Summer Sessions

Registration Policies

Current Students
International student enrollment
Graduate Students
Adding Courses
Dropping Courses
Maximum Credit Load
Auditing Courses
Senior Auditing Program



Summer Enrollment Policy

All visiting students need to be aware that admission to summer classes is for Summer Sessions only.

For information about undergraduate degree programs and admission for the fall semester visit:
Undergraduate Admission
For information about graduate admission contact: Graduate School or School of Professional Development
For information about International admission contact: International Services

Current Stony Brook Students

Currently enrolled students may register for classes on the SOLAR System during the advanced registration period. Graduate Students and Seniors are given enrollment appointments. G0 Graduate students (new and non matriculated graduate students) and Undergraduate students (visiting and Matriculated Freshman, Sophomore, and Juniors) receive an enrollment appointment for the open enrollment date. Please check the Summer Session Academic Calendar for specific dates.

The SOLAR System registration runs 24/7 with occasional shut downs for updates. Students register on the Web, or in person at the Registrar/Summer Session Office.

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International Students
Stony Brook International students are eligible to enroll in summer classes.

Visiting students, who currently hold a valid F-1 visa and attend a U.S. institution, are eligible to take summer courses, as long as they have obtained permission from their home institution.


Visiting students who currently reside and attend school outside the U.S. (and do not already hold an F-1) maybe eligible to take summer (& winter) classes. Please visit the International Summer School web site for more information.

Students visiting the U.S. and currently hold a B1/2 visa are not eligible to take Summer Classes.

The Registrar's/Summer Sessions Office does not issue I-20s.

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Graduate Students
If you have graduated from a four-year institution you must apply through the School of Professional Development (SPD) as a non-matriculating graduate student. You must allow a minimum of 3 - 5 business days for processing. The application fee is $90.00. Non-matriculated graduate students may register on the SOLAR System. You will be assigned a Stony Brook ID number which you will use for all registration transactions henceforth. It is important that you keep a record of your ID number (and the password you select to access the SOLAR System) in a safe place. Your ID number will not be sent to you again. You must come in-person to the Registrar's office with photo ID to receive it.

The Non-matriculating Graduate Student Application is submitted online and found on the School of Professional Development's Web site (www.stonybrook.edu/spd).

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Adding Courses

YOU MUST HAVE PERMISSION OF THE DEPARTMENT TO REGISTER IN A COURSE AFTER THE FIRST DAYOF CLASSES.

Visit the Academic Calendar for deadline dates.
If you are registering in classes for the first time after the start of classes, you will be charged a late registration fee, and payment of tuition and fees will be due immediately.

Visit Billing & Payment Policy for fee information.

Dropping Courses

IF YOU CHANGE YOUR MIND ABOUT YOUR COURSES, YOU MUST OFFICIALLY DROP THEM YOURSELF ON THE SOLAR SYSTEM.
Informing the instructor, not attending the class, and/or not paying the tuition and fees does NOT cancel your registration and it does NOT cancel your financial obligation.
Deadlines are listed in the Academic Calendar. You do not need permission to drop courses if you drop within the published deadlines.
Please read the information covering refund policies and procedures in the Billing & Payment Policy section to avoid incurring financial penalties.
YOU MAY DROP COURSES WITHOUT A RECORD BEING KEPT AND WITHOUT FINANCIAL LIABILITY THROUGH THE FIRST FIVE (5) CLASS DAYS OF THE SESSION.

If you drop courses after the deadline in each session, you will receive a mark of W (Withdrawal). After the fifth Friday of each session, you may not withdraw from summer courses. It is also important that you drop the course(s) within the published deadlines to avoid being liable for tuition and fees, to be able to enroll in classes another semester, and to receive a transcript.
The schedule of tuition refunds and liability appears in Tuition, Fees & Payment.
The amount of refund, if any, is based on your official withdrawal date. Stony Brook issues no refunds after the second week of summer classes or more than one year after the end of the session in which you were enrolled.

Maximum Credit Load
Both undergraduate and graduate students may register for a maximum of nine (9) units per six-week session. Students are limited to one course of GPNC during the the entire Summer Session. Only undergraduates may GPNC courses.

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Auditing Courses
Only matriculated Stony Brook students may audit summer courses. Matriculated students must have permission of the instructor. Stony Brook does not allow auditing of summer foreign language, science, laboratory, studio, physical education, or other "hands on" courses, although individual instructors may make occasional exceptions.

The University does not keep a record of courses audited nor does it grant any credit for audited courses.
Auditors are expected to refrain from participating in class discussions and may not turn in or ask for grading of homework, term papers, or examinations.

Students may change their status in a summer course from auditor to enrolled student during the first week of classes in each session.

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Senior Citizen Auditing
Adults who are 60 years of age or older may audit most New York State-funded, credit- bearing courses offered at Stony Brook upon payment of a $50 auditing fee, provided space is available in the classroom and the instructor permits auditors.

The exceptions to this policy include foreign language, english literature, laboratory, studio art, physical education, and instrumental music courses, Health Science Center courses as well as courses offered self-supporting non-credit programs sponsored by the School of Professional Development. Please visit Senior Auditing for complete information and details.

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