Admissions Criteria for International Applicants

Stony Brook is a selective institution located in New York. 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 student if you:

  • Wish to study in the U.S. under a student (F-1) visa. Those with valid B-1 or B-2 visas, must change their status to F-1, or:
  • Currently hold an F-1, F-2, J-1, or J-2 visa.

More visa classifications

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, even if you have attended high school in the United States. One of the following exams is required:

ExamMinimum Score
TOEFL (Computer-based) 213
TOEFL (Paper-based) 550
TOEFL (Internet-based) 80
IELTS 6.5
ACT English 19
SAT Critical Reading (Old Exam) 430
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (New Exam) 480
PTE Academic 53

Transfer students who have not completed a college-level writing course at a U.S. college (or received a grade below a C in the course) are also required to submit scores from one of these exams.

Conditional Admission

Students who meet the academic criteria for admission, but lack satisfactory English proficiency, may be offered conditional admission. You'll be admitted to Stony Brook University’s Intensive English Center (IEC), and upon receiving a passing grade in the highest level IEC course, you may enroll in full-time matriculated studies.

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). Fore more information, see International Application Procedures and Deadlines.

Secondary School Documentation Guide

View valid forms of documentation from other nations.

Restricted Majors

Admission to Stony Brook University does not guarantee acceptance into restricted majors, which have additional admission requirements. Please review information on the following pages:

View information for Freshmen

View information for Transfers

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