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

In order to be considered for Non-Degree study, all prospective students must first complete this Online Non-Degree Inquiry Form and submit it by the deadline indicated below:

  • Fall Admission: August 19th
  • Spring Admission: January 15th

If students are eligible, they will receive an email with the Non Degree Application and instructions on how to apply.

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.