How to Apply to Stony Brook as a Freshman

Applications are no longer being accepted for the fall 2017 semester. Spring and fall 2018 applications will be available in August.

There are two options to apply for admission as a freshman:

Option 1: The Common Application

Summary The Common Application allows you to apply to more than 500 participating schools with one application.
  • Required member questions
  • Essay of at least 250 words
  • Online Teacher/Counselor Evaluation
Application Fee $50
Notes Use The Common Application if you are applying to honors programs at Stony Brook. (Applicants to honors programs must follow additional procedures as well.)
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Option 2: The SUNY Application

Summary The SUNY Application allows you to apply to several SUNY campuses with one application
Application Fee $50
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Documents to Submit in Addition to Your Application

Be sure to include your full name, date of birth, and home address on all correspondence. It is each applicant's responsibility to ensure that all application credentials are received.

  1. Submit your high school transcript(s). There are 3 ways that you can do this:
    1. Ask your high school to submit your transcript electronically, using either The Common Application School Forms System or SUNY CounselorConnect.)
    2. Ask your high school to fax or mail us your official high school transcript, along with the Transmittal Form. Fax: (631) 632-9898 Credentials faxed directly from the high school should not be mailed. Send items that cannot be faxed to: Stony Brook University
      Office of Undergraduate Admissions
      118 Administration Building
      Stony Brook, NY 11794-1901
  2. Your SAT or ACT scores should be reported directly from the testing agency.
    SAT Code: 2548
    ACT Code: 2952

You will receive a confirmation e-mail containing your Stony Brook ID Number approximately one week after submitting your application.

Priority Deadlines

Applications will be accepted after these priority deadlines on a space-available basis.

Entry Term Priority Deadline Credentials Deadline Notification Schedule
Fall 2017 January 15 February 1 By April 1*
Spring 2017 November 1 November 1 Beginning Mid-November

*International applicants follow a separate notification schedule.

Additional Procedures, Eligibility Requirements, and Deadlines

There are additional application procedures, eligibility requirements, and deadlines for the following programs and applicants:


The purpose of the Educational Opportunity Program is to fulfill New York State’s commitment to provide access to higher education for economically disadvantaged students who possessed the potential to succeed in college, but whose academic preparation in high school has not fully prepared them to pursue college education successfully.

Please note that the EOP/AIM program only considers applicants for fall semester admission. This program is dependent on New York State funding allocations, which vary from year to year. Students who wish to be considered for the EOP/AIM program will be notified at the earliest possible date if we are unable to consider their fall semester application due to a lack of funding.

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Home-Schooled Applicants

Home-schooled students comprise a small yet growing percentage of Stony Brook's applicant pool. We are happy to accept and review applications from students who have been home-schooled.

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Honors Programs

At Stony Brook, we offer a variety of Honors Programs for our academically talented students.

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International Students

Stony Brook University offers a world of possibilities for international students.

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The undergraduate major in music balances studies in the performance, composition, theory, and history of Western art music with the broad general education implied by a liberal arts degree.

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Nursing is an upper-division major at Stony Brook University, requiring at least 57 credits and specific prerequisites.

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Social Work

Social Work is an upper-division major at Stony Brook University, requiring at least 57 credits and specific prerequisites.

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Fall 2016 Class Profile*

*Values Based on Middle 50%
**SAT scores prior to SAT redesign