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 academic regulations and meets degree requirements. It is the student’s responsibility to plan class schedules to avoid conflicts with Evening Midterm Exams, Final Exams, and regular class meeting times. Exam schedules may be found at http://www.stonybrook.edu/registrar/finals.shtml. Please Note: Instructors are not obligated to give makeup examinations or make other arrangements to accommodate students except under specific circumstances.  See also policies on final examinations, religious absences, or university sponsored events.

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  http://www.stonybrook.edu/solarsystem 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.

Each continuing student is assigned an enrollment appointment on the basis of class standing and cumulative credits, including in-progress credits and other factors. 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 http://www.stonybrook.edu/registrar.

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 drop all courses (down to 0) via the SOLAR System prior to the start of the semester. As of day one of the semester, students must submit the Undergraduate Withdrawal/Leave of Absence form through the Registrar’s Office to avoid financial liability. Instructions may be found on the Registrar’s webpage at http://www.stonybrook.edu/registrar/canwithloa, and Request can be found at http://www.stonybrook.edu/registrar/forms.shtml.