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International

First Year Deadlines
Applications will be accepted after these deadlines on a space-available basis.
ENTRY TERM:
Fall 2023
PRIORITY DEADLINE:
January 15   
ENTRY TERM:
Spring 2023
PRIORITY DEADLINE:
November 1
Transfer Deadlines
Applications will be accepted after these deadlines on a space-available basis.
ENTRY TERM:
Fall 2023
PRIORITY DEADLINE:
March 1
ENTRY TERM:
Spring 2023
PRIORITY DEADLINE:
November 1
WELCOME, INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS!

Stony Brook University offers a world of possibilities, with more than 200 academic programs, exciting undergraduate research opportunities and an ideal location for learning on Long Island's North Shore — just 60 miles from New York City.

CONNECT WITH INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS AND ADMISSIONS TEAM 

APPLICATION TYPES:

An international student is a person who requires an F-1 visa to study in the United States. All international students will complete either a first year or transfer application. There is no separate international application.  

  • First year students or freshman are those still in high school or have completed high school but have not attended college after high school.  
  • Transfer students are anyone who, after high school graduation, has enrolled in university-level courses either in the US or another country.

When completing the application,  your citizenship as well as your intended visa (and if applicable current visa) will identify you as an international student. 

International students are students who:

  • 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.
STEP1 Apply Online

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

THE COMMON APP

APPLY: COMMON APP

Option 2

THE SUNY APPLICATION

APPLY: SUNY APP
STEP2 What You'll Need to Apply
For First Year Applicants

All transcripts must be sent directly from your high school or college, submitted in the original language (if not in English, they must be accompanied by an exactly worded and certified translation). View valid forms of secondary school documentation from other nations.

 Notarized copies of original documents will also be accepted, and your counselors may upload official transcripts electronically through your application system. Documents can be submitted either online through your application portal, by email (ugprocessing@stonybrook.edu), or by mail to: 

Stony Brook University, 
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
118 Administration Building,
Stony Brook, NY 11794-1901
USA

Submit your English Proficiency via an official score report* for the TOEFL, Duolingo, SAT, ACT, IELTS, AP, IB, A levels or PTE Academic.

  • SAT and TOEFL Code: 2548, ACT Code: 2952
  • *Stony Brook will be test optional for applicants for Spring 2021, Fall 2021, and Spring 2022. International students are still expected to submit proof of English Proficiency by way of one of the exams below.  Applicants from native English-speaking countries may be exempt from submitting an English proficiency test score. If you have attended high school in the United States for 3 years, you may be exempt as well.

For those who do not meet the criteria above, one of the following exams is required:

Exam

Minimum Score

TOEFL (Internet-based & Home Edition)

80

TOEFL Essentials

9

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

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 enroll@stonybrook.edu. 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.

An essay on the topic of your choice is required and can be submitted with your application or uploaded to your SBU Applicant Portal. 
Applicants for Honors Programs
Honors College, WISE, University Scholars, Scholars for Medicine, and Scholars for Dental Medicine

Honors Programs consider applicants for fall semester only.
DEADLINE FOR HONORS CONSIDERATION

 

The deadline to apply for Fall 2022 is 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.

Learn more about the honors programs and their criteria.

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 Letters of Recommendation:

  • Two total Teacher/Counselor Evaluations or Letters of Recommendation 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 enroll@stonybrook.edu.
    • WISE Applicants: At least one recommendation or evaluation should be from a science or math teacher

1. General admission decision.

  • Student are notified of their admission decision first (see below for honors decision timeline).
  • 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 typically notify qualified applicants of their decision 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 be notified of their Scholars for Medicine or Scholars for Dental Medicine decision in April.
FOR TRANSFER APPLICANTS
Applying as a Transfer Student

Transfer Applicants: 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 2.8 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. 

If you have completed less than 24 credits from a college or university at the time of application:

  • Required: A final high school transcript must sent to us by email to ugprocessing@stonybrook.edu or mailed to Stony Brook University, Office of Undergraduate Admissions, 118 Administration Building, Stony Brook, NY 11794-1901.
  • Optional: You may submit your official SAT or ACT scores sent directly from the testing agency
    • SAT Code: 2548
    • ACT Code: 2952

See below for the admission criteria for restricted majors, including those in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Business, and others.

Special consideration will be given to qualified graduates of university-parallel programs, i.e., AA and AS degree recipients from colleges within the State University of New York and City University of New York systems. Students are not, however, guaranteed admission into the program of their choice. Graduates of career-oriented programs (AAS and AOS) will be considered for admission on an individual basis and in competition with other transfer applicants.

Applicants who do not specify a major on their application are considered for admission to the University rather than to a particular major. Transfer students with more than 56 credits must indicate a major on their application to be eligible for financial aid.

Offers of admission are conditional, pending receipt of all official records showing successful completion of academic work in progress.

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Submit your English Proficiency via an official score report* for the TOEFL, Duolingo, SAT, ACT, IELTS, AP, IB, A levels or PTE Academic. Transfer students who have completed a college-level writing course at a US college (and have received a C or above) are also not required to submit scores from one of these exams. 

  • SAT and TOEFL Code: 2548, ACT Code: 2952
  • *Stony Brook will be test optional for applicants for Spring 2021, Fall 2021, and Spring 2022. International students are still expected to submit proof of English Proficiency by way of one of the exams below.  Applicants from native English-speaking countries may be exempt from submitting an English proficiency test score. If you have attended high school in the United States for 3 years, you may be exempt as well. 

For those who do not meet the criteria above, one of the following exams is required:

Exam

Minimum Score

TOEFL (Internet-based & Home Edition)

80

TOEFL Essentials

9

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

TRANSFER COURSE EQUIVALENCES

TRANSFER CREDIT POLICIES

FOR FIRST YEAR AND TRANSFER APPLICANTS
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 2022, Fall 2022, and Spring 2023.  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 2022, Fall 2022, and Spring 2023. 

Admission to the BFA in Creative Writing requires a statement of purposewriting 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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For Admitted Students Only

International students, if accepted, 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). Admitted students will receive login instructions for accessVIS, Stony Brook's portal for visa and immigration services for Fall after March 1 and for Spring after October 1.  In accessVIS, you must upload scanned copies of the following documents:

  • Bank letter or statement for each source of funds (submitted in English) for a total of $50,637 (as of October 2021).
  • Copy of passport
  • Only admitted international students will receive login instructions for accessVIS, Stony Brook's portal for visa and immigration services for Fall after March 1 and for Spring after October 1.

ALREADY STUDYING IN THE U.S.?

The following items will be required in accessVIS:

  • F-1: photocopies of all Form I-20’s (pages 1 & 3 of SEVIS I-20’s; pages 3 & 4 pre-SEVIS I-20’s)
  • J-1: a photocopy of DS-2019
  • Photocopy of both sides of current Form I-94 (stapled in your passport upon arrival in the U.S.)
  • Photocopy of U.S. visa page with picture photo
CHECK YOUR APPLICATION STATUS

Within two weeks of submitting your application to Stony Brook, we will send you login information to access your SBU Applicant Portal. You'll be able to:

  • Monitor your status and view your decision
  • Confirm receipt of items
  • Upload supplements, including essays and resumes
FRESHMAN: NOTIFICATION SCHEDULE
FALL: By April 1
SPRING: Beginninig Mid-November

TRANSFER:  NOTIFICATION SCHEDULE
FALL: Beginning Late-March
SPRING: Beginning Mid-November
 
 It is each applicant's responsibility to ensure that all credentials are received. Space in our class is limited.
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.

 

Why Choose Stony Brook?

  • The QS World University Rankings lists Stony Brook among the top 1% of higher education institutions in the world
  • U.S. News & World Report ranks SBU among the top 100 universities and top 40 public universities in the nation
  • 98% of tenured/tenure-track faculty hold doctoral degrees or the highest degrees in their fields
  • You'll find first-rate opportunities for research at facilities such as Brookhaven National Laboratory
  • Stony Brook is a member of the prestigious, invitation-only Association of American Universities — along with Harvard, MIT, Princeton, and Yale, America’s top research universities
Why Choose Stony Brook?
Did You Know?

Did You Know?

  • Our award-winning faculty include the winners of Nobel Prizes, Pulitzer Prizes, MacArthur Fellowships, the Fields Medal in Mathematics, and Grammy Awards.
  • C.N. Yang, Albert Einstein Professor Emeritus of the C.N. Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics, was Stony Brook’s first Nobel Prize winner.
  • The MRI technology that won the Nobel Prize for Medicine was invented at Stony Brook.
 

Kick Start Your Stony Brook Education

Enroll in the Global Summer Institute

  • Earn academic credit toward your degree
  • Practice and improve your English language skills
  • Make friends and get to know our campus
  • Go on field trips to New York City

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Choose one of our four options to advance your academic and professional goals. You will expand your cultural horizons and have a one-of-a-kind experience. Join us this summer to enjoy the natural beauty of Long Island and the cosmopolitan flair of New York City!

 

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