Getting Started

By: Kristy Bunton
Last Updated: August 16, 2019

Here's what you need to know to get started at Stony Brook University!


SOLAR provides faculty, staff, and students with online access to manage all personal information. This is where you can access class rosters/grade rosters, set up your Blackboard/email credentials, maintain your own personal data, access payroll, SB Alert, and much more.

Your first step is to log into SOLAR using a 9-digit ID number that should have been given to you during the orientation process. Your initial password is your birthday in MMDDYY format.

Once you are successfully logged in to SOLAR, you should work on setting up your Blackboard/email credentials, which we call your NetID and password. For more information, visit the SOLAR page.


Your NetID credentials will provide you with access to Blackboard, Google Apps (your Stony Brook email), access to the campus Wi-Fi, library databases and much more.

Every active employee, student, and faculty member is assigned a NetID. To view your NetID and set up your password, log into SOLAR and click the NetID Maintenance link under Security and Personal Data.

For step-by-step instructions, view the following:

Google Mail

It is important for all faculty to log into their Stony Brook email as one of the first steps once they have their NetID credentials. Your Stony Brook email address will be the only email listed in Blackboard. Personal emails are not permitted. Students are told to reach out to faculty using Stony Brook email only.

How to log in:

All employees and students receive a Stony Brook Google (Gmail) account with the exception of those in the School of Medicine and School of Dental Medicine, who receive Microsoft Exchange/Outlook email accounts.

To access your Stony Brook Google account, go to and log in with your NetID and NetID password.

Hospital employees, go to and log in with your UHMC Domain username and password to access your Stony Brook Medicine email.

WolfieNet (WiFi)

WolfieNet is Stony Brook University's wireless network on West Campus, Southhampton, Manhattan, and parts of East Campus. It is available to all faculty, students staff and guests.


Use this for the first time when connecting to WolfieNet. This option configures Wi-Fi enabled devices to use WolfieNet properly. 


Available only in residence halls for gaming systems. Do not use for academic work or transactions such as banking or online shopping.

Secure (Best Option)

This is the recommended network that should be used on a day-to-day basis after successfully configuring your Wi-Fi devices through WolfieNet-Get-Connected.


To be used by visitors to the Uniersity who do not have a NetID. Users must authenticate and agree to the Wireless Internet Policy.

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