Stony Brook, NY
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$17,810 ($5,870)
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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 Junior

Computers: I have never had a problem with the Network, or obtaining a computer when needed. It would be nice to have Microsoft office for students be free, seeing how many of us pay all these fees for things we do not use.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: The WiFi goes in and out, and the school websites go down occasionally

4 College Freshman

Computers: Labs all over campus and in the dorms with large amount of computers on hand. High printing quota per week.

5 College Freshman

Computers: The computers are very good for whatever it is you have to do

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 537th
    Fastest Internet
  • 614th
    Best Wireless Availability
  • 899th
    Best Network Reliability
  • 1048th
    Best Computer Availability

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Barbara Ross
Hopewell Junction, NY
Business Management
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Stony Brook is a well-connected university. The Stony Brook Instructional Network Computing sites, or SINC sites, are located all over the campus. Each site has many PCs and Macs for student use, with some of the newest technology available. SOLAR, the Student On-Line Access to Records, allows students to view grades and transcripts, register for courses, find out what blocks are on their accounts, and receive up-to-date financial aid information. Stony Brook’s Automated Retrieval System (STARS) is used in the libraries instead of the old card catalog. There are really great library search engines that search databases, like Hoovers Pro, that one would normally have to pay for. Students are given their own e-mail account, and all of the dorms have a fast Ethernet connection. SkillPort, a training program for computer software, is another invaluable tool available with more than 800 different programs. There is an online resource through the Stony Brook Web site that shows computer availability in each SINC site, so you can have a good idea of how crowded it will be. Stony Brook also provides online file storage to back up your system and to access documents remotely.

Having a laptop at Stony Brook is highly recommended, mainly for typing papers or reviewing online notes before a test. The SINC sites are really useful if you need a quiet place to concentrate on your work, especially if your dorm or roommate is noisy. A printer is definitely not needed since most of the SINC sites have computers designated for use of 10 minutes or less. You can go to the library, access your e-mail or flash drive, and print out the files you need in a relatively quick amount of time, assuming many aren't doing the same thing.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Available in most locations on campus.
24-Hour Labs?
Charged to Print?
Each student is given a $2 balance daily to print, which will allow each student to print up to 40 sheets per day or 25 double-sided sheets. If a student doesn't use his or her print quota for the day, the balance will roll over to the next day.
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Did You Know?
  • Stony Brook uses Blackboard, a Web-based course management system, which allows you to access your courses' syllabi, assignments, PowerPoint slides from lectures, a class e-mail service, and all of your grades.
  • Stony Brook offers students Microsoft Office Enterprise, which includes 10 different programs, for free.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 99 responses

Very weak
  • Availability of computer labs
  • Campus tech support
  • Free/discounted software
  • Number of computer labs
  • Printing cost/quota limits
  • Reliability of network
  • Speed of network
  • Technology in classrooms and labs
  • Wireless availability

How necessary is it to bring your own computer?    Based on 130 responses

  • 1% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
  • 69% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 25% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 5% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
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