University Scholars Program
The University Scholars Program is a vibrant community of high-achieving students at Stony Brook. This program allows students to make connections with our world class faculty, participate in numerous activities, and obtain leadership and research opportunities on campus. The purpose is to create a community of learners focused around our three pillars of leadership, scholarship and service.
University Scholars is a four year program and is made up of some of the campus’ most active student and community leaders. Students admitted into this program are among the top 9% of the incoming class academically. The Program is by invitation only.
Freshmen residing on-campus have the option of living with other Scholars in their Quad and enroll in a Scholars-only section of their First Year Seminar course to help foster a greater sense of community. All Scholars are eligible to attend special symposia and field trips, obtain special academic advising throughout their career at Stony Brook, participate in the Scholars Council, partake in a variety of outreach activities, and obtain priority registration for classes.
In addition to all the benefits noted above, new Scholars can also request a Peer Mentor (an upperclassman who has been a member of the Scholars Program for at least one full academic year) to assist them with the transition from high school to college and help them navigate Stony Brook’s campus. Students in the Scholars Program are also eligible to receive individual tutoring from other Scholars in a number of subject areas that span Stony Brook’s academic curriculum.
Scholars are committed to being active and engaged members not only of Stony Brook University, but of the community-at-large as well, and participate in a number of outreach initiatives. Last October, Scholars students hosted a Pumpkin Painting Evening to benefit the Stony Brook Pediatric Cancer Center. A “Toys for Tots” Masquerade Charity Ball was hosted in December, and last Spring a fundraiser was held to raise money for the families impacted by the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
In order to maintain a place in the University Scholars Program, and the privileges that come along with membership, students must meet all of the criteria below during their time at Stony Brook:
Receive an “S” (Satisfactory) grade in their SCH 101 course
Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0;
Not be found guilty of Academic Dishonesty;
Meet the minimum “for-credit” event requirement each semester (freshmen must attend 2 each semester, upperclassmen must attend 1 each semester);
Must be cleared through Community Standards to ensure that no policies contained in the University’s Code of Conduct were violated.
Students in the University Scholars Program have been the recipients of several prestigious awards recently. Seven of our students have received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence (three in 2012 and four in 2013), 11 received Undergraduate Recognition Awards for Academic Excellence in 2013, four were recipients of the Provost’s Award for Academic Excellence, and one student recently received a Goldwater Scholarship. Nine Scholars were Student Ambassadors for Stony Brook University last year, 41 were inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, and approximately ten percent of our students participate in the Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity (URECA) event each Spring,
For more information on the Program, please visit our website at uaa.stonybrook.edu/university-scholars