Stony Brook University

100 Nicolls Rd, Stony Brook, NY 11794, USA

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University Overview

Stony Brook University, also known as the State University of New York at Stony Brook or SUNY Stony Brook, is a public research university located in Stony Brook, New York, United States. Its main campus is located on the north shore of Long Island, approximately 60 miles east of New York City. The university's large campus spans more than 1,454 acres and offers a mix of academic buildings, research facilities, and student housing.

It offers a full range of undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs in a variety of majors. It comprises several colleges and schools, including the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Commerce, the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the School of Medicine, and more. With a focus on research and innovation, Stony Brook offers students the opportunity to participate in cutting-edge projects and explore diverse areas of study. 

Stony Brook University is home to Stony Brook Medicine, which includes Stony Brook University Hospital, a major academic medical center. The School of Medicine and the School of Health Management and Technology are an integral part of the university and contribute to the advancement of health care through education, research, and clinical care.

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  • 1957
  • 26,000
  • #58
  • 4,700 +

Admission Requirements

Undergraduate Admission Requirements

  • Application enroll: Prospective undergraduate students must complete an online application through the SUNY Application or Common Application. 
  • High school transcript: A high school transcript is required. Stony Brook generally seeks strong academic performance, including courses in English, math, science, social studies and foreign languages. 
  • Standardized test score: Although Stony Brook University's test is optional for  2023 and 2024 admissions, meaning no standardized test score is required ( SAT or ACT), applicants may still choose to submit scores if they feel it will strengthen their application.
  • Letter of Recommendation: Although not always required, some programs may request a letter of recommendation from a teacher or counselor who can speak to the academic ability and personality of the candidate's manner. 
  • Personal Statement or Essay: Applicants are typically required to submit a personal statement or essay describing their academic and personal goals, as well as their reasons for Why they want to study at Stony Brook University.
  • Extracurricular Activities: A resume or list of extracurricular activities, community service and leadership experience may be considered part of the application.
  • Application fee: Normally, a non-refundable application fee is required. However, qualifying students may have the fee waived. 
  • Optional Interviews: Some programs may offer optional interviews as part of the application process. These interviews give candidates the opportunity to discuss their interests and experiences. 

Graduate Admission Requirements

  • Application form: Prospective graduate students must complete the online application through the application system of the Graduate School.
  • Bachelor's degree: Typically, a completed bachelor's degree from an accredited institution is required for admission to graduate programs.
  • Transcript: Official transcripts from all previously attended colleges and universities are required.
  • Letter of Recommendation: Most graduate programs require letters of recommendation from individuals who can attest to the applicant's academic and professional qualifications. 
  • Standardized test score: Depending on the program, applicants may be required to submit standardized test scores such as  GRE, GMAT, or other specific exams. 
  • Personal statement or statement of purpose: Typically, a written statement describing the applicant's academic and career goals, as well as the reasons why are they interested in a specific graduate program. 
  • CV or Curriculum Vitae (CV): Many graduate programs require a current resume or CV detailing the applicant's academic and professional experience.
  • Portfolio or writing sample: Some arts or humanities programs may request a portfolio or writing sample as part of the application. 
  • Application fee: Typically, a non-refundable application fee is required for graduate applications. 

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