Stony Brook, NY
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$17,810 ($5,870)
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Reviews 1649 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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2 College Senior

Scholarships: If you live on Long Island it is difficult to qualify for Financial Aid

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4 College Senior

Majors: I didn't find it too difficult to apply.

3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: Winter can be really, brutally cold. Once Spring hits, the weather is gorgeous, but in the summer it can be extremely humid because it is by the water.

College Senior

Drug Safety: I commute, but I don't know anyone using

3 College Senior

Athletics: The teams are getting better and better

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: I commute but I feel safe when I am there.

3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Academic integrity is very strict.

4 College Senior

Academics: I am in the DNP program and the faculty are best!

4 College Sophomore

Computers: There are many computer labs all around campus. you do have a printing quota but it is pretty reasonable. I believe its 14 sheets a day.

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4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is average on our campus. they do not treat you any differently. some are hard to get into because they will invite you because of your grade and major. others have open arms. they do a lot of charity events on campus. One sorority did an event where people could pay to throw pies in their face. From the looks of it they were earning a great deal of money for their charity.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: We do have a train on campus which is a great. we also have public transportation which comes on campus and can drop you off at the mall which is the smithhaven. Taxis also come on campus depending on how far you are going will determine the price. your best option is to take public transportation. always the cheapest.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Here in New York we go through all four seasons. During the winter it can be very cold but they do a great job clearing the snow and putting salt down. The spring it is beautiful on campus and most students hangout on "the stairs" having a catch, picnic, studying, or even just catching some sun. Summer can get humid and gross. Fall it is always nice to walk around because it is not too cold and not too hot. When it gets windy is when it is the worst. The school acts like a wind tunnel so it can get pretty bad.

5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The financial aid office at school is very helpful. if you have any questions or concerns do not hesitate to stop there. They know what they are doing and are there to help you!

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There is a bar right on the other side of the train tracks called Bench which is a popular bar for students at Stony Brook. Usually if you go there you will see a lot of people you know. The bar is in walking distance from the school which is great!

5 College Sophomore

Academics: I started off going to college at Suffolk Community College and let me tell you it is nothing like Stony Book University. Many of the professors do research and invite students to help them which is great for your resume. when it comes to their workload it depends on the professor and the class but it is never too much to handle. I usually go over to the hospital side of campus to study. The library there is great to study in.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Many kids might think that the school is too strict when it comes to students' academic lives but in reality those are the kids who don't care about school and try and cheat. When it comes to attendance and quizzes some professors will use a clicker, looks like a remote. it is connected to your name they will make you "click in" for attendance or use it for a quiz during class. a lot of students like to give it to their friend to "click them in" which is against the policy. That is cheating and academic dishonesty which I believe is a fair policy. When it comes to our social lives of course they want us to have fun but not too much fun. of course they are strict on underage drinking and drug use. it wouldn't be a good school if they didn't.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are a lot of different selections of houses out there for off campus living. Depending on who the landlord is, it could get pricey. Some people just want to rip college kids off but someone I knew lived of campus in this nice big house with a huge backyard with 5 of his friends. The cost was good, parking wasn't a problem because of the wide driveway, and it was close to school. A lot of the time when the people living in it graduate and are moving out the landlord will ask them t post a flyer or ask around to see if anyone needs a place. Look at the posting boards as you walk through campus.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Around campus there are a lot of dining areas that give you discounts. I like to go out to Port Jeff and eat around there and then walk around it is just beautiful. Food is good, and the town is great!

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Of course, students are very involved in the sports. Football is the big one on our campus. Everyone makes it a night out to go watch the football game with faces painted and everyone cheering. But the other day when I was on campus I was eating in the union when these students started to step in the middle of the cafeteria. They were promoting their club and handing out flyers to their competition they were having. At the end of their performance everyone was cheering and clapping. The students here are very supportive of every club or athletic whether big or small.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Since I have been on campus which is about a year an a half I haven't seen anyone bullying or unaccepting of anyone. This school is so diverse in culture, religion, sexual orientation, no one really cares.

4 College Junior

Transportation: Theres a Lirr stop right next to campus.

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3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Many people go to port jeff to things or just go into Manhattan.

3 College Junior

Diversity: There are a lot of people form Asian backgrounds. Sexual orientation is literally whatever, no one cares.

2 College Junior

Campus Housing: West apartments are gross, and so are other graduate housing options. Graduate student appear to pay a little more and pay monthly for what look like holes in walls, one can easily live off campus for same cost if not CHEAPER , and your house maybe cozier than the nasty dorms. Also there should options for graduate housing to bring own bed of have a fullsize bed, everyone is not small and the XL twins are annoying. My previous undergrad had better dorms .

College Junior

Drug Safety: The one time i actually saw and smelled drugs was during the fall semester walking near the dorms. Students were smoking weed.


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Barbara Ross
Hopewell Junction, NY
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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