Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, New York
Stony Brook University is a leading research university with a diverse student body. Its students personalize their college experience through a wide variety of course offerings, numerous avenues for learning outside the classroom, and an emphasis on experiential learning. Stony Brook University takes an innovative approach to teaching that celebrates a student’s individuality, recognizing that there is no one-size-fits-all path.
With exhaustive resources and up-close mentoring, Stony Brook is leading the way as it creates the next generation of leaders in business, healthcare, research, and the global community.
Get to know Stony Brook University
Stony Brook University was one of the first schools to emphasize undergraduate research through the formation of the Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities program in 1987. All undergraduate students are eligible to participate in research, whether it be for credit, as a paid research assistant, or simply as a complement to regular coursework. All students need to do is reach out to a faculty member in their field and work alongside them throughout the project. URECA helps connect students with summer research opportunities at both Stony Brook and other universities, providing the tools to request grants, get published, and present at national conferences.
DIVERSITY AND GLOBAL LEARNING
Stony Brook is committed to helping students expand their worldview through global study abroad. Students can explore more than 25 countries on five continents in two ways: through exchange programs with a partner university or on shorter-term, faculty-led trips. Some programs even offer internship opportunities to train students to be familiar with operating in a multicultural workplace. Stony Brook is also a premier destination for international exchange students, offering undergraduates a chance to meet peers from all around the world during the school year or the summer.
THE STONY BROOK CURRICULUM
Stony Brook University offers more than the traditional core curriculum. Its Stony Brook Curriculum aims to achieve four goals: Demonstrate Versatility, Explore Interconnectedness, Pursue Deeper Understanding, and Prepare for Life-Long Learning. These goals encompass and expand upon the usual math, science, and English requirements by requiring students to study ethics, presentation and communication skills, fine arts, and the value of diversity. Stony Brook students are well rounded and prepared for modern challenges.
How has research complemented your education?
“So much! I got to spend time working directly with the kids. I got a lot of really valuable experience: administrative, clinical, and even in running analyses—learning things that they don’t teach in your classes. It even helped me with the psych/sociology section of the MCATs. I’ve learned way more than I could have anticipated from being in that lab.” – Lee Ann Santore, Biochemistry ’19
ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY
Non-U.S. Citizen: 14%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic: 7%
White, non-Hispanic: 32%
Native/Indigenous American or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic: 0%
Asian, non-Hispanic: 26%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic: 0%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic: 3%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown: 6%
Stony Brook students have a yearlong first-year seminar, with two elements. In their first semester, students are introduced to their campus, its resources, and its traditions. In the following semester, students take a seminar course examining various subjects related to their field of study. Professors teach courses connecting pop culture and a specific academic discipline, showing students good sleep, study, and self-care techniques, and more. These seminars allow Stony Brook students to see the wide-ranging impact of their chosen academic path.
WRITING EFFECTIVELY WITHIN ONE’S DISCIPLINE
Stony Brook students finish their academic careers with the tools to write in a variety of styles. Every Stony Brook undergraduate goes through the Writing Effectively Within One’s Discipline curriculum, which integrates professional writing standards into the classroom experience and guarantees students are prepared, wherever their career takes them after college. Several courses throughout an undergraduate’s time at Stony Brook offer writing instruction, allowing students to grow as writers at every step of their educational journey.
Students are placed in on-campus housing based on their chosen Stony Brook college, keeping classmates with similar interests and courses together. This goes beyond the typical living experience by offering neighbors and roommates the opportunity to grow, study, and learn alongside one another.
Stony Brook students learn by doing—and they pride themselves on learning by doing good for their community. Stony Brook has an office within the Career Center dedicated to matching students to volunteer and service opportunities that match their interests and goals. Using their database, students can find a position and give back to their community through numerous business and non-profit organizations partnered with the university. Service-learning can also contribute to a student’s degree plan by fulfilling the experiential learning requirement.
Stony Brook is located in the center of Long Island, a short distance from some of New York’s top tourist destinations. Take an afternoon trip to the beaches of Long Island, Port Jefferson, and Southampton. Get out of Stony Brook and head to the Big Apple to see the sights, take in a show, or go to a ballgame. Or, stay in Stony Brook and check out museums, parks, and preserves that celebrate the region’s history.
The Stony Brook Seawolves compete in 18 NCAA Division I sports. The men’s teams compete in baseball, basketball, cross country, football, lacrosse, soccer, and track and field. The women compete in basketball, cross country, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, and volleyball.
In addition to a robust offering of Career Center services, Stony Brook allows students across disciplines to join Career Communities of faculty, staff, employers, and students of similar interests and goals. Communities give students access to personalized career coaching, curated newsletters featuring job opportunities, and connections with Stony Brook alumni and community members to build a personal network. Stony Brook understands that students’ career interests and major may not align, so Career Communities are open to students across majors.
Students across majors complete capstone projects to demonstrate their mastery of concepts learned throughout their college experience. Business students work on a product proposal from start to finish with the help of faculty, staff, or professionals. Journalism students present a well-researched piece on a topic of their choosing. Creative writing students write a book, natural sciences students conduct research. These are just a few examples of many of the in-depth learning opportunities afforded to Stony Brook students through capstone projects.
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th Percentile: 600 | 75th Percentile: 680
25th Percentile: 630 | 75th Percentile: 740
25th Percentile: 26 | 75th Percentile: 31
25th Percentile: 26 | 75th Percentile: 31
25th Percentile: 24 | 75th Percentile: 33
Tuition & Cost
Tuition (in-state): $7,070
Tuition (out-of-state): $24,740
Room & Board: $14,278