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 seven thousand students per year.

A SAT or ACT exam may be required before applying to this college. Scores between 1230 (25th percentile) - 1440 (75th percentile) on the SAT and within the range of 26 (25th percentile) - 32 (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 3.48 to 3.78 for accepted students. 44% of all those students that apply are granted admission to SUNY Stony Brook, from which 21% choose to enroll. Using acceptance rate data from previous years, we can project that the SUNY Stony Brook acceptance rate in 2021 is going to be around 40%. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall SUNY Stony Brook Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for Stony Brook University was reported as 44.2% in Fall 2020 with over 37,100 college 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 ACT Scores: 26 - 32
  • SUNY Stony Brook Average GPA: 3.48 - 3.78

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 2023 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2023-2024 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for SUNY Stony Brook has been on an upward trend when compared to previous years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 40.7%
  • 2017-2018: 42.2%
  • 2018-2019: 42.0%
  • 2019-2020: 44.2%
  • Projected SUNY Stony Brook Acceptance Rate 2023-2024: 39.8%

How Does SUNY Stony Brook Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for Stony Brook University is twenty-eight percent lower than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Long Island University-C W Post Campus80.1%
Hofstra University68.5%
Yale University6.1%
St. John's University-New York72.3%
CUNY Queens College48.8%

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 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to SUNY Stony Brook (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading590 - 690
Math640 - 750
Total Score1230 - 1440
ACT®Score Range
English24 - 33
Math26 - 32
Composite Score26 - 32
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