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

Guys & Girls: Students are pretty typical. Stony Brook has a large commuter population and thus a lot of people from Long Island. I now understand where the stereotype comes from. They can be annoying. You have just as good of a chance finding nice people as you do annoying people.

3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: The students here are very diverse in terms of interests but you'll find that cultural/ethnic groups tend to stick together.

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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The people on campus don't really affect the school. You are the one responsible for finding people who you can make friends of.

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: There are so many different people at stony brook, typically most people look mature and some people like to dress up, others wear sweats everyday, it all depends on your personality. The friends I have made are amazing, so nice, smart, funny and pretty. I met someone at stony brook with whom i was in a relationship with for six months. A lot of people there have so much to offer, you can easily surround yourself with a really good social circle.

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4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Well I met my current girlfriend here at Stony Brook.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 314th
    Smartest Girls
  • 318th
    Smartest Guys
  • 873rd
    Party Girls
  • 938th
    Party Guys
  • 1053rd
    Most Religious Guys

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Barbara Ross
Hopewell Junction, NY
Business Management
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The ratio of males to females at Stony Brook is pretty evenly balanced, so competition for the opposite sex isn't arduous as far as finding someone. The more challenging task is to find someone that is open to meeting others. Many of the students at Stony Brook can be standoffish, with the typical princesses and jocks that wander the social scene. The other difficulty is the way cliques form, and seem to be impenetrable at times. Most of the student body is more concerned with day-to-day life, and doesn't focus on the way they look. Therefore, the amount of model types around campus is far from abundant. Of course, they are there, and there are nice ones, but one must really be on the lookout for hidden intentions.

Stony Brook also has a large commuter population, and so half of the University's students leave at the end of the day, putting an end to a lot of the search in that way. Much of the resident population also lives on Long Island and leaves for the weekends to hang out with friends. This dampers the chances even further. Going to class is generally the best way to find a partner, because, no matter what, that is why everyone is here. Don't be left with the wrong impression, though. Promiscuity is here, and there have been some shocking stories about what can happen in the library or the Javits Lecture Center at odd hours.

Facts & Statistics

Female Undergrads
Male Undergrads
Birth Control Available?
The Infirmary has a gynecology clinic that makes contraceptives available. While the campus cannot afford to give out free condoms, the Condom Access Program allows any Residence Hall Legislature or student group to purchase condoms in bulk at cost, (approximately 25 cents each). They are then made available to students at cost. For more information, call 632-9338.
Best Places to Meet Guys & Girls
  1. Thursday night parties
  2. Your room
  3. The gym
Best Places to Hook Up
  1. Your room
  2. Staller Green
  3. A party
Social Scene
The social scene, as with most everything at Stony Brook, varies greatly depending on who you are, where you go, and who you are with. There are many people on each side of the spectrum; there are people who do nothing but study in their rooms during the week and go home on the weekends and people who go out and party every night. But the majority of Stony Brook students fall somewhere in between. Thursday nights are the party nights, and there are plenty of things to do, from clubs and bars to frat parties and dorm parties. Many times, people with the same interests and backgrounds tend to hang out together, like those involved with Greek life or athletics. However, there are no real social boundaries at Stony Brook, so don't let any of the common misconceptions fool you.
Hookups or Relationships?
Stony Brook is full of students on the prowl. While the dating scene is okay, there seem to be mostly random hookups, and lots of them. Of course, there are some serious relationships, but students here are always on the go, and always busy and involved in one thing or another, which doesn't allow for the time commitment of a serious relationship.
Best Places to Meet Guys/Girls
Depending on what you're looking for, a hookup or a relationship, there are a few good places to meet members of the opposite sex. If you're just looking for a good time, there are plenty of parties to go to, and the clubs and bars around school are full of single, local people. Relationship wise, definitely getting involved in a club or activity will help you meet people who have common interests. Talking to people in your classes or getting a job somewhere on campus are also good ways to meet new people and establish relationships.
Dress Code
Stony Brook is probably not known for its fashion sense. There is such a diverse atmosphere that really, anything goes. From casual to sophisticated, one can find pajamas and business suits inside the same lecture!

Student Polls

I would say girls on campus are    Based on 70 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

I would say guys on campus are    Based on 70 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

What kinds of relationships have you had since coming to school?    Based on 79 responses

  • 17% Long-distance relationship
  • 16% Casual dating at your school
  • 16% Random hook-up with someone at your school
  • 14% None
  • 12% Exclusively dating someone at your school
  • 9% Long-term relationship with someone at your school
  • 5% Long-term relationship with someone at a neighboring school
  • 4% Casual dating at a neighboring school
  • 4% Exclusively dating someone at a neighboring school
  • 3% Random hook-up with someone at a neighboring school

What are the best places to meet guys/girls?    Based on 8 responses

  • 25% The gym
  • 25% Dorms
  • 19% Thursday night parties
  • 19% Student Union
  • 12% Your room

What are the best ways to make friends at your school?    Based on 10 responses

  • 38% Join clubs
  • 25% Meet people in your classes
  • 21% Attend school functions
  • 12% Within your building
  • 4% Greek Life

What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?    Based on 10 responses

  • 50% Pre-medicine
  • 20% Competitive
  • 20% Science Related Majors
  • 10% Lots of school pride and spirit

How would you rate the social scene on campus?    Based on 79 responses

  • 9% Lacking, with almost no interesting or popular activities.
  • 32% Quiet, with few popular activities and chances to meet new people.
  • 48% Active, with a handful of popular activities.
  • 11% Very vibrant, with lots of popular activities available almost every day.


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