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Stony Brook University's Undergraduate Colleges are small, vibrant communities, offering individualized support while tailoring the first-year experience for students with similar interests.

All Undergraduate Colleges include customized advising and support, special educational and social programs, and opportunities for close interaction with faculty and fellow students around themes of common interest.

Both commuter and residential students are welcomed into College life. First-year resident members of each College are housed together in the same residential quadrangle. First-year commuters have a centrally located home on the Academic Mall.

The Undergraduate Colleges


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Selecting Your Undergraduate College

Each Undergraduate College has its own specific theme and is affiliated with its own residential quad. 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 quad 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, quad, events, programs, faculty and staff, and more.


Submitting your preferences:

Each College provides its own distinctive slice of academic and university life, and each is part of a broad liberal arts curriculum at Stony Brook University. To ensure that each College provides students with the best possible individualized experience within their College, the size of each College is limited. Each College is planned to provide an enriching experience to students with diverse academic and career plans, and will provide each student with essential preparation and community to begin their academic journey.

• Students may submit their preferences on the New Student Preferences Form on SOLAR.
• Preference Forms are due by May 1st.




Orientation Part I

Stony Brook University Orientation Part I for the Fall semester takes place over the Summer. Dates for Orientation Part I are assigned according to a student's Undergraduate College. After a student finds out their placement in their Undergraduate College (around mid-May), they will receive a notice with the dates of their Orientation. On Orientation Day, students will meet their Advisors, the other students in their college, their peer mentors, the Orientation Leaders and Undergraduate College Fellows, get help registering for classes, as well as engage in a variety of interactive activities to begin to introduce them to their community and start them off on their academic journey.


Experience Stony Brook (Orientation Part II)

During Experience Stony Brook, students are further introduced to the University through their Undergraduate College and a variety of exciting events throughout Stony Brook campus.



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