See what students say:


SUNY Stony Brook is “on par with the best of the country,” according to one student. This public “research-intensive” institution uses its large size to offer a wide range of crosscurricular opportunities at both the undergrad and graduate levels. As one enrollee in a part-time MBA program puts it, having “met people with engineering, medical, business, and liberal arts backgrounds…is a fun experience.” A third-year also lauds the school’s connections to Stony Brook University Hospital, which helps those studying for medical professions, and others point to a wealth of similar opportunities by association: “scholarships, fellowships, job opportunities, or even workshops held by different organizations on a variety of topics.”

Even without external offerings, students would still appreciate that professors on campus “are professional and experienced in their own area and are capable of providing us with knowledge and insights in class” and “dedicated to students’ development.” One sophomore notes that an “algorithm teacher used the New York train system to explain many concepts which are going to stay with me for many years.” And for those students following a research track, the Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (URECA) program helps students take the next steps with faculty, making sure that no opportunities are lost.

Student Body

“Students from around the world come to Stony Brook for a variety of interests from medical to science to research,” raves one first-year student. Accordingly, there’s an array of “diverse cultural and academic backgrounds”—though no shortage of community given the shared enthusiasm: “I feel lucky to meet a group of classmates who share the same passion for Economics!” That common focus delights students who explain that even on online discussion boards, “everyone is very nice and asks good intellectual questions.” It also means that regardless of backgrounds, there’s an overall bunch of students who are“knowledgeable, and they propel you to do more and achieve more.”

Campus Life

From stargazing with the astronomy club to raising puppies for the Guide Dog Foundation, Stony Brook offers “a wide range of clubs and organizations for students to join.” Attending cultural club events, participating in Greek life, and watching the “various fantastic shows at the Staller Center for the Arts” are also favorite activities on campus. Meanwhile, those with athletic goals benefit from “a variety of recreational facilities, such as fitness centers, swimming pools, and sports fields.”

Some students note that the social life can be “very conservative,” given that so many are “focused on excellent grades and performance,” particularly at the graduate level. But students do manage to fit in activities: “We typically hang out with friends, chill at the dining halls or library, play frisbee when it’s hot, [and] throw snowballs when it snows.” And if the campus sometimes feels empty on the weekends, that’s only because students venture to nearby New York City or enjoy “visiting the beaches, hiking trails, parks, and many other outdoor activities” available on Long Island.

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Lyle Wind
Assistant Director

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



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 (Fairfield Properties Ballpark)

Campus Tours

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

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

Year round

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

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Advance Notice
2 weeks

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

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Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available


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 accommodations include: Hilton Garden Inn Stony Brook (1 Circle Drive, Stony Brook University 1-631-941-2980); 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).


Applicants: 50,324
Acceptance Rate: 49%
Average HS GPA: 93.52



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