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Reviews 1976 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I live on campus and my dad rents houses to students so I'm a bit biased

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I grew up on LI so I love the food here. It sucks because most places close around 10 but before that, love the food here! Most places will give 10-15% off for students!

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: It's weird. Frats will have them every weekend with pick up rides leaving from campus or you can go to the apartments someone is bound to be drinking and dancing.

1 College Freshman

Administration: You lose your scholarships and any chance of a job or lab experience on campus the minute you take a sip of alcohol under 21. Didn't happen to me but to a friend. Absolutely disgusting police.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: I got a great amount of aid! And then I owed money! And then I was fine! And then I owed more! What the hell!

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Good food. You get caught in a cycle if you don't want to walk 3 miles to get to a new meal choice. You can walk in and think "oh am I getting pizza or a burger" AGAIN.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Cleaning staff is friendly but iffy when it comes to actually doing their job. The rooms are small and getting to food is a pain. Housing is under a shortage and getting a room is hell. But living on campus gets me exercise and it's convenient to get to class? I guess?

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing is just really expensive.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: It would be good if you could get to it.

2 College Freshman

Party Scene: Its only fun if you know people and have a ride to get there.

3 College Freshman

Administration: They are strict in some aspects and not in others.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: The process was pretty easy.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food can be fine but not many good options. The good options can get old.

2 College Freshman

Campus Housing: There is nothing to do on the weekends.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I honestly wanted there to be an option where anything above "the worst" was possible. The rooms are small (but what college dorm isn't really...) but I do believe the selling point is whether or not there is air conditioning. Some buildings (Yang and Lauderber) are super nice and were recently built and like hotels. If you're lucky enough to get into these buildings, kudos to you. Others are older, and the walls are thin, but not to the point where you can hear the kids next door muttering to themselves. The social atmosphere is pretty good, depending on what you want to make of it (like most things in life). There's always always activities on campus. But a lot of people also choose to go home, or study in their rooms.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There was an article in the paper about landlords who denied rent to students of a different race.

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2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There aren't many restaurants super close by to campus, most of them are at Port Jefferson which is a LIRR ride away.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: There are only a few places around campus with decent food. If the quality isn't good, then the service isn't good. Meal plans roll over for the semester but once the school year ends all that money goes to waste.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The buildings are okay, there are some nicer/newer buildings on campus but they're almost impossible to get in, also majority of the dorms don't have air conditioning.

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College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: As I have never lived off campus, this question does not pertain to me.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There is a strip mall right across from the railroad with several varieties of cuisine. There is an Asian noodle house, a bar and grill, and even a Mexican restaurant. Overall it is very satisfying.

4 College Freshman

Administration: Overall, this college i very fair with its policies. Students are always reprimanded when things get out of hand, but a little bit of fun won't get anyone in trouble.

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: After a weeks and weeks of almost constant midterms at Stony Brook, giving ourselves a few hours at the end of the week to unwind, have some fun, and enjoy college is much needed and desired by all on campus. Because of this, everyone tries to make the most out of every weekend, making it an amazing school for socialization.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: Though I was given a small scholarship, the financial assistance that I needed never came to me. The problem with this process is that all the financial aid office see's is the amount of money that parents bring in. However, they don't realize that the taxes we pay and the debt we are in eats away at every penny my parents make, leaving nothing left for my college tuition. I am left to pay for it on my own, and being this financially responsible at age 18 is almost impossible.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Even though there is a lack of variety in the food options at Stony Brook, the meals that I have found I absolutely love and never get tired of. The bibimbap at Wang is full of fresh vegetables and grilled chicken, and the Union salads are always fresh, and full of fruit and vegetables that I can't always find around campus.

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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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