Stony Brook, NY
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3 College Junior

Facilities: Melville Library is a good place to study, easier to go to the quiet sections. New recreation center is big. Campus traditions include Roth Regatta and other concerts.

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3 College Junior

Facilities: Competitive academic programs. Commuter school. Large campus. New gym facilities is now a big spot to go. A must to get involved with campus life.

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3 College Sophomore

Facilities: Every Wednesday for an hour there is campus life time where activities occur for all students to part take in.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Our school has several centers, like the chemistry learning center and the biology learning center. Both of which I've used.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: There are plenty of spots to go on campus if you want to study in the library you can do that, or if you want to read outside in the shade, there are plenty of benches. A lot of students hang out on the Staller steps, which is a grassy area in front of the auditorium. There are a bunch of traditions to participate in, it's all about wanting to get involved.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 491st
    Best Athletic Facilities
  • 808th
    Best Student Centers
  • 944th
    Greenest Campuses
  • 1143rd
    Best Performance Venues
  • 1298th
    Best Library

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Barbara Ross
Hopewell Junction, NY
Business Management
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At more than 50 years old, Stony Brook University is a relatively young university. However, it is one of the most up-and-coming educational institutions. Work is always being done to make the campus more beautiful and better able to handle the growing numbers of students. A wing was added to the Student Activity Center (SAC) that features a state-of-the art exercise facility, art gallery, student lounge, and other amenities. The Wang Center is also an art building with Asian restaurants that feature a world-class sushi restaurant, a theatre, and waterfalls— it’s just breathtaking.

The campus athletic facilities are immense. The Kenneth LaValle Stadium was erected to support the Seawolves football team’s rise to Division I. There are courts for every kind of sport. There is even an indoor track and an Olympic-sized pool. There are at least a dozen computing sites on campus that are all open at different times of the day, some open as late as 4 a.m. The Student Union is also a major hub on the campus, especially for campus residents, due to its proximity to the H-quad. Big name acts who have recently come to rock out in concert at Stony Brook inlcude Jimmy Eat World, Taking Back Sunday, and Kanye West.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
1,100 acres
Student Centers
  • Student Activities Center (SAC)
  • the Stony Brook Union
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
  • Frank Melville Jr. Memorial Library
  • Health Sciences Center Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Dorm rooms
  • The SAC
  • The Staller Green
  • Starbucks
  • The Union
Bar on Campus
The University Café on the first floor of the Student Union
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
  • Dunkin' Donuts at the Tabler Café
  • Kelly Coffee and Tea House in the Kelly Dining Center
  • Roth Café on the first floor of Roth Cafeteria
  • Starbucks on the second floor of Stony Brook Union
Movie Theater on Campus
The Staller Center for the Arts
School Slang
  • The Academic Mall: The walk from the Math Building to the Charles B. Wang center.
  • Blackboard: A Web-based course management system that each student has. Once logged in, a student can view notes, syllabi, assignments, or anything else a professor decides to post.
  • CEAS: College of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
  • DEC: Diversified Education Curriculum.
  • ESS: Earth and Space Sciences Plaza.
  • Facebook Official: When someone's Facebook relationship status says "In a Relationship" with a significant others' name.
  • HSC: Health Sciences Center.
  • Loop: The circle in front of the SAC.
  • ResNet: Resident Student Network, the Internet connection used in the dorms.
  • SAC: Student Activities Center. Saying "the Student Activities Center" will definitely let everyone know that you are a freshman.
  • SBS: Social and Behavioral Sciences Building.
  • Seawolf: The mascot of the University's athletic teams. Also known as "Wolfie."
  • SINC: Stony Brook Instructional Network Computing, these are the computer centers on campus.
  • SOLAR: Student On-Line Access to Records, system providing direct access to academic records, course registration, and personal information. Students can also drop or swap classes, place themselves on a waitlist for classes, select the P/NC option for classes, confirm enrollment or course changes, view schedules, receive complete schedule summaries, view an unofficial transcript, order an official transcript, view any kinds  of blocks, participate in voting for the student government, and more. Visit www.stonybrook.edu/solarsystem/info for more information.
  • Sparky: Student e-mail account system which also provides 20MB of storage space for documents and pictures, Web site space, network access in the dorms, and even internet access from home.
  • Stacks: The area of the Melville Library containing shelved books.
  • STARS: Stony Brook Automated Retrieval System (STARS), the Web-based online catalog and circulation system for the SBU Libraries.
  • WISE: Women in Science and Engineering program.
  • Zebra Path: The striped walking path next to the Library, across from the SAC.
  • Celebration of Undergraduate Achievements: The University holds a ceremony every spring to recognize Undergraduate Excellence and Outstanding Achievement. Based on student projects, awards are given out for achievements in all areas of academics. Students and faculty are both honored for outstanding accomplishments.
  • Chillfest: Chillfest is a series of events spread out over several weeks during the spring semester to help students make new friends and have fun. Diversity Day, the Stony Brook Fountain Festival, which celebrates the Year of Community Leadership, the Strawberry Festival, Pack the Gym Night and Asian Pride Night, Fraternity and Sorority Night, Alpha Phi Alpha Black and Gold Pageant are just some of the multicultural presentations from campus student clubs and groups, while free blood-pressure screenings, live music, sports demonstrations, and WBLI Radio help students to "chill" during the opening weeks of the spring semester.
  • Commuter Fall Festival: The Commuter Student Association and the Office of Student Commuter Affairs hold a three day event every fall called the Commuter Fall Festival. Educational, recreational, and social programs help students to get involved, meet new people, and make friends.
  • Diversity Day: Stony Brook prides itself on the huge amount of diversity amongst its population, and Diversity Day is a festival to celebrate culture, religion, age, sexual orientation, nationality, and lifestyle every spring semester. Through performances, poetry, arts, music, and educational booths, students learn about diversity and its positive impact here at Stony Brook University.
  • Earthday/Earthstock: Protect and enjoy the environment with a festival featuring performances by bands like the Zen Tricksters, famous authors and speakers, and many exhibits. In previous years, Stony Brook's own eight-person vehicle, the octus, was on display, along with exhibits of the newest hybrid cars. There were dance and drumming performances by the Birds of Prey, Musicians for Peace, and a recycled percussion performance.
  • Fall Fest: Fall Fest is an annual carnival with food, drinks, rides, games, live music, and prizes held in the large parking lot between the Kelly Quad and the main campus.
  • Fountain Fest: The Fountain Fest celebrates the Year of Community Leadership, and features the Strawberry Festival, Diversity Day programs, music, games, entertainment, and more.
  • G-Fest: G-Fest is an annual carnival held in G-Quad, featuring popular bands-always a great success.
  • Homecoming & Wolfstock: Perhaps the biggest tradition at Stony Brook is Homecoming. Everyone on campus gets involved in one way or another, even the commuter population. To "kick off" Homecoming, the players and cheerleaders are out to meet everyone, amidst a fair of entertainment and prizes. The Homecoming King & Queen Competition is a popular event, and the parade the next day is even bigger, where all the different student organizations and University departments make floats and banners. Wolfstock is a huge event that takes place just before the game, a fair that features just about everything you could imagine. This is where Stony Brook's school spirit is evident. After the game, Wolfstock continues with a barbeque, live music, and entertainment. The next day is the annual Homecoming 5K Run/Walk. This run around campus features T-shirt and goodie bags to the first 200 registrants, and prizes for the fastest student, faculty/staff member, and alumni. Throughout the extended weekend, alumni also hold reunions. This is what makes Stony Brook what it is.
  • I-CON: Another popular event every spring is I-CON, a three day science fiction convention. It features presentations, science fiction movie marathons, and guest speakers. Science fiction aficionados come from all over the world to see members of Star Trek and other popular programs speak. Games, contests, wild costumes, and staged combat can all be found here.
  • Midnight Breakfast : During finals week every spring, Stony Brook staff and faculty prepare and serve a free feast of eggs, pancakes, sausage, french toast, and more at midnight in the Stony Brook Union. Lines form that lead outside the building, so make sure you get there on time, or it could all run out before you get there.
  • Midnight Madness: The traditional start to the NCAA basketball season at Stony Brook is called Midnight Madness. The Seawolves basketball team holds its first practice at midnight. There are lots of prizes and giveaways, including contests for T-shirts, TVs, VCRs, and even free tuition!
  • Opening Activities : To get the ball rolling at the beginning of every fall semester, Stony Brook holds its Opening Activities, a series of social, educational, and recreational programs. This is where students get to learn which clubs are on campus, what they do, and get a little taste of each one.
  • Pride Patrol: Once every fall and spring, students, faculty and staff, in conjunction with Stony Brook's Green Team, participate in planting new landscaping, spring cleaning, and beautifying the campus.
  • Roth Pond Regatta: One of the more whimsical and wildly popular events is the Roth Pond Regatta. Students, faculty, and staff compete for prizes in a boat race across Roth Pond. However, there is a catch. These boats must be handmade from cardboard and duct tape. Just imagine seeing your friends, or even professors, go down in the middle of the race and have to improvise a way back to shore! The Regatta is held annually on the last Friday of April.
  • Shirley Strum Kenny Arts Festival: Named after the President of the University, the Shirley Strum Kenny Arts Festival is an annual celebration of the arts at Stony Brook. Music and dance performances, art exhibits, poetry readings, and many other activities are featured during the week-long event. The street fair is the highlight of the festival, with contests, Tarot Card readings, food, a Battle of the Bands, a caricaturist, cultural displays, henna tattoos, karaoke, giveaways, and a variety of other activities.
  • Stony Brook Film Festival: The Stony Brook Film Festival takes place every summer in the Staller Center for the Arts. New Independent, Foreign and Art films are screened, many for the first time, on the center's huge screens and state of the art projection equipment. Many Hollywood stars turn out for this prestigious event.
  • Strawberry Festival: Traditionally, the last Wednesday in April is the Strawberry Festival. Students, faculty and staff are all on hand to enjoy the thousands of strawberries that make their way to the academic mall. Strawberry smoothies, Chocolate covered strawberries, strawberry shortcake, strawberry strudel, strawberry crepes-you name it, it's there.
Urban Legends
  • It's a party school.
  • Javits Lecture Center was actually a prototype for a high-tech bomb shelter designed for the Department of Defense.
  • Roth Pond needs to be kept artificially filled every week or so.
  • The ceiling of Javits caves in every few months.
  • The Loch Ness Monster resides in Roth Pond.
Favorite Things To Do
No matter what your interest, there is something to occupy everyone at Stony Brook. Whether you're looking to get involved with Greek life, an intramural sports team, take fitness classes in the SAC or Bartending classes in the Craft Center, there is something at Stony Brook for you to do. On a day when your schedule is packed with classes or even after a long week of tests and papers, it's nice to relax in Starbucks or grab a bite to eat with some friends at Wolfie's Restaurant. When the weather is nice, it's fun to toss around a football or just lounge on the Staller green (the big area of grass in front of the Staller Center). At night there are plenty of fitness classes and activities, from Jiu-Jitsu, to Yoga and over 200 clubs to get involved in. With a little bit of effort, you can find something to do at Stony Brook on any day or night of the week.
Student Organizations Web Site
Student Newspaper
Stony Brook Statesman
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Opera
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Yearbook
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 64 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

Where are your favorite places to just hang out?    Based on 5 responses

  • 40% The Staller Green
  • 20% The Union
  • 20% Dorm rooms
  • 10% The SAC
  • 10% Starbucks

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 79 responses

  • 5% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 24% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 46% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 25% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 73 responses

  • 4% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 22% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 49% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 25% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 5 responses

  • 40% Study in gardens on west campus
  • 40% Sitting at Starbucks
  • 20% Go Home



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