Stony Brook, New York (NY) Colleges and Universities

While there is only one school in Stony Brook, there are about 28 colleges and universities located within a 25-mile radius. Read about the top schools in several categories, including highest graduation rate and lowest cost, to find the school for you.

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The Stony Brook, NY, area is home four-year universities, public and private and two-year community colleges that prospective students can choose from. Learn more about how the traditional schools in this area rank according to their proximity to Stony Brook, size, cost and graduation rate, according to data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

Closest Schools to Stony Brook, New York

Given the size and population of Long Island, prospective students in Stony Brook have several nearby options to choose from when looking at schools. Here are the five schools with campuses closest to Stony Brook:

  • Stony Brook University (located in Stony Brook)
  • Suffolk County Community College (5.1 miles from downtown)
  • LIU Brentwood (10.5 miles from downtown)
  • Braircliffe College - Patchogue (11.4 miles from downtown)
  • Saint Joseph's College - Long Island (11.4 miles from downtown)

Largest Schools near Stony Brook, New York

Since different students may prefer to study in different-sized schools, it's a good idea to pay attention to a school's student population before applying. Traditional schools near Stony Brook enroll as few as 150 students or as many as 27,000 students.

These schools have the largest student bodies within the Stony Brook area:

  • Suffolk County Community College (26,829 students)
  • Stony Brook University (25,272 students)
  • Farmingdale State College (8,648 students)
  • Dowling College (2,256 students)
  • Briarcliffe College (1,355 students)

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Lowest Net Price

A school's net price, as determined by the NCES, is determined by subtracting the average amount of financial aid that full-time undergraduate students receive from the school's total cost of attendance. The most recent data released by the NCES is for the 2014-2015 school year. The schools with the lowest net prices near Stony Brook include:

  • Suffolk County Community College ($6,554)
  • Farmingdale State College ($8,346)
  • Stony Brook University ($13,503)
  • Briarcliffe College ($15,054)
  • Saint Josephs College - Long Island ($15,702)

Highest Graduation Rates

A school with a high graduation rate means that particular school has a higher percentage of full-time undergraduate students who complete their degree program in 150% of the average timeline for that degree. According to 2015 NCES statistics, the Stony Brook schools with the highest graduation rates are:

  • Stony Brook University (68% graduation rate)
  • Farmingdale State College (48% graduation rate)
  • Briarcliffe College (38% graduation rate)
  • Dowling College (36% graduation rate)
  • Suffolk County Community College (21% graduation rate)

When deciding upon which schools to apply to, it's always a good idea to pay particular attention to factors such as location, size, cost and graduation rates, especially if you live in an area with many schools in the area, like Stony Brook, NY.

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