor advisor locations

HOW CAN I START PICKING AND SAVING MY WINTER OR SPRING CLASSES?

LET US KNOW WHAT TOOLS YOU USE TO PICK AND SCHEDULE YOUR CLASSES. Fill out this 2-question survey.

Use SOLAR to select classes and hold them in your “shopping cart.”  This way, when your enrollment appointment date/time begins, you are ready to submit your courses quickly.  If there is a closed course you need for timely graduation, add yourself to the course waitlist (if there is an active waitlist).

Check out Schedule Builder which helps make your schedule for you!  You tell it what courses you want and when your breaks are, then let Schedule Builder show you all of the possible schedules available.  For step-by-step instructions, please watch the video tutorial.

WHEN ARE MY SPRING FINALS?
Review the final exam schedule for spring 2018 to know in advance when (and how many finals) you will have each day.
HOW MANY CREDITS CAN I ENROLL IN?

A credit limit ensures equity in the registration process.  Credit limits for spring enrollment increases as follows:

Up to 17 credits:  through Thursday, January 18
Up to 19 credits:  starting Friday, January 19 at 11 a.m.
Up to 23 credits for students with at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA and no incompletes:  starting Wednesday, January 24 at 11 a.m.

Students on first semester warning, warning, and probation are limited to 16 credits each fall and spring semester. 

HOW DO I APPLY FOR GRADUATION?

Check SOLAR to review your Degree Works progress report and ensure you will complete all general education and major requirements.  Once you have at least a 2.0 GPA and 105 earned or in-progress credits (including winter and spring 2018 classes), apply for May 2018 or August 2018 graduation.  Click on and complete the "Apply for Graduation" link on SOLAR no later than Friday, November 17.  For step-by-step instructions, please watch the video tutorial.

WHAT IF I WANT TO TAKE CHE 131 THIS SPRING?

If you wish to take CHE 131 this spring, you must FIRST complete the math placement exam AND the Online Chemistry Preparation & Placement Process (OCPP) initial assessment and the appropriate objectives.  It takes an average of 10 hours to complete the OCPP process.  OCPP scores are uploaded every few days, which you can see on your transcript on SOLAR.  Complete OCPP as soon as possible to ensure a spring CHE 131 seat.  The final group of scores will be uploaded on January 30, and you will have until Friday, February 2 at 4 p.m., the last day of add/drop for spring 2018, to register for CHE 131 (pending an open seat). 

CHE 129 and CHE 152 are offered only in the fall semester.  CHE 131 is offered in the fall, spring, and summer semesters.

An OCPP score of 3 and a math placement exam score of 3 allows you to register for CHE 129/130 and MAT 123.  An OCPP score of 3 and a math placement exam score of 4 or higher allows you to register for CHE 131 and MAT 125 (or higher).  An OCPP score of 4 allows you to register for CHE 152 and the appropriate math course based upon the math placement exam.

Old OCPP scores from prior semesters are valid for enrollment.

More details, including the access code that you need to login to OCPP. 

WHAT IF I WANT TO TAKE A WINTER CLASS OUTSIDE OF STONY BROOK?

We accept a maximum of 4 credits in winter session, whether these credits are taken at Stony Brook University or transferred from another approved institution.  Transfer credits, pending approval, may be applied toward major, minor, and/or general education requirements.  Transfer courses are not included in the Stony Brook GPA and require a grade or C or better.  

To obtain Stony Brook credit for a winter course at another college or university within the United States, check the transfer database at www.stonybrook.edu/transfer to see if the course you wish to take has already been approved and evaluated.  If the course is not on this list, please consult with an academic advisor in Academic & Transfer Advising Services, E-2360 Melville Library and complete a Transfer Credit Evaluation form PRIOR to enrolling in the course.

If you are seeking to study abroad, Stony Brook offers several unique opportunities each winter.  Visit www.stonybrook.edu/studyabroad for details and application deadlines.  

To obtain Stony Brook credit for a winter course at a college or university outside of the United States, Stony Brook students are required to participate in an approved partner university program offered through International Academic Programs (IAP) in the Office of Global Affairs.  All other international credits obtained in the winter will NOT be eligible as transfer credit applied to your Stony Brook degree program.  New York State residents participating in an IAP approved international program pay the in-state tuition rate for coursework; all other students participating in an IAP approved international summer program pay the out-of-state tuition rate for coursework.  Visit www.stonybrook.edu/studyabroad for details on IAP approved winter programs, costs, and scholarships.

WHAT DO I NEED TO TAKE IF I AM RECEIVING FINANCIAL AID?
If you are a New York State (NYS) resident seeking TAP or Excelsior, review your TAP Summary page and your Excelsior Summary page on SOLAR to verify that you have met all criteria.  You must be enrolled as a full-time student taking 12 or more credits applicable toward the degree program per semester to receive TAP, Excelsior, or NYS Scholarships.  Credit-bearing courses in your minimum full-time course load (12 semester hours or the equivalent) must consist of courses applicable to your program of study as an SBC or DEC requirement, major requirement, or elective (if applicable).  Credits that are being used for a minor and/or specialization on record may NOT be counted as part of your 12 degree applicable credits for TAP UNLESS the minor and/or specialization is required for your major.  For more information, visit http://www.stonybrook.edu/registrar/tap.shtml
WHAT IF I NEED TO RETAKE A COURSE?

If you wish to retake a course (second attempt) this winter, you may do so during the winter enrollment period.  If you wish to retake a course (second attempt) this spring, you may do so starting Tuesday, January 16 at 9 a.m., after all first time takers have had an opportunity to register AND pending an available seat.  

Some classes are designated as "high demand" or "HDCA" courses.  It's unlikely there will be available seats in these classes this spring -- and there is no guarantee of a seat for any course.  If no seats are available when you attempt to register, you can add yourself to the course waitlist (if one exists).  You may want to retake classes in winter and summer, when there are often more seats available. 

If you wish to retake a course for a third or more time, obtain a petition from your general academic advisor and a letter of support from the academic department offering the course.  Third or more approved attempts cannot be processed (pending an open seat) until the first day of classes, Monday, January 22.

You are not permitted to select the grade/pass/no credit (G/P/NC) option for course retakes.

If you retake a course in which you earned a P, S, or D or better on the first attempt, you cannot earn credit a second time.  Course retake grades appear on the transcript, along with the grade on the first attempt, and all attempts are factored into your cumulative GPA.

For more information, visit www.stonybrook.edu/retake.

HOW DO I ADD KEY DATES AND DEADLINES TO MY PERSONAL CALENDAR?

You can add the “Undergraduate Google Calendar” to your own personal calendar to remind you of important academic deadlines.  View the Registrar's Google Calendar.

Helpful Video Tutorials

How to Find My Enrollment Appointment Time
How to Read My Degree Progress Report on "Degree Works"
How to Apply For Graduation
How to Change My Preferred Name on SOLAR
How to Download the Guide App

Available for Android and iOS, Guide is a new free mobile app. Think of it like a personal advisor in your pocket!  Get step-by-step guidance, answers at Your fingertips, make connections, never miss important events, appointment scheduling, major explorer, view your class schedule, and so much more! Learn more @ stonybrook.edu/guide.

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How to Search for Classes and Plan My Schedule Using Schedule Builder

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