Welcome First Year Students!
Welcome to Stony Brook University! All new first year students at Stony Brook University will participate in a multi-part orientation. New Seawolf Orientation is required for all new first year students and consists of Seawolf Foundations online orientation modules, participation in the advising and registration process with your Undergraduate College, virtual group workshops including Seawolf Connections and commuter/resident panel, and New Seawolf Welcome Week.
Seawolf Foundations Online Orientation (Part 1) focus on getting to know Stony Brook, including modules on academic readiness, financial responsibility, campus life, and introducing you to the Undergraduate Colleges. Seawolf Foundations Online Orientation is available now and due before your Seawolf Connections.
Seawolf Connections are designed to connect you with your Peer Assistant Leader and your new peers throughout the winter. You'll have an opportunity to ask important questions and learn more about your transition into Stony Brook University. Keep an eye on your email for a link to sign up!
New Seawolf Welcome Week focuses on getting acclimated to the University climate, culture, and community. In preparation for the first day of classes, you will also complete Seawolf Foundations Online Orientation (Part 2). Expect more information by December 15th! New Seawolf Welcome Week takes place during the week before the the first day of classes. Students who do not attend New Seawolf Welcome Week will automatically be enrolled in the ROME (Required Orientation Makeup Experience) course by the end of September.
To keep you on track, we’ve developed a New Seawolf Orientation Checklist, below. This checklist is also available as a Google Sheet, which you can copy and customize, or as a PDF for quick reference.
Confirm your preferred email address, current mailing address and phone numbers in your SOLAR account are up to date. Under “Security and Personal Data" you will find the options for "Email Addresses", "Addresses", and "Phone Numbers". Be sure to check ALL THREE are up to date to ensure we send your Orientation information to the correct place.
Your Stony Brook NetID is used to access campus technology resources such as email, WiFi, on-campus computer labs, printing, and Blackboard. It is important that you set up your NetID as soon as possible to be able to access your virtual orientation events and activities.
Use the NEW Password Reset Tool to find your NetID and set/change your NetID Password
Click Go To Reset Tool, and then enter your SOLAR ID (the 9-digit number on your Stony Brook ID card)
Select and complete 2 authentication methods, and then create and confirm your NetID password
The first time you log in with your NetID, you will follo the DUO Two-Step Authentication set up instructions. Ensure that your favorite device (like your cell phone) is the default device. It can take up to 48 hours to be fully active.
For assistance, you can contact Client Support at 631-632-9800 or use the service portal.
All students attending courses on Stony Brook campus must submit a completed Immunization / Meningitis Form, demonstrating compliance with New York State Health Laws. It is REQUIRED that this form be submitted to Student Health within 2-3 days of your deposit .
Copies of the immunization form or immunization history may be digitally uploaded to the Student Health Patient Portal at:
If the immunization / Meningitis requirement has not been received by this deadline a late fee may be incurred, and additional enrollment will be prohibited.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Per New York State, students at SUNY and CUNY colleges and universities will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 before arriving on campus this fall contingent on final approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of a COVID-19 vaccine. For more information, please visit: https://www.stonybrook.edu/commcms/studentaffairs/stu/about/messages
- The Immunization Form / Meningitis Response must be submitted within 2-3 days of your deposit.
- The Meningitis Response Form if submitting form separate from the Immunization form.
- The Health Form indicating receipt of a physical within the last calendar year by the first day of classes.
Watch a video about how to upload your forms
- Via the Patient Portal: You MUST set up your NetID prior to use of the portal. The Patient Portal can be accessed at https://stonybrook.medicatconnect.com. After signing in, go to the Immunization tab. You will see instructions on how to enter the dates of your immunizations. When you are finished entering the dates you must go to “Upload” area and follow the instructions on how to upload your documents so that the dates can be verified.
- If you are unable to submit forms through the patient portal you can mail the forms to: Stony Brook University, Student Health Service, 1 Stadium Road, Stony Brook NY 11794 -3191.
For the most up to date information about Student Health Service requirements, please visit their website: https://www.stonybrook.edu/commcms/studentaffairs/shs/index.php
Placement Exam scores are required for Math, Chemistry, and Writing
, unless official AP and/or transfer credits are received and processed. You must
complete all of your Placement Exams as soon as possible
If you took the SAT or ACT and did not have your scores sent to us as part of your application process, we encourage you to send them immediately to facilitate your advising and placement in first year courses. Official scores from the SAT, ACT or both must be sent directly from the testing agency. SAT Code: 2548, ACT Code: 2952.
- Math Placement: Most students will need to take the math placement assessment and should do so as soon as possible in order to be enrolled for math or math-dependent science, engineering or computer science courses.
- Chemistry Placement: All incoming students who want to register to take general chemistry (CHE 129, 131, or 152) during their first semester at Stony Brook must participate in the Online Chemistry Placement & Preparation (OCPP) process. Students interested in fields related to science, engineering, and pre-health typically will need to take general chemistry. You must complete the required objectives of the OCPP process in order to make an appointment for registration in your courses. The goal is that every student will complete their OCPP registration work no later than Wednesday June 16. In order to take the initial assessment and complete the appropriate objective(s), you will need to follow the OCPP process explained on the OCPP website.
- Writing Placement: Students who have not been directly placed into WRT 102 through SAT scores, ACT scores, AP exams, or transfer credit will need to complete the Online Writing Placement Diagnostic. To determine whether or not you need to complete the Online Writing Placement Diagnostic and review deadline information, visit the Writing Placement page .
- Foreign Language Placement: Every Student in the College of Art and Sciences, College of Business, School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, and School of Communication and Journalism must demonstrate a basic level of foreign language proficiency to graduate from Stony Brook. The Foriegn Language Placment Exam is used to place you into the appropriate level language course at Stony Brook, unless you meet an exemption. Please note, the Foriegn Language Placement Exam is NOT a priority for your first semester unless you intend to major or minor in on of the following: Linguistics, Asian & Asian American Studies, English, or any language program of study. For more information about how to take the exam, visit the Foreign Language Placement page.
- If you earned at least a 3 on any AP exam and you have not already sent your score report to Stony Brook, visit College Board at apscore.org and request that an official score report be sent to the university. Information about AP scores and equivalent Stony Brook coursework can be found here.
- If you have earned college credit at another institution before coming to Stony Brook, please contact each school's Registrar's Office and request that an official transcript be sent electronically through a secure server like National Student Clearinghouse, if that's an option the school offers and list email@example.com as a recipient, or via mail to the address below:
Academic & Transfer Advising Services
Suite 105, Stony Brook Union
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-3217
If you have specific transfer credit questions, please call Academic & Transfer Advising Services at (631) 632-7082, option 2. More information about transferring credits to Stony Brook can also be found at Transferring Credits to Stony Brook. Specific information on transfer course equivalencies for select institutions is available by visiting this page and clicking on "Course Equivalency List".
If you have not already done so, please send an official copy to:
The Admissions Office
Stony Brook University
118 Administration Building
Stony Brook, New York 11794-1901
SOLAR "To Do" items and holds
no later than January 1st.
- Health Insurance Hold: All full-time students must have health insurance coverage at all times without exception. Stony Brook offers a health insurance plan for all full-time domestic students, but you may waive this insurance plan with a comparable plan . For more information concerning the University's Student Health Insurance plan, please visit: https://www.stonybrook.edu/commcms/studentaffairs/shs/insurance/index.php. To acknowledge this requirement and either fill out a a waiver form or accept the university's student health insurance plan, please log into SOLAR and complete the following instructions:
- Click on "details" under the "Holds" section in the upper left corner of your home screen.
- Click on the Hold Item labeled "Mandatory Health Insurance."
- Answer the subsequent questions as they pertain to your plan for health insurance.
- Click Submit and this hold will be removed.
- You must complete the above steps no later than June 1st or 2 weeks after your deposit.
Acknowledge the Financial Responsibility Statement: All new students
must acknowledge their financial responsibility for the education they will receive at
Stony Brook. For more information concerning your financial responsibility, please
http://www.stonybrook.edu/commcms/bursar/index.html. In particular, students should note that you are financially responsible for the
classes you ar registered for even if you do not attend classes. Enrollment will not automatically
be cancelled for nonattendance. If you decide not to attend, it is your responsibility
to withdraw through the appropriate office and you will be held financially responsible
for charges if you do not properly withdraw.
- To resolve this hold, please log into SOLAR and complete the following instructions:
- Click on "details" under the "Holds" section in the upper left corner of your home screen.
- Click on the Hold Item labeled "Financial Responsibility Statement."
- Read the information on financial responsibility.
- Click that you acknowledge the Financial Responsibility Statement and this hold will be removed.
- Register for SB Alert: All new students are required to register for SB Alert, the University's emergency notification system used to notify members of the campus community about major emergencies, immediate safety threats, or impending situations. To resolve his hold, log into SOLAR and complete the following steps:
- Click on "details" under the "Holds" section in the upper left corner of the home screen.
- Click on the Hold Item labeled "SB Alert"
- Provide your email and/or phone number to receive emergency voice, text, and email notifications.
Your academic advisor will develop your first semester course schedule for you based on information you provide on the Advising Planning Form and any additional information requested directly from your advisor. You will receive more information via email.
You may find the following information about course registration helpful in understanding your academic requirement and coursework at Stony Brook:
You will recieve an email from Campus Card Services with information about the self-service photo submission system which allows students to take and submit their own ID card photos remotely.