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Stony Brook University, State University of New York

Stony Brook, NY 4-Year Public

SUNY Stony Brook Admissions

If you are considering submitting an application to SUNY Stony Brook, the deadline for Fall 2022 admissions is January 15 and the fee for the application costs $50.

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students who are struggling to afford application fees may be eligible for an application fee waiver.

Students who submit their applications for Fall should receive an admissions decision no later than April 1.

SUNY Stony Brook Admissions Stats at a Glance

SUNY Stony Brook 2021 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.9
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 44%
Mean SAT Score 1324
Admissions Test Policy Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 88%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 20%
Waitlist Yes

Considering Applying Early to SUNY Stony Brook?

Stony Brook University, State University of New York does not offer early decision or early action.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

Is SUNY Stony Brook Hard To Get Into?

SUNY Stony Brook is a very difficult school to get into. 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 49% of students, around 18,138 of the 37,083 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.

It is very difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

In 2021, SUNY Stony Brook waitlisted 4,913 students. Of those, 2,822 eventually were offered a spot.

What Does SUNY Stony Brook Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides 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 prioritize the admissions factors where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at SUNY Stony Brook

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very 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
Application Essay Important
First Generation Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Not Considered
Recommendation(s) Important
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Volunteer Work Considered

SUNY Stony Brook Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to SUNY Stony Brook 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)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 3.5
Other Requirements audition
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Transcript of High School Record

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, 32% submitted a class rank. At SUNY Stony Brook 44% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 77% were in the top 25% and 97% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At Stony Brook University, State University of New York, student GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 32%
3.75 and 3.99 27.85%
3.50 and 3.74 20.58%
3.25 and 3.49 8.22%
3.00 and 3.24 3.77%
2.50 and 2.9 0.69%
2.00 and 2.49 0.15%

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

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

In 2021, 88% of SUNY Stony Brook's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 20% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for SUNY Stony Brook?

To be competitive with other SUNY Stony Brook applicants, you should strive to earn between 1240 and 1420 (or higher!) on the SAT. At SUNY Stony Brook 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1420 and 25% of scored lower than 1240, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a SUNY Stony Brook student is 1324.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of SUNY Stony Brook students scored 750 or higher and 75% of students scored 600 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of SUNY Stony Brook students scored 690 or higher, and 75% scored a 600 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for SUNY Stony Brook?

To be most competitive at SUNY Stony Brook, you should strive to earn between 26 and 32 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 32 means you fall in the 75th percentile for SUNY Stony Brook's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 32, and three out of four students scored lower than 32 on the ACT.

A 26 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for SUNY Stony Brook students. Only one out of every four students scored below 26.

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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
  • ACE recommendations for credit

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 it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If you have higher than average scores, you should strongly consider submitting them. If you scored lower than a school's average,, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application..

What is SUNY Stony Brook's acceptance rate?

SUNY Stony Brook's acceptance rate is 49%.

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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 49%. This means that the institution accepts 48 out of every 100 applicants.



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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

26 - 32

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

32 and Above


26 to 32


26 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 29. Students with an ACT score of 32 and above have a good chance of getting into SUNY Stony Brook. Students with an ACT score that falls between 26 and 32 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 26 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

SUNY Stony Brook SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1240 - 1420


Math SAT Range

630 - 750


Reading SAT Range

600 - 690

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1420 and Above


1240 to 1420


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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for SUNY Stony Brook students is 1324. Applicants with SAT scores of 1420 and above have a good chance of being admitted to SUNY Stony Brook, while applicants with SAT scores between 1240 to 1420 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1240 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 3.9. 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.

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