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International  Deadlines
Applications will be accepted after these deadlines on a space-available basis.
Fall 2021
January 15
Spring 2021
November 1
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, we encourage applicants to have all documents, including transcripts, sent electronically. Many universities offer electronic transcript services. If your college/university does not offer such an option, we will accept transcripts that are emailed to from college/university staff on your behalf. As a last resort, you may upload an unofficial copy of your transcript to your SBU Applicant Portal. Note: an official transcript from your college/university will be required at a later time.

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.




Be sure to include your full name, date of birth, and home address on all correspondence. It is each applicant's responsibility to ensure that all application credentials are received.

  1. 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. 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.
    • View eligibility requirements.
  2. Submit your Academic Records.
    • Freshman Applicants: Official secondary school records.
    • 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 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. See transfer credit policies.

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). Notarized copies of original documents will also be accepted, and your counselors may upload official transcripts electronically through your application system.

International students 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 $48,552 (as of October 2020).
  • Copy of passport
  • 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.
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

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?
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  • 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.

When to Apply


Spring applicants are encouraged to apply by October 1 to allow sufficient time for I-20 processing.

Entry Term Priority Deadline Credentials Deadline Notification Schedule
Fall 2021 Freshmen January 15  January 15  By April 1
Fall 2021 Transfers March 1 March 1 Rolling
Spring 2021 November 1 November 1 Rolling
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.

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!


We Welcome International Students

Stony Brook is the home away from home for 4,436 international students from 103 countries.
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