Freshman Criteria

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Freshman Criteria

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Freshman Deadlines
Applications will be accepted after these deadlines on a space-available basis.
ENTRY TERM:
Fall 2021
PRIORITY DEADLINE:
February 1
ENTRY TERM:
Spring 2021
PRIORITY DEADLINE:
November 1

 

WHAT WE LOOK FOR IN A FRESHMAN APPLICANT
Stony Brook is a highly selective institution, seeking to enroll those students who demonstrate the intellectual curiosity and academic ability to succeed. Applicants are evaluated on an individual basis. There is no automatic cutoff in the admission process, either in grade point average, rank, or test scores. The Admissions Committee seeks to enroll the strongest and most diverse class possible.

 WHAT YOU'LL NEED TO APPLY
SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS WILL TYPICALLY HAVE:
  • High school diploma or equivalent (Regents diploma preferred for NY residents)
  • Strong high school academic program that includes:
    • 4 units of English
    • 4 units of social studies
    • 3 units of mathematics (4 units required for engineering and applied sciences)
    • 3 units of science (4 units required for engineering and applied sciences)
    • 2 or 3 units of a foreign language
  • Stony Brook will be test optional for applicants for Spring 2021, Fall 2021, and Spring 2022. Admission to Stony Brook is based on a holistic review of a student’s academic record including the overall grade point average and strength of curriculum, as well as other academic and personal factors such as extracurricular and community involvement, evidence of leadership, special talents or interest.
  • Students who show evidence of leadership, special talents or interests, and other personal qualities through extracurricular activities, volunteer work, and other non-academic pursuits will receive special consideration.

Please note that additional admission requirements are needed for:

 

RESTRICTED MAJORS
Applicants who do not specify a major on their application are considered for admission to the University rather than to a particular major. Admission to Stony Brook University does not guarantee acceptance into the following restricted majors, which have additional admission requirements.

Successful applicants in these majors will, in addition to our general admission criteria, are required to have:

  • 4 units of maths including Calculus for most CEAS majors
  • 4 units of science including Physics for most CEAS majors

Strong applicants typically have earned outstanding grades in high school calculus and physics, and performed exceptionally well on the Math section of the SAT and/or ACT. Stony Brook will be test optional for applicants for Spring 2021, Fall 2021, and Spring 2022.  Consideration is given to students who have performed well in advanced science and math courses, as well as those who have participated in science, math, and research competitions.

  • Applied Mathematics and Statistics
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical and Molecular Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering Science
  • Information Systems
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Technological Systems Management

Successful applicants will, in addition to our general admission criteria, typically display evidence of achievement in mathematics and writing and will have performed particularly well on both the Math and Critical Reading sections of the SAT and/or ACT. Stony Brook will be test optional for applicants for Spring 2021, Fall 2021, and Spring 2022. 

Admission to the BFA in Creative Writing requires a statement of purpose, writing sample and letter of recommendation submitted in the application portal.

In addition to the application to the University, a separate Music Major Application is required. Students who perform successfully in the audition and their theory placement and musicianship exams will be admitted to the music major upon admission to the University. In addition, students participating in this audition process may be considered for scholarship offers and the opportunity to study with Performance Faculty.

These health sciences majors are upper-division and require completion of 57 college credits and specific courses/grade prerequisites. Those interested in these upper-division majors may apply for admission as a freshman in the College of Arts and Sciences, where they can enroll in the course prerequisites. An application to the upper-division program will need to be filed through the Health Sciences Center Office of Student Services the year in which you anticipate completing all prerequisites.

  • Nursing
  • Social Work

 

Social Work is an upper-division major at Stony Brook University, requiring at least 57 credits and specific prerequisites. First-year applicants are considered for admission to the College of Arts and Sciences, where students are offered the opportunity to complete prerequisite courses prior to applying to the Social Work major.

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 Additional Information
Freshman applicants admitted to the University but not initially accepted into their major of choice may apply for admission into the major after satisfying the requirements as outlined in the Undergraduate Bulletin description of the major.
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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.

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