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Reviews 1762 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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3 College Junior

Overall Experience: The school itself is great, my biggest issue is the scheduling. Random times make it hard to work a normal 9-5 job like I could at Suffolk County Community College.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I enjoyed my first yesr at Stony Brook University. I enjoyed going to the parties, except the parties aren't on campus because there are no fraternity houses on campus. There are opportunities to get involved suckh as clubs, internships, school government and more. I got into my first internship my first semester, it was really cool working as part of a research experiment. You just have to go and find it! Things don't just come to you. And like any place, you will need friends to support you when you feel like you can{t do it anymore or feel like giving up. I know some people that hve not enjoyed Stony Brook UNiversity because they don't try to become involved and get to know other people. The classes are really engaging, depending on the professor as well and your interest in the subject. Classes can be chalenging. One great thing is that the library is opened for really long hours which I really enjoyed if I didn't want to study in my room. And printers everywhere, it just made my life easy. The only con about this school is that almost half of the school are commuters so campus looks dead compred to the weekdays. And since a lot of students are from NYC, they go home every weekend. I'm also from the city but I don't go home that often I like to enjoy the sense of liberty I get from being t SBU and just enjoying my free time with friends.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: SBU has a large population, making it easier to find a group you fit in with. There are about 300 different clubs - I joined the ballroom dance team and I love it! There is always something to do on campus and the food is decent. I would definitely still choose this college if I had to do it all over again!

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It's just average. Depending on your major you might like it more or less. It's hard to meet people and there isn't that much school spirit. The campus was on a list of ugliest campuses and the faculty aren't always the most helpful. If you find a good organization it becomes more bearable, although this is harder to do for commuter students. There is no nightlife and Greek Organizations don't have on campus houses. It often time feels like there is a lack of community and most students live close by so they just go home on the weekends.

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3 College Junior

Overall Experience: I have had several pleasant experiences at Stony brook University. It is a place with incredible cultural diversity and rigorous academics. However, I feel that it may be unequipped to deal with certain mental and emotional issues faced by the student body. The people that I have met there are the true gem of Stony Brook University.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: There lacks a student-advisor communication system. They are not helpful leaving students to fend for themselves. Other than that it not bad.

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2 College Junior

Overall Experience: Even though I am close to home from my university. The school overall is very difficult and it's hard to make friends because there is no night life or activities to do. My school actually has a high suicide rate because the school puts a lot of stress on their students. How are you suppose to be happy when you are miserable and have no friends. To add to all this stress the school is a lot of money to pay for. It is a constant worry that if I don't have enough money that I am going to have to drop out of school.

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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I love stony brook! Even thought I didn't do as good as I expected to do but I think if I try harder next semester I will do great. Overall I love the environment of the campus and the fact that it very diverse is a bonus. We also have a lot of international students so I got to learn about different cultures. Also, there is always something going on campus so if someone has long break between their classes they have something they could go to.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Stony Brook has been great so far. I love being challenged, and every day of my first semester was my journey towards greatness. I'm on the dean's list this semester and recieved three A-'s and one A bringing my GPA to a 3.75. Go seawolves!!!

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4 College Senior

Overall Experience: My favorite experiences are my internship, research, and work experience. These were times when I felt that I was actually learning and accomplishing something. It also allowed me to explore my interests and go outside my comfort zone. My school is unique because it offers many opportunities to get involved. Its research opportunities are top quality and if that not something you want to pursue, there are tons of other ways to get involved. I would choose my school again because the opportunities it presents has made me learn more about myself and I would not change that at all.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Stony Brook is what you make it. Some people don't like it, but it's not bad.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The school is great! Time management is key.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It's a great school with a major focus on science.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The campus is very beautiful and I met many of the wonderful and intellectual faculty members and teachers. The dorms were very nice.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: The school is made great by the friends I have made and the opportunities to join clubs.

I gave the OK rating due to some of the professors, who lack any understanding of students. Some professors were researchers in their time and became professors; they do not know how to be educators. The Business department in particular has professors who do not understand student life.

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3 College Junior

Overall Experience: The professors can be great or terrible depending on the department.

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3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Career prospects and internships are available if you look for them.

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2 College Junior

Local Area: Very boring, with nothing to do.

2 College Junior

Guys & Girls: I'd give them a C.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: The school offers many services for students that may feel that they need it.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: It's there, but you don't really notice it.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Professors are mostly here for research so teaching isn't their priority, a lot of the classes are difficult and require you to work really hard. I came out of high school with amazing grades that I didn't have to try for, and kind of expected that to continue at stony brook and it was a lot harder to get the grades I was used to.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Rec center is amazing, main library is huge and there are plenty of places to study both in the library and out, I don't really think there are any places really designated to just hanging out, but it's not that hard to find somewhere to meet up with people.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Your Stony Brook experience is truly what you make of it, you could have a great time but its also really easy to mope and have a bad time. I hated my first semester, I was taking classes for a major I no longer wanted, I missed home, and my anxiety and depression were getting really bad. I didn't have a lot of fun and I wasn't involved in anything, but I also didn't try to change anything--like I said, it's very easy to slip into a negative mindset about stony brook. My second semester, however, I joined greek life, I worked harder in my classes and had picked a much better major, I really found a group of people I love and trust, and I was overall a lot happier. It takes effort and you do need to try and find things and people you're interested in but I really do love my life at Stony Brook and think it's totally work the work it took to get to this mindset.

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3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Nearly all of the intro level classes are very large which makes them difficult at times, basically all of the professors are here to do research and probably couldn't care less about teaching. You really do have to make the effort to do well in a lot of the classes you'll take.

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Stony Brook is definitely the kind of place where you really need to put in the effort to make friends and actively participate in the social scene. If you keep to yourself during your first semester, you may be wishing you were back home or even consider transferring. However, by the second semester when you start going out more, you will be much happier now. There are so many ways to meet people and get involved on campus, and that is really the trick to being happy. Even if your classes are really stressful, you can always work on your homework with classmates—something that definitely makes it less stressful. Finding a balance between academia and a social life is not hard to do, but it isn’t easy either. It is very easy to get lost in the shuffle sometimes. The campus is absolutely dead on the weekends, since most people live locally and go home. Stony Brook is widely known as a commuter school for that reason. Attending Stony Brook will hold true the cliché that college is what you make of it.

The classes themselves also vary. Some will overload you with work, and others will have you excited to learn. Even if you hear a certain class is an easy A, don’t take it unless you have some interest in the topic. It will come back to haunt you when it’s a week before your midterm and you realize you have to read seven chapters on a topic that doesn’t pique your curiosity. Overall, Stony Brook is great academically for everything, especially biology, chemistry, pre-med studies, psychology, and engineering. The social scene is not very active in comparison with most other colleges, but there is one, you just have to look for it.
 

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