Students Say

Students at Stony Brook University get all the advantages of a “premiere science and research university,” while also benefiting from the diverse atmosphere and low tuition costs of a large public institution. The school has a “great reputation in science and engineering,” as well as strong pre-med and pre-health programs; however, it’s the “access to hands-on, real-world experiences” that truly distinguishes a Stony Brook education.

Overview

Applicants
33,714
Acceptance Rate
41%
Average HS GPA
3.78

GPA Breakdown

54%
Over 3.75
25%
3.50 - 3.74
14%
3.25 - 3.49
7%
3.00 - 3.24

Test Scores

SAT Reading
540 - 640
SAT Math
610 - 710
ACT Composite
26 - 30

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Overall

Students Say

Students at Stony Brook University get all the advantages of a “premiere science and research university,” while also benefiting from the diverse atmosphere and low tuition costs of a large public institution. The school has a “great reputation in science and engineering,” as well as strong pre-med and pre-health programs; however, it’s the “access to hands-on, real-world experiences” that truly distinguishes a Stony Brook education. Motivated undergrads find “the opportunities to do research are phenomenal”; in addition to the school’s proximity to the myriad opportunities in New York City, “there is a hospital right across the street, shuttles to Brookhaven National Lab, and hundreds of professors that look for undergrads to work in the lab.” That said, “you must be proactive in order to succeed” at Stony Brook. “The professors are challenging and expect a lot from you,” and the “vast, sometimes overwhelming size” means classes are sometimes “packed to the brim with 500-some students.” Fortunately, Stony Brook has found ways to make the experience more personal. For one thing, first-year students are all “broken down into smaller colleges,” learning communities of “like minded individuals” who live in the same dorms and take freshman seminars together. On top of that, “all classes in large lecture styles attempt to make the learning experience more personal through section meetings with TAs, online interactive discussion boards and/or professors that are very willing to discuss the material with you.” Once you get through the first few years, “Upperclassmen have excellent classes,” which are often smaller and lead by “very entertaining, interactive and challenging” professors.

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
16:1
Total Faculty
1,627
with Terminal Degree
1,270

992
Men
635
Women
314
Minority
93
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
69%
Graduate in 5 years
94%
Graduate in 6 years
68%


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


John L. Hennessy
President, Stanford University

Jef Raskin
Inventor of the Macintosh Computer

Judith Coyne
Editor of Glamour

Russ Lewis
CEO of New York Times

Richard L. Gelfond
Co-Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer IMAX Corp

Scott Higham
Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Journalism

Christine Goerke
Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
71
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
State Aid

Bottom Line

There are more than 15,000 undergraduates at the school, with about 2,700 freshmen enrolling each year. In-state tuition is very reasonable, at just over $6,100; out-of-state students can expect that figure to rise to nearly $19,600. On-campus room and board is approximately $11,650. Books, supplies, and required fees will add another $3,161. However, options for aid are prevalent. About 68 percent of undergrads receive some manner of financial support, with 65 percent of average need being met. In general, aid packages tend to be about $11,500 per student; need-based gift aid averages $6,900. Students can expect to graduate with about $22,920 in loan debt.

Bang For Your Buck

Stony Brook “combines affordability and excellence with academic prestige,” where students can learn from “world-renowned professors for a great price.” The school offers many merit-based scholarships including those to valedictorians, salutatorians, and INTEL Science Talent Search winners. There is a highly-respected honors college, an opportunity for a semester of study in Albany, and undergrads may take grad level courses as well. Students can also work with faculty on interesting projects; “it is relatively easy to find internships and research opportunities” as an undergraduate, especially with over 1,500 faculty members and centers like the Brookhaven National Laboratory nearby. First-year resident members of each college are housed together in the same residential quad, and there are also new undergraduate apartments. “I feel that the balance between independence and assistance has prepared me well,” one student relates.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$8,526

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$7,364

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,957

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$24,884

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
58%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$7,805

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$6,170
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$19,590
Required Fees
$2,260
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$900

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$4,096
Transportation for Commuters
$3,968

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

Students Say

“Students from around the world and all different socio-economic backgrounds” come to Stony Brook, and the school excels at “bringing a large population of diverse backgrounds, identities and cultures together for the common purpose of learning.” In addition to the “many international students,” there are “a lot of commuters” from the Stony Brook area, as well as “Long Island locals” who live on campus but spend weekends at home. In terms of personality, you’ll meet people of every ilk, including “gamers that never leave their rooms and social butterflies that are very involved and generally know what’s going on everywhere on campus.” No matter what your style, “There are so many different social circles that it would be more impossible to not find somewhere to fit in.” While social life is important to many Stony Brook undergrads, academics come first for the majority of this “very bright” and “studious” student body. Always keeping an eye on their future, “students are committed to their academics so that they can get a solid job soon after they graduate.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
16,480
Out of State
8%

International
15%
Foreign Countries Represented
125

Demographics

27.33%
Asian
7.23%
African-American
11.96%
Hispanic
42.44%
Caucasian
8.05%
Unknown
14.63%
International

46% female
54% male
8% are out of state
93% are full time
7% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Academics at Stony Brook University are no walk in the park, and many students say their life consists of little more than “studying all the time and staying up very late and just stressing” to stay on top of course work. Others have an easier time finding the “balance between getting work done and socializing with friends,” and the majority of students are “involved in at least one or two clubs on campus.” When they want to blow off steam, students “hang out and drink and listen to music,” or partake of the “brand new, state-of-the-art recreational facility, indoor swimming pool, and bike trails all around campus through woods.” Come Friday, a lot of students leave campus for home, so “social life dies down on weekends.” In response, the school is working hard to make student life at Stony Brook more exciting. Currently, “The Weekend Life council has partnered up with organizations to make weekend events commonplace, and larger groups like the Undergraduate Student Government have done amazing things, like reviving the Stony Brook Concert Series.” A testament to the changing culture, a student points out that, “This past year we set an attendance record at our stadium for homecoming (which is a Saturday!).” Even if life on campus can be a bit subdued, students reassure us, “As long as you make a solid group of friends you’ll always have something to do.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
60%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
73
First-Year Students living on campus
84%

Campus Environment
Suburban
Fire safety rating
72

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Other
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Joanna Harris

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
Psychoeducational evaluation: within 3 years

Documentation Requred for ADHD
Yes

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
No

Dictionary allowed in exams
No

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
No

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
353
Number of Honor Societies
11

Number of Social Sororities
14
Number of Religious Organizations
24

3% join a fraternity
3% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

3% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Seawolves)
11 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Seawolves)
12 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Squash
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups: Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Straight Alliance LGBTSA

Minority Support Groups: THERE ARE PROGRAMS SET UP UNDER OUR ACADEMIC ADVISING CENTER

Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Navy ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: SUNY - Maritime
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Manhattan College

Sustainability

The State University of New York—Stony Brook University is a recognized leader in the field of green awareness and environmental sustainability. Through partnership and collaboration, the University implements sustainable solutions to mitigate impact on the natural environment. Recent achievements include the University being named a Tree Campus USA, Groundwater Foundation Green Site and Bicycle Friendly University. As a signatory of the ACUPCC, SBU manages an Office of Sustainability and also offers a Sustainability Studies program, which includes bachelor’s degrees in everything from coastal environmental studies to environmental humanities. Stony Brook University is home to a variety of buildings with green features, including the Advanced Energy Center, Frey Hall, Marine Sciences Research Center, Nobel Halls, Simons Center for Geometry & Physics, Walter J. Hawrys Student Recreation Center, Southampton Library and West Side Dining. The University utilizes a variety of solar and energy-efficient solutions, including solar powered shelter lighting, solar pay stations as well as LED lighting. The SBU Transit fleet operates using biodiesel, includes multiple electric/hybrid vehicles and enhanced mass transit services are available. In addition, SBU offers an automated bike share system that allows the community to access bicycles at solar powered stations, car sharing services and multiple electric vehicle charging stations. In June 2006, the University invested in facility infrastructure improvements that continue to reduce energy costs in excess of $4 million annually and has saved a total of $35 million since 2006-07. Recently, the University has partnered with the New York Power Authority (NYPA) to create a campus Master Energy Plan. From this Plan, additional energy conservation projects will be identified and funded through utility savings. The University has gone paperless in many departments, and various recycling initiatives engage students, faculty and staff and generates more than 50 tons of recycled materials annually.

Green Rating
99
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
50%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
95

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
102

Average Number of PC's per Lab
24

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
95%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell,Apple

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Lyle Wind
Assistant Director

Address
Office of Admissions
118 Admin Bldg, Stony Brook, NY 11794-1901
Stony Brook, NY 11794-1901

Phone
631-689-6860

Email
enroll@stonybrook.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Staller Center for the Arts
Sports Complex and Stadium
Student Activities Center
Campus Recreation Center
The Charles B. Wang Center
Building and Grounds: Main campus. 1,100 acres. Research and Development Campus, 246 acres adjacent to the main campus. Stony Brook Southampton, 82 acres. Stony Brook Manhattan. New buildings: Humanities Building, undergraduate apartments; Center for Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Stony Brook Village
Port Jefferson Village
North and South Shore Beaches
Smithaven Shopping Mall
The Long Island Ducks (EAB Stadium)

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Year round

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
Nicole.Kelman@stonybrook.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Stony Brook University is easily accessible by car, train. By Train: take the Long Island Railroad's Port Jefferson line from Pennsylvania Station in Manhattan to the Stony Brook station on the northern edge of the campus; 631-231-LIRR. By Car Ferry: cross Long Island Sound at Bridgeport (631-473-0286) or New London (631-323-2525) in Connecticut, arriving east of the campus on Long Island. By Air: the nearest airport is Long Island MacArthur Airport; nearest international airports are JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark 50 miles to the west. From JFK Airport ,you may take the AirTrain to Jamaica Station and transfer to the LIRR for the train to Stony Brook (Port Jefferson line).

Driving Instructions to Campus
From New York City: take the Long Island Expressway (LIE, I-495) eastbound from the Queens Midtown Tunnel in Manhattan or the Throgs Neck Bridge or Whitestone Bridge in Queens to exit 62 and follow Nicolls Road (Route 97) north for 8 miles. The main entrance to the University is on the left.

Local Accommodations
List of nearby accomodations include: Hilton Garden Inn Stony Brook (1 Circle Drive, Stony Brook University 1-631-978-7205); Three Village Inn (150 Main Street, Stony Brook, 631-751-0555); Holiday Inn Express (3131 Nesconset Hwy., Centereach, 631-471-8000); Heritage Inn (201 W. Broadway Port Jefferson, 631-928-2400); Danford's Inn (25 East Broadway, Port Jefferson, 631-928-5200); Econo Lodge (755 Route 347, Smithtown, 631-724-9000); Marriott Hotel (1717 Vanderbilt Motor Pkwy, Hauppauge, 631-582-8289); Best Inn at Macarthur (60 Mill Road, Ronkonkoma, 631-588-4567); Miss Scarlett's BandB (305 California Ave., Port Jefferson, 631-928-5064); Holly Berry BandB (415 W. Broadway, Port Jefferson, 631-331-3123); Brickhill BandB (102 Oakes St., Port Jefferson, 631-473-7863); Golden Pineapple BandB (201 Liberty Ave., Port Jefferson, 631-331-0706); A Reasonable Alternative BandB (117 Spring St., Port Jefferson, 631-928-4034).
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Key Stats

33,714
Applicants
16,480
Size
41%
Acceptance Rate
1250
SAT Scores

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