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Learn How to Apply to SBU!

It's easy to apply to SBU! As an incoming first year student, use the checklist below to learn what steps you need to take for admission and enrollment at SBU. And remember — your admissions counselor is here to help you through the whole journey!

Transfer students

International students

freshman admissions checklist

1) Apply online

Get the ball rolling by filling out our online application for undergraduate admission. And the best part — the application fee is currently waived so you can apply for FREE!

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2) Send Transcripts and test scores

Ask your high school counselor to send an official copy of your high school transcript and ACT/SAT scores to our office.

SBU's ACT school code is 2368 and SAT school code is 6664.

You also can upload your transcripts and test scores through your MyBearcat account.

admission requirements:

Meet two of the following three qualifiers:

  • 2.50+ cumulative high school GPA (on a 4.00 scale)
  • 21+ ACT/1060+ SAT/68+ CLT composite score (SAT reading and math sections only)
  • Rank in top 50% of high school class

SBU understands getting transcripts and/or taking the ACT/SAT is a struggle right now. To assist, SBU is temporarily moving to test optional and self-reported high school GPA for all admission. However, to potentially improve academic scholarship eligibility, students may elect to take the online CLT test. Please contact your admissions counselor if you have questions or concerns.

3) visit campus

If you haven't already, make sure you schedule a visit to SBU! Visiting campus is the best way to discover how SBU can help you reach your goals and to see how you will find your place in our community. You can schedule an individual visit or join one of our group visit day events. We can't wait to show you around campus!

Schedule visit

4) File Your FAFSA

Submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to qualify for state and federal grants, loans and work study financial aid opportunities. SBU will use your FAFSA results to put together your own personalized financial aid package and your admissions counselor will work with you through each step of this process. The recommended deadline for filing the FAFSA is February 1.

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5) submit enrollment deposit

Ready to officially join the SBU family? Login to your MyBearcat account to pay your enrollment deposit and secure your spot in classes and housing!

Pay your deposit online

6) Register for Welcome Week

Welcome Week is our official New Student Orientation that takes place the week before classes start each semester. Attending Welcome Week helps you make a smooth transition into life at SBU!

Sign up for Welcome Week