Stony Brook University GPA, SAT and ACT Data

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Stony Brook GPA, SAT and ACT Graph

Stony Brook University GPA, SAT and ACT Data for Admission
Stony Brook University GPA, SAT Scores and ACT Scores for Admission. Data courtesy of Cappex.

Stony Brook University, one of the many schools in the State University of New York system, has selective admissions with an acceptance rate of 41%. Admission is likely to get more selective if the promises of Governor Cuomo's Excelsior Program become a reality. To figure out how you measure up to other applicants, you can use this free tool from Cappex to calculate your chances of getting in.

Discussion of Stony Brook's Admissions Standards

As one of the more selective universities in the SUNY network, Stony Brook University tends to admit applicants who have grades and standardized test scores that are above average. In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. The majority of successful applicants had a high school average of "B+" or better, combined SAT scores of 1150 or higher (RW+M), and ACT composite scores of 24 or better. An "A" average and SAT score over 1200 gives you an excellent chance of receiving an acceptance letter from Stony Brook. Note that Stony Brook recommends but does not require the SAT Writing test.

Note that there are some red dots (rejected students) and yellow dots (waitlisted students) mixed in with the green and blue in the middle of the graph. Some students with grades and test scores that were on target for the Stony Brook University did not win admission. On the flip side, note that a few students were accepted with test scores and grades a bit below the norm. This is because Stony Brook's admissions process is based on more than numerical data.

The university accepts the Common Application, SUNY Application, and Coalition Application, and Stony Brook has a holistic admissions process. The Stony Brook admissions folks will be looking at the rigor of your high school courses, not just your grades. Success in challenging college preparatory classes such as International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement, and Honors can strengthen an application significantly. At the very least, Stony Brook will want to see that applicants have completed a core curriculum that includes adequate science, math, English, language, and social science classes. Also related to coursework, Stony Brook likes to see grades that have an upward rather than downward trend.

Whichever application you choose to use to apply to Stony Brook, you'll need to write a winning essay. The university is also interested in learning about your extracurricular activities—the admissions folks want to see evidence of leadership and talent related to an applicant's non-academic pursuits. Finally, all applicants must submit a letter of recommendation. Keep in mind that applicants to the Honors College and a few other specialized programs will have additional application requirements.

To learn more about the Stony Brook University including costs, financial aid, graduation rates, and popular academic programs, be sure to check out the Stony Brook University admissions profile.

If You Like Stony Brook, You May also Like these Schools

Not surprisingly, applicants to Stony Brook University tend to apply to other universities in the SUNY network. Binghamton University and the University at Albany are particularly popular among Stony Brook applicants. If you are also considering private universities, be sure to check out Hofstra University and Syracuse University.