Location
Stony Brook, NY
Undergrads
14,566
Tuition (in-state)
$17,810 ($5,870)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 1704 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: I don`t live on campus so I don`t think that it is very strict. The only problems that I have had involves parking but the officer made a mistake but they corrected it very quickly.

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1 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There is only like 5 stores and they are a 30 minutes walk away.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There are all different types of girls but most of the students are really into their academics.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are a lot of different students from different places on the campus.

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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: My school is a commuter school and the residents really dislike it but if you do not have a car its hard to commute.

1 person found this useful Report
College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I have not live off campus.

4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Stony Brook University has a terrific student body and staff that definitely make up for the campus being located so far from civilization.

2 people found this useful Report
3 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: I really like that graduate students and staff have their own Cafe, but the gym on campus is rather outdated and overpriced.

1 person found this useful Report
4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: Students are friendly and create many opportunities to engage in campus life through student organizations and events.

1 person found this useful Report
3 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: The university is in an area that is mostly farmland, but it is only an hour by train to NYC.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: The campus community is pretty isolated from everything else in the area. This leads to a pretty insular and self-moderating community. Most people I know have not felt security concerns.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Majors: The professors connected to my program were very helpful during the application process and extremely friendly.

5 Recent Alumnus

Majors: I love my program and everyone involved with it. I hope that I will be able to smoothly transition into the academic workforce.

3 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: I find it amusing that the Quidditch club is one of the most active in the nation.

5 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: The prescence of the very active Graduate Queer Alliance on campus is one of the contributing factors to my choosing to attend this university.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: I really appreciate the opportunities available for the creation of new student organizations and the helpfulness of the administration with this.

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: Food on campus sometimes is not fresh

4 College Senior

Facilities: The campus has a lot of facilities

3 College Senior

Academics: Business Dep-t has its own rules

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: I feel safe on campus

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love that I chose Stony Brook ! It is a great school in almost every way I could think of. I know what I want to do with my life here and I have met a lot of amazing people. I've grown a lot since I've been here and I would advise anyone to attend.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I feel that once you follow instructions and do what it is expected of you, it is fairly easy if you are qualified. Make sure you are passionate and being real because it shows when you're being phony. Visit the school, make sure you like the environment. Do research and make sure your program is offered. Write a real, phenomenal essay, pour your heart into it, sell yourself.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I'd like to talk about the EOP program. It is amazing and very helpful. We are like a family because you have a lot of people who look out for each other. They help you with your academics by providing free tutoring, you can always speak to someone to get help with any aspect of your life you are having difficulty with because there are a lot of connections.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I LOVE living on campus. You get to meet a lot of people who help you to grow. It makes you feel like a real adult and gives you a taste of the real world. It teaches you a lot of responsibility and how to set your priorities.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The prices are very high and sometimes there is not a great variety.

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Barbara Ross
Hometown
Hopewell Junction, NY
Major
Business Management
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Stony Brook is definitely the kind of place where you really need to put in the effort to make friends and actively participate in the social scene. If you keep to yourself during your first semester, you may be wishing you were back home or even consider transferring. However, by the second semester when you start going out more, you will be much happier now. There are so many ways to meet people and get involved on campus, and that is really the trick to being happy. Even if your classes are really stressful, you can always work on your homework with classmates—something that definitely makes it less stressful. Finding a balance between academia and a social life is not hard to do, but it isn’t easy either. It is very easy to get lost in the shuffle sometimes. The campus is absolutely dead on the weekends, since most people live locally and go home. Stony Brook is widely known as a commuter school for that reason. Attending Stony Brook will hold true the cliché that college is what you make of it.

The classes themselves also vary. Some will overload you with work, and others will have you excited to learn. Even if you hear a certain class is an easy A, don’t take it unless you have some interest in the topic. It will come back to haunt you when it’s a week before your midterm and you realize you have to read seven chapters on a topic that doesn’t pique your curiosity. Overall, Stony Brook is great academically for everything, especially biology, chemistry, pre-med studies, psychology, and engineering. The social scene is not very active in comparison with most other colleges, but there is one, you just have to look for it.
 

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