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Academics

Stony Brook University offers a world class research university experience with excellent value. There are more than 200 majors that attract "a diverse array of students with interests and passions in everything under the sun," with STEM programs receiving particularly high praise. The large campus population means students need to be motived self-advocates, and the university does a good job of making students aware of opportunities and structuring their curriculum. "Advising [is] very organized and helpful," and "larger lectures are broken down into smaller groups to help facilitate better learning." After the first year, "class sizes reduce drastically." "Research is a key part of the academic process" and those who choose to attend Stony Brook "are often interested in making discoveries in this world." Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (URECA) is a program that gives students the ability to get involved with research or other oncampus experiences with faculty.

Professors are "always willing to give educational and professional advice" and "are all very enthusiastic about the courses they teach." They are great at "offering creative problems that show the real-world applications of our studies." Many teachers at Stony Brook "combine the theory of the textbook with what they experienced," which "is extremely dynamic." Students agree that there are some professors that focus too heavily on their research, but once you get to more advanced courses, "actually interacting with and getting help from professors and TAs is far easier and more worthwhile."

Student Body

Students describe the campus population as very diverse, "with people from different places, of different ethnicities, and of different ages," which makes for "a very inclusive and inviting environment." With a large international student population, it "is so easy to become socially aware of other cultures simply by talking to people." This "cheerful and helpful" crew is "incredibly knowledgeable," and the work ethic most students display motivates others to work harder. "A Seawolf doesn't hesitate when another needs anything," says one student.

Campus Life

During the week, students "spend a lot time in class, studying, or doing home-work" in the dorms and the library. On the weekend, students typically "go out with friends either to restaurants, parties, the movie theaters, [or the] mall," and a large portion of students head home. Still, there are plenty of school-sponsored activities, and the university sends out twice-weekly emails to the student body publicizing events on campus, "which is a wonderful gesture." There is "a surplus of clubs" that mostly meet on Wednesdays from 1–2 PM (there are no classes scheduled at this time), and it "is hard to get bored. If you aren't involved, you aren't trying." Stony Brook has a "spectacular" recreational center where students can play sports, work out, or take fitness classes (such as kick boxing, self-defense and yoga), and the campus is "surrounded with historic sites, beaches" and not too far away from New York City, with a train near campus. School spirit infuses annual Stony Brook traditions "such as Roth Regatta (a boat race of boats made from only cardboard and duct tape), Earthstock, and semesterly concerts."

Overview

Applicants
35,313
Acceptance Rate
42%
Average HS GPA
3.83

GPA Breakdown

60%
Over 3.75
25%
3.50 - 3.74
8%
3.25 - 3.49
6%
3.00 - 3.24
1%
2.50 - 2.99

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Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
590 - 680
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
620 - 730
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
26 - 31

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with Writing recommended

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with Essay component recommended

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
18:1
Total Faculty
1,566
with Terminal Degree
1,192

923
Men
643
Women
297
Minority
106
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
53%
Graduate in 5 years
69%
Graduate in 6 years
72%

Majors

  • ARCHITECTURE AND RELATED SERVICES.

  • Environmental Design/Architecture.

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.

  • African-American/Black Studies.
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization.
  • Asian Studies/Civilization.
  • European Studies/Civilization.
  • Women's Studies.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.
  • Ecology.
  • Evolutionary Biology.
  • Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography.
  • Pharmacology.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Business Administration and Management, General.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Journalism.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General.
  • Information Science/Studies.

  • ENGINEERING.

  • Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering.
  • Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.
  • Civil Engineering, General.
  • Computer Engineering, General.
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Engineering, General.
  • Mechanical Engineering.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • English Language and Literature, General.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • Comparative Literature.
  • French Language and Literature.
  • German Language and Literature.
  • Italian Language and Literature.
  • Linguistics.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Athletic Training/Trainer.
  • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist.
  • Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General.
  • Polysomnography.
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse.
  • Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Applied Mathematics, General.
  • Mathematics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • Biological and Physical Sciences.
  • Human Computer Interaction.
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other.
  • Sustainability Studies.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Environmental Studies.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy.
  • Religion/Religious Studies.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Astronomy.
  • Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General.
  • Chemistry, General.
  • Chemistry, Other.
  • Geology/Earth Science, General.
  • Physical Sciences, Other.
  • Physics, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND SOCIAL SERVICE PROFESSIONS.

  • Social Work.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Anthropology.
  • Economics, General.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Sociology.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation.
  • Art/Art Studies, General.
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Music, General.


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

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Mr. Richard L. Gelfond
CEO of IMAX Corporation

Dr. Marilyn Hawrys Simons
President of the Simons Foundation

Dr. John L. Hennessy
President Emeritus of Stanford University

Mr. Jon Oringer
Founder of Shutterstock

Ms. Dawn Zier
President and Chief Executive Officer of Nutrisystem

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
53%
Graduate in 5 years
69%
Graduate in 6 years
72%

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

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$54,300

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$108,800

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$55,300

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$112,300

Percent High Job Meaning
48%

Percent STEM
35%


Students Say

To ensure that they're ready for their post-collegiate life, Stony Brook undergrads frequently turn to the university's Career Center. The office offers numerous resources starting with Handshake, a database for both on- and off-campus jobs, internships and volunteer opportunities. Students can also take advantage of Career Communities which connects undergrads with employers, faculty and staff who have common career interests. The Career Center provides both individual and group coaching and it sponsors numerous career fairs tailored to specific fields or academic disciplines, such as engineering, business, or health care. Finally, students can also attend information sessions with top companies such as Wells Fargo, Credit Suisse, KPMG, and Bloomberg (among others).

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$10,601

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$8,641

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,763

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
54%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$26,219

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$10,199

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$6,670
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$24,180
Required Fees
$2,587
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$900

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$5,044
Transportation for Commuters
$3,968

On-Campus Room and Board
$13,446
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
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
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
17,364
Foreign Countries Represented
130

Demographics

24.24%
Asian
6.79%
African-American
12.13%
Hispanic
33.46%
Caucasian
6.26%
Unknown
14.34%
International

47% female
53% male
6% are out of state
93% are full time
7% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
53%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
83%

Campus Environment
Suburban

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Other
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Judy Esposito

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
353
Number of Honor Societies
16

Number of Social Sororities
16
Number of Religious Organizations
24

2% join a fraternity
2% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

3% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Seawolves)
11 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Football
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
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.

96/99
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
37%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
No

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

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
No

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
No

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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
95

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell,Apple

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 Lavalle Stadium
Student Activities Center
Walter J. Hawrys 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

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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