Matriculated Applicants: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.
The new student orientation contains important information that the University wants
all new students to know as well as resources that you will find helpful. You will
be asked to confirm that you completed the orientation before you can enroll. Visit the SPD Orientation page.
In addition to the orientation slides, your program may require a live online meeting with the director to go over program
details. Please check your inbox for more information.
Log-in to 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., Brightspace, 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 need to click the Online and Distance Learning Students link and complete the attestation to have your registration hold removed.
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.
Make a list of courses you plan to take.
If necessary, discuss your options with your assigned faculty advisor or graduate
Face-to-Face: Course activity is organized around scheduled in-person class meetings.
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: 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.
Hybrid: In-person class meetings are mixed with synchronous and/or asynchronous online
Other: The course has distinctive parameters that do not fit with any of the other
Students wishing to park on University campuses or use our transportation services,
should visit theTransportation 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