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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    A+
  4. Campus
    C-
  5. Athletics
    A-
  6. Party Scene
    B
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    C
  9. Dorms
    C-
  10. Campus Food
    C
  11. Student Life
    B-
  12. Safety
    B
Stony Brook is a highly rated public university located in Brookhaven, New York in the New York City Area. It is a large institution with an enrollment of 16,341 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Stony Brook acceptance rate is 42%. Popular majors include Health Service Preparatory Studies, Psychology, and Business. Graduating 74% of students, Stony Brook alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $39,300.
310 Administration Building
Stony Brook, NY 11794
Branch of
SUNY System
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Colonial Athletic Association

Stony Brook University, SUNY Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

SB Admissions

Acceptance Rate
42%
Application Deadline
January 15
SAT Range
1230-1420
ACT Range
26-31
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$14,874/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$10,162/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
78%

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
18:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
65%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.182 responses
48%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.193 responses
38%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.193 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
1
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
1
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    13%
  • On Campus
    86%
  • Online
    1%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
16,341Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
1,181
Undergrads Over 25
5%
Pell Grant
36%
Varsity Athletes
3%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 113 responses
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  • Science Related Majors
    45%
  • Pre-medicine
    29%
  • Competitive
    9%
  • Academic and stable
    6%
  • No one talks to you
    4%
  • Lots of school pride and spirit
    3%
  • Outgoing
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
55%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.203 responses
Poll
47%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.234 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 131 responses
Report
  • Educational
    22%
  • Good
    17%
  • Excellent
    16%
  • Challenging but fun
    12%
  • Boring
    11%
  • Wonderful
    7%
  • Cut throat
    4%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$57,600/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
74%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
91%
National
83%
63%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.110 responses
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Stony Brook University, SUNY Reviews

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I've only been here for a couple weeks (freshman), and I love it! It's much better than high school. A better atmosphere. I feel safer. The campus is really safe, even at night. There are a lot of things to do on campus. The school is really good with getting info and opportunities out to students. The food is good. There's too much Asian cuisine. I like that the dining halls are open late at night. The academics have been good so far. I love all of my professors. They are all really interesting, informative, friendly, and helpful. The dorms and rooms are nicer and bigger than I expected. People complain too much about the size of the rooms.
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Stony Brook University is a top research school in the North East and nation as a whole. It is also one of the most diverse schools in the nation, so anyone from any race, religion or sexual orientation will feel comfortable here. There is an emphasis on the sciences, but humanities programs here are still top notch. Socially, the school doesnt have the best reputation, though you will find friends I promise!
Before coming to Stony Brook, I had heard from many people that the college was very plain, that everyone was very reserved and it was very hard to navigate. From my experience over the last two years, I can safely say that it is not! Everyone is here to help and here to motivate you to do the best you can. Another great quality about this school is that it is very diverse. You look around and you can find so many cultures colliding. Everyday is a new experience to learn and grow and that is pretty amazing. There are over 4oo clubs from dancing to astronomy to pottery, you will definitely find the right crowd for you.