Stony Brook University is one of the more selective schools in the State University of New York (SUNY) system. Less than half of all applicants gain admission, and successful applicants tend to 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 1700 or higher, and ACT composite scores of 24 or better. An "A" average and SAT score over 1800 gives you an excellent chance of receiving an acceptance letter from Stony Brook.
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 and 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. Also, the they will want to see a winning essay, interesting extracurricular activities, an engaging short answer, and strong letters of recommendation.
To learn more about the Stony Brook University, high school GPAs, SAT scores and ACT scores, these articles can help:
- Stony Brook University Admissions Profile
- What's a Good SAT Score?
- What's a Good ACT Score?
- What's Considered a Good Academic Record?
- What is a Weighted GPA?