See what students say:


Stony Brook University offers a world class research university experience with excellent value. There are more than 200 academic programs that attract “a diverse array of students with interests and passions in everything under the sun,” with STEM programs receiving particularly high praise. The large campus population means students need to be motived self-advocates, and the university does a good job of making students aware of opportunities and structuring their curriculum. “Advising [is] very organized and helpful,” and “larger lectures are broken down into smaller groups to help facilitate better learning.” After the first year, “class sizes reduce drastically.” “Research is a key part of the academic process” and those who choose to attend Stony Brook “are often interested in making discoveries in this world.” Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (URECA) is a program that gives students the ability to get involved with research or other oncampus experiences with faculty.

Professors are “always willing to give educational and professional advice” and “are all very enthusiastic about the courses they teach.” They are great at “offering creative problems that show the real-world applications of our studies.” Many teachers at Stony Brook “combine the theory of the textbook with what they experienced,” which “is extremely dynamic.” Students agree that there are some professors that focus too heavily on their research, but once you get to more advanced courses, “actually interacting with and getting help from professors and TAs is far easier and more worthwhile.”

Student Body

Students describe the campus population as very diverse, “with people from different places, of different ethnicities, and of different ages,” which makes for “a very inclusive and inviting environment.” With a large international student population, it “is so easy to become socially aware of other cultures simply by talking to people.” This “cheerful and helpful” crew is “incredibly knowledgeable,” and the work ethic most students display motivates others to work harder. “A Seawolf doesn’t hesitate when another needs anything,” says one student.

Campus Life

During the week, students “spend a lot time in class, studying, or doing homework” in the dorms and the library. On the weekend, students typically “go out with friends either to restaurants, parties, the movie theaters, [or the] mall,” and a large portion of students head home. Still, there are plenty of school-sponsored activities, and the university sends out twice-weekly emails to the student body publicizing events on campus, “which is a wonderful gesture.” There is “a surplus of clubs” that mostly meet on Wednesdays from 1–2 P.m. (there are no classes scheduled at this time), and it “is hard to get bored. If you aren’t involved, you aren’t trying.” Stony Brook has a “spectacular” recreational center where students can play sports, work out, or take fitness classes (such as kick boxing, self-defense, and yoga), and the campus is “surrounded with historic sites, beaches” and not too far away from New York City, with a train near campus. School spirit infuses annual Stony Brook traditions “such as Roth Regatta (a boat race of boats made from only cardboard and duct tape), Earthstock, and semesterly concerts.”

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Lyle Wind
Assistant Director

Office of Admissions
118 Admin Bldg, Stony Brook, NY 11794-1901
Stony Brook, NY 11794-1901



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Staller Center for the Arts
Sports Complex and Lavalle Stadium
Student Activities Center
Walter J. Hawrys Campus Recreation Center
The Charles B. Wang Center
Building and Grounds: Main campus. 1,100 acres. Research and Development Campus, 246 acres adjacent to the main campus. Stony Brook Southampton, 82 acres. Stony Brook Manhattan. New buildings: Humanities Building, undergraduate apartments; Center for Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Stony Brook Village
Port Jefferson Village
North and South Shore Beaches
Smithaven Shopping Mall
The Long Island Ducks (EAB Stadium)

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

Year round

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

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Advance Notice
2 weeks

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

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Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Stony Brook University is easily accessible by car, train. By Train: take the Long Island Railroad's Port Jefferson line from Pennsylvania Station in Manhattan to the Stony Brook station on the northern edge of the campus; 631-231-LIRR. By Car Ferry: cross Long Island Sound at Bridgeport (631-473-0286) or New London (631-323-2525) in Connecticut, arriving east of the campus on Long Island. By Air: the nearest airport is Long Island MacArthur Airport; nearest international airports are JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark 50 miles to the west. From JFK Airport ,you may take the AirTrain to Jamaica Station and transfer to the LIRR for the train to Stony Brook (Port Jefferson line).

Driving Instructions to Campus
From New York City: take the Long Island Expressway (LIE, I-495) eastbound from the Queens Midtown Tunnel in Manhattan or the Throgs Neck Bridge or Whitestone Bridge in Queens to exit 62 and follow Nicolls Road (Route 97) north for 8 miles. The main entrance to the University is on the left.

Local Accommodations
List of nearby accomodations include: Hilton Garden Inn Stony Brook (1 Circle Drive, Stony Brook University 1-631-978-7205); Three Village Inn (150 Main Street, Stony Brook, 631-751-0555); Holiday Inn Express (3131 Nesconset Hwy., Centereach, 631-471-8000); Heritage Inn (201 W. Broadway Port Jefferson, 631-928-2400); Danford's Inn (25 East Broadway, Port Jefferson, 631-928-5200); Econo Lodge (755 Route 347, Smithtown, 631-724-9000); Marriott Hotel (1717 Vanderbilt Motor Pkwy, Hauppauge, 631-582-8289); Best Inn at Macarthur (60 Mill Road, Ronkonkoma, 631-588-4567); Miss Scarlett's BandB (305 California Ave., Port Jefferson, 631-928-5064); Holly Berry BandB (415 W. Broadway, Port Jefferson, 631-331-3123); Brickhill BandB (102 Oakes St., Port Jefferson, 631-473-7863); Golden Pineapple BandB (201 Liberty Ave., Port Jefferson, 631-331-0706); A Reasonable Alternative BandB (117 Spring St., Port Jefferson, 631-928-4034).


Applicants: 37,828
Acceptance Rate: 42%
Average HS GPA: 3.85



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