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SUNY Stony Brook Admission Requirements

Stony Brook, New York

Chances of getting into Stony Brook University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
42%
Admission Difficulty for Stony Brook University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsVery High
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, 15,880 out of 37,828 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 very high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 19 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
1230-1420
Applicants Submitting SAT
85%
SAT Scores for Stony Brook University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 600
SAT Math 25th 630
SAT Composite 25th 1230
SAT Scores for Stony Brook University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 680
SAT Math 75th 740
SAT Composite 75th 1420
Average SAT Score 1330

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 20 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1230 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 1130. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1330 out of 1600. The school ranks #16 in New York for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 85 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2018 starting class

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 >55%
1325 to 1420 Avg + 42%-55%
1230 to 1325 Avg - 30%-42%
1135 to 1230 Reach 20%-30%
Less than 1135 Low <20%
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SUNY Stony Brook ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
26-31 
Applicants Submitting ACT
25%
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 33
ACT Math 75th 31
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 #20 in New York for highest average ACT composite score. 25 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Stony Brook University.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2018 starting class

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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SUNY Stony Brook GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

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

What GPA do you need to get into Stony Brook University?

Applicants require exceptionally good grades to get into SUNY Stony Brook. 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 #8 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 Competitiveness
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

GPA Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

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%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

Applying

Admission Statistics

Stony Brook University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 19,782 18,046 37,828
Accepted 8,395 7,485 15,880
Acceptance Rate 42% 41% 42%
Enrolled 1,660 1,723 3,383
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 20% 23% 21%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Jan 15, 2020
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2020 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 15, 2020.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Stony Brook University and what student information is used for 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

Other Colleges to Consider

Other Colleges to Consider
Subject Percent of Class
C
United States Coast Guard Academy

New London, Connecticut

R
Rutgers University New Brunswick

New Brunswick, New Jersey

C
University of Connecticut

Storrs, Connecticut

B
SUNY at Binghamton

Vestal, New York

P
University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Campus

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

O
Ohio State University

Columbus, Ohio

C
Clemson University

Clemson, South Carolina

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

FAQs

Does Stony Brook University prefer SAT or ACT?

85% of students submit their SAT scores to SUNY Stony Brook. 25% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Stony Brook University?

42% of those who apply are granted admission to SUNY Stony Brook. Admission competition is low and the college has very high admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Stony Brook University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1230 and 1420. 85% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Stony Brook University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 26 and 31. 25% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.


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