Freshman Applicants

All applicants are evaluated with careful consideration given to a range of factors, including the rigor of their high school curriculum, academic achievements, and personal strengths and talents.
Successful freshman applicants will typically have:

  • a high school diploma or equivalent (a Regents diploma is preferred for New York State residents);
  • a strong high school academic program that includes:
    • 3 to 4 units of mathematics (4 units required for engineering)
    • 4 units of English
    • 4 units of social studies
    • 3 units of science (4 units required for engineering)
    • 2 or 3 units of a foreign language;
  • Standardized test scores that indicate the promise of success in a rigorous undergraduate course of study. SAT or ACT scores are required. SAT II scores in mathematics and one other area of the student's choice are recommended.
Note: freshman applicants taking the ACT will be required to submit the version with the optional writing section.
  • Students who show evidence of leadership, special talents or interests, and other personal qualities through extracurricular activities, volunteer work, and other nonacademic pursuits will receive special consideration.
  • Stony Brook's Admissions Office may request recommendations from counselors and teachers.

Application Procedures for Freshmen

Regular Admission

Although there is no formal application deadline for most programs, freshman applicants are advised to file their application for admission by December 1.

In addition, Stony Brook University requires all freshman applicants to complete the Supplemental Application.

Early Action for Freshmen

Early Action is a non-binding early application/notification program available at Stony Brook (except for upper-division HSC programs). Students who are accepted for Early Action need not withdraw their applications at other institutions until May 1.

To apply for Early Action, an application must be on file by November 15. Applicants need to indicate the desire to apply for Early Action where indicated on the application. The Office of Admissions will send notification of their decision by January 1. If accepted for Early Action, students will have until May 1 to finalize their enrollment decisions.

Special Programs and Scholarships

Freshman applicants who wish to be considered for the following programs are required to submit their application for undergraduate admission to the University by December 1; the Supplemental Application and all supporting documentation (letters of recommendation, high school transcripts, and SAT/ACT scores) are due by December 31.


For the most up-to-date and complete information about scholarships at Stony Brook, visit or call Stony Brook's Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship Services at (631) 632-6840.

The Honors College

The Honors College offers a limited number of students the opportunity to become members of a special community of scholars and pursue a challenging four-year curriculum designed to promote intellectual curiosity, independence, and critical thinking. As the most selective academic program for undergraduates at the University, Honors College applicants are expected to demonstrate overall academic excellence in high school, possess outstanding standardized test scores, have a record of advanced or college-level coursework, and display evidence of strong writing ability. Exceptional talent in the fine and performing arts also serves to qualify a student for admission. All students admitted to the Honors College receive scholarship support. Visit for more information.

Engineering Scholars for Medicine

The Engineering Scholars for Medicine Program is an integrated eight-year BE/MD course of study offered to exceptional high school students. The program is an outstanding opportunity for high-achieving students who wish to pursue both their interests in the engineering and medical fields. Visit for more information.

Scholars for Medicine

Each year a very small number of exceptional applicants are considered for the Scholars for Medicine highly selective eight-year combined undergraduate and medical degree track within the Honors College and Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) program. Visit for application procedures and deadlines.

Honors Program in Computer Science

The Honors Program in Computer Science offers small classes, provides advanced courses in select topics, and gives students admission to the joint B.S./M.S. Program in Computer Science.  For more information, please visit

Women in Science and Engineering (WISE)

WISE is a multifaceted program designed to engage women who have ability and interest in mathematics, science, or engineering in the excitement and challenge of research. WISE applicants must be women who are moving directly from high school to college and have a demonstrated aptitude and interest in science, mathematics, or engineering. All women accepted into WISE recieve scholarship support. Please visit for more information.

Credit for Courses Taken While in High School

Advanced Placement Credit

Advanced placement credit is granted to students who have taken the appropriate CEEB advanced placement examination. See AP Credit.

Courses Offered by Colleges

Courses offered by regionally accredited colleges and completed while the student was in high school will be evaluated for transfer credit according to the guidelines in the "Application of Transfer Credits to General Education Requirements" section in the "Academic Policies and Regulations" chapter.

International Baccalaureate

With its origins in Europe, the International Baccalaureate Program-now offered by some American high schools-leads to a diploma or certificates of examination. Stony Brook University will award six credits for International Baccalaureate higher level exams with scores of 5 or better for year-long courses.

Thirteenth Year

Credit may be given for courses taken in foreign secondary schools having a thirteenth year equivalent to the first year of college. Students who have studied in such schools should consult the Undergraduate Admissions counselor for international students before seeking a departmental course evaluation.