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.

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 50 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


Visit our new #YouAreWelcomeHere website and learn more about how we support international students.

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.

Student Body Profile

  • 2,574 International Undergrads
  • 110 Countries
  • 91-97 High School GPA (3.6-4.0)
  • 80 Minimum TOEFL iBT
  • 630-740 SAT scores: math
  • 600-680 SAT scores: reading/writing
  • 26-31 ACT scores
  • 3,383 First-year students
  • 17,522 Undergraduates
  • 26,254 Total students
  • 51:49% Males:Females in first-year class
*Academic figures reflect middle 50% of Fall 2018 First-Year Students