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Prospective Students

Welcome Prospective Scholar!

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about the University Scholars Program at Stony Brook University. We are very excited about the unique program we have to offer high achieving students at Stony Brook. As you probably are aware already, Stony Brook University is a thriving campus that has something for everyone. Whether you are into sports, enjoy music, or would like to pick up an additional language, Stony Brook has it. What better way to jump into a new environment than with the help of a smaller community on campus that shares your academic goals.

Did you miss our Admitted Students Day event? View the presentation HERE!

Are You Right For Our Program?

If leadership, engagement, volunteer work, community service, and helping others are priorities of yours, then YES, University Scholars is the Honors Program for you! Click HERE to hear what our past and present Scholars say about the program.

The mission of the University Scholars Program is to provide a vibrant and intellectually stimulating community for high-achieving students in order to assist them in getting the most out their Stony Brook experience.  The program actively encourages and promotes academic excellence; provides opportunities for leadership, professional development, and undergraduate research; as well as outreach activities.  Scholars are expected to maintain academic excellence and integrity; actively participate in the life of the University through programming and events; and help improve the educational environment for all students.  University Scholars receive several benefits, including personalized academic advising over the course of their time at Stony Brook; the opportunity to attend special receptions, workshops and trips hosted by the program; and priority course registration within their academic year. The Scholars are also a very tight-knit family who want to help each other and see each other succeed. Where other honors programs across the country can sometimes be overly competitive (if one student is doing better academically than another student, sometimes this can breed resentment); this is not the case with the Scholars. They WANT to see and help each other succeed and pay it forward. If this sounds like you, we strongly encourage you to apply.

Who are the University Scholars?

Admission directly into the University Scholars Program as a freshman is through invitation only. All high-achieving freshmen are considered, but students who indicate a preference to join University Scholars on their application, and submit the supplemental essay, receive priority consideration for acceptance; so we STRONGLY URGE YOU to submit the supplemental essay through your portal indicating why you feel you are a good fit for the Program, what you have to get out of it, and what you feel you can bring to it. The Scholars generally represent the top 7% of the incoming freshmen, based upon high school GPA and SAT scores. There are approximately 250 Scholars admitted each Fall. 

Beginning Fall 2020, continuing students may only apply to join for a Fall term, and application materials may ONLY be sent during the month of June. Continuing students at Stony Brook (rising sophomores through rising juniors may apply during that month, as long as all grades from the Spring term have posted to their record), with an exceptional academic record (a minimum 3.6 GPA) and high levels of demonstrated leadership and involvement on-campus, may request consideration to join the Scholars Program, however acceptance is extremely competitive and contingent upon a clear judicial/conduct check, and a grade review. In order to apply, please send an email containing a resumé, and letter of intent (indicating why you want to join the Program, what you believe you can bring to it, and what you hope to get out of it) to the Director of the Program, Jeremy Marchese, at

Scholars' Bragging Rights

University Scholars hold a variety of leadership positions here at Stony Brook, and have received recognition for their accomplishments. A large number of University Scholars go on to become Student Ambassadors (selection for this program is extremely competitive); Orientation Leaders; Resident Assistants; and hold a variety of other leadership positions on-campus. Numerous Scholars also regularly receive the Undergraduate Recognition Award;  the Provost's Award for Academic Excellence; and the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence (the highest award granted by the SUNY system).

Academic Profile of Incoming Freshmen for Fall 2022

Average SAT: 1440
Average GPA: 97.3