Stony Brook, NY
Tuition (in-state)
$17,810 ($5,870)
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3 College Senior

Athletics: The teams are getting better and better

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.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Football games can be big if it's Homecoming but usually after that the attendance dies down again. Men's basketball is crazy fun and the student govt usually gives out free shirts to try and increase attendance. No one goes to women's sporting events though. And our club teams ROCK! Rugby is one of the best in NY, Ice Hockey was ranked 6th in the nation this year, our club soccer has a big following, and we even have a quidditch team :)

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: I love the sports. Really makes me feel part of the school.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Don't care much about sports but most of my friends are into football, rugby, and handball.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 625th
    Most Active Varsity Sports
  • 851st
    Best Intramural Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Barbara Ross
Hopewell Junction, NY
Business Management
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Stony Brook University's Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium has created a lot of new excitement for our Division IA teams. The Seawolves play some the best schools, but they also lose most of the time. If our teams had a better reputation for winning, there would be a very large following. Events like Wolfstock, which is part of the Homecoming celebration, enjoy great popularity, but after the first loss of the season, momentum dwindles down rapidly. Students seem a bit jaded, and while many might follow how our teams do, not many get caught up in the excitement. For some, graduation day is the first time they set foot into the stadium.

Intramural sports are really where all the action is. IMs have an enormous popularity and a very large following in all the different varieties offered. Like academics, intramural sports can be competitive, as well. The athletic facilities available for IMs help to promote their popularity. Oddly enough, with all the success of intramural sports, IMs are not widely publicized, and these activities still remain pretty underground. The only people that seem to know about IM happenings are the other teammates. Intramural sports are a good way to let off steam, take a break to meet others, and make friends in a fun atmosphere.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AA
Athletic Conferences
Football: Big South Conference
Basketball: America East
School Colors
Red and white
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
282 - 4%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
188 - 3%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 22
Basketball: 25
Baseball: 28
Cross Country/Track: 13
Other Sports: 160
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Aikido and Judo
  • Archery
  • Ballroom dance
  • Belly Dancing
  • Bowling
  • Boxing
  • Capoeira
  • Crew
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Go
  • Handball
  • Ice hockey
  • Kumdo
  • Lion Dance
  • Men's Lacrosse
  • Men's Rugby
  • Rolley hockey
  • Scuba
  • Squash
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Thillana
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Women's Lacrosse
  • Women's Rugby
  • 3-on-3 Basketball
  • 4-on-4 volleyball
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Dodgeball
  • Extreme dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Soccer
  • Soccer (indoor)
  • Softball
  • Volleyball (indoor)
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Goldstein Family Student-Athlete Center
  • Indoor Sports Complex
  • Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium
  • Pritchard Gymnasium
  • West Wing
Most Popular Sports
Football, basketball, lacrosse, baseball
Most Overlooked Teams
Rugby, soccer, swimming, tennis, cross country
School Spirit
The unique thing about Stony Brook is that everyone is very excited about how much they feel USB sucks. Apathy is something everyone here can get behind and really rally around. Even with such a vapid atmosphere, there are boosters and a perhaps small segment that really are excited about going to school at USB. There are many good reasons why, but there are also small things that can frustrate students, and lead to such apathy. Every year, spirit does increase. Since the erection of the stadium, sports have become more of a focal point. Nowhere is it more evident than at Midnight Madness and Homecoming weekend, with Wolfstock. Students all take pride in the work they do, but with more of an alternative view of school spirit-it is more of an academic spirit, wherein grades are the pom poms of spirit.
Getting Tickets
It is always free for a Stony Brook student to go to a sporting event (with Stony Brook I.D.), except for lacrosse games. For anyone else, tickets can be purchased at the ticket booth at the stadium on the day of the event or in advance online at
Best Place to Take a Walk
Ashley Schiff Forest Preserve, Paul Simons Memorial Bicycle Path

Student Polls

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 84 responses

  • 6% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 26% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 58% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 10% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 84 responses

  • 1% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 39% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 39% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 20% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 86 responses

  • 2% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 48% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 50% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 0% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.



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