Stony Brook, NY
Stony Brook University


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Recent Reviews

Ashlie
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 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.

ROBERT
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Most PhD professors at SB don't have teaching bone in their body. Professors could not give 2 sh*ts about any student, gu...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Most PhD professors at SB don't have teaching bone in their body. Professors could not give 2 sh*ts about any student, guidance department is the worst, most courses have no relevance to anything you will need for your profession, wasted 4 years of my life at StonyBrook, which I can never get back. Do yourself a favor and go to a more intimate college where professors are capable of teaching and available to students.

Krista
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Stony Brook is much better than what people make of it. It is not perfect, and there are things that very badly need fixing, ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Stony Brook is much better than what people make of it. It is not perfect, and there are things that very badly need fixing, but overall, I think people are too negative about it. The food was a huge problem at the beginning of the semester, for example. They fixed it mostly, but people will not let it go.

Alan
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Terrible school, completely dead on weekends since a ton of people commute. On campus housing expensive and crappy, off campu...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Terrible school, completely dead on weekends since a ton of people commute. On campus housing expensive and crappy, off campus housing just as expensive a little better. The girls look terrible, mostly asian's and not the pretty kind (korean) mostly just Chinese girls that have no idea what their doing and wear no make up at all looking like tom boys. The professors suck sine it is mostly a research school professors don't give a rats behind about you since they are tenured. The classes are extremely competitive since a lot of these immigrant students treat this trash can like an ivy league. Binhamton, Buffalo, and Albany blow this school out of the water. Social life is dead since everyone commutes and you can't get anywhere in long island without a car really. the school is ugly and has no architectural identity no defining features just buildings. The only positive thing in this school is the rec center nothing else. I've transferred to one of these 3 schools mentioned earlier and I do not regret my choice at all. best decision ever and there is real diversity not just little china.

Ibn-Umar
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It's a good school and it's academically challenging. Stony Brook is primarily a research-focused university with a large foc...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

It's a good school and it's academically challenging. Stony Brook is primarily a research-focused university with a large focus on science, engineering, computer science and healthcare. Yet, there is a wide range of majors for students to select. There are also a lot of activities, clubs and student groups to get involved in. While the campus lacks an open party scene, there are good places to party if you know where to look. However, the surrounding towns are lacking that expected college atmosphere and the weekends are pretty dull. This college does contain numerous opportunities for students to grow and develop themselves professionally.

Cristina
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Stony Brook has its ups and downs, but overall, I really like it here. The ups: great reputation and programs for the science...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Stony Brook has its ups and downs, but overall, I really like it here. The ups: great reputation and programs for the sciences, VERY intelligent professors, fantastic research opportunities for undergrads, very diverse, not as expensive as other schools, hundreds of clubs and other ways to get involved. The downs: large class sizes make it hard for your professor to even know your name, the science classes are very rigorous, most dorm buildings are really old, about 50% of the people are pretty anti-social, the food stinks (they really try to make it great but it isn't), you can't get anywhere without a car (the bus system is crazy unreliable). In my experience though, the ups have outweighed the downs, and I'm really happy with my decision.

Adrianne
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Awesome! Solid education!

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Awesome! Solid education!

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