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Arrival and Orientation

Before Arriving at Stony Brook

  • Please review SOLAR for messages and "to do" items. Forward all outstanding documents to Graduate School as soon as possible.
  • Apply for on-campus housing (if applicable) if you have not already done so. If you want to apply for on-campus housing, please go to Housing for instructions. For off-campus housing go to


All new students must complete the online orientation program.

New PhD students and Masters students suppported as TAs are required to attend TA Orientation, tentatively scheduled for Wed, 8/22/2012.

International students should check in with Visa and Immigration Services. For additional information, see International Services

University ID

Students must obtain a University ID Card. This is a multipurpose card used for Campus ID, Meal Card, Library Services, Debit Card Program, vehicle registration and other services. To find out how to get your card go to You will need to bring one of form government issued photo ID.


After attending orientation, consult with your graduate program to ensure that your selection of courses fulfills the program requirements. You may have already been assigned an advisor. If not, there are two people in your department that can advise you concerning these matters: your Graduate Program Director and Graduate Program Coordinator. The Graduate Program Director administers Graduate School policies as they relate to your program, and functions as default advisor for graduate students in the program. The Graduate Program Coordinator works closely with the GPD and the Graduate
School to keep you aware of program policies.


Fall 2012 semester classes begin August 27th.
Registration on or after 8/27 will result in a late registration fee.

Schedule of Classes

Students may view course offerings online via their Solar System account by selecting the Class Search link. This link provides students with a listing of course offerings, with class day/time, location, instructor, etc. Class Search provides up to the minute course information. Students can also view class schedule pages that are updated weekly. They are available on the Registrar's Office website: Student should select the “Class Schedule” link for PDF formatted course offering pages.

Graduate Bulletin

Each graduate student is responsible for abiding by the rules and regulations in the Graduate Bulletin. The Graduate Bulletin is available on the web at

Transfer of Credit

A maximum of twelve graduate credits may be transferred to a degree program at Stony Brook University with the approval of the program and the Graduate School, provided they have not been used towards the satisfaction of any degree requirements here or at another institution. This includes credits taken as a non-matriculated graduate student at Stony Brook, as well as credits taken elsewhere. Please refer to the Graduate Bulletin for more information.