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SUNY Stony Brook Admission Requirements


Acceptance Rate

40.7%
Admission Difficulty for Stony Brook University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsExceptional
Applicant CompetitionAverage

Can I get into SUNY Stony Brook? The school has a 41% acceptance rate. Last year, 14,233 out of 34,999 applicants were admitted making SUNY Stony Brook a more competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants.  Academically, it has extremely high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 20 percent. Stony Brook University typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students. Only 21% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

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SAT Requirements

SAT Range
1220-1420
Applicants Submitting SAT
79%
SAT Scores for Stony Brook University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 600
SAT Math 25th 620
SAT Composite 25th 1220
SAT Scores for Stony Brook University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 680
SAT Math 75th 740
SAT Composite 75th 1420
SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Stony Brook University?

Stony Brook University typically requires applicants to be in the top 22 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1220 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 1120. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1320 out of 1600. A competitive SAT score is critical as 79 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.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Stony Brook University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1420 and Above Good >54%
1320 to 1420 Avg + 41%-54%
1220 to 1320 Avg - 29%-41%
1120 to 1220 Reach 19%-29%
Less than 1120 Low <19%

ACT Requirements

ACT Range
26-31 
Applicants Submitting ACT
36%
ACT Scores for Stony Brook University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 24
ACT Math 25th 26
ACT Composite 25th 26
ACT Scores for Stony Brook University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 31
ACT Math 75th 32
ACT Composite 75th 31
ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into SUNY Stony Brook?

Admission data indicates that SUNY Stony Brook regularly accepts students with ACT's of 26 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 18 percent nationally. 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. 36 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Stony Brook University.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Stony Brook University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness 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%

Estimated GPA Requirements

Avg. High School GPA
3.8
Typical High School Grades
A-

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's for admitted Stony Brook University students
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 N/A% Reach
2.25 to 2.50 N/A% Reach
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Reach

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Admission Statistics

Stony Brook University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 18,100 16,899 34,999
Accepted 7,367 6,866 14,233
Acceptance Rate 41% 41% 41%
Enrolled 1,352 1,582 2,934
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 18% 23% 21%

Admission Requirements

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

Stony Brook University Admission Requirements
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

High School Credits Accepted at Stony Brook University
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.