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Scholars Advantages

University Scholars that have maintained the Scholars' requirements enjoy special privileges within the University. Some of these advantages are as follows:

Priority registration within your class year


Specialized sections of courses

This includes SCH 101 (the first-year seminar course all incoming freshmen are required to take). The course is an introduction to Stony Brook University. Our specialized Scholars sections are taught by faculty and staff from the University Scholars program, as well as additional staff members who are friends of University Scholars from other academic programs. Second semester freshmen will take a SCH 102 course, which is taught by a senior ranking faculty member. The sections that are offered cover a wide array of topics and subject areas, so there's something for everyone.

Personalized academic advising

Access to request a Peer Assistant Leader (PAL)

PALs are upperclassmen who serve as mentors to freshmen who are in the same (or a similar) area of study. Freshmen are able to sign up for a PAL during their Summer Orientation session.

Opportunities to participate in special symposia, trips, and other co-curricular activities

Housing with fellow Scholars in the residence halls 

Every attempt is made to have incoming freshmen in the Scholars Program housed together in one  building within one of three Residential Communities. Scholars living on campus who wish to request a specific student to room with, must be aware of the following: Both students must be University Scholars, and both students must be assigned to the same Residential Community. This is a requirement of the Program in order to increase the community-building aspect of the Program, and we do not allow exceptions to this requirement. Depending upon the availability of space, it's possible that a student outside of the Program may be assigned to room with a Scholar if the only availability left is in the building that the University Scholars are assigned to. As further housing application information becomes available closer to May, please pay attention to deadlines and details on when to apply, how to request a roommate, or how best to select a space with a desired roommate.