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SUNY Stony Brook Admission Requirements

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Chances of getting into Stony Brook University

Acceptance Rate

Admitted 
49%
Admission Difficulty for Stony Brook University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Exceptional 
Applicant Competition Average 
How hard is it to get into SUNY Stony Brook and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at SUNY Stony Brook is 49%.  It ranks #32 in New York for lowest rate of acceptance. SUNY Stony Brook is a more competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants. Last year, 18,138 out of 37,083 applicants were admitted.

The school has extremely high admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 19 percent (SAT 1230/1440 ACT 26/32). Stony Brook University typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.9. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top quarter of their high school class. 18% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The SUNY Stony Brook application fee is $50 and applications are due by Mar 1.

Testing Requirements

You are required to submit admission test scores with your application. Stony Brook University is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to confirm the most up to date testing requirements.

SUNY Stony Brook SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
1230-1440
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 690
SAT Math 75th 750
SAT Composite 75th 1440
Average SAT Score 1340

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 prefers 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 1120. The average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1340 out of 1600. SUNY Stony Brook ranks #14 in New York and #92 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 85 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Stony Brook University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1440 and Above Good >65%
1335 to 1440 Avg + 49%-65%
1230 to 1335 Avg - 34%-49%
1125 to 1230 Reach 21%-34%
Less than 1125 Low <21%
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SUNY Stony Brook ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
26-32 
Applicants Submitting ACT 
25%
ACT Scores for Stony Brook University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 25
ACT Math 25th 25
ACT Composite 25th 26
ACT Scores for Stony Brook University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 34
ACT Math 75th 32
ACT Composite 75th 32
Average ACT Score 29

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 23 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 29 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 32 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #21 in New York and #120 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score. 25 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Stony Brook University.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Stony Brook University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
32 and Above Good >65%
29 to 32 Avg + 49%-65%
26 to 29 Avg - 34%-49%
23 to 26 Reach 21%-34%
Less than 23 Low <21%
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SUNY Stony Brook GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
3.9
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 3.9 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #5 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.

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High School GPA's for admitted Stony Brook University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 38.74% Good
3.75 to 3.99 27.85% Avg
3.50 to 3.74 20.58% Reach
3.25 to 3.49 8.22% Reach
3.00 to 3.24 3.77% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 0.69% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 0.15% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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High School Class Rank

77% 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 44%
Top 25% of class 77%
Top 50% of class 97%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

Stony Brook University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 19,883 17,200 37,083
Accepted 9,587 8,551 18,138
Acceptance Rate 48% 50% 49%
Enrolled 1,593 1,729 3,322
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 17% 20% 18%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Mar 1, 2023
Days left to Apply
93

Applicants have 93 days left until the Fall 2022 term applications are due on Mar 1, 2023.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Stony Brook University is $50.

Application Requirements

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

Stony Brook University Application Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor 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.

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?

49% of those who apply are granted admission to SUNY Stony Brook. Admission competition is low and the college has exceptional 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 1440. 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 32. 25% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.