How to Apply as an International Applicant

Please contact us at to discuss enrollment options for the fall 2018 semester. Applications for the spring and fall 2019 terms will be available in August.

Follow these steps to apply as an International Applicant:

Step 1: Apply Using The Common Application

Summary The Common Application allows you to apply to more than 500 participating schools with one application.
  • Required member questions
  • Essay of at least 250 words
  • Online Teacher/Counselor Evaluation
Application Fee $50
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Step 2: Send Your Academic Credentials

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, SAT, ACT, IELTS, or PTE Academic.
  2. Submit your Academic Records.
    • Freshman Applicants: Official secondary school records.
    • Transfer Applicants: Official secondary school records and Official transcripts for each post-secondary institution attended. See transfer credit policies.

All academic credentials must have an official seal, stamp or signature of a school or government official, and be submitted in the original language (if not in English, it must be accompanied by an exactly worded and certified translation).

All items must be mailed to:

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

Step 3: Submit Your 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). Shortly after applying, you will receive login instructions for accessVIS, Stony Brook's portal for visa and immigration services. In accessVIS, you must upload scanned copies of the following documents:

Priority Deadlines

Entry TermPriority DeadlineSupporting DocumentsNotification Schedule
Fall 2019 Freshmen January 15 January 15 By April 1
Fall 2019 Transfers March 1 March 1 Rolling
Spring 2019 November 1* November 1 Rolling

*Encouraged to apply by October 1 to allow sufficient time for I-20 processing.

Already Studying in the US?

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

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.