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.
Log-in to SOLAR using your SBU ID# and password: the initial SOLAR password is your date of birth in mmddyy format (example: December 5, 1973 would be typed as 120573). SOLAR is where the business of the University takes place (e.g., registration, bill
paying, transcripts, etc.)
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.
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 SPD can enroll you.
Visit the SPD Orientation page.
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 will need to re-check for holds before each
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.
We have compiled a list of common holds, including explanations on our website (but they still need to be resolved in SOLAR(
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.
Students are responsible for reviewing, understanding and abiding by the University's
regulations, procedures, requirements and deadlines as described in official publications
and calendars. This includes theSPD Bulletin and academic calendars.
In addition to the orientation presentations, your cohort may have a required online meeting to go over program details. If so,
you will be contacted by your academic program director.
Cohort students will be enrolled by SPD into their first course and will be enrolled
automatically into the next course of the cohort in subsequent terms.
Any changes to enrollment must be reported to your Teacher Center or Organization's
Representative via email prior to Day 10 of the scheduled course.
If you do not wish to be enrolled in a subsequent course, be sure to let your Teacher
Center or Organization's Representative know via email.
Students who need to make up a course outside of their usual cohort enrollment must
self-enroll via their SOLAR account. They will also be billed directly by the University. For
instructions on registration and billing, please review theNew Student Roadmap for Online & On-Campus Students.
Note: Any changes to a cohort student's enrollment should always be discussed with the
Graduate Program Director and sponsor.
Courses taken on-campus or online are subject to standard tuition and fees as dictated
by the Bursar's Office.
Please note that any correspondence or information relating to your Stony Brook student
record will only be sent to yourStony Brook University email address.
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, email your program administrators.
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