First Year

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First Year

Have you earned credits?

First Year Deadlines
Applications will be accepted after these deadlines on a space-available basis.
Fall 2024
October 15
January 15
Spring 2024
November 1

Early Action

Ready to take the first step toward your future at SBU?


  • Receive priority consideration for Honors Programs
  • Receive priority consideration for select academic programs (Engineering and Creative Writing)
  • Receive a decision by the end of January


For fall 2024, our Early Action application deadline is October 15, 2023.

  • High school transcript(s), supplemental documents and test scores (optional) must be received by November 1.
    • If you are sitting for the October 7 SAT or the October 28  ACT and would like your scores to be considered, please request your scores to be sent as part of the test registration process. You will not be able to view your scores before determining if you would like them sent and must indicate on your application if you would like your test scores to be considered as part of your application. We can only offer this flexibility if you are testing on one of the two later test dates referenced.

Decision Timeline

  • If you apply by October 15, you will receive an admissions decision by the end of January.
  • Early Action is not binding. If admitted, enrollment is not binding.
  • If you are admitted, you will have until May 1 to finalize your decision.


Start preparing your application! Here are the steps you should follow:

  1. Apply online.
    We accept the Common Application and the SUNY Application.
  2. Submit required application materials.
    These include your high school transcript, one teacher or counselor recommendation, and an essay.

Some competitive programs, like our specialized Honors Programs, Scholars for Medicine, Scholars for Dental Medicine, Simons STEM Scholars and more, require additional materials. This is so we can learn even more about your interests and what motivates you. Review all required and additional materials on the application page.

Admission Criteria and Next Steps

The State University of New York (SUNY) policy prohibits Stony Brook admission applications from inquiring into an applicant's prior criminal history. After acceptance, the College shall inquire if the student previously has been convicted of a felony if such individual seeks campus housing or participation in clinical or field experiences, internships or study abroad programs. The information required to be disclosed under SUNY policy regarding such felony convictions shall be reviewed by a standing campus committee consistent with the legal standards articulated in New York State Corrections Law. Students who have previously been convicted of a felony are advised that their prior criminal history may impede their ability to complete the requirements of certain academic programs and/or to meet licensure requirements for certain professions. Students who have concerns about such matters are advised to contact the dean's office of their intended academic program.

Take the Next Steps

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