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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 2022
January 15
Spring 2022
November 1



Ready to take the first step toward your future at SBU? Get started on your application today! We offer three application options (apply using just one). There is a $50 application fee.

Option 1



Option 2



Option 3


An official high school transcript must be submitted by your high school, either online through your application portal, by fax (631-632-9898), by email (, or by mail to Stony Brook University, Office of Undergraduate Admissions, 118 Administration Building, Stony Brook, NY 11794-1901.
Standardized Test Scores

(Optional for Spring 2021, Fall 2021, and Spring 2022*)

Official scores from the SAT, ACT or both must be sent directly from the testing agency. SAT Code: 2548, ACT Code: 2952.

*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 co-curricular and community involvement, evidence of leadership, special talents or interest.

Teacher/Counselor Recommendation

One letter of recommendation is required from a teacher or counselor. This may be submitted electronically through your application portal using the Teacher/Counselor Evaluation Form or the recommender can email us the document to Send two Teacher Evaluations if you are applying for any of our honors programs. If you are applying to WISE, at least one evaluation should be from a science or math teacher.


Applicants for Honors Programs
Honors College, WISE, University Scholars, Scholars for Medicine, and Scholars for Dental Medicine
Learn more about the honors programs and their criteria.
Deadline for Honors Consideration

Honors Programs consider applicants for fall semester only.

The deadline to apply for Fall 2021 is February 1.

The deadline to apply for Fall 2022 will be January 15.

How to Apply

Indicate your interest on your application:

Common App or Coalition App

  • Indicate interest in your preferred Honors Program(s) in the application or supplement. 

SUNY Application

  • Submit your SUNY application (no supplement required)
  • After you have submitted your application, you will get access to the Stony Brook Applicant Portal
  • In our Portal, indicate your interest for the Honors Program(s) you would like to be considered for (you can select more than one, but must indicate a preference for one). 

Students will be able to upload supporting documents, such as resumes or honors essays through their Stony Brook Applicant Portal.

Essay and Supplemental Documents

Essay/Statement Requirements:

Honors, WISE, and University Scholars:

  • Upload to your Stony Brook Applicant Portal one brief statement on “Why you believe you will be a good fit for your preferred honors program." Applicant should keep their statement to approximately 250 words.

Scholars for Medicine & Scholars for Dental Medicine Applicants:

  • Additional essay required, up to 650 words, on "What aspects about medicine/dental medicine intrigue you? Describe how these aspects influence your life."

Teacher/Counselor Evaluations or Letter of Recommendations:

  • Two total Teacher/Counselor Evaluations or Letter of Recommendations are required. These recommendations must be sent only by the person who wrote the letter, such as a teacher or school counselor. The letters can be attached to your application or emailed from the recommendor to
    • WISE Applicants: At least one recommendation or evaluation should be from a science or math teacher


Decision Timeline

1. General admission decision.

  • Student are notified of their admission decision first.
  • Decisions go out on a rolling basis through April 1. 
  • Your honors consideration does not affect your admission decision.

2. Admitted students are then considered for their honors program(s) of interest.

  • Honors College, WISE, University Scholars will notify qualified applicants of their offer typically in mid to late March.
  • Scholars for Medicine and Scholars for Dental Medicine will contact qualified applicants directly with a request for an interview and then notified of their Scholars for Medicine or Scholars for Dental Medicine decision in April.
There are additional application procedures, eligibility requirements, and deadlines for the following programs and applicants:

The purpose of the Educational Opportunity Program is to fulfill New York State’s commitment to provide access to higher education for economically disadvantaged students who possess the potential to succeed in college, but whose academic preparation in high school has not fully prepared them to pursue college education successfully.

Please note that the EOP/AIM program only considers applicants for fall semester admission. This program is dependent on New York State funding allocations, which vary from year to year. Students who wish to be considered for the EOP/AIM program will be notified at the earliest possible date if we are unable to consider their fall semester application due to a lack of funding.

The table below lists the income guidelines for EOP admission for the 2021-22 academic year. 

Household Size Income
1 $23,606
2 $31,894
3 $40,182
4 $48,470
5 $56,758
6 $65,046
7 $73,334
8 $81,622*

*For families/households with more than 8 persons, add $8,288 for each additional person.

More information

Home-schooled students constitute a small yet growing percentage of Stony Brook's applicant pool. We are happy to accept and review applications from students who have been home-schooled.

More information

Stony Brook University offers a world of possibilities for international students. Please review our application procedures for a list of required credentials.

More information

An additional application and audition are required for entry to our Music major.

View music major application

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


Nursing 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 nursing major.

The School of Nursing Scholars Program offers a select number of students early assurance of a seat in the nursing program upon successful completion of core requirements and foundation courses.

More information on the nursing major


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.

Get more information


Applications will be accepted after these deadlines on a space-available basis.

Entry Term Priority Deadline Credentials Deadline Notification Schedule
Fall 2022 January 15 January 15 By April 1
Spring 2022 November 1 November 1 Beginning Mid-November
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.