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Stony Brook, NY
Undergrads
14,566
Tuition (in-state)
$17,810 ($5,870)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Senior

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

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.

3 College Junior

Academics: The workload I think is average for a master's program. I think the Curriculum could be a little different in the sense that we do not all have the same test , its implying there is a blanket method to teaching and learning. Internship should include some sort of stipend. We pay for the credits and time that we are not sitting in a class therefore the money could at least go to gas for the students or something.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Academics are very challenging. It is an extremely competitive school. You have to put a lot of time and effort into the math and science majors. It is not for someone who wants an easy degree. You can go to different school and get a higher GPA easily.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: We are known for being one of the best pre-med schools/ biomedical engineering/ science ANYTHING colleges in the nation. But.... with that comes insanely hard general requirement classes to weed out the students that won't make it in their field. A lot of competition that can be scary at times, and most professors are foreign and difficult to understand. That being said... it is still one of the best schools and you will recieve a fantastic education here if you put in even mediocre effort.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 162nd
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 1233rd
    Best Online Course Options
  • 1250th
    Best Course Variety
  • 1303rd
    Best Technology in the Classroom
  • 1363rd
    Best Registration Process

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Barbara Ross
Hometown
Hopewell Junction, NY
Major
Business Management
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The professors at Stony Brook University are, in general, quite knowledgeable and forthcoming. Many professors actually work in their field, so they are cognizant of new advances in their profession. This is important because it adds to the amount of enthusiasm for learning in the classroom. A majority of the faculty use current media applications to assist in teaching, like PowerPoint and Flash, which always keeps education new and intriguing. Lecture classes can also be interesting. Classroom discussions generate good, and sometimes, intense exchanges of ideas. Help is always there if you need it at Stony Brook. With a variety of learning centers for everything from writing to math and each professor’s office hours, your individual dedication to each class is a strong predictor of your academic success.

Professors and teaching assistants are almost always accessible at their office hours, which they try to schedule at a variety of different times throughout the week. Most are flexible and will schedule around your needs, if the allotted time isn’t convenient. On the whole, they are willing to work with you. Many professors will go the distance to see that students get the help they need. Like at most institutions, however, you will only get out what you put in. You must have ambition and take the initiative for professors to recognize you, especially in the large lecture hall classes. In a lecture hall like Javits 100, which accommodates approximately 500 students, it is pretty easy to blend into the background. If you aren’t persistent, you can become just another number. However, once a professor gets your name down, they are generally willing to go out of their way to help you. A really helpful tool when going through the course selection process is to go to RateMyProfessors.com and search for your potential professors. The reviews are written by other people who have had that professor before, and it gives a good picture of the type of teaching style they have and if it is compatible with your learning style.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
18:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
916
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
579
Total FT Faculty
1,557
Faculty with Terminal Degree
98%
Average Faculty Salary
$103,942
Full-Time Retention Rate
90%
Part-Time Retention Rate
75%
Transfer-Out Rate
12%
Graduation Rate
70%
Programs/Majors Offered
114
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 36%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 42%
  • 50 or More Students: 22%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: Yes
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Engineering and Applied Sciences
  • Division of Physical Education and Athletics
  • Health Sciences Center
  • Marine Sciences Research Center
  • School of Dental Medicine
  • School of Health Technology and Management
  • School of Medicine
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Professional Development
  • School of Social Welfare
  • W. Averell Harriman School for Management and Policy
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Certificate
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Biology and Biological Sciences: 3%
  • Business Administration and Management: 3%
  • Health Services Preparation: 3%
  • Psychology: 4%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Best Places to Study
  • Any place quiet where you can concentrate
  • Commuter Lounge in the SAC
  • Frank Melville Jr. Memorial Library
Tips to Succeed
  • Be prepared to devote time to classes if you want to earn a decent grade.
  • Go to office hours. Listen to the questions other students ask after class.
  • Make sure you constantly check on SOLAR that all your requirements have been filled. Numerous students haven't realized they were missing something.
  • Make sure your Blackboard e-mail address is checked regularly. That's where professors will e-mail notifications about last-minute assignments or class cancellations.
  • Make use of all the different SINC sites, so as to avoid the busy ones, like in the library.
  • Show up to class-prepared or not, it makes a huge difference.
  • Stony Brook students can be quite competitive at times. Beware of who is looking at your paper, and who is giving you their knowledge.
  • Study the School Bulletin-it is your academic bible.
  • Talk to your professors. The quicker they know your name, the easier it is to get ahead (don't play the teacher's pet, just get noticed).
Did You Know?
  • The National Science Foundation has given special recognition to Stony Brook for being at the forefront of integrating research and education at the undergraduate level.
  • Stony Brook has been classified as a Type I Research University by the Carnegie Foundation. This honor is the highest among research universities and is bestowed on less than two percent of all colleges and universities nationwide.
  • Stony Brook earned itself the nickname the "Berkeley of the East" during the Civil Rights Movement and Vietnam War after being a nexus for activism.
  • Stony Brook is one of 40 public and private universities nationwide to be named a Best Buy by Fiske Guide to Colleges.
  • Stony Brook University ranks in the top 1 percent of all universities in the world. The London Times Higher Education Supplement placed Stony Brook 127 among more than 12,000 universities worldwide, and in the top 50 in North America.

Student Polls

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 6 responses

  • 26% Dr. Dario Gonzales - medical director at "Ground Zero"
  • 21% Jef Raskin - co-creator of Macintosh computer
  • 11% Barry Cozier - New York State Supreme Court justice
  • 11% Tamara Schnurr - member of the elite Blue Angels
  • 11% Richard Gelfond - co-chairman/CEO of IMAX Corp.
  • 11% Russell Lewis - CEO, New York Times Company
  • 5% Robert Geary - executive VP, Columbia Pictures
  • 5% Scott Higham - investigative journalist
  • 0% Carolyn Porco - imaging team leader, Cassini mission
  • 0% John Reiner - syndicated cartoonist, "Lockhorns"
  • 0% John Hennessey - president, Stanford University
  • 0% Christine Goerke - opera singer
  • 0% Craig Allen - meteorologist

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 81 responses

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  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 89 responses

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  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants

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