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Undergraduate Colleges
As a freshman, you will be a member of a small community called an Undergraduate College, which will allow you to explore a broad academic theme beyond your major through a series of one-credit seminars, field trips and social events. Each Undergraduate College is home to a diverse group of students from all majors and backgrounds. Your Undergraduate College will provide you the experience of a small college within a large research university.



Preview the Undergraduate Colleges
Visit the websites of each Undergraduate College and learn more about their distinct programs and resources so that you can determine which is the best fit for you. After being accepted to Stony Brook, you'll rank your interest in each Undergraduate College within your New Student Preferences form, and we'll do our best to place you into one of your top selections.

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Orientation and Experience Stony Brook
During your one-day summer orientation, you will meet with other students from your Undergraduate College, as well as University faculty and staff, including your academic advisor. Just a few days before the start of classes you will participate in Experience Stony Brook, where you will discover the vast resources and opportunities available to you as an SB student. You’ll attend various programs and workshops focused on your academic success, campus involvement, and health and wellness. request more information download brochure application status check ask a question