About Stony Brook University

Founded in 1957, Stony Brook University. is a Public college. Located in New York, which is a city setting in New York, the campus itself is Suburban. The campus is home to 17,026 full time undergraduate students, and 8,708 full time graduate students.

The Stony Brook University Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 17:1. There are 1035 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Stony Brook University include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate40%
Application Deadline
Application Fee50
SAT Range1150-1370
ACT Range26-31

Admissions at SB are considered More Selective, with ,80% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 8 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

94% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 73% were in the top quarter, and 40% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.

STUDENT LIFE

We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Stony Brook University.

5%
“We”re apathetic”
37%
“We know about current events and vote”
48%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
9%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
5%
“We save it for the classroom”
31%
“Sometimes, but not often”
51%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
14%
“All the time, including weekends”
3%
“I”m always terrified”
15%
“I only go out in groups”
39%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
43%
“I feel extremely safe”
13%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
43%
“We bought the gear”
44%
“We live for the big game”
12%
“It”s not really our thing”
29%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
52%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
7%
“We”re a very artistic group”
5%
“Haven”t met them”
13%
“Available in class”
63%
“They keep regular office hours”
20%
“They”re always available”
7%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
53%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
40%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
1%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
2%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
29%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
42%
“We only party on weekends”
27%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
3%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
57%
“There might be people who do”
36%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
3%
“There”s a huge drug scene”
5%
“We”re apathetic”
37%
“We know about current events and vote”
48%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
9%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
5%
“We save it for the classroom”
31%
“Sometimes, but not often”
51%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
14%
“All the time, including weekends”
3%
“I”m always terrified”
15%
“I only go out in groups”
39%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
43%
“I feel extremely safe”
13%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
43%
“We bought the gear”
44%
“We live for the big game”
12%
“It”s not really our thing”
29%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
52%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
7%
“We”re a very artistic group”
5%
“Haven”t met them”
13%
“Available in class”
63%
“They keep regular office hours”
20%
“They”re always available”
7%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
53%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
40%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
1%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
2%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
29%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
42%
“We only party on weekends”
27%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
3%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
57%
“There might be people who do”
36%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
3%
“There”s a huge drug scene”

Stony Brook University REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    263 Students rated on-campus housing 3.2 stars. 9 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    199 Students rated off-campus housing 3.1 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    297 Students rated campus food 3 stars. 10 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    299 Students rated campus facilities 3.7 stars. 21 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    300 Students rated class size 3.2 stars. 14 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    300 Students rated school activities 3.6 stars. 27 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    302 Students rated local services 3.4 stars. 22 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    300 Students rated academics 4 stars. 42 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of Stony Brook University?

115 Students rated Stony Brook University

Vlada - 04/06/2021

I personally did not enjoy the school for a few reasons. The main reason being that I hated living on campus. It felt very lonely and was not an enjoyable experience. Most of my classes were good and I was okay with the large class size in most of my classes. I never took a science class there but I did not hear good things about them. However, the gym was the highlight of my experience at this school and they have a few food options on campus.

Idrees - 04/04/2021

It is a nice school. But I wish I got accepted into their honors program and they offered more scholarship oppportunitities.

SUSAN - 03/06/2021

Stony Brook University is an amazing college and the campus life is also very interesting. It did not let me down. There might be some flaws of the school, however, that did not impact me from enjoying what the university had to offer. The university do its best job to support their students. The students there are also amazing and the student population is very diverse. They came from so many different backgrounds and there are a variety of cultures that can be seen on campus. The university also invites international students from all over the world. There are many international students that come to the school to receive an education that they want. Students also participate in extracurricular activities including band, sports, and clubs and there are so many options available to choose from. The size of the campus is not too big and not too small. I believe it is the perfect size for me as it is easy to go around campus and not be late to classes. The university provides many opportunities for the students to take part in and I have to say it was a really good experience being an on-campus student.

Danielle - 12/02/2020

Although I am still yet to have had the proper on campus experience at Stony Brook University, I appreciate the school for its academic rigor and the opportunities provided to make connections and optimize your time in college. I have completed my first semester entirely remote and plan to do the same in the Spring. Although online learning is never ideal, Stony Brook professors have shown to rise to the challenge. Thus far in my college experience, I have never struggled to get in contact with a professor and they have always been attentive to my needs. Professors and staff are very understanding of all circumstances. If you are looking to feel heard and included at your college, I would recommend that you apply to Stony Brook University.

Stony Brook University FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Stony Brook University?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Stony Brook University is 40%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    Make a decision about which college you will be sttending sooner and take more AP courses.

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  3. Describe the students at your school.

    We are the geeks, nerds, and braniacs of the SUNY system, but we'll show you a good time, always with a touch of class.

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  4. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    Stony Brook is really good at providing opportunities for every type of college student. There is a bit too much science-driven students which shows in the lack of emphasis in the Humanities department. Also the campus is a bit liberal and it's hard for conservative students to express themselves. There is a lot of school pride and there are options to leave campus (the train to Penn Station is five minutes away!). The school's administration is a bit annoying, but overall it's a good school

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  5. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    The campus life at SBU was so enthusiastic. I visited during Earthstock, which is a festival celebrating our planet (recycling, hula-hoop classes on the grass, a strawberry-themed festival) and it really spoke to me. The campus was so alive and vibrant that I knew Stony Brook was the right school for me. And on an unrelated note-- there is a train station straight to the city right on campus!

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  6. What are the academics like at your school?

    In many humanities classes, the professors learn your name by the second week. In science classes you will be in a room of 100-1000 students so it's hard for them to learn your name, and sometimes they won't know who you are at all....so go attend their office hours! Class participation is often important in the humanities department and is one of the deciding factors of your final grade. Many students are very competitive, especially those who are pre-med. My department is very small and has about 5 undergraduate students and about 20 graduate students. It's very disappointing, but then again Literature is not a major field at Stony Brook.

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  7. What is the stereotype of students at your school?

    I'm not sure about general stereotypes we are very diverse.

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  8. Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

    There is a large asian population

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  9. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    People who are looking for a very strong student teacher relationship shouldn't attend this school. Basically, students go to lectures and learn most of it from reading on their own. Although, the professors are helpful at times, they don't have enough time to care for each student. To make up for it, they bring in TA's to take their place instead. Also, people who are looking for a school with school spirit shouldn't attend either. This school doesn't have much of a school spirit and on that subject, it's pretty much a dead area.

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  10. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    Student apathy can sometimes be a problem, as well as the recent (and temporary) loss of large scale concerts due to construction of a new Arena.

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  11. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    My current school is very large, but it has a very good teacher program for prospective teachers as well as a great biology program which is what I plan to teach one day.

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  12. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    Greek organizations and miscellaneous clubs and sports are popular

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  13. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    I wish I had known that the academic advisors are not very helpful at SBU.

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  14. What's unique about your campus?

    Stony Brook has a diversity that you'll be hard-pressed to find anywhere else. We have students that come from all over the world; you'll hear 20 different languages being spoken just walking across campus. I come from a small one-stoplight town where, though the nearby military base creates an influx of new people every now and then, I have known my classmates all my life. I had no problem transitioning to such a big school though, because SBU res life has made sure that no student gets lost in the bustle of the big campus.

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  15. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    Stony Brook is a very large school, which mean very large lecture hall classes. It is sometimes frustrating to be in such a large class because you don't get as much individualized instruction. Also, you don't get to meet and interact with your classmates as much in a large lecture than in a small class.

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  16. What kind of person should attend this school?

    Those individuals who want to have the flexibility of visiting home or communting from home; those students who cannot afford to attend a private school but have the grades to show for it; those who see this school as an "easy way out" from more challenging schools.

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  17. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    SBU is know for it's medicial program and engineering.

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  18. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    Stony Brook University is located close enough to New York City that one can take advantage of all the opportunities offered within the school and the large surrounding city. There are an immense amount of internships and job openings for students interested in many field. It truly provides students with experience in their major and offers credit for school as well. The best part is, the LIRR travels straight from campus to the city with easy accessbility. The opportunities opened for students at SBU is one of it's greatest assets!

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  19. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    Well there is one stereotype that all the Asian students are science majors, and terrible at writing and English. There is also another stereotype that Stony Brook is a party school.

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  20. Describe a typical weekend.

    Quite. The campus becomes barren as most of the students journey home to spend the weekends with their families. As a student from California, this really isn't an option for me. In the wasteland that is the weekend on campus, I have had my most interesting adventures and made my closest friends. Nothing inspires friendship and adventure like an unhealthy amount of boredom.

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  21. Describe the dorms.

    Juniors and Seniors live here

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Student Body

Students

46%

female

54%

male

17,026

Total Undergrad Enrollment

8,708

Total Grad Students

9%

Out-Of-State

74%

In-State

17%

International

Organizations

333

Student Organizations

15

Fraternities

14

Sororities

Housing

Yes

On-Campus Housing

40%

of students living on campus

Student Diversity

% American Indian/Alaskan Native
N/A
% Asian/Pacific Islander
23%
% Black or African-American
6%
% Hispanic/Latino
12%
% White or Caucasian
35%

TUITION & AID

All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

76% of students attending Stony Brook University receive some sort of financial aid. 33% were awarded federal grants. While 42% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

Cost Out of State

$26,239

Tuition and fees(Out of state)

$900

Books and Supplies

$12,882

Room and Board

40,021

Total On Campus

Actual Cost By Income Level(W/Financial Aid)

Family Income
Cost
$0 - $30K
$8,954
$30 - $48K
$10,736
$48 - $75K
$16,227
$75 - $110K
$19,165
$110K & UP
$20,166

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