International Criteria

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International Criteria

International  Deadlines
Applications will be accepted after these deadlines on a space-available basis.
ENTRY TERM:
Fall 2021
PRIORITY DEADLINE:
January 15
ENTRY TERM:
Spring 2021
PRIORITY DEADLINE:
November 1
ADMISSIONS CRITERIA FOR INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS
Stony Brook is a selective institution located in New York. We will give your application individual attention, weighing many factors to gauge your potential to succeed at Stony Brook.

 

APPLICATION TYPES:

You should apply as an international student if you:

  • Wish to study in the US under a student (F-1) visa. Those with valid B-1 or B-2 visas, must change their status to F-1, or:
  • Currently hold an F-1, F-2, J-1, or J-2 visa.

More visa classifications

ACADEMIC CRITERIA

  • If you are a freshman applicant, you must have completed the highest level of secondary education in your country of residence. We look for a strong secondary academic program with courses in math, natural sciences, and English (or, if English is the language of instruction, another language).
  • If you have attended any college or university after graduating from secondary school, you must apply as a transfer student. Applicants are required to have performed well in a strong academic program, having completed at least 24 credits with a GPA of 3.0 or higher by the time they submit their application. If the applicant has earned fewer than 24 credits, high school transcripts must also be submitted.

ENGLISH PROFICIENCY

All applicants must prove their English proficiency, even if you have attended high school in the United States. One of the following exams is required:

 
Exam Minimum Score
TOEFL (Internet-based) 80
IELTS 6.5
Duolingo 105
ACT English 19
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (New Exam) 480
IB English Higher Level 5
AP English Language/Comp or Literature/Com exam 3
A -level (Advanced) English C
PTE Academic 53

 

Applicants from countries listed below may be exempted from submitting an English proficiency test score: Australia, The Bahamas, Canada, Guam, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, New Zealand, Nigeria, Singapore and the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland) 

 

Transfer students who have not completed a college-level writing course at a US college (or have received a grade below a C in the course) are also required to submit scores from one of these exams.

CONDITIONAL ADMISSION

Students who meet the academic criteria for admission, but lack satisfactory English proficiency, may be offered conditional admission. Additionally, students who score tier one results on the Chinese Gaokao, with an English score minimum of 110/150 or 88/120, will be considered for conditional admission. You'll be admitted to Stony Brook University’s Intensive English Center (IEC), and upon receiving a passing grade in the highest level IEC course, you may enroll in full-time matriculated studies.

FINANCIAL DOCUMENTATION

International applicants must document their ability to meet educational and living expenses for one year of study so that Stony Brook University can issue a Certificate of Visa Eligibility (I-20). For more information, see International Application Procedures and Deadlines.

SECONDARY SCHOOL DOCUMENTATION GUIDE

View valid forms of documentation from other nations.

RESTRICTED MAJORS

Admission to Stony Brook University does not guarantee acceptance into restricted majors, which have additional admission requirements. Please review information on the following page:

View information for Freshmen

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