Stony Brook University (SUNY Stony Brook)

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Stony Brook University can be found in Stony Brook, NY, a public college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. SUNY Stony Brook enrolls over twenty five thousand students per year.

A SAT or ACT exam may be required before applying to this college. Scores between 1690 (25th percentile) - 2000 (75th percentile) on the SAT and within the range of 26 (25th percentile) - 30 (75th percentile) on the ACT is usually submitted among applicants that get into this school. By applying sampled GPA data from over 150 schools, we are able to estimate that the SUNY Stony Brook average GPA ranges from 3.42 to 3.71 for accepted students. 39% of all those students that apply are granted admission to SUNY Stony Brook, from which 23% choose to enroll. Using acceptance rate data from previous years, we can project that the SUNY Stony Brook acceptance rate in 2015 is going to be around 40%. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall SUNY Stony Brook Acceptance Rate - Fall 2013


The overall acceptance rate for Stony Brook University was reported as 39.5% in Fall 2013 with over 30,300 applications submitted to SUNY Stony Brook. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • SUNY Stony Brook SAT Scores: 1690 - 2000
  • SUNY Stony Brook ACT Scores: 26 - 30
  • SUNY Stony Brook Average GPA: 3.42 - 3.71

How Hard Is It to Get into Stony Brook University?

Applicant Selectivity: High

Stony Brook University has a very competitive selection process for applicants, where most students accepted have a higher than average high school GPA and scored in the top percentiles on standardized tests like the SAT or ACT exam.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2021 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2021-2022 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Stony Brook University has been staying about the same from year to year.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2009-2010: 39.9%
  • 2010-2011: 41.0%
  • 2011-2012: 39.2%
  • 2012-2013: 40.1%
  • 2013-2014: 39.5%
  • Projected SUNY Stony Brook Acceptance Rate 2021-2022: 39.8%

How Does SUNY Stony Brook Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for Stony Brook University is forty-one percent lower than the national average of all colleges which is around 55.5%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Long Island University-C W Post Campus80.7%
Hofstra University58.7%
Yale University7.1%
Southern Connecticut State University75.4%
St. John's University-New York53.2%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • High School Class Rankings are Recommended
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Required
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2013)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to SUNY Stony Brook (Fall 2013)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading550 - 650
Math600 - 700
Writing540 - 650
Total Score1690 - 2000
ACT®Score Range
English24 - 30
Math26 - 31
Composite Score26 - 30
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