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How to Apply to Stony Brook as a Transfer

Applications are still being accepted for the fall 2020 semester. The deadline has been extended.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, we encourage applicants to have all documents, including transcripts, sent electronically. Many universities offer electronic transcript services through the National Student Clearinghouse or a homegrown system. 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.

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We offer three application options (apply using just one). There is a $50 application fee. The State University of New York waives the $50 application fee for up to four college choices for students graduating from SUNY or CUNY two-year colleges who apply directly to State University four-year colleges for baccalaureate programs. If you are a transfer student seeking the fee waiver, you must complete the SUNY Application and the "My Transfer Colleges" section.


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Step 2: Send Us 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. Have your transcript(s) sent from every college/university you have attended.
  2. If you have completed less than 24 credits from a college or university at the time of application, have your final high school transcript and SAT or ACT scores sent directly from the testing agency.
    • SAT Code: 2548
    • ACT Code: 2952

Transfer students with more than 56 credits must indicate a major on their application to be eligible for financial aid. It is each applicant's responsibility to ensure that all application credentials are received and that a final college transcript is sent to the Undergraduate Admissions Office prior to orientation. Applicants who expect to be degree recipients (A.A. or A.S.) should present evidence of receipt of the degree prior to orientation for advising purposes.

Priority Deadlines

Applications received after these dates will be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Entry TermPriority DeadlineCredentials DeadlineNotification Schedule
Fall 2020 March 1 - Deadline Has Been Extended March 1 - Deadline Has Been Extended Beginning Late-March
Spring 2020 November 1 November 1 Beginning Mid-November

Additional Application Requirements

There are additional application requirements for the following programs and applicants:


The purpose of the Educational Opportunity Program is to fulfill New York State’s commitment to provide access to higher education for economically disadvantaged students who possessed the potential to succeed in college, but whose academic preparation in high school has not fully prepared them to pursue college education successfully.

Please note that the EOP/AIM program only considers applicants for fall semester admission. This program is dependent on New York State funding allocations, which vary from year to year. Students who wish to be considered for the EOP/AIM program will be notified at the earliest possible date if we are unable to consider their fall semester application due to a lack of funding.

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Creative Writing

Admission to the BFA in Creative Writing requires a statement of purpose, writing sample and letter of recommendation submitted directly to the program.

Additional Requirements


At Stony Brook, we offer a variety of Honors Programs for our academically talented students.

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International Students

Stony Brook University offers a world of possibilities for international students.

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The undergraduate major in music balances studies in the performance, composition, theory, and history of Western art music with the broad general education implied by a liberal arts degree.

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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.