Admission for Non-Degree Study

A non-matriculating undergraduate is a student who is taking courses at Stony Brook, but not pursuing a Stony Brook degree. Non-matriculating students offered admission for the fall or spring semester may enroll in classes on a space-available basis beginning the last business day before the start of classes.


Students with special circumstances may apply and will be reviewed for admission on a selective case-by-case basis. Applicants will normally be considered only for part-time non-matriculated admission. Successful applicants for fall or spring semester non-matriculated undergraduate admission typically have:

  • A high school diploma or equivalent (a Regents diploma is preferred for NYS residents)
  • At least 24 college credits with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00 in a strong academic program. Those with fewer than 24 college credits are usually expected to have a high school grade point average of 90 or higher and a combined math/critical reading SAT score of 1200 or higher in a strong college preparatory program

The following are required to be considered for fall or spring semester non-matriculated undergraduate admission:

  • A completed Application for Non-Matriculated Undergraduate Admission , along with a letter from the applicant that clearly describes his/her special circumstances
  • A non-refundable application fee of $50.00 must accompany the application; check or money order should be made payable to Stony Brook University Acct. #910554
  • Official copies of all college transcripts (and high school transcripts and SAT/ACT scores for applicants with fewer than 24 college credits)

Non-matriculated students are not eligible to receive most kinds of financial aid. Students from other institutions who plan to study at Stony Brook as visiting students should see a financial aid counselor on their home campus about continuing to receive financial aid. All non-matriculated students must fulfill health requirements set forth by Student Health Services.

Those students who are permitted to enroll on a non-matriculating basis cannot graduate from the University in this status. Courses and grades earned may be applied toward a degree program at Stony Brook and used to fulfill the University's residence requirements should a student subsequently be permitted to matriculate. As with matriculated students, a permanent record is kept by the University's Office of Records.

Non-matriculated students' academic performance is reviewed at the conclusion of each semester. Students who earn less than a 2.00 cumulative grade point average at the completion of each semester are not permitted to continue. Students are permitted to complete a maximum of 24 credits on a non-matriculating basis. Upon completion of 24 credits, students who wish to continue their studies at Stony Brook University must apply for matriculation. Students who do not wish to matriculate or are not admitted as a matriculated student will not be permitted to continue their studies at the University.