Stony Brook, NY
Stony Brook University


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Jovana
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Overall, Stony Brook University is an excellent school. However, it is not for everyone. If you wish to go to a party school,...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Overall, Stony Brook University is an excellent school. However, it is not for everyone. If you wish to go to a party school, do not attend Stony Brook. Although the students do occasionally party, Stony Brook is more for people who wish to receive an amazing education and put things such as partying aside.

Jennifer
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I already knew that I would be dorming when I found that I got accepted into Stony Brook University. I was excited and nervou...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I already knew that I would be dorming when I found that I got accepted into Stony Brook University. I was excited and nervous before starting my college journey. Fast forward to entering my spring semester as a sophomore, I would make a recommendation to Campus Residences that the size of the beds should be "twin xwide" instead of "twin xlong". I mean, I kind of like having adequate leg space and not have my body on the verge of falling off. Also, I'm currently on no meal plan but I have a good idea of how downgraded our campus dining has become based on the complaints that the study body has voiced. Asides from that, I honestly love my university. I am so glad I reside right on campus, because once I wake up I get ready and head out and start my day. Whether it be the library, lecture room, adviser's office, I'm always doing something that needs to get done, making sure I stay productive and on top of my game. Of course, I wind down which for me is a good nap or watching funny compilation videos on YouTube. Oh, and I really recommend checking out the Recreation Center. It's a pretty neat gym with two floors and enough equipment to get a good workout in between classes. At least we just got our newly renovated pool re-opened in years! The campus community is hyped. I'm just hoping they feel the same towards the campus food, that's if it's going to get better. Things can feel rough at times trying to handle personal and academic responsibilities, but I don't regret my journey as a college student at all. I have to say Stony Brook makes it worthwhile.

Jessica
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My first semester at this university was wonderful overall. There are endless clubs, organizations, and sororities/fraterniti...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

My first semester at this university was wonderful overall. There are endless clubs, organizations, and sororities/fraternities one can join and many events one can attend. I befriended numerous people - whether in lecture, recitation, study groups, my dorm building, or events that I attended. I also performed in front of hundreds of people even though I have slight stage fright, but college has helped me break out of my shell and become someone I never thought I would. Throughout the semester, I was astonished by the rigorous material taught within my classes. I self-taught a lot of material that I did not understand in lecture. I watched the lectures that were recorded during, I practiced a lot in order to understand the material, and most importantly, I strived for the best that I can be. College has taught me to become a more independent and hardworking adult. No more complaining and no more dependence; it is all you now.

DanaRenee
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Stony Brook University is a great school when it comes to academics. There are excellent professors and advisors. I feel like...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Stony Brook University is a great school when it comes to academics. There are excellent professors and advisors. I feel like the mental health of the students attending should be a higher priority than it is currently. So many students fall away and do not reach their full potential due to the pressure that this college creates.

Christina
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Stony Brook has a diverse campus and there are many resources for students of every race, religion, gender identity and sexua...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Stony Brook has a diverse campus and there are many resources for students of every race, religion, gender identity and sexual orientation. It is a large campus and some common core science and math course such as general chemistry may have class sizes as large as 500 students. This makes it difficult for new students to connect to classmates and professors. However Stony Brook is aware of this and has resources in place to deal with this issue. Professors and TA's all have regular office hours for each course. There are a wide variety of extracurricular clubs and organizations and many resources to help students with professional development and career readiness.

Anar
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It is a good place to study because there are not so many places to go to and spend some leisure time there, so you will spen...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

It is a good place to study because there are not so many places to go to and spend some leisure time there, so you will spend a lot of time studying because you don't have anything else to do. Campus is safe enough, most of my professors are pretty good and friendly.

Ashlie
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It is very competitive academically, but they do not take good care of their students. Only certain places have air condition...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

It is very competitive academically, but they do not take good care of their students. Only certain places have air conditioning, and communication between student and staff isn't that well. The campus food isn't all that great nor is it healthy. It is usually the same thing everyday and you have to grow a liking to "food" constantly seasoned with black pepper for flavor.

Anna
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I feel Stony Brook is a decent university to attend because it is a large campus with lots of events going on everyday and th...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I feel Stony Brook is a decent university to attend because it is a large campus with lots of events going on everyday and the academics are good in the STEM fields. The campus is open, but it is fairly easy to find your group of people in a campus with tens of thousands of students, including both undergraduates and graduates. I do, however, wish that Stony Brook had a better Business program for those like me who want to major in Business. Additionally, the food here is probably the worst because they raise health concerns, especially when there was glass found in food. Other than that, people are welcoming and even though I've only settled in merely a few months ago as a graduating high school senior, I have begun to call this place, home.

Courtney
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Stony Brook is a challenge, not just academically but also socially. As a STEM major, courses are extremely difficult and mos...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Stony Brook is a challenge, not just academically but also socially. As a STEM major, courses are extremely difficult and most of my time is spent studying for never ending midterms, assignments and lab reports. Just when you think you have a day off, you remember that paper you have due on Monday or that third midterm coming up in organic chemistry that you are totally under-prepared for. Schoolwork here will keep you busy and if you fall behind it feels almost impossible to catch up. If you're not on your A game you will drown. At Stony Brook, you must be 100 percent dedicated to your courses if you want to succeed. There is almost no such thing as an easy A unless its BIO 201, in which case you're lucky. With all of your time dedicated to classes, it can become difficult to make friends and feel a sense of belonging on campus. This feeling intensifies when you realize that campus is empty on the weekends as all of the commuters rush home and in state residents escape to their hometowns with friends. Some weekends you will wake up, walk around campus and won't see another living soul other than the occasional campus squirrel. You have to find your people, and find them fast. Take advantage of your roommates if you have them, because they may become your best friends. Go to those dumb events, because other people are probably going too looking for some new people to hang out with. Go to the club fair and attend weekly meetings if you can, and go to the football games even though everyone knows we will lose. You have to put your self out there otherwise this giant campus will make you feel lost and alone.

Claudia
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Upon entering this school you'll hear a lot of positive reviews: great professors, campus full of greenery, very affordable a...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Upon entering this school you'll hear a lot of positive reviews: great professors, campus full of greenery, very affordable and so forth. And though these reviews aren't completely off, your opinion of Stony Brook depends on the concentration you come in with. Pre-med and mathematics majors see real opportunity as the medical program is highly respected here. Humanities? Not so much. For the fall semester of 2016 I was registered into an intermediate writing course. I must have put 20 hours into my first paper, expected to be graded like an intermediate writer; after peer reviewing a few papers I realized an overwhelming majority of the class doesn't even know what a thesis statement is--go figure. The professor however, and all my other professors alike, are some of the most down-to-earth and compassionate people you will ever meet. They not only invite you to office hours, but also welcome you with a reassuring smile--yes, you're in the right place. Professors here can easily weed students who are gifted and push them beyond the curriculum, though their investment in each student is equal. Humanities classes, fortunately, are small, not exceeding 30 students. Science and math lecture halls average 200 students. The campus is beautiful around summertime and fall. During the warmer days of October, I would lend out one of Stony Brook bikes (first hour students can ride free) and just ride around reveling in the tall trees and winding roads. Looking out my dorm window, I am appreciative of the clear blue sky and the way which the tall trees cut the clouds. Dorms are like anywhere else: you get a bed, desk and closet, maybe AC if you're lucky; truthfully if you're spending most of your time in your room you're probably missing out. Food is not so good, but Stony Brook has been responsive to students' complaints and is constantly working at improvement. Parties are scarce, yet those who seek will find. The campus police are friendly; there is little reason to feel unsafe here. The school is a little isolated but that just means the people who are on campus have business being here. Ultimately, like with any college, your experience is what you make of it. Take the reins on your own education.

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