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The Registration Preparation Page

Registration Begins on Monday, April 2 for Summer & Fall 2018


WHEN DO I ENROLL?

View the starting date and time of your enrollment on SOLAR under “Student Records and Registration”.  Click on “Enrollment” and then “Enrollment Dates”.  For step-by-step instructions, please watch the video tutorial.


SUMMER SESSION enrollment begins on Monday, April 2 for continuing graduate students and U4 seniors (by enrollment appointment). Open enrollment begins on Tuesday, April 3.  Use the summer to catch up or get ahead in your studies!

More information is available at www.stonybrook.edu/summer


 FALL SEMESTER enrollment appointments begin on Monday, April 2 and continues through Friday, April 13 based upon seniority by credits. 

  • The fall 2018 class schedule is available on SOLAR beginning March 26.
  • The Undergraduate Bulletin which includes majors, minors, course descriptions, and pre-requisites is available at www.stonybrook.edu/bulletin
  • Please view the Registrar's Academic Calendar for information on enrollment dates and credit limits.
HOW CAN I CHECK IF I HAVE A HOLD?

Log into SOLAR to make sure you don’t have any holds that will prevent you from registering on time, including any balance due on your account.  To register for classess, you must have a zero balance due.  Resolve any financial issues now so that you do not miss out on classes that fill up quickly.

On SOLAR, your holds will be listed on the left-hand side of the screen.  Click on the hold and it will bring you to a screen that explains what the hold is and how to resolve it:

holds

WHERE DO I GO FOR MAJOR/MINOR OR GENERAL ACADEMIC ADVISING?

Academic advising units will have advising hours to assist you in course selection and academic planning during registration.  Find your general academic advisor and your major/minor advisor locations

HOW DO I CHECK MY DEGREE PROGRESS REPORT ON DEGREE WORKS?

Check SOLAR to review your degree progress report on Degree Works and verify what requirements you have met, what are in progress, and what still needs to be completed.  For step-by-step instructions, please watch the video tutorial.

You must complete the following to earn your Stony Brook undergraduate degree:

1.  Your major (and minor, specialization, or concentration if required by your major)

2.  Your SBC or DEC & skill general education requirements, depending upon when you started at Stony Brook.  (Your degree progress report will identify which requirements you are following.)

3.  120 total credits (124 for Journalism, and 128 for Bachelor of Engineering degrees)

4.  39 upperdivision credits (courses at the 300-level or higher)

5.  2.0 minimum cumulative GPA

6.  36 residency credits (meaning that after finishing your 57th credit, you complete at least 36 more credits at Stony Brook.)

HOW DO I CHECK MY DECLARED MAJOR?

Check SOLAR to verify your major on your transcript or Degree Works progress report.  If you are pursuing a different major or adding a major/minor, go to www.stonybrook.edu/registrar/forms/forms.php, click on "Undergraduate" and "Major/Minor Declaration Form", and visit the respective academic department for the faculty member’s signature. Then submit the signed form to the Registrar's Office, 2nd floor Administration. 

Majors/minors for fall 2018 can be declared starting Monday, March 26 and must be declared by August 31 at 4 p.m.  

HOW CAN I START PICKING AND SAVING MY CLASSES?

Use SOLAR to select classes and hold them in your “shopping cart.”  This way, when your enrollment appointment date/time begins, you are ready to submit your courses quickly.  If there is a closed course you need for timely graduation, add yourself to the course waitlist (if there is an active waitlist).

Check out Schedule Builder which helps make your schedule for you!  You tell it what courses you want and when your breaks are, then let Schedule Builder show you all of the possible schedules available.  For step-by-step instructions, please watch the video tutorial.

WHEN ARE MY FINALS?

Please review the Registrar's final exam schedule to know in advance when (and how many finals) you will have each day.

HOW MANY CREDITS CAN I ENROLL IN?

A credit limit ensures equity in the registration process. Students can initially enroll in a maximum of 17 credits for the fall and spring semesters, which then increases closer to the start of the semester. Certain programs have exceptions to these limits. 

Please refer to the Bulletin for information on credit limits and the Registrar's Academic Calendar for information on the timeline for credit limit increases.

Students on first semester warning, warning, and probation are limited to 16 credits each fall and spring semester. 

HOW DO I APPLY FOR GRADUATION?

Check SOLAR to review your Degree Works progress report and ensure you will complete all general education and major requirements.  Once you have at least a 2.0 GPA and 105 earned or in-progress credits, apply for graduation on SOLAR.  Please visit the Commencement website for more information.

WHAT IF I WANT TO TAKE CHE 129 or 131?

Both new students and continuing students should refer to the OCPP website for full instructions regarding enrollment in Chemistry 129 or 131.

For continuing students who plan to register for Chemistry 129 or 131, you must complete the Online Chemistry Placement and Preparation process (OCPP) before registering. Please review the OCPP website for OCPP and Chemistry enrollment deadlines, as well as the access code that you need to log in.

WHAT IF I WANT TO TAKE A SUMMER OR WINTER CLASS OUTSIDE OF STONY BROOK?

For information on Summer Session, please visit www.stonybrook.edu/summer. For information on Winter Session, please visit www.stonybrook.edu/winter.

Transfer credits, pending approval, may be applied toward major, minor, and/or general education requirements.  Transfer courses are not included in the Stony Brook GPA and require a grade or C or better.  

To obtain Stony Brook credit for a course at another college or university within the United States, check the transfer database at www.stonybrook.edu/transfer to see if the course you wish to take has already been approved and evaluated.  If the course is not on this list, please consult with an academic advisor in Academic & Transfer Advising Services, E-2360 Melville Library and complete a Transfer Credit Evaluation form PRIOR to enrolling in the course.

If you are seeking to study abroad, Stony Brook offers several unique opportunities each summer.  Visit www.stonybrook.edu/studyabroad for details and application deadlines.  

To obtain Stony Brook credit for a summer or winter course at a college or university outside of the United States, Stony Brook students are required to participate in an approved partner university program offered through International Academic Programs (IAP) in the Office of Global Affairs. All other international credits obtained in the summer or winter will NOT be eligible as transfer credit applied to your Stony Brook degree program. This also includes international credits taken from U.S. institutions outside of IAP or SUNY. New York State residents participating in an IAP approved international program pay the in-state tuition rate for coursework; all other students participating in an IAP approved international summer program pay the out-of-state tuition rate for coursework.  Please review details on international credits here and visit the www.stonybrook.edu/studyabroad for information on IAP approved programs, costs, and scholarships.

WHAT DO I NEED TO TAKE IF I AM RECEIVING FINANCIAL AID?
If you are a New York State (NYS) resident seeking TAP or Excelsior, review your TAP Summary page and your Excelsior Summary page on SOLAR to verify that you have met all criteria.  You must be enrolled as a full-time student taking 12 or more credits applicable toward the degree program per semester to receive TAP, Excelsior, or NYS Scholarships.  Credit-bearing courses in your minimum full-time course load (12 semester hours or the equivalent) must consist of courses applicable to your program of study as an SBC or DEC requirement, major requirement, or elective (if applicable).  Credits that are being used for a minor and/or specialization on record may NOT be counted as part of your 12 degree applicable credits for TAP UNLESS the minor and/or specialization is required for your major.  For more information, visit http://www.stonybrook.edu/registrar/tap.shtml
WHAT IF I NEED TO RETAKE A COURSE?

Students who wish to retake a course (second attempt) may begin retake registration on or about August 15 for fall classes and on or about January 15 for spring classes, after all first-time takers have had an opportunity to register and pending an available seat.

Some classes are designated as "high demand" or "HDCA" courses.  It is less likely there will be available seats in these classes -- and there is no guarantee of a seat for any course.  If no seats are available when you attempt to register, you can add yourself to the course waitlist (if one exists).  You may want to retake classes in winter and summer, when there are often more seats available. 

If you wish to retake a course for a third or more time, obtain a petition from your general academic advisor and a letter of support from the academic department offering the course.  Third or more approved attempts cannot be processed (pending an open seat) until the first day of classes.

You are not permitted to select the grade/pass/no credit (G/P/NC) option for course retakes.

If you retake a course in which you earned a P, S, or D or better on the first attempt, you cannot earn credit a second time.  Course retake grades appear on the transcript, along with the grade on the first attempt, and all attempts are factored into your cumulative GPA.

For more information, visit www.stonybrook.edu/retake.

HOW DO I ADD KEY DATES AND DEADLINES TO MY PERSONAL CALENDAR?

You can add the “Undergraduate Google Calendar” to your own personal calendar to remind you of important academic deadlines.  View the Registrar's Google Calendar.

Helpful Video Tutorials

How to Find My Enrollment Appointment Time
How to Read My Degree Progress Report on Degree Works
How to Apply For Graduation
How to Change My Chosen/Preferred Name on SOLAR
How to Download the Guide App

Available for Android and iOS, Guide is a new free mobile app. Think of it like a personal advisor in your pocket!  Get step-by-step guidance, answers at Your fingertips, make connections, never miss important events, appointment scheduling, major explorer, view your class schedule, and so much more! Learn more @ stonybrook.edu/guide.

How to Search for Classes Using the Bulletin, SOLAR, and SBU Class Find
How to Search for Classes and Plan My Schedule Using Schedule Builder

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