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Stony Brook is a selective institution. We will give your application individual attention, weighing many factors to gauge your potential to succeed at Stony Brook.

Application Types
You should apply as an International freshman if you have never attended a college or university after finishing high school. You should apply as an International transfer student if you have attended any college or university after high school (in your home country or in the US).

Academic Criteria
If you are a freshman applicant, you must have completed the highest level of secondary education in your country of residence. We look for a strong secondary academic program with courses in math, natural sciences, and English (or, if English is the language of instruction, another language).

If you have attended any college or university after graduating from secondary school you must apply as a transfer student. 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 the applicant has earned fewer than 24 credits, high school transcripts must also be submitted.

English Proficiency
All applicants must prove their English proficiency. The TOEFL [Test Of English as a Foreign Language], IB TOEFL (Internet-based TOEFL), or IELTS International English Language Testing System) examination, or SAT must be taken by anyone whose native language is not English, even if you have attended high school in the United States. If you are a transfer student and have not completed a college-level writing course at a U.S. college or university (or received a grade below a C in the course), one of the aforementioned exams is required for you as well.

Minimum Score
TOEFL (Computer-based) 213
TOEFL (Paper-based) 550
TOEFL (Internet-based) 80
SAT Critical Reading 430

Satisfactory completion of Stony Brook's Intensive English Center program at the advanced level with a grade of B or better will be accepted in place of a TOEFL score. For more information on Stony Brook's Intensive English Center, please call (631) 632-7031.

Financial Documentation
International applicants must document their ability to meet educational and living expenses for one-year of study so that Stony Brook University can issue a Certificate of Visa Eligibility (I-20). Currently, students must show proof of $38,950 (as of January 2014; subject to change).

Shortly after applying, you will receive login instructions for accessVIS, Stony Brook's portal for visa and immigration services. In accessVIS, you must upload scanned copies of the following documents:

  • Affidavit of Support Form pdf
  • Bank Letter or Statement for Each Source of Funds (submitted in English)
  • Letters of Employment Verifying Income (for each sponsor, submitted in English) 
  • Copy of Passport
Specific requirements for each of these items can be found in accessVIS. Submit all required documents early in the admissions process to avoid delays in visa processing.


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