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Judith Berhannan
Dean of Admissions


Dean Judith Berhannan earned her B.A. in English and Secondary Education at Adelphi University, before receiving her M.A. in Education and College Student Development from CW Post. She began her career at Stony Brook University as a counselor in Undergraduate Admissions in 1983. Prior to her appointment as Dean of Admissions, she served as Associate Dean, coordinating SBU’s multicultural recruitment efforts.

During her career at Stony Brook, she has served as advisor to the SAINTS, the Mentor Program, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Minorities in Medicine and the National Society of Black Engineers. She has been awarded the President’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service, the State University of New York’s Admissions Profession Award, and the 2008 EOP/AIM Distinguished Advocate Award.

Dean Berhannan truly enjoys the variety afforded by her position at Stony Brook. She finds that working with students at so many levels, from high school seniors to graduate students with multiple degrees, presents her with a range of invigorating teaching and learning opportunities. She also notes that coordinating the departments within the Office of Admissions provides a great deal of daily variety and exciting exchanges.

Ms. Berhannan encourages prospective students to be proactive and to be as early as possible when applying to Stony Brook, noting that applicants should “be ahead of time instead of on time.” She believes that students who choose to attend a large university center such as Stony Brook are being given unlimited opportunities to expand their horizons. "The incredible variety of offerings here, from courses to extracurricular activities, allow students to carve out whatever path they would like to pursue."

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