Future Students

Over the last decade, the number of applications to colleges has dramatically increased, making the college application process far more competitive than in the past, and making it more important for students to know what colleges are looking for in their applicants. For mid to large universities, freshman admission is often based primarily on the strength of the student’s high school curriculum, and performance within that curriculum. Special consideration may be given those with truly exceptional talents and achievements in the arts, athletics, and co-curricular activities.


High School Curriculum

Admissions committees need to know that you are prepared to begin study at the college level, and that you have sufficiently challenged  yourself through your high school course selection. A good way to demonstrate this is to successfully complete AP and Honors courses. Recommended college preparatory courses typically include: 4 units of English, 4 units of social studies, 3 units of mathematics (4 units required for engineering), 3 units of science (4 units required for engineering) and 2 or 3 units of foreign language.


High School Acadmic Performance

Universities take note of a student’s progress in grades. It is favorable for applicants to have upward or solid steady trends in their grades as they move through their high school program. SUNY Korea (Stony Brook) looks for students who have excelled in a strong college preparatory program.

Standardized Examinations

In evaluating SAT scores, many colleges place greater emphasis on the Math and Critical Reading sections. Scores on the Writing section are expected to receive more attention in the future. SUNY Korea (Stony Brook) requires submission of SAT or ACT scores if you are studying at a US High School or at an International High School with US curriculum

Supplemental Application
Some colleges and universities, including SUNY Korea (Stony Brook), have a required or optional supplemental application. This supplemental application may include a personal essay, and questions concerning extra-curricular activities. The activities that students engage in outside the classroom help to predict the success that they will have in a college environment. Universities are looking for students that are self-motivated, able to manage their time well, and are vested in the community. Admissions committees are interested in how prospective students will fit into the campus community socially, as well as academically.



Special Talents
While a supplemental application provides you with an opportunity to highlight your special talents or circumstances, it is often advisable to have your college advisor attach a letter to your transcript discussing these abilities and your potential.


Letters of Recommendation
Letters of recommendation can provide a sense of your capabilities and accomplishments through a voice that is not your own. 


Be sure to apply early! 
Because of limited space, more and more universities are closing admissions earlier every year. The college application process does not have to be a daunting task if you prepare early and put forth a consistent effort.




Campus visits are an important part of the process of determining whether a college is right for you. Here are a few tips to help you get the most out of your campus visits:




  Compile a list of questions in advance, and ask the same questions at each school to draw comparisons.


  If possible, take an escorted campus tour! Many school tours are guided by students who are great resources for getting all the real answers to your questions. 


  Attend an information session with an admissions officer. Tell them about your interests and career aspirations, and ask them to answer any questions you may have. Most universities post their information session schedules on their websites.


  Try to experience life as a student at each university: eat in the dining halls, and visit the residence halls and the library.


  Engage current students: ask them about their major, their schedules, residence life, and what they do for fun on weekends!

  Explore the area surrounding the campus: think about whether you would prefer attending a school located within a rural, urban, or suburban setting.


  Find out if the university has any specific programs for freshmen. 


  Pick up copies of student newspapers so you can read about current issues on campus and how faculty and administrators are handling them.


  Take good notes about each school so you remember all their distinctive features.