Graduate Application FAQs - Application Submission

Question: 

I cannot pay the application fee. What can I do?

The application fee is a requirement in order to be considered for admission. Note that we can only access your application after the application fee is paid. Fee waivers are available for Domestic student applications. Please contact the Graduate School to apply for an application fee waiver. See fee waiver procedures in the

FAQ Admission Type: 
Application Submission
Number: 
8
Question: 

I did not upload my Resume/Statement of Purpose (or I found a mistake), what can I do??

In the event the Resume/Statement of Purpose is missing completely, we can add it manually to your application. In terms of mistakes/typos in uploaded materials, due to the number of applications that we receive unfortunately it is not possible to update materials. However, please know that the Graduate Admissions Committee is aware that errors do occur and treats every applicant fairly and equally.

FAQ Admission Type: 
Application Submission
Number: 
5
Question: 

How do I calculate my GPA in the application?

Students should report their GPA or aggregate percentage (international students) according to the standard scale used by their universities. Do not attempt to convert to the 4.0 GPA scale. In the application, report the aggregate score/GPA achieved during the full course of your studies.

FAQ Admission Type: 
Application Submission
Number: 
1
Question: 

I applied last semester but was rejected, can I reuse materials from my last application?

Reusing the SoP and Resume is a decision that each applicant must make independently. LORs must be resubmitted into the new application officially by recommenders; old LORs cannot be transferred to the new application by SBU. If you previously submitted the GRE or TOEFL to SBU officially from ETS, it does not have to be re-reported again. If you took the IELTS or Duolingo, please upload a copy of the official score into your new application.

FAQ Admission Type: 
Application Submission
Number: 
2
Question: 

I have been out of touch with my undergraduate college, can the 3 recommendations be accepted from the work place?

This is a decision that each applicant must make independently. We will accept recommendations from the workplace.

FAQ Admission Type: 
Application Submission
Number: 
3
Question: 

I entered a mistake in the application form (i.e. Address, DOB, Citizenship, Employment, Self-Reported Test Scores, etc.), can this be corrected?

Unfortunately, it is not possible to correct mistakes in the application form.
Please make sure to review all the entered information before submitting your
application.

FAQ Admission Type: 
Application Submission
Number: 
4
Question: 

Why do I need to enter my GRE and TOEFL scores in the application if the scores are sent by ETS to Stony Brook?

There can be delays in receiving test scores from ETS. By entering your scores in the application, the admissions committee is able to begin reviewing your application. Note that the scores entered on your application will be verified with scores transmitted to the University by ETS.

FAQ Admission Type: 
Application Submission
Number: 
6
Question: 

My recommender is asking to submit a letter of recommendation outside of the online application system, is this possible?

All recommendation letters should be uploaded by recommenders into the online application system. To request an exception to this policy, please send your request to graduateatcs.stonybrook.edu. We grant permissions only in exceptional cases.

Please refrain from mailing hard copy letters of recommendation, as it will slow down the review process of your application

FAQ Admission Type: 
Application Submission
Number: 
7