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The Undergraduate Colleges (UGC) are vibrant learning communities, offering individualized support, while connecting you with faculty, staff, and campus resources to guide you to a successful first year at Stony Brook University.

All UGC's include:

  • Customized Advising and Support
  • Special Educational and Social Programs
  • Opportunities for close interacton with faculty and peers around themes of common interest

The UGC's are centered around themes of global issues. The UGC's are not affiliated with any majors, so students are encouraged to select a UGC that peaks their interests. Each UGC will provide you with the knowledge and transferable skills that will complement any choice of major/career aspiration.

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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:

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.



New Seawolf Orientation

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.

To keep you on track, please review the New Seawolf Orientation Checklist, below. This checklist is available as a  Google Sheet, which you can copy and customize, or as a  PDF for quick reference.




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