A newsletter by Student Orientation and Family Programs     Volume 1, Issue 10
Thank You for Attending Family Weekend 2016!

More than 1,000 registrants participated in Family Weekend, which included events such as the Family Welcome Reception, sponsored by the Alumni Association and Parent Fund, our Seawolves football game, informative and engaging lectures and workshops presented by faculty and student groups, a tailgate barbeque, and the Sunday Family Brunch!

It was a weekend to remember and our #SBUfamilies had a wonderful time celebrating our yearly fall tradition! Please continue to check our website for further information on Family Weekend 2017. We look forward to seeing you there!

If you would like to provide feedback on your experience at
Family Weekend please click here .


Evoking Momentum: State of the University Address and Library Dedication
Stony Brook University President Stanley made his seventh State of the University Address on Wednesday, September 28th to an audience of students, faculty, and staff. 

Read the full story here .

Wolfstock 2016 is Saturday, October 15- Register Now!
"The annual homecoming tradition has something for everyone, including a family-friendly barbecue, special events for students, alumni and friends — and, of course, the big game in LaValle Stadium." 

*This excerpt originated from Stony Brook University's SBU Happenings newsletter.* 

2017-2018 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
The  2017-18 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)   will be available beginning Oct. 1, 2016.  For more information, go online

SBU Family's Guide to FERPA

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) gives families certain rights with respect to their student’s educational records. However, these rights transfer to the student when they reach the age of 18. Thus, SUNY Stony Brook University is prohibited from disclosing student educational records (even to a parent).

While the University views families as partners in their student’s education, we must adhere to the FERPA guidelines and, by law, cannot share information about your student’s records with third parties without the student’s consent. We understand this may bring frustration, but this is a great opportunity for your student to learn skills in self-advocacy!

Below are some tips to help your family navigate FERPA:
  • Communicate with your student about your expectations and needs as their main support system. Remaining transparent will ease the transition!
  • With the consent of your student, you may request a FERPA waiver for your student's schedule, enrollment status, credits earned, and declared major and minor. Students may revoke these privileges at any time.
  • Stay informed! Review the policy with your student and revisit the expectations and implications these guidelines may bring.
For more information, please contact the Office of the Registrar:

Registrar's Office
276 Administration Bldg.
Stony Brook, NY 11794-1101

Phone: (631) 632-6175, Option 1
Fax: (631) 982-7320 
E-mail: registrar_office@stonybrook.edu
Important Dates
Friday, October 7: Last day to add/drop/swap & credit change deadline
Wednesday, October 12:  The Politics of Promotion - Webinar
Thursday, October 13: Homecoming Kind and Queen Creative Explosion, SAC Aud, 8 pm
Friday, October 14: Last day to move up/drop down courses
Saturday, October 15: Wolfstock - A Homecoming Tradition
Friday, October 28: Last day to process G/P/NC; Section/credit change; withdrawal  
Office of Student Orientation and Family Programs
W-3519 Melvillle Library
Stony Brook, NY 11794
(631) 632-6710