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Stony Brook, New York

SUNY Stony Brook Admission Requirements

Chances of getting into Stony Brook University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
42.2%
Admission Difficulty for Stony Brook University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsExceptional
Applicant CompetitionAverage

How hard is it to get into SUNY Stony Brook and can I get accepted? The school has a 42% acceptance rate ranking it #28 in New York for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 14,899 out of 35,313 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 16 percent. Stony Brook University typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students. Only 21% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.

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SUNY Stony Brook SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1280-1460
Applicants Submitting SAT
77%
SAT Scores for Stony Brook University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 640
SAT Math 25th 640
SAT Composite 25th 1280
SAT Scores for Stony Brook University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 700
SAT Math 75th 760
SAT Composite 75th 1460
Average SAT Score 1370

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 14 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1280 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 1190. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1370 out of 1600. The school ranks #15 in New York for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 77 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
1460 and Above Good >55%
1370 to 1460 Avg + 42%-55%
1280 to 1370 Avg - 30%-42%
1190 to 1280 Reach 20%-30%
Less than 1190 Low <20%
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SUNY Stony Brook ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
26-31 
Applicants Submitting ACT
38%
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 32
ACT Math 75th 32
ACT Composite 75th 31
Average ACT Score 28

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. The school ranks #19 in New York for highest average ACT composite score. 38 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 >58%
28 to 31 Avg + 42%-58%
26 to 28 Avg - 32%-42%
24 to 26 Reach 24%-32%
Less than 24 Low <24%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

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. The school ranks #4 in New York for highest average GPA. 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

High School Class Rank

74% of Stony Brook University freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Stony Brook University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 45%
Top 25% of class 74%
Top 50% of class 93%
Bottom 50% of class 7%
Bottom 25% of class 0%

Admission Statistics

Stony Brook University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 18,045 17,268 35,313
Accepted 7,703 7,196 14,899
Acceptance Rate 43% 42% 42%
Enrolled 1,472 1,695 3,167
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 19% 24% 21%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Jan 15, 2020
Days left to Apply
120

Applicants have 120 days left until the Fall 2020 term applications are due on Jan 15, 2020.

Seniors, these are the SAT and ACT test dates you can still sit for a test and send your results to SUNY Stony Brook before the Jan 15 application deadline.

SAT Test Date Scores Available
Oct 5 Oct 18
Nov 2 Nov 15
Dec 7 Dec 20
ACT Test Date Scores Available
Oct 26 Nov 14
Dec 14 Dec 24

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.