Registration for Classes

Students should register for classes as soon as they are eligible to do so. With the assistance of an academic advisor, each student selects a group of courses. The student must register for classes each semester in accordance with instructions issued by the Registrar’s Office and the online Class Schedule as a prerequisite to class attendance. It is the student’s responsibility to see that the program conforms with aca demic regulations and meets degree requirements.

Before registering for the first time at the University, all new students participate in an orientation, which includes an academic advising program. During orientation, students receive academic information and advice from faculty members, professional advisors, and student orientation leaders. Incoming transfer students attend sessions at which they discuss the applicability of their previous coursework to Stony Brook’s graduation requirements, including their planned major department. At orientation, students register for the coming semester.

Continuing students register each semester through the SOLAR System at  or in person at the Registrar’s Office. Advance registration begins in November for the following spring and in April for the following fall. All continuing students should advance register. Final registration takes place during the week before and through the first ten days of classes. Full-time students may enroll for up to 19 credit hours each semester.

Each continuing student is assigned an enrollment appointment on the basis of class standing and cumulative credits, including in-progress credits. For instance, seniors with a greater number of credits are assigned an earlier enrollment appointment than seniors with fewer credits. Students begin to register at the time of their enrollment appointment and may register anytime thereafter during the open enrollment period. Enrollment appointments may be viewed by logging onto the SOLAR System. Registration instructions can be accessed at

After registering, students are billed and payment is due on the date indicated on the bill. Payment may be made through the SOLAR System, which also provides information to students on their individual accounts and financial aid.

Note: Nonpayment of tuition by registered students does not constitute official withdrawal from the University. Students must officially withdraw in person through the Academic and Pre-Professional Advising Center, the Engineering and Applied Sciences Undergraduate Student Office, or in writing through the Registrar’s Office to avoid financial liability.