For admission purposes, you are a transfer student if you have registered at a college or university after graduating from high school. Applicants are required to have performed well in a strong academic program, having completed at least 24 credits with a GPA of 3.0 or higher by the time they submit their application.
If you have earned fewer than 24 credits at the time of application, your high school transcripts and SAT scores must also be submitted (only students with strong secondary school credentials will be considered for admission).
Special consideration will be given to qualified graduates of university-parallel programs, i.e., A.A. and A.S. degree recipients from colleges within the State University of New York and City University of New York systems. Students are not, however, guaranteed admission into the program of their choice. Graduates of career-oriented programs (A.A.S. and A.O.S.) will be considered for admission on an individual basis and in competition with other transfer applicants.
Offers of admission are conditional, pending receipt of all official records showing successful completion of academic work in progress.
Applicants who do not specify a major on their application are considered for admission to the University rather than to a particular major. Transfer students with more than 56 credits must indicate a major on their application to be eligible for financial aid. Admission to Stony Brook University does not guarantee acceptance into the following restricted majors, which have additional admission requirements.
Majors in the College of Engineering & Applied Sciences: Successful applicants in these majors will, in addition to our regular admission criteria, typically have earned outstanding grades in college calculus and physics. Consideration is given to students who have performed well in advanced science and math courses, as well as those who have participated in science, math, and research competitions.
Business Management*: Successful applicants will, in addition to our regular admission criteria, have a more competitive grade point average and will have successfully completed college calculus and microeconomics.
Music: In addition to the application to the University, a separate Music Major Application is required. Students who perform successfully in the audition and their theory placement and musicianship exams will be admitted to the music major upon admission to the University. In addition, students participating in this audition process may be considered for the opportunity to study with Performance Faculty.
Pharmacology: Acceptance into the program requires an application process involving reference letters, a personal statement, and an interview. Applications are available through the Undergraduate Pharmacology website.
Health Sciences Majors: These majors are upper-division and require completion of 57 college credits and specific courses/grade prerequisites. An application to the major of interest will need to be filed through the Health Sciences Center Office of Student Services the year in which you anticipate completing all prerequisites. Do not file an application through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
Transfer applicants who have not yet completed the prerequisites for the upper-division health science program in which they are interested should attend an information session for that program. You will learn more about the admissions requirements for the program, including specific courses prerequisites, minimum GPA, and related health care experience. You will also learn about the application deadline and start date.
Transfer applicants admitted to the University but not initially accepted into their major of choice may apply for admission into the major after satisfying the requirements as outlined in the Undergraduate Bulletin description of the major.
* Those enrolled in Joint Admission Programs at Suffolk County Community College or Nassau Community College will be reviewed for admission in accordance with the program guidelines.
Please note that additional admission requirements need to be fulfilled for: