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Newly Admitted Students: Next Steps

On behalf of the Undergraduate Colleges, Welcome to Stony Brook University!

To get you started, make sure you complete the following once admitted:

  • Pay your tuition deposit on SOLAR.
  • Set Up Your NetID and NetID Password.
  • Complete your UGC Preferences in your applicant portal.
  • Address any Holds on your SOLAR Account.
  • Submit ALL of your required Health Documents:

-Health Insurance

Once complete, please review each of the next steps so you can get registered and ready for your first semester as a seawolf!

The Next Steps Checklist is also available on your portal for quick reference.



Selecting Your Undergraduate College

Each Undergraduate College has its own specific theme and is affiliated with its own residential community. A student's placement in their Undergraduate College decides the theme of their one-credit first-year seminars, their college community, as well as which residential community they will be living in for their first year. In order to select which Colleges might be a student's first, second and third choice, incoming students can browse the various aspects of the Colleges on this site: theme, courses, communities, events, programs, faculty and staff, and more.


Submitting your preferences:

Once your deposit is submitted and processed, you will receive access from Admissions to submit your Undergraduate College preferences on your SBU Applicant Portal.

The form should be filled out as soon as you receive access, but no later than May 5th.

**REMINDER: Your Undergraduate College will impact where you live on campus. Only students from the same Undergraduate College can live together.**




New Student Registration

To register for your first semester of classes, first-year students will attend a required registration workshop taking place in July/August

In order to register for a registration workshop, students must complete the following:

Registration Workshops  

Your Advisors and Student Enrollment Assistants will be enrolling you in your required courses.  Once you complete all of the required tasks, you will be prompted to select  a Registration Workshop Date.

Workshops are virtual via Zoom and first-come, first-serve. Complete all of your placement exams and matriculated checklist items in your SBU Applicant Portal as soon as possible to receive priority registration in classes!

Please check your Stony Brook Email for Advising Information and Registration Workshop Information. The email will come from

Registration for CEAS, Honors, University Scholars, and WISE Students

Special Populations (Honors, University Scholars, and WISE) will have their Registration Workshops during July. More information to be provided from your program.

For CEAS advising and registration, contact



New Seawolf Welcome Week

All new first year students at Stony Brook University will participate in a multi-part orientation. New Seawolf Orientation is required for all new first year students and consists of Seawolf Foundations online orientation modules, participation in the advising and registration process with your Undergraduate College, virtual group workshops including Seawolf Connections and commuter/resident panel,  and New Seawolf Welcome Week.




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