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
- 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:
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
Successful applicants in these majors will, in addition to our general admission criteria,
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. 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
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.
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 InformationFreshman 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.
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.