Be sure to submit your electronic reply to an offer of admission in your
application portalby the deadline date stated in your offer email. Allow up to four weeks from the time you receive the email offering admission to
receive an email notification that your application has been fully processed by SPD
and that you are eligible to enroll.
Non-Matriculated Cohort Applicants:
Allow approximately 3-5 business days from the time you receive the email offering
admission to receive an email notification that your application has been fully processed
by SPD and that you are eligible to enroll.
SOLAR using your SBU ID# and password as you were instructed in your offer of admission
email. SOLAR is where the business of the University takes place (e.g., registration,
bill paying, transcripts, etc.).
Your initial SOLAR password is your date of birth in mmddyy format.
Your NetID is a different log-in that gives you access to all of the online resources
available at the University (e.g., Blackboard, email, library materials, etc.).
Learn how to set up your NetID.
A "hold" is an administrative requirement that a student must resolve. Students can review any holds they may have in the Action Center on the top left
corner of the SOLAR home page. Students should check for holds at the start of every
All new students will have at least one hold in SOLAR that will need to be addressed
before they can enroll.
Some examples of actions that students will need to clear holds include: providing
proof of health insurance, signing the Financial Responsibility Statement, enrolling
in SB Alert, or submitting immunization records (see next question for more information
Most holds can be cleared right within SOLAR. Simply click on the link to find out
what you need to do.
In accordance with New York State Public Health Law, Stony Brook University requires
that all students born on or after January 1, 1957 provide proof of immunity against
measles, mumps and rubella. The state also requires that all students receive information
about meningococcal disease.
Students who are enrolled in an SPD program that is fully online do not have to submit
the immunization and meningitis form.
Students taking on-campus courses need to submit their immunizations ASAP but at least
before Day 1 of the term.
For more information, please contact Student Health Services at 631-632-6740.
All new incoming master's students and some certificate students will need to participate
in an online orientation. Visit
New Student Orientation to find out when the next session will be offered. If you know which course you
want or need to take first, you don't have to wait for the orientation to register
Make a list of courses you plan to take.
If necessary, discuss your options with your assigned faculty advisor or graduate
Students wishing to park on University campuses or use our transportation services,
should visit the
Transportation and Parking Services website for information on how to obtain a parking permit, parking maps and other important
All SPD students are eligible to receive a Stony Brook University ID card, whether
they take their courses on-campus, online or in one of our cohorts. To obtain a
photo ID card, you will need to go in person to the
Campus Card office during its business hours (refer its
website for details). Please bring a form of government-issued photo identification (e.g.
a driver's license, passport, etc.).
If you are a fully online student who needs an ID card but is unable to come to campus,
you can receive a Distant Learner ID, which will not have a photo. To request a Distant
Learner ID card, contact the
Campus Card office.
Students who are currently charged at the non-resident rate, and wish to be considered
for resident tuition should review the eligibility requirements, and complete a residency
application if they feel they are eligible. The application form and instructions
are available here:
Applying for New York State Residency for Tuition Billing Purposes