Stony Brook, NY
Tuition (in-state)
$17,810 ($5,870)
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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.

3 College Junior

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

5 College Senior

Diversity: Here at Stony Brook University the campus is very diverse. I have met people from all over the world. The students are friendly and very welcoming. I am not judged based on my beliefs, sexual orientation, or my background. Everyone that I have met here accepts me for who I am.

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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are so may different types of people here. There is something for everyone

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Huge amount of Diversity, but differences between everyone on campus can make it seem a bit cliquey at times. Most minorities only hang out with people of the same race.


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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Barbara Ross
Hopewell Junction, NY
Business Management
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If there is one definite thing that Stony Brook has, it is diversity. The pride of this school is based on pretty much two things: being a research university and being diverse. The close proximity to New York City’s minority populations strongly influences the perceptions of the student community. The University coddles diversity and encourages the exploration of ethnicity and race. The amount of ethnicity-based clubs and organizations on campus can be mind-boggling. 

Stony Brook has many internal grant programs and an exchange program with schools in China and India, so there is a strong presence of these cultures on campus. The leaders of student organizations participate in the Students’ Diversity Council, an advisory group that develops events and activities, including the annual Diversity Day celebration. It is tough to calculate the innumerable amount of on-campus programs, many of which are student initiated, that transform and improve the remarkable social dynamic. The atmosphere of cultural, political, and religious understanding at Stony Brook unequivocally contributes to the appreciation students have for diversity and difference.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • Connecticut
  • Foreign countries
  • Massachusetts
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 24%
20-21: 31%
22-24: 24%
25+: 21%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 4%
Asian American: 13%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 4%
Native American: 0%
White: 77%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
The LGBTA, the Queer Alliance, and the AFFIRM Network are the main organizations on campus devoted to students with alternative lifestyles. These groups are well known on campus, because of all the activities they are constantly promoting. However, that is basically the extent to which their publicity is focused. There doesn’t seem to be any kind of particularly negative or positive stigma attached to them. On a side note, Cherry Grove and The Pines on Fire Island are only about a half an hour drive from the campus. For nearly the last hundred years, this has been the location of one of the oldest gay and lesbian communities in America.
Political Activity
Although there is plenty of political diversity on campus, most people tend to be pretty liberal. The school didn't get the nickname "Berkeley of the East" for nothing. However, there are organizations for both Republicans and Democrats, and everything in between. No matter what your political association, there are people here you can either have a healthy debate with, or share some of your views in common with.
Economic Status
The main draw of attending a SUNY school is obviously getting a good education for a very low price, compared to $40,000 a year private schools. Stony Brook has a great number of students who are the first in their families to attend college or who come from low-income homes. Seventy-three percent of Stony Brook's students applied for financial aid, and fifty-nine percent were found to have needed it. With that said, the Financial Aid Office is a place very familiar to most students, and there seems to be no bias against such elements.
Most Common Religions
Religion plays an important part in campus life. There are about 15 active religious groups on campus. Stony Brook ranks high among all SUNY institutions in student satisfaction with religious activities and programs (Student Opinion Survey 2003). The Interfaith Center, located on the second floor of the Stony Brook Union, is an organization of campus chaplains and ministry that are official representatives of religious denominations. Worship services are held and opportunities are provided to learn about and appreciate all the diverse religious traditions that appear on campus. Some of the other more popular organizations include: the Islamic Society of North America, which addresses the social needs and spiritual development of Muslim students; the B’nai B’rith Hillel Foundation, which offers religious, cultural, educational, and social programs, and oversees the Kosher meal plan; the Protestant Campus Ministry, offering counseling, social gatherings, study, retreats, and the opportunity to worship; and the Catholic Campus Ministry, which affords students liturgies, the sacraments, educational and social programs, retreats, and Christian living and service opportunities.
Minority Clubs on Campus
There are many active minority clubs that meet on campus and take part in a great many and varied events to celebrate culture. Some of the most active clubs include: African Students in Engineering and the Sciences, Asian American Journal, Bengalis Unite, Black Womyn's Weekend, Chinese Literature Club, Club SASA, Minorities in Medicine, Minority Planning Board, Asian Students Alliance, Caribbean Students Organization, Chabad Student Club, Guyanese United Youths, Hong Kong Student Association. There are also many minority sororities and fraternities.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 84 responses

  • 7% Libertarian
  • 30% Not sure
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 4% Conservative
  • 20% Moderate
  • 31% Liberal
  • 8% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 83 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 1% Very conservative
  • 1% Conservative
  • 27% Moderate
  • 30% Not sure
  • 39% Liberal
  • 2% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 83 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 82 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 85 responses

  • 2% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 8% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 33% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 56% Very accepting.



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