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SUNY Stony Brook Admission Chances


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Acceptance Chances

Can I get into SUNY Stony Brook? These admission statistics provide an indication how difficult it is to get in and what your chances are. 13,995 out of 34,146 applicants or 41% were admitted making SUNY Stony Brook a more competitive school to get into with a lesser chance of acceptance for average applicants.  Academically, it has extremely high requirements for admission test scores. Stony Brook University typically accepts and attracts A- average high school students. Only 20% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Women Men Total
Applied 17,356 16,790 34,146
Accepted 6,983 7,012 13,995
Acceptance Rate 40% 42% 41%
Enrolled 1,247 1,589 2,836
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 18% 23% 20%

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Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT and ACT requirements for students to be admitted to Stony Brook University and what score do you need to get in? The tables below describe the SAT and ACT test score percentile profile of the Fall 2015 starting class.

ACT Requirements

Admission data indicates that SUNY Stony Brook regularly accepts students with ACTs of 26 and above. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 24 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 28 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 31 and above have very competitive chances. 33 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Stony Brook University.

SAT Requirements (New SAT)

Reporting indicates the school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1210 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1100. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1320 out of 1600. A competitive SAT score is critical as 82 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

25th Percentile Score 75th Percentile Score
SAT Composite 1210 1430
SAT Reading 600 700
SAT Math 620 750
ACT Composite 26 31
ACT English 25 32
ACT Math 26 32

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by Score

 What do these ratings mean?

ACT Score Competitiveness Est. Admission Chances
31 and Above Good >57%
28 to 31 Avg + 41%-57%
26 to 28 Avg - 31%-41%
24 to 26 Reach 23%-31%
Less than 24 Low <23%
SAT Score (NEW 1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1430 and Above Good >54%
1320 to 1430 Avg + 41%-54%
1210 to 1320 Avg - 29%-41%
1100 to 1210 Reach 19%-29%
Less than 1100 Low <19%

Estimated GPA Requirements

You will need exceptionally good grades to get into Stony Brook University. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Stony Brook University was 3.8 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. Even with a competitive GPA, admission to SUNY Stony Brook will be challenging as the school denies more applicants than it admits.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Admission Chances
3.75+ 53% Good
3.50 to 3.75 24% Avg -
3.25 to 3.50 14% Reach
3.00 to 3.25 7% Reach
2.75 to 3.00 1% Reach
2.50 to 2.75 0% Reach
2.25 to 2.50 0% Reach
2.00 to 2.25 0% Reach

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Stony Brook University and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Recommended

Credits Accepted

Does accept high school AP credits or award dual credit towards both a college and high school degree?

AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=196097 IPEDS survey data for Stony Brook University.