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

The priority application deadline for freshmen is January 15 for the fall and November 1 for the spring; the priority deadline for all supporting credentials (high school records, SAT/ACT scores, and letters of recommendation) is February 1 for the fall and November 1 for the spring. Applications and credentials received after these dates will be reviewed on a space-available basis.There are additional application procedures, eligibility requirements, and deadlines for:


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.

University Scholars

Incoming freshmen with an exceptional record of academic performance in high school are automatically considered for University Scholars, which provides special privileges and academic opportunities. Visit for more information.

Business Leaders Program

This program brings outstanding freshmen together in seminar-style courrses to develop ldeadership and business skills. The College of Business faculty mentor the Business Leaders to provide rich learning experiences inside and outside the classroom. Visit for more information.

Scholars for Dental Medicine

Scholars for Dental Medicine offers selected students in the Honors College an opportunity to complete a combined Bachelor’s/DDS course of study while participating in pre-dential school classes and activities. Students accepted into the program are reserved a seat in Stony Brook University’s School of Dental Medicine upon graduation, provided they complete all applicable program requirements. 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 and scored a 3 or higher. 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.

General Certificate of Education Advanced Level (A-Level)*

With its origins in the United Kingdom, the General Certificate of Education or GCE is a secondary-level academic qualification that continues to be a popular measure of academic aptitude in other countries, including Hong Kong, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Singapore, and Sri Lanka. Stony Brook University will award up to eight credits per subject for A-level (Advanced) exams in year long courses with grade equivalents of C or better.