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What We Look for in a Freshman Applicant
Stony Brook is a highly selective institution, seeking to enroll those students who demonstrate the intellectual curiosity and academic ability to succeed. Applicants are evaluated on an individual basis. There is no automatic cutoff in the admission process, either in grade point average, rank, or test scores. The Admissions Committee seeks to enroll the strongest and most diverse class possible.
Successful applicants will typically have:
- High school diploma or equivalent (Regents diploma preferred for NY residents)
- Strong high school academic program that includes:
- 4 units of English
- 4 units of social studies
- 3 units of mathematics (4 units required for engineering and applied sciences)
- 3 units of science (4 units required for engineering and applied sciences)
- 2 or 3 units of a foreign language
- Standardized test scores that indicate the promise of success in a rigorous undergraduate course of study.
- Students who show evidence of leadership, special talents or interests, and other personal qualities through extracurricular activities, volunteer work, and other non-academic pursuits will receive special consideration.
Please note that additional admission requirements are needed for:
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.
Majors in the College of Engineering & Applied Sciences
Successful applicants in these majors will, in addition to our regular admission criteria, 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. 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 regular 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.
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.
Restricted Majors in the Health Sciences
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.
Freshman applicants admitted to the University but not initially accepted into their major of choice may apply for admission into the major after satisfying the requirements as outlined in the Undergraduate Bulletin description of the major.
The Redesigned SAT
In spring 2016, the College Board released the redesigned SAT test, which includes an optional essay section. Stony Brook will accept redesigned SAT exam scores from applicants seeking entry in spring 2018 and fall 2018.
Here's what you need to know about the new SAT and the admissions process at Stony Brook.
- Submission of SAT scores from exams that followed the old format will continue to be accepted.
- The optional essay section of the redesigned SAT exam will be recommended, but not required.
- For ACT test takers, the optional writing section will be recommended, but no longer required.
- As the redesigned SAT exam has significant differences from the current exam, a numerical score on the redesigned exam may not be equivalent to the same score on the current exam. Therefore, Stony Brook will not combine section scores (super-score) across the current and redesigned SAT.
- Stony Brook will super-score section scores taken from multiple sittings of the same SAT exam format.
- Students who take the SAT exam in both in the current and redesigned format are welcomed to submit both sets of scores; these will be reviewed separately.