Location: Stony Brook, Long Island, NY
Size: 16,480 Undergraduate, 24,607 Total
Percent Women: 46%
Tuition (one year): $8,430 In-state, $21,850 Out-of-state
Most Popular Majors: Psychology, General; Biology/Biological Sciences, General; Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other; Business Administration and Management, General
Greek Life: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 39%
For more information about financial aid, scholarships, majors, study abroad, and average test scores, visit Stony Brook University’s website
Why Choose Stony Brook?
"As an out-of-stater, I wanted to be close to the city and all the opportunities there."
"It is an amazing school close to home."
"The campus environment is great, especially when it's nice out. I was visiting in the spring and there were so many people hanging out on the Staller Steps together."
"It has a lot of great facilities and is one of the best research universities in the world."
“The proximity to the city! Stony Brook is only 55 miles from NYC and there’s a Long Island Rail Road stop right on campus, as well as a 7bus stop that goes directly from SBU to Manhattan.”
“Every type of person goes to Stony. There’s D1 athletics, Greek life, academic clubs, service clubs, journalism, student government, arts – you just need to find the activities that are right for you.”
“I like the fact that research is always available and that a lot of the student body has a mind for work.”
“Roth Pond Regatta is the best tradition. It’s a giant race where a lot of the student organizations make boats out of cardboard and duct tape, then race them across Roth pond. It’s a great experience and a lot of the school shows up to cheer on.”
“The first basketball game is always a lot of fun.”
“The novelty of the food wears quickly; it can go from ‘wow I can’t believe we have so many options’ to ‘wow I can’t believe there’s nothing to eat’”
“Greek life is basically nonexistent. There is no frat row, the houses are hard to get to, a lot of the school doesn’t really pay any attention to Greek life at all.”
“The location can be taxing if you don’t have a car.”
“There are a lot of commuters, so sometimes it can feel a little dead on the weekends.”
“A lot of people go home on the weekends.”
New Collegeiette on Campus
“Stony Brook was rough my first year because I think I resented not getting into my top school, but with time I grew to really love it here. I found my niche and also came to realize how ABSOLUTELY AMAZING the academics here are. I think it’s important to remember that it can be rough, but that doesn’t mean it won’t pick up.”
“A lot of freshman stick together because those are the first people you meet, but people of any age year are accessible to meet and be friends with. It’s all about getting out of your comfort zone and actually talking to people.”
“Orientation can feel kind of like summer camp because there’s no responsibilities yet.”
“There aren’t any freshman-only buildings, so meeting upperclassmen is pretty easy.”
All About Academics
“It’s an extremely academic school. Most people here take their studies very seriously.”
“You’ll find that most people are science-based majors. A lot of pre-med.”
“Library always seems to be packed. A lot of people also study in the hall lounges, starbucks, or even just outside.”
“Everyone always seems to be studying or have some big assignment coming up.”
“It can be hard academically but it always feels worth it.”
Learn from the Best
“Very diverse faculty (not everyone is an old white man!)”
“Some classes have 9 students and some classes have 600 students.”
“Most of the faculty recognizes that the classes are difficult. Talk to your professors and most of the time they’ll be willing to help.”
Interests & Involvement
“There’s an involvement fair a few times a year. It’s a great way to find clubs and meet people."
“I feel like there’s a club for everything.”
"There is campus lifetime every week when no one has classes so the clubs can hold meetings."
“Our mascot Wolfie is everywhere.”
“A lot of people come out and support basketball. We just got a new stadium as well.”
“We have tons of intramural sports if you’re not D1 level but still want to have fun and play.”
“There are a lot of women in power on campus. Like literally, a lot of female administration and faculty”
“The school is only 46% female and sometimes you can really feel it.”
“WISE is a program for Women In Science and Engineering. As a science-based school, it’s really great to have support for women in a male-dominated field.”
“Women around campus are very comfortable wearing whatever they want. Some girls always dress up and some girls are always in sweats and there’s everything in between. It’s very comforting to feel like you won’t be judged for dressing either way.”
Food & Drink
“There are four main dining areas, but there are many options within each.”
“Being a vegetarian can be hard, but they do try to accommodate all types of diets (vegetarian, gluten free, vegan, kosher, etc).”
“There are some really great pizza places to order from off-campus. Long Island has some of the best pizza in the country.”
“There are some major chains on campus: Red Mango, Wendy’s, and Dunkin Donuts, and Starbucks.”
“You can party if you want, but the frat/sorority party scene isn’t that intense. A lot of freshman go to frat parties, but it gets repetitive."
"A lot of friend groups will just stay in and do their own thing instead of going out partying."
“Since the city is so accessible, a lot of people like to head to New York to have fun on the weekends.”
“There’s a mixture of corridor and suite style. A lot of freshmen live in corridor, then move into suites with their friends when they’re upperclassmen."
"Each dorm has a very active hall coucil that hold weekly programs and meetings. Hall Council is a great way to get involved."
“All of the quads are geared toward a community. As a freshman you pick which quad you want to live in. The options are Arts, Culture, and Humanities, Information and Technology, Science and Society, Leadership and Service, Global Studies, and Human Development.”
Exploring Stony Brook
“Stony Brook is kind of an isolated down, separate from the university.”
“There’s not much to do in the town, but there are a few restaurants and places to shop.”
"The closest place to go and have fun is Port Jefferson, one town over. It has a cute water-side downtown where you can spend an afternoon or evening easily."
HC's Complete College Guide: Stony Brook University
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