Honors Programs at Stony Brook University

Stony Brook is for Scholars

You’ll find what you’re looking for at Stony Brook University. We recognize that a single program cannot meet the expectations of all of our most gifted students. Hence, we offer a variety of experiences and programs that will challenge, inspire, and sustain our most academically talented students.

Our Programs Include:

University Scholars

The University Scholars Program is a vibrant community of high-achieving students at Stony Brook. The program allows students to make connections with our world-class faculty, participate in numerous activities and obtain leadership and research opportunities on campus. The purpose is to create a community of learners focused around our three pillars of leadership, scholarship and service.

A four-year program, University Scholars is made up of some of the university’s most active student and community leaders. Freshmen residing on-campus have the option of living with other Scholars in their Quad and enrolling in a Scholars-only section of their first-year seminar course to help foster a greater sense of community.

All Scholars are eligible to attend special symposia and field trips, obtain special academic advising throughout their career at Stony Brook, participate in the Scholars Council, partake in a variety of outreach activities and have priority registration for classes. Scholars in the program are typically involved in outreach initiatives on campus and in the community-at-large and are frequently the recipients of prestigious awards such as the SUNY Chancellor’s Awards, Undergraduate Recognition Awards and Provost’s Awards for academic excellence. About ten percent of Scholars participate in the Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (URECA) celebration every year. There are approximately 250 Scholars enrolled in the program each fall.

Admission to Stony Brook's three largest programs for scholars (The Honors College, University Scholars and WISE) is highly competitive, and based on a variety of factors including high school academic record, strength of curriculum, standardized test scores, honors and awards, extracurricular achievements, leadership skills, unique individual talents, and life experiences that make students a good fit for their preferred program. Successful applicants to these programs (the middle 50th percentile ranges) have historically had 95-99 high school GPAs, 1310-1450 SAT composite scores, and 29-34 ACT composite scores.

How To Apply

University Scholars Website

The Honors College

The Honors College is a small community of scholars who share an interest in a broad liberal arts education, work together outside the classroom and want to stretch their intellect and curiosity. With an interdisciplinary learning environment and abundant leadership opportunities, the Honors College prepares students for positions of leadership and for graduate school. Its distinguished faculty, a wide range of academic choices and the resources of one of the world’s top research universities make the Honors College the ideal place for students from diverse backgrounds to forge common interests and make a lasting impact on their communities.

The Honors College has a special curriculum for honors students only, taught by regular members of the faculty in small classes. You will enjoy the opportunity to engage in research and other creative endeavors with our distinguished faculty very early in your career at Stony Brook. This dynamic learning environment transcends the four walls of the classroom and continues in the residential setting.

All Honors College students are housed together and are provided priority housing. This highly selective, seminar-based program enrolls approximately 60 freshmen each year. Its students experience the individual attention and benefits typically found only in small liberal arts colleges while having access to the vast range of academic opportunities available only at a major research university. Highlights include innovative seminars, small classes and leadership opportunities.

Admission to Stony Brook's three largest programs for scholars (The Honors College, University Scholars and WISE) is highly competitive, and based on a variety of factors including high school academic record, strength of curriculum, standardized test scores, honors and awards, extracurricular achievements, leadership skills, unique individual talents, and life experiences that make students a good fit for their preferred program. Successful applicants to these programs (the middle 50th percentile ranges) have historically had 95-99 high school GPAs, 1310-1450 SAT composite scores, and 29-34 ACT composite scores.

How To Apply

Honors College Website

Women in Science and Engineering (WISE)

WISE is a unique program designed to encourage talented women interested in math, science or engineering. If you are considering a career in physical sciences, life sciences, computer science, information technology, math, medicine, engineering or a similar field, you will benefit from WISE’s special enrichment courses, extracurricular activities and interaction with other like-minded women.

As a WISE scholar, you will pursue a regular academic program, with the addition of courses developed especially for WISE that give you firsthand experience in a variety of disciplines.

The curriculum consists of special courses designed to introduce students to the diversity and multiple opportunities within science and engineering in very personalized ways. Highlights of the program include research opportunities in first year, personalized academic advising, advanced priority registration, special residence hall, professional development and small study groups with advanced undergraduate mentors.

The beauty of WISE is that it combines the vast resources of a major university with the close bonds and support of a small community of like-minded students and faculty. Fifty-five to 60 students are enrolled in WISE each year.

Admission to Stony Brook's three largest programs for scholars (The Honors College, University Scholars and WISE) is highly competitive, and based on a variety of factors including high school academic record,  strength of curriculum,  standardized test scores, honors and awards, extracurricular achievements, leadership skills, unique individual talents, and life experiences that make students a good fit for their preferred program. Successful applicants to these programs (the middle 50th percentile ranges) have historically had 95-99 high school GPAs, 1310-1450 SAT composite scores, and 29-34 ACT composite scores.

How To Apply

WISE Website

Scholars for Medicine

Stony Brook University offers an integrated eight-year program for students interested  in attending medical school following their undergraduate degree. The Scholars for  Medicine (SFM) track offers selected students in the Honors College, WISE Program or  University Scholars Program an opportunity to complete a combined Bachelor’s/MD  course of study while participating in pre-medical classes and activities. Students accepted into any of these tracks are reserved a seat in Stony Brook  University’s School of Medicine upon graduation provided they complete all applicable  program requirements.

Scholars for Medicine track requirements:
  • Complete the Honors program of study.
  • Complete all required pre-medical courses.
  • Maintain a minimum 3.2 science GPA & 3.4 cumulative GPA (3.2 cumulative GPA for students pursuing a BE in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences).
  • Successfully complete the MCAT (minimum score determined by the School of Medicine, Committee on Admissions)

Applicants to all Scholars for Medicine tracks are notified in March whether they have  been recommended for review by the School of Medicine Admissions Committee. If  recommended for review, applicants are then notified within a couple of weeks as to  whether they will be offered an interview. Final decisions are typically made prior to  April 1.

Admission to Scholars for Medicine is highly competitive, and based on a variety of factors including high school academic record, standardized test scores, strength of curriculum, honors and awards,  leadership skills,   extracurricular achievements, and unique individual talents. Successful applicants to the program (the middle 50th percentile ranges) have historically had 98-99 high school GPAs and 1490-1590 SAT composite scores. ACT exam scores are now considered in lieu SAT scores. Candidates must have documentation of U.S. citizenship or permanent residency in the United States.

Note: Students may ONLY apply for ONE of the following programs: Scholars for Medicine or Scholars for Dental Medicine.

How To Apply

 

Scholars for Dental Medicine

Stony Brook University offers an integrated eight-year program for students interested in attending dental school following their undergraduate degree. The Scholars for Dental Medicine program (SFDM) offers selected students in the Honors College an opportunity to complete a combined Bachelor’s/DDS course of study while participating in pre-dental school classes and activities. Students accepted into the program are reserved a seat in Stony Brook University’s School of Dental Medicine upon graduation provided they complete all applicable program requirements.

Scholars for Dental Medicine requirements:
  • Complete their Honors College program of study
  • Complete all required pre-dental courses at Stony Brook
  • Maintain a minimum 3.5 overall GPA & 3.4 science GPA
  • Successfully complete the DAT with a score at or above the national average for that test year
  • Complete at least 100 hours of shadowing/observation in a dental setting
  • Participate in community service
  • Participate in research activities at the Dental School

Scholars for Dental Medicine program applicants are notified in March whether they have been recommended for review by the School of Dental Medicine Admissions Committee. If recommended for review, applicants are then notified, usually within two weeks, if they will be offered an interview. Final decisions are typically made prior to April 1.

Admission to Scholars for Dental Medicine is highly competitive, and based on a variety of factors including high school academic record, standardized test scores, strength of curriculum, honors and awards, leadership skills, extracurricular achievements, and unique individual talents. Successful applicants to the program (the middle 50th percentile ranges) have historically had 98-99 high school GPAs and 1490-1590 SAT composite scores. ACT exam scores are now considered in lieu SAT scores.

Note: Student may ONLY apply for one of the following: Scholars for Medicine or Scholars for Dental Medicine.

How To Apply

School of Nursing Scholars Program

The School of Nursing Scholars Program offers a select number of students early assurance of a seat in the nursing program upon successful completion of core requirements and foundation courses. During freshman and sophomore year, Nursing Scholars will participate in lower division nursing seminars and School of Nursing activities, and will develop relationships with faculty mentors and advisors.

Admission to the program is highly competitive, and based on a variety of factors including high school academic record, standardized test scores, strength of curriculum, honors and awards, leadership skills, extracurricular achievements, and unique individual talents.

Stony Brook nursing students enjoy all the advantages of being a part of an Academic Medical Center. Clinical experiences are highlighted at Stony Brook University Medical Center which is a dynamic 560 bed tertiary care hospital that is the only level one trauma center in the area. All of the students from the University’s Health Sciences Center, Medicine, Dentistry, Social Welfare and Health Management and Technology, interact closely playing a major role in shaping your future as a practitioner. These learning partnerships are what give Stony Brook Nurses the competitive edge upon graduation.

How to Apply

To apply to the School of Nursing Scholars Program, complete the Common Application and select "Pre-Nursing" as your intended major to be considered.

Apply

Computer Science Honors

Stony Brook’s Computer Science Honors Program is designed to enhance the undergraduate experience for highly motivated and talented students like you. Students in the program attend some special, limited-enrollment classes, receive personalized academic advising sessions, get priority registration for computer science courses, enjoy a sense of community and fun social events with other honors students and faculty, and take advanced special topics courses.

Admission: All high-achieving freshman applicants to the Computer Science major are automatically considered for the program.

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