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Admitted Seawolf Days Draw More Than 6,000 Visitors

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Stony Brook enjoyed record attendance at its two Admitted Seawolf Days. Photos by John Griffin.

Stony Brook Enjoys a Record Application Year

Nearly 6,200 admitted students and families visited the Stony Brook University campus on March 23 and April 6 for Admitted Seawolf Days.

Students admitted for Fall 2024 were invited to learn more about Stony Brook by attending new student information sessions on financial aid, next steps, Study Abroad and more. Tours of the campus, laboratories and residence halls were available both days.

Students met faculty at the Academic Fair, learned more about getting involved on campus from current students at the Student Activities Fair, and participated in academic sessions from the university’s colleges and schools, learning about topics such as “Becoming a Scientist” and “Creative Writing.”

The April 6 Admitted Seawolf Day saw a record number of more than 4,000 admitted students and guests in attendance, and while heavy rain kept some prospective Seawolves away on the March 23 date, more than 2,150 students and guests donned rain gear to see all that Stony Brook has to offer.

Students from across the state and across the country attended the events, coming from states as far away as California, Illinois, Minnesota and Washington.

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The energy felt on campus was great and so many of our future Seawolves and their supporters were engaged in discovering more about Stony Brook,” said executive director of admissions Mark Cortez, who noted that nationally, attending an in-person campus open house is one of the top five factors that out-of-state students utilize when making a final decision on where to enroll.

“After the success of these programs, and seeing a surge in attendance from out-of-state students, I’m excited to see what states will be represented by our incoming class,” he added. “I’m also so thankful that our campus community was able to support all of our attendees at these programs. It’s truly an example of the Stony Brook spirit of collaboration!” 

Caroline Tozzi from Staten Island is a mother to twin sons who both decided to attend Stony Brook after visiting the campus April 6. My sons have been very undecided about which school they would attend,” she said. “Stony Brook was the fourth accepted student day that we attended. However, it was the first accepted student day that really caught our attention.”

Tozzi said the speakers were informative, interesting and funny, and the student panel was relatable and engaging, and that her sons didn’t pick up their phones once during the sessions — a positive sign.

“At previous schools, they zoned out and played on their phones while I would remind them that these sessions were for them and not me,” she said. “The atmosphere on Saturday just brought it all together. Walking towards the car at the end of the day, I said ‘Is this your school?’ They both said yes, and we turned right around and walked back to the campus store to buy a sweatshirt.”

Stony Brook received a record number of first-year applications this year – 55,812 – representing a 12 percent increase from 2023. As of April 5, Stony Brook has received the highest number of applications in the SUNY system for first-year students.

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