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Stony Brook University in New York

Learn about Stony Brook University in New York. Read about its admission info, financial aid and degree programs to make an informed education decision.

About Stony Brook University

Stony Brook University (SBU) was founded in 1957 as a college for aspiring science and mathematics high school teachers and is a State University of New York (SUNY) institution. The university is located in Long Island, around 60 miles east of New York City near the historic Stony Brook village.

With more than 24,000 students across 3 campuses, SBU has been ranked in the top 1% of the world's universities by London's Times Higher Education World University Rankings. It was also ranked in the top 100 national universities and the top 40 public universities by U.S. News and World Report. In addition to its academic offerings, SBU has a large athletics presence with 20 Division-I NCAA programs.


SBU offers 68 undergraduate majors, 102 master's programs and 40 doctoral programs through its 12 schools and colleges. There are also 32 graduate certificate programs available.

Undergraduates entering SBU attend one of 6 colleges organized by area of interest: arts, culture and humanities; human development; information and technology; global studies; science and society; and leadership and service. Each of these colleges includes opportunities for first-year students to receive academic advising and support, participate in unique educational and social programs and interact closely with faculty and peers.

SBU has 5 schools devoted to health sciences: medicine, nursing, dental medicine, health technology and management and social welfare. Health sciences programs are integrated with several local health care centers, including Stony Brook University Hospital and the Long Island State Veterans Home.

Other areas of study available to graduate students include journalism, business, engineering, marine and atmospheric sciences and professional development. Students have access to the university library with a collection of over 2.1 million items and an inter-campus delivery service.


Prospective SBU students may apply using the Common Application or the SUNY application, both of which may be found on the university's website. In addition to the completed application, students must submit an official high school transcript, SAT or ACT scores, a personal essay of at least 250 words, a letter of recommendation from a counselor or teacher and a $50 fee. International and home-schooled students, along with those pursuing athletic training, social work, nursing or music, are subject to additional application requirements.

In 2011, 90% of SBU's undergraduate students were age 24 and under, and 92% attended classes on a full-time basis. The university's diverse student population consisted of more than 60% non-White ethnicities, and the undergraduate population was 53% male and 47% female.

Tuition & Financial Aid

SBU tuition for an undergraduate New York resident living on-campus is $5,570 for the 2012-2013 academic year. Fees, housing and meals add approximately $12,924. Students should also plan to spend roughly $2,700 per year for books, travel expenses and miscellaneous personal expenses. Non-resident undergraduates can expect to pay a higher base tuition rate of $16,190.

SBU students may be eligible for several types of financial aid to help offset the cost of tuition, including grants, scholarships, loans and student employment programs. The university's financial aid office provides information on program application.

School Type Public, 4-year**
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's, doctorates, certificate programs**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting Large suburb**
Student Body 15,785 undergraduates, 8,135 graduates in 2011**
Student Housing 26 residence halls, placement generally based on college of interest*
Schools and Programs 12 schools/colleges; 200+ programs of study*
Student-Faculty Ratio 18 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Bachelor's: Health professions and related (681)
Master's: Liberal arts & sciences (372)
Doctorate: Health professions & related (259)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates For students beginning in 2003:
45% in 4 years
67% in 6 years
69% in 8 years**
Admission Rate 39% of applicants in 2011**
Entering Class Size Roughly 2,500 in 2011*
First-Year Retention Rates 92% for full-time and 63% for part-time students**
Average SAT Score of Admitted Students Mid-50% range in 2011 for math: 590-690; critical reading: 540-640; writing: 530-640*
Undergraduate Application Due Date January 15th for Fall 2013 admission, November 1st for Spring 2013 admission*
Decision Notification Date By April 1st for Fall 2013 admission, rolling for Spring 2013 admission*
Tuition (2012-13) Undergraduate tuition is $5,570 for NY residents, $16,190 for non-residents*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2010-2011: Federal grants (38%), Pell grants (38%), other federal grants (38%), state and local grants/scholarships (45%), institutional grants/scholarships (36%), federal loans (53%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 82% in 2010-2011**

Sources: *Stony Brook University; **IPES Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics

School Contact Information

  • Address: Stony Brook University, Undergraduate Admissions, 118 Administration Building, Stony Brook, NY 11794-1901
  • Phone: (631) 632-6868
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