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Colleges / Stony Brook University, State University of New York

Stony Brook University, State University of New York

Stony Brook, NY 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate48%
Acceptance Rate48%

SUNY Stony Brook Admissions

If you are planning on applying to SUNY Stony Brook, the deadline for Fall 2023 admissions is January 15 and the application fee costs $50.

Students who apply to SUNY Stony Brook for the fall semester should receive an admissions decision no later than April 1.

SUNY Stony Brook Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is an overiew of some of SUNY Stony Brook's admissions stats.

SUNY Stony Brook 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.9
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 44%
Mean SAT Score 1384
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 37%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 6%
Waitlist Yes

Stony Brook University, State University of New York Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Stony Brook University, State University of New York.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No –– ––
Early Decision II –– –– ––
Early Action No –– ––
Regular Decision Yes January 1 April 1

Want to Apply Early to SUNY Stony Brook?

SUNY Stony Brook does not offer early decision or early action.

➡️ Discover a list of some selective colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

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How To Get Into Stony Brook University, State University of New York

Getting into SUNY Stony Brook is very difficult. SUNY Stony Brook evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, SUNY Stony Brook accepted 48% of all applicants, approximately 18,659 of the 38,826 students who applied.

Schools that are very difficult to get into, like SUNY Stony Brook, accept fewer than 60% of all applicants. At least 50% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT and over 26 on the ACT.

Transferring to Stony Brook University, State University of New York

Transfer student admissions is very difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to SUNY Stony Brook

In 2022, SUNY Stony Brook waitlisted 5,741 students and 2,900 accepted a place on the waitlist. Of those, 1,166 eventually got off the waitlist.

What Does SUNY Stony Brook Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when deciding who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are they consider most important in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis on the admissions factors where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at SUNY Stony Brook

What does SUNY Stony Brook consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Application Essay Important
Recommendation(s) Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Considered
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
First Generation Considered
Interview Considered
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

Make sure to check with SUNY Stony Brook for more information on admission factors.

SUNY Stony Brook 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to SUNY Stony Brook, all applicants must submit the following items. Double check with SUNY Stony Brook's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 3.5
Other Requirements audition
Transcript(S) of College Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into SUNY Stony Brook?

Students admitted to SUNY Stony Brook have an average unweighted GPA of 3.9.

Out of all students that were admitted, 26.49% submitted a class rank. At SUNY Stony Brook 44% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 76% were in the top 25% and 96% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Stony Brook University, State University of New York, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 42.26%
3.75 and 3.99 28.65%
3.50 and 3.74 17.66%
3.25 and 3.49 7.35%
3.00 and 3.24 3.64%
2.50 and 2.9 0.38%
2.00 and 2.49 0.06%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to SUNY Stony Brook directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

SUNY Stony Brook looks at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

SUNY Stony Brook has a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 37% of SUNY Stony Brook's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 6% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for SUNY Stony Brook?

To be competitive with other SUNY Stony Brook applicants, you should strive to earn between 1320 and 1460 (or higher!) on the SAT. At SUNY Stony Brook 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1460 and 25% of scored lower than 1320, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a SUNY Stony Brook student is 1384.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of SUNY Stony Brook students scored 770 or higher and 75% of students scored 630 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of SUNY Stony Brook students scored 710 or higher, and 75% scored a 630 or higher.

What is a Good ACT Score for SUNY Stony Brook?

To be most competitive at SUNY Stony Brook, you should strive to earn between 29 and 33 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 33 means you fall in the 75th percentile for SUNY Stony Brook's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 33, and three out of four students scored lower than 33 on the ACT.

A 29 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for SUNY Stony Brook students. Only one out of every four students scored below 29.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

More Information on Transferring to Stony Brook University, State University of New York

For transfer students, it is very difficult to get admitted to SUNY Stony Brook.

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is March 1.

Transfer students can enroll in SUNY Stony Brook during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Spring Term

SUNY Stony Brook Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to SUNY Stony Brook?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to SUNY Stony Brook.

Does SUNY Stony Brook accept transfer credits?

✅ SUNY Stony Brook accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. SUNY Stony Brook accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

Does SUNY Stony Brook accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ SUNY Stony Brook accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to SUNY Stony Brook?

❌ No, SUNY Stony Brook is test optional, so you can choose whether or not to include your ACT or SAT scores. If you have higher than average scores, you probably want to include them. If your scores are average or below average, you may want not want to include them in your application.

What is SUNY Stony Brook's acceptance rate?

✅ SUNY Stony Brook has an acceptance rate of 48%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at SUNY Stony Brook?

❌ SUNY Stony Brook does not offer early decision.

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SUNY Stony Brook Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Very Selective


How hard is it to get into SUNY Stony Brook? SUNY Stony Brook is a very selective institution. The SUNY Stony Brook acceptance rate is 48%. This means that the institution accepts 48 out of every 100 applicants.


SUNY Stony Brook Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Mar 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to SUNY Stony Brook is Jan 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to SUNY Stony Brook is Mar 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

SUNY Stony Brook ACT Scores


ACT Range

29 - 33

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

33 and Above


29 to 33


29 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to SUNY Stony Brook is 31. Students with an ACT score of 33 and above have a good chance of getting into SUNY Stony Brook. Students with an ACT score that falls between 29 and 33 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 29 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

SUNY Stony Brook SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1320 - 1460


Math SAT Range

670 - 770


Reading SAT Range

630 - 710

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1460 and Above


1320 to 1460


1320 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for SUNY Stony Brook students is 1384. Applicants with SAT scores of 1460 and above have a good chance of being admitted to SUNY Stony Brook, while applicants with SAT scores between 1320 to 1460 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1320 have a low chance of being offered a spot at SUNY Stony Brook.

SUNY Stony Brook GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At SUNY Stony Brook, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.94. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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