Stony Brook University--SUNY

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Stony Brook, NY 11794

Phone: (631) 689-6000
2013-2014 Tuition
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#82 Overall Score: 52 out of 100. National Universities

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Stony Brook University--SUNY is a public institution that was founded in 1957. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 16,003, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 1,454 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Stony Brook University--SUNY's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 82. Its in-state tuition and fees are $7,984 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $19,924 (2013-14).

Stony Brook University is one of 64 schools in the State University of New York (SUNY) system. Located on the North Shore of Long Island, the university is accessible by car, train and ferry, and many students choose to commute. Freshmen do not have to live on campus. Academic activity pauses each Wednesday from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. for Campus Life Time, when students can check out free concerts, sample free food and take a break from the rigor of classes. Annually, students gather for events like the Roth Pond Regatta, a race of student-made cardboard boats, and the Shirley Strum Kenny Student Arts Festival, a week of student work showcases. Students can also check out more than 300 student organizations on campus, including more than 30 fraternities and sororities. On the athletic fields, the Stony Brook Seawolves compete in the NCAA Division I America East Conference. For a workout off the field, students can bike and hike around Stony Brook’s large, wooded campus, which includes the Ashley Schiff Park Preserve. For an urban experience, New York City is about 60 miles away.

Stony Brook is home to the only undergraduate journalism school in the SUNY system as well as the highly ranked Stony Brook University Medical Center. The university also has a location in Southampton and a classroom building in Manhattan. Notable alumni include Patricia S. Cowings, the first woman to be trained as an astronaut in the United States, and Craig Allen, a meteorologist for WCBS Newsradio 880 in New York City.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Ranked in the top 1 percent of universities worldwide by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, Stony Brook is the smart choice for your higher education. A degree from Stony Brook, an institution with award-winning faculty, accomplished students, rigorous and innovative academic programs, significant research opportunities, and a proven track record of successful alumni, opens doors to countless career possibilities. A member of the elite Association of American Universities, Stony Brook offers you more than 200 majors, minors, and combined-degree programs for undergraduates; first-rate opportunities for undergraduate research, including at nearby Brookhaven National Laboratory, which Stony Brook co-manages; and Long Island's premier academic medical center. Our diverse campus attracts more than 24,000 students from nearly all 50 states and more than 100 countries. But Stony Brook is a large university with a small-college feel. As a freshman, you will belong to one of six Undergraduate Colleges organized around students' interests. Each Undergraduate College has only 450 students and offers academic and residential advising to help you schedule classes, choose a major, and adjust to college life. You also will have the opportunity to take one-credit themed classes in small-group settings and attend informal gatherings with your professors and fellow students. Stony Brook's combined-degree programs for undergraduates include several secondary teacher preparation programs and bachelor's/M.P.H. programs, a fast-track M.B.A. program, and bachelor's/M.D. and bachelor's/D.D.S. combined-degree programs. Our School of Journalism offers a major in journalism and a state-of-the-art newsroom. Students in our School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences conduct research on the R.V. Seawolf, at our waterfront Marine Station in Stony Brook Southampton, and in Jamaica, West Indies, at Discovery Bay Lab. In fact, Stony Brook offers many unique semester, academic year, and winter and summer study-abroad programs in many countries. Students in the biomedical engineering major combine their interests in biology, chemistry, computer programming, engineering, and math. Student clubs and academic advising support students heading toward careers in engineering, law, medicine, and a range of health professions. Each spring the University pays tribute to students' accomplishments in all the arts and sciences with a day of exhibition and performance. Stony Brook has more than 300 clubs and organizations for students and offers an extensive intramural program. Students, faculty, and staff race boats made with only cardboard, duct tape, and paint in the annual Roth Pond Regatta. Other Stony Brook traditions include Homecoming and Strawberry Fest. Our Student Activities Center features an international food court, student lounges, an art gallery, and a Wellness Center for exercise classes and workshops. Across campus, the Sports Complex includes courts for basketball and squash, a running track, a dance studio, weight rooms, and a pool. Next to it, a new 85,000-square-foot Campus Recreation Center has just been completed. Each residential quad also has its own fully equipped fitness center open 24/7. And the Division I Seawolves compete in an 8,300-seat stadium. Our graduates are in high demand in the workplace: Nearly 350 corporate organizations recruit on campus each year. Stony Brook University's 1,040 acre campus is located on Long Island's North Shore, 60 miles east of New York City and close to beaches and woodlands. Our proximity to New York City and a railroad station right on campus make it easy for students to take advantage of all that Manhattan has to offer. Visit us and discover what led Kiplinger to rank Stony Brook among the 100 best values in public colleges.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1957
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $125,375,578


When applying to Stony Brook University--SUNY, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due February 1. The application fee at Stony Brook University--SUNY is $50. It is more selective, with an acceptance rate of 40.1 percent.

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Selectivity more selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 40.1%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by February 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Stony Brook University--SUNY is 18:1, and the school has 43.7 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Stony Brook University--SUNY include: Psychology, General; Business Administration and Management, General; Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other; Biology/Biological Sciences, General; and Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 89.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 18:1
4-year graduation rate 47%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Psychology, General 11%
Business Administration and Management, General 10%
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other 10%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 9%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 7%

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Student Life

Stony Brook University--SUNY has a total undergraduate enrollment of 16,003, with a gender distribution of 53 percent male students and 47 percent female students. At this school, 60.5 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 39.5 percent of students live off campus. Stony Brook University--SUNY is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 24,149
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

Stony Brook University--SUNY offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. Stony Brook University--SUNY also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Stony Brook University--SUNY, 40 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Stony Brook University--SUNY.

Students who have cars on campus 40%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Stony Brook University--SUNY, 59.8 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $7,334.

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In-state tuition and fees $7,984 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $19,924 (2013-14)
Room and board $11,370 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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