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Freshman Application Process

Applications are still being accepted for the fall 2020 semester. At this time, space in our class is very limited and we may only be able to offer qualified students a spot on our Wait List.

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Supporting Documents

High School Transcript(s)

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

Standardized Test Scores

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

Teacher/Counselor Recommendation

One letter of recommendation is required from a teacher or counselor. This may be submitted electronically through your application portal or by mail with our Teacher/Counselor Evaluation Form. 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.

Apply for Honors Programs (optional)

Students using The Common Application or Coalition Application can apply to honors programs on their application. Those who submit the SUNY Application must apply for honors programs and upload an essay (on a topic of your choosing) in your SBU admissions portal. Applicants to the Honors College, University Scholars & WISE: upload a brief statement in your admissions portal on why you believe you will be a good fit for your preferred honors program. Scholars for Medicine & Scholars for Dental Medicine applicants: upload an essay on "What aspects about medicine (or dental medicine) intrigue you? Describe how these aspects influence your life" (up to 650 words). All items are due January 15.

ZeeMee Profile (optional)

Stony Brook has partnered with ZeeMee, a free service that allows students to showcase themselves using an online profile page. A ZeeMee profile is not required, but if you would like to submit one, you may include your link on your Common Application or e-mail it to


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

Entry TermPriority DeadlineCredentials DeadlineNotification Schedule
Fall 2020 January 15 - Extended January 15 - Extended By April 1
Spring 2020 November 1 November 1 Beginning Mid-November

Additional Requirements

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 possessed 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.

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Home-Schooled Applicants

Home-schooled students comprise 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.

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International Students

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

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

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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.

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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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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.

Fall 2019 Class Profile*

*Values Based on Middle 50%