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SOLAR System and the SPD Website

The two most valuable resources that any SPD student can use are the SOLAR System and the SPD website.

SOLAR stands for Student On-Line Access to Records, a web-based information and enrollment system that allows you to track and control many aspects of your graduate career. With SOLAR, you can

  • Search for courses and descriptions by semester
  • Enroll in classes
  • Add, drop, "swap" or waitlist for some classes
  • View your academic record
  • View your financial aid and billing information
  • Update your personal information
  • Receive important messages and alerts about enrollment, billing, etc.

To log-in to SOLAR, you will need your Stony Brook ID, which will be sent to you upon acceptance. The SOLAR website contains tutorials for new students. You can access SOLAR at

Email Notification about Messages and Alerts on your account:
To receive email notification that you have messages or alerts waiting for you on your account, it is important that your email address is kept accurate and up-to-date. Check your SOLAR System Welcome Page frequently for messages, such as holds on enrollment transactions, permission to enroll, financial aid requirements, etc. Instructions about what you need to do and whom you must contact will be displayed. Holds must be resolved before enrolling.

SPD Website
The SPD website has program descriptions, course listings, necessary forms, and other news and notes that you need you to know. The website is updated frequently, so you should get into the habit of checking the front page for important updates. The address is


NEXT> SPD Bulletin

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