Stony Brook University in Stony Brook

Stony Brook, NY

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Stony Brook University offers 764-degree programs and 108 via distance education. Student-to-faculty ratio is 17:1. 1 high safety campus. Acceptance Rate is 41%. The most popular test is SAT - 82% of students submitted it in comparison to 33% of students who submitted ACT. 50.5% are women, and 49.5% are men. 16% percents of international students. Stony Brook University is a member of 6 athletic associations. The average annual total cost of attendance at Stony Brook University is 13519$, that is at the level of national average. Total price of living is between $14666 and $22846 per year. 67% of full-time Stony Brook University students completed their education program in 150 percent of time: graduation rate is above national average. Average salary after attending is $55,000, so if you studied 2 years, you’ll get your funds back in less than 2 years.

Average Annual Cost

Average annual cost includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, and living expenses, minus the average grant/scholarship aid. Separate metrics have calculated for different institutions depends on calendar system and sector of the establishment (public or private).

The Stony Brook University is a public and non-academic-year institution, so it’s net price represents an average of all programs and includes only undergraduates who first enrolled in the fall term and pay in-state tuition and receive Title IV aid.


By Family Income

Depending on the federal state, or institutional grant and available, Stony Brook University students in your income bracket may pay more of less than the overall average costs.

Family IncomeAverage cost
$0 - $30,000$8,770
$30,001 - $48,000$11,020
$48,001 - $75,000$16,121
$75,001 - $110,000$18,774

Admission considerations


  • Secondary school GPA
  • Secondary school record
  • Completion of college-preparatory program
  • Recommendations
  • Admission test scores
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)


  • Secondary school rank
  • Formal demonstration of competencies

Neither required nor recommended:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)



  • Typical room charge for academic year: 7854

  • Typical board charge for academic year: -

  • Combined charge for room and board: -


Percent of students with financial aid


Types of financial aids


9442 of Stony Brook University undergraduate students were awarded with some type of financial aid, it’s 57 percents of all undergraduate students. This makes Stony Brook University number 17 in the amount of financial aid awarded to students among all educational institutions in New York.

Students at Stony Brook University awarded 5 types of loans or aids, the biggest percent of students received a any financial aid.

Family IncomeNumber awarded grant and scholarship aidAverage amount of grant and scholarship aid awarded
$0 - $30,000
$30,001 - $48,000
$48,001 - $75,000
$75,001 - $110,000

Salary After Attending


According to College Scorecard Data from U.S. Department of Education

Students services


Academic/career counseling service

Employment services for students

Living & meal

Full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking students required to live on campus

Institution provide on-campus housing

Institution provides board or meal plan

Veteran Services Available

Credit for military training

Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families

Recognized student veteran organization

Disability services


Percent indicator of undergraduates formally registered as students with disabilities

Undergraduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Graduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Alternative tuition plans

Any alternative tuition plans offered by institution

Tuition payment plan

Tuition payment plan - a program that allows tuition to be paid in installments spread out over an agreed upon period of time, sometimes without interest or finance charges.

Special learning opportunities

Here are the learning opportunities available in Stony Brook University.


ROTC - Army

ROTC - Air Force

Study abroad

Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)

Teacher certification: students can complete their preparation in certain areas of specialization

Teacher certification: approved by the state for initial certification or licensure of teachers

ROTC - Reserve Officers' Training Corps, a college program providing scholarships for training commissioned officers covering college tuition.

Study abroad - programs and arrangements providing students a possibility to complete part of the college program studying in another country.

Teacher certifications programs are designed to prepare students to meet the requirements for certification as teachers in elementary, middle/junior high, and secondary schools.

Athletic associations

  • Member of National Athletic Association
  • Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
  • NCAA/NAIA member for football
  • NCAA/NAIA member for basketball
  • NCAA/NAIA member for baseball
  • NCAA/NAIA member for cross country/track

Graduation Rate


Stony Brook University graduation rate is above the national average.

67% of full-time students enrolled for the first time to Stony Brook University completed the education program and got a degree in 150 percent of the expected time of completion.

The graduation rate value includes only programs that were completed less than six years for four-year degrees or less than three years for two-year degrees.

Graduation rate is the percentage of institution’s new-entering, first-time, first-year undergraduate students who complete their program within 150% of the published time for the program. Graduation rate excludes an extensive number of students. This indicator doesn’t take into account students of nontraditional enrollments - part-time students, students who enroll mid-year, and who transfer from one institution to another. So graduation rate alone can create a misleading perception. Completion rate in the form of total number of students receiving any types of awards/degrees creates a complete picture. Combining this data with graduation rate is a better way to compare institutions.

Applying information

Average number of applicants to one enrolled

12 : 1

Admission considerations


  • Secondary school GPA
  • Secondary school record
  • Completion of college-preparatory program
  • Recommendations
  • Admission test scores
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)


  • Secondary school rank
  • Formal demonstration of competencies

Neither required nor recommended:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

Acceptance Rate

The percentage of students given offers out of all those that applied.


In comparison to National Average

Stony Brook University acceptance rate is below national average.

In comparison to state Average

Average acceptance rate for institutions in state is 67%, so acceptance rate value is below state average for 26%.


In comparison to an average acceptance rate in of colleges in $10k - $20k price range

Average acceptance rate for all institutions in state in the same net price range is 67%, so Stony Brook University acceptance rate value is below state net price average for 26%.


Admissions yield

Of those that receive offers to enroll, this is the percent of students that actually do enroll. It is equal to the number of students that enroll divided by the number of accepted students multiplied by 100.



Full time


Part time

Retention rate

Full-time retention rate


Part-time retention rate


The Stony Brook University full-time retention rate is 90% and part-time retention rate is 33%.

Retention rate is the percentage of the institution's first-time first-year undergraduate students who continue at that institution the next year. E.g., full-time students who study in the fall semester and continue studying in the same program next fall semester are included in the retention rate.

Retention rate is an important indicator: if it is high, it demonstrates that school has quality curriculum, positive student environments and cultures as more students choose to continue their studies.

SAT/ACT scores

SAT scores

Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking Stony Brook University students submitting SAT scores


Composite SAT Range (25th - 75th):
1690 - 2040

SAT Range by section (25th - 75th)
Critical Reading: 550 - 660
Math: 600 - 720
Writing: 540 - 660

SAT Test Score Range


ACT scores

Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking Stony Brook University students submitting ACT scores


Composite ACT Range (25th - 75th):
26 - 31

ACT Range by section (25th - 75th)
English: 25 - 32
Math: 26 - 32
Writing: 7 - 9

ACT Test Score Range


SAT Score Converter

The new SAT is scored out of 1600 after the adjustments made in 2016. The old SAT was scored out of 2400. If you took an old SAT, you can convert your score to the new SAT score using the SAT Score Converter.

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For the High School Class of 2016:
Most students in the Class of 2016 will take the old SAT, and most colleges will convert new SAT scores to old SAT scores.

For the High School Class of 2017:
Most students in the Class of 2017 will take the new SAT, and most colleges will convert old SAT scores to new SAT scores.

Student Body

The student-to-faculty ratio at Stony Brook University is 17:1, that means that for every 17 students the institution has one professor, lecturer or specialist with a degree in education. Lower student-to-faculty ratio is better - it means that professors can dedicate more time and attention to each student.

Student-to-faculty ratio



Number of international students


Percent of international students

Race/ethnicity breakdown


Students enrollment in distance education


In Stony Brook University the biggest percent of students are enrolled in on-campus courses.

Distance education location breakdown


Here are the students enrolled exclusively in distance education courses at Stony Brook University and grouped by their location. Distance education courses are the most popular for students located in New York.

Campus Safety

The percentage of crimes on Stony Brook University

The campus located by 100 Nicolls Road address in Stony Brook, New York.


Stony Brook University in comparison of all branches in the US. It is calculated as the average percent of crimes yearly by five years of data for every campus, based on an overall number of students studying there. The branch is a part of Stony Brook University with 0.59% of maximum crimes a year. The most often crimes detected on Stony Brook University are burglary, aggravated assault, and robbery.

Academic Programs

Number of degree programs offered

Stony Brook University offers 764 programs in total: 246 are for Master's degree, 228 - for Bachelor's degree, 134 - for Doctor's degree-research/scholarship programs, 84 - for Postbaccalaureate certificate, and 45 are Post-master's certificate.

This is the middle number of programs in comparison with other 481 universities in New York state, with one of the highest number of Postbaccalaureate certificate. Stony Brook University is one of the few institutions in New York that offers a Post-master's certificate program.


Number of degree programs offered via distance education

There are 108 distance education programs that are provided in the Stony Brook University: 39 are for Master's degree, 30 - for Post-master's certificate, 18 - for Postbaccalaureate certificate and 3 are Bachelor's degree.

Note, that programs offered via distance education might be entirely online as well as partially online and require on-campus meetings. So explore each program to make sure you can commit.


Total credit/contact hours

Here you can find the data on instructional activity in measured in total credit and/or contact hours delivered by institutions during a 12-month period. Also we shown the New York state average data to help you compare.


Stony Brook University provides coursework for undergraduate students, graduate students and students with doctors professional practice.

In 2014-2015 academic year estimated full-time equivalent undergraduate enrollment was 17101 students with 513029 сredit hours for 12-month instructional activity period. The enrollment for graduates was 5573 with 133745 credit hours. The doctors professional practice enrollment was 1175 students.

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Student Reviews and Ratings for Stony Brook University

Overall Rating:

Overall Rating:

Went to School of Business for an MBA. Too many international students who speak English as a 3rd language (not even joking) - most write in English using Google translate. Uninspiring classes because of it. 2 of 3 of my professors said they dumb down the material so that these students can actually understand. The 2 stars are for the professors, because they will make time to give you individual attention. And they're really intelligent.

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Overall Rating:

I have also attended MIT and Stanford but STONY BROOK IS THE BEST. I learned MORE there than at either of the other two institutions . The faculty are really great and my professors were VERY smart and they liked to spend time chatting with you. President Stanley is also quite accessible. The campus is beautiful, filled with trees and lavishly landscaped with fountains, ponds and even a 'stony brook'. I strongly recommend any prospective freshman to please check out what's available at Stony Brook. There's a lot and I think you'll be surprised . In a good way. Best of luck. Norman A Bernstein

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Overall Rating:

Great academics and nice atmosphere! The bad quality of food and lack of grocery stores within walking distance is the reason for 3 stars

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Overall Rating:

Stony Brook is a great school. I graduated in 1988 almost 30 years ago and I still feel my education was fantastic and an incredible value. I feel like I still use things that I learned from that time. Great professors and interesting classes. I have nothing but fond feeling about stony brook university.

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Overall Rating:

This is the best public university in New York. If you like to be stuck in your dorm all winter in Buffalo. Then go to Buffalo but if you want to be part of a diverse community with plenty of events then go to Stony. They have an amazing study abroad program, extracurriculars, astronomy nights to music concerts. I can't believe Princeton Review ranked Stony as having the worst looking campus. NYU doesn't even have a campus!

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Location & Website

Address: 310 Administration Building


Religious affiliation: Not applicable

Calendar system: Semester

General Phone Number: +6316326000

Institution is active in current year: 1

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