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The Registration Preparation Page

Registration Begins on Monday, March 27 for Summer & Fall 2017


CHECK SOLAR FOR YOUR ENROLLMENT APPOINTMENT

View the starting date and time of your enrollment on SOLAR under “Student Records and Registration”.  Click on “Enrollment” and then “Enrollment Dates”.

SUMMER SESSION enrollment begins for seniors on Monday, March 27 and for ALL students on Tuesday, March 28.  Use the summer to catch up or get ahead in your studies!

  • The summer 2017 class schedule is now available on SOLAR and at www.stonybrook.edu/summer
  • There are several summer session options, each of varying lengths.  The first summer session begins on Tuesday, May 30.  The summer schedule includes study abroad, online, West campus, and Stony Brook Southampton course options. 
  • You may enroll in a maximum of 9 credits in each of the two 6-week summer sessions. 

FALL SEMESTER enrollment begins on Monday, March 27 and continues through Friday, April 7 based upon seniority by credits. 

  • Register for fall 2017 classes as soon as your enrollment appointment begins, but no later than Monday, April 24.
  • The fall 2017 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
  • Fall classes begin on Monday, August 28.  You can initially enroll in a maximum of 17 credits this fall.  The limit will increase to 19 credits on Friday, August 25 at 11 a.m.
CHECK SOLAR FOR ANY HOLDS

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 quickly so that you do not miss out on key classes needed to make academic progress.

CHECK SOLAR FOR YOUR DEGREE PROGRESS REPORT

Review your degree progress report on SOLAR to verify what requirements you have met, what are in progress, and what still needs to be completed.  You can also check out Degree Works, our newest tool that shows your degree progress.  See more details and the tutorial at the bottom of this page. 

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.)

VERIFY YOUR DECLARED MAJOR

Check your transcript (which is part of your degree progress report) on SOLAR to verify your recorded major for spring 2017.  If you are pursuing a different major or adding a major/minor, please print the major/minor declaration form and visit the respective academic department for the faculty member’s signature.  Majors/minors for summer/fall 2017 can be declared starting Monday, March 27 and must be declared by Friday, August 18 at 4 p.m.  Some academic departments have limited advisor availability over the summer, so it's best to obtain major/minor advisor signatures by May 15.

SEEK ADVICE FROM YOUR MAJOR/MINOR AND GENERAL ACADEMIC ADVISORS

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

REGISTER AS SOON AS YOUR ENROLLMENT APPOINTMENT BEGINS & CHECK THE FINAL EXAM SCHEDULE

Register as soon as your enrollment appointment begins and in courses needed to stay on track for graduation.  In advance of your enrollment appointment, 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 add 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).  You can also add/drop/swap classes via SOLAR mobile too!

Be sure and review the final exam schedule for fall 2017 here to know in advance when (and how many finals) you will have each day! 

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.  

Learn more about Schedule Builder and view additional tutorials 

Also, use the “My Planner” feature in SOLAR to map out your next three semesters at Stony Brook.

COMPLETE THE MATH PLACEMENT EXAM AND OCPP ASSESSMENT IF YOU WISH TO ENROLL IN CHE 129, 131, or 152 THIS FALL

If you wish to enroll in CHE 129, 131, or 152 this fall, 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, so please plan ahead.  To be guaranteed a fall seat, you must complete OCPP by Thursday, May 25 at 8 a.m.  OCPP scores are uploaded every few days, which you can see on your Stony Brook transcript on SOLAR.  The final group of scores will be uploaded on May 26, and you will have until Friday, June 2 at 4 p.m. to register into the appropriate Chemistry course.  

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.

OCPP will remain open until 8 a.m. on Thursday, September 7.  However, if you do not register by June 2 at 4 p.m., all remaining CHE 129 and 131 seats will be reserved for new students until Friday, August 25.  If there are any remaining CHE 129 and 131 seats, they will be made available to all continuing students starting Friday, August 25 at 8 a.m.   

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

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

REVIEW CREDIT LIMITS

A credit limit has been implemented to ensure equity in the registration process for all students.  Credit limits for fall enrollment will increase as follows:

Up to 17 credits:  through Thursday, August 24
Up to 19 credits:  starting Friday, August 25 at 11 a.m.
Up to 23 credits for students with at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA and no incompletes:  starting Wednesday, August 30 at 11 a.m.

Students on first semester warning, warning, and probation are limited to 16 credits each fall and spring semester.  Students on conditional reinstatement are limited to the credits noted in their agreement.

INTERESTED IN TAKING SUMMER CLASSES OUTSIDE OF STONY BROOK?

We accept a maximum of 9 credits in each of the two 6-week summer sessions, 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 summer 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 summer.  Visit www.stonybrook.edu/studyabroad for details and application deadlines.  

To obtain Stony Brook credit for a summer 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 summer will NOT be eligible as transfer credit applied to your Stony Brook degree program.  New York State residents participating in an IAP approved international summer 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.  Scholarships ranging from $500-$3000 are available for IAP summer participants (eligibility based on merit and cost of program.)  Visit www.stonybrook.edu/studyabroad for details on IAP approved summer programs, costs, and scholarships.

ENROLL IN AT LEAST 12 DEGREE APPLICABLE CREDITS IF YOU ARE A TAP or NYS SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT
If you are a New York State (NYS) resident seeking TAP, review your TAP Summary pageon 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 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 a general education 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 UNLESS the minor and/or specialization is required for your major.  For more information, visit http://www.stonybrook.edu/registrar/tap.shtml
NEW RETAKE POLICY! RETAKE A COURSE IN SUMMER, OR WAIT UNTIL AUGUST 15 FOR AVAILABLE SEATS IN FALL

If you wish to retake a course (second attempt) this summer, you may do so during the summer enrollment period.  If you wish to retake a course (second attempt) this fall, you may do so starting Tuesday, August 15 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.  This means that it's unlikely there will be available seats in these particular classes this fall -- 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 summer and winter, when there are often more seats available. 

If you wish to retake a course for a third or more time, please obtain a petition from your academic advisor and a letter of support from the academic department offering the course.

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.

STAY ON TOP OF DEADLINES

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

View Your Degree Progress Report

Degree Works provides you with a clean, up-to-date summary of your degree progress toward graduation.  See what major, minor, specialization, and general education requirements have already been fulfilled, what is in progress, and what still needs to be completed.


Helpful Tutorials

Find Your Enrollment Appointment Time
How to Read Your Degree Progress Report
Apply For Graduation on SOLAR
Change Your Preferred Name on SOLAR
The GPNC Option
 Please visit stonybrook.edu/gpnc
SOLAR’S “My Planner”
Searching for Classes using the Bulletin, SOLAR, Class Schedules, SBU Class Find

Registrar's Academic Calendar

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