Welcome to the Seawolves Family!
Congratulations! Your Seawolf is about to start their academic journey at Stony Brook University. Whether this is your student's first time as a college student or they're transferring from a different institution, this is an exciting, yet sometimes scary life change.
Even if you think your student is fully prepared, they might struggle at least a little bit with the transition. This might be the first time they're away from home, living with strangers, not eating homemade food, or perhaps they're making the change from a smaller institution to a large university, where it could be easier to get lost.
Students may struggle with this transition, but we have many support services available to help them be successful at Stony Brook, inside and outside the classroom.
Important Information About Access to Student Records:
In 1974, Congress adopted the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), also known as the Buckley Amendment. This amendment states that students who are enrolled in post-secondary education are the sole guardians of their own educational records. This means that only your student will have access to their record at the University and you may view them only with their written permission. Many campus offices are not able to speak with family members under FERPA, but the Family Services and Support Team is available to speak with family members if they need to talk over a concern about their student, with the intention of gaining a better understanding of the situation and resources that may be available.
Other Useful Links for New Seawolf Families:
Campus Residences Move-In Process:
Arrival information and move-in dates for first year, transfer, international and graduate students.
Packing Tips: Refer to these very useful checklists for what to bring and prohibited items in campus housing:
What to Bring to College Checklist:
Messages from the Vice President of Student Affairs:
This page hosts the communications sent out to students related to important campus updates and resources.
Tech Discounts for Students
Stony Brook students are eligible for educational discounts and back to school offers for Apple and Dell products:
For Inquiries Regarding New Students from Admission Date through First Day of Classes:
Family & Supporter Orientation Programs
Family members and supporters play a significant role in their student's college development
and education. Family & Supporter Orientation Programs offer information to assist
families and students as they transition to the Stony Brook University community.
We offer a combination of live programs and online content you can access on your
own time. We encourage you to take advantage of both formats to help prepare for your
student's time at Stony Brook University!
The Office of New Student Programs is a resource for you from orientation through to the first day of your student's classes!