SOLAR Enrollment Information
This FAQ provides information students may need to navigate the SOLAR Enrollment feature. SOLAR is Stony Brook University's primary administrative system used by students to register for classes, print schedules, view and pay bills, view transcripts, update personal information, report student employment hours, and more.
For Fall and Spring semester enrollment, each student is assigned an electronic Enrollment Appointment. Your Enrollment Appointment is the exact date and time that you may begin your enrollment. (For example, April 14th, 11:00AM).
Students are assigned enrollment appointments based on their academic level, cumulative units earned and units in progress.
Undergraduate Student Levels
Graduate Student Levels
U1 (Freshman) 0-23 credits earned
U2 (Sophomore) 24-56 credits earned
U3 (Junior) 57-84 credits earned
U4 (Senior) 85+ credits earned
G0 Non-matriculated student
G1 1st year Master's or Advanced Cert. student with less than 24 earned credits
G2 Master's student with 24 or more earned credits
G3 1st year PhD student
G4 PhD student with 24 or more earned credits
G5 PhD student advanced to candidacy
Undergraduate Students in the College of Arts & Sciences, College of Business, College of Engineering & Applied Sciences, School of Journalism, and the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences who have not been enrolled at Stony Brook for two consecutive Fall and Spring semesters and have not earned any Stony Brook credits must rematriculate in order to enroll. Please visit the Taking Time Off page on our website for more information.
School of Professional Development students who are not eligible to enroll must contact SPD.
Heath Sciences Center (HSC) Students who are not eligible to enroll must contact their HSC Program
Graduate School students who are not eligible to enroll must contact the Graduate School.
|Enroll in a course
|Drop a course
|Drop with a "W"
|Drop a course. "W" Grade is recorded
|Switch course(s) for other course(s) which equal the same # of credits. Video Tutorial
Example: Swap MUS 119 (3.0) credits for ARS 201 (3.0 credits)
|Switch sections within the same course
Example: Switch from PHY 122 R02 to PHY 122 R03
|Change credits on an existing course that allows variable credits
Example: Change from 3.0 credits to 6.0 credits for MUS 523
|Move Up/Drop Down
|Switch within the same subject to a different level of difficulty
Example: Move from MAT 131 to MAT 125
NOTE: This transaction requires a signed approval form.
F = Face-to-Face
Course activity is organized around scheduled in-person class meetings.
S = Synchronous
The course is delivered through web-based technologies, at least some of which is during scheduled course or exam times. A synchronous course may have some asynchronous components.
A = Asynchronous
All course activities are conducted online with no requirements for scheduled sessions or in-person activities, including examinations. The only scheduled interactions are office hours with instructors.
H = Hybrid
In-person class meetings are mixed with synchronous and/or asynchronous online activity.
HF = HyFlex
Combines online and face-to-face instruction simultaneously into one single course section. Students are able to participate in class in different ways: as a synchronous distance learner; as an asynchronous distance learner; as a face-to-face learner; or as a flexible learner (with a degree of choice as to how they participate each week.
O = Other
The course has distinctive parameters that do not fit with any of the other definitions.
SOLAR Messages appearing in the Message Center of your SOLAR Welcome page may pertain to important enrollment information. Students are responsible for reading their SOLAR Messages on a regular basis and taking necessary action to resolve any issues.
Students should meet the prerequisites to a course before taking the course. Faculty members have the option to de-register, prior to the beginning of the semester, any student not meeting the prerequisites to a course. Students who believe they have satisfied the prerequisites to a course through transfer work or through other study or experience should seek permission of the academic department or instructor before registering. Certain courses may be taken only with the permission of the instructor or of the department; this is listed as a prerequisite to the course.
Corequired courses must be taken together during the same semester.
SOLAR Enrollment Tip: Corequired courses must be placed in the students Shopping Cart on the SOLAR System and submitted for enrollment at the same time in order to enroll successfully.
Students will NOT be enrolled from the waitlist if:
- Student is enrolled for a course that creates a time conflict with the waitlisted course
- Student will be placed over the maximum unit load as a result of enrollment in the course
- Student is attempting to switch sections of the same course.
If enrollment is unsuccessful due to any of the above scenarios, students will receive a SOLAR Message informing them of the specific issue. Student will not be dropped from the waitlist. Student must correct the problem in order to eligible for the next opening.