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Stony Brook University Overview

Stony Brook University is a public institution situated in Stony Brook, New York. Stony Brook is considered a suburb and offers tranquility and safety near the excitement of a city center.

What Is Stony Brook University Known For?

4,945 Undergraduate Awards
$34,560 Avg Cost After Aid
42% Acceptance Rate
  • The 3% student loan default rate at SUNY Stony Brook is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
  • The doctor's degree is the highest award offered at SUNY Stony Brook.
  • In 2017-2018, 63% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from SUNY Stony Brook with a bachelor's degree make about $57,600 a year. That's 41% more than those who graduate from other schools.

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Stony Brook University Rankings

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

SUNY Stony Brook has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#39 Most Popular Online Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at SUNY Stony Brook.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Cognitive Science Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Liberal Arts General Studies Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Best Educational Administration Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#12 Best Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#17 Best Teacher Education Subject Specific Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#17 Most Popular Online Education Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#18 Best Education Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#32 Best Nursing Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#58 Best Allied Health Professions Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards SUNY Stony Brook has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#2 Best Colleges for Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science College Factual
#4 Best Colleges for Allied Health Professions College Factual
#8 Best Colleges for Mathematics & Statistics College Factual
#15 Best Colleges for Nursing College Factual
#15 Best Colleges for Computer Information Systems College Factual
#54 Best Colleges for Psychology College Factual

Where Is Stony Brook University?

Location of Stony Brook University

Contact details for SUNY Stony Brook are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 310 Administration Building, Stony Brook, NY 11794
Phone: 631-632-6000
Website: https://www.stonybrook.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stonybrooku
Twitter: https://twitter.com/stonybrooku

How Do I Get Into SUNY Stony Brook?

You can apply to SUNY Stony Brook online at: https://www.stonybrook.edu/undergraduate-admissions/apply/freshman/application-procedures/

Admission Requirements for SUNY Stony Brook

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into SUNY Stony Brook?

42% Acceptance Rate
52% Of Accepted Are Women
77% Submit SAT Scores
You'll need to do what you can to make your application stand out if you plan to apply to SUNY Stony Brook. The school screens its applicants carefully and has a fairly low acceptance rate of 42%. So, don't just throw your admission packet together at the last minute!

Approximately 48% of accepted students are men and 52% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 42%, and the acceptance rate for women is 43%.

Average Test Scores

About 77% of students accepted to SUNY Stony Brook submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 590 and 680. Math scores were between 620 and 730.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Stony Brook University  ( 590 to 680 )
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800

SAT Math Scores for Stony Brook University  ( 620 to 730 )
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800
SUNY Stony Brook received ACT scores from 38% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 24 and 32. Math scores were between 26 and 32. Composite scores were between 26 and 31.

ACT English Scores for Stony Brook University  ( 24 to 32 )
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ACT Math Scores for Stony Brook University  ( 26 to 32 )
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36
ACT Composite Scores for Stony Brook University  ( 26 to 31 )
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36

Can I Afford Stony Brook University?

$34,560 Net Price
42% Take Out Loans
2.7% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of SUNY Stony Brook is $34,560. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At SUNY Stony Brook, approximately 42% of students took out student loans averaging $6,384 a year. That adds up to $25,536 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at SUNY Stony Brook is 2.7%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Stony Brook University Undergraduate Student Diversity

16,341 Full-Time Undergraduates
49% Women
48% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 17,522 undergraduate students at SUNY Stony Brook, with 16,341 being full-time and 1,181 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  SUNY Stony Brook

There are also 8,734 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 16,341 full-time undergraduates at SUNY Stony Brook, 51% are male and 49% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  SUNY Stony Brook

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Stony Brook University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of SUNY Stony Brook Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 4,355
Black or African American 1,140
Hispanic or Latino 1,917
White 5,125
International Students 2,365
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,439

Geographic Diversity

New York students aren't the only ones who study at Stony Brook University. At this time, 30 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 114 countries are represented at SUNY Stony Brook. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and South Korea.

Online Learning at Stony Brook University

1,309 Took All Classes Online
4,466 Took At Least One Class Online
-6.0% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 1 bachelor’s degree and 13 master’s degree programs available online at SUNY Stony Brook. In 2017-2018, 4,466 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at SUNY Stony Brook has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 12th most popular in New York for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of SUNY Stony Brook

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Stony Brook University was -6.0%. This is the #2,507 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at SUNY Stony Brook regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of SUNY Stony Brook majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Allied Health Professions 9%
Business, Management & Marketing 7%
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 22%
Electrical Engineering 33%
Engineering 25%
Health & Medical Administrative Services 28%
Health Professions 1%
Human Resource Management 23%
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 9%
Liberal Arts General Studies 9%
Nursing 8%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at SUNY Stony Brook ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at SUNY Stony Brook.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services #28
Electrical Engineering #50
Allied Health Professions #111
Engineering #131
Human Resource Management #173
Teacher Education Subject Specific #224
Educational Administration #276
Health & Medical Administrative Services #402

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Stony Brook University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Nursing 224 23 337 12 596
Computer Information Systems 272 0 299 19 590
Applied Mathematics 385 0 115 28 528
Business Administration & Management 457 0 62 0 519
General Psychology 444 0 42 0 486
General Biology 423 6 56 0 485
Health Sciences & Services 406 0 0 0 406
Social Work 58 0 285 3 346
Economics 292 0 9 7 308
Educational Administration 0 172 79 0 251
Mechanical Engineering 131 0 97 13 241
Electrical Engineering 66 11 66 11 154
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 60 86 146
Political Science & Government 125 0 12 7 144
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 110 0 11 17 138
Sociology 125 0 6 6 137
Medicine 0 0 0 130 130
Human Resource Management 0 0 123 0 123
Biomedical Engineering 80 0 26 10 116
General English Literature 98 0 11 7 116
Human Computer Interaction 116 0 0 0 116
Computer Engineering 54 3 56 2 115
Chemistry 63 0 18 33 114
Physics 58 0 25 23 106
Allied Health Professions 39 0 64 0 103
Mathematics 83 0 6 9 98
Music 17 0 17 54 88
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 82 0 0 0 82
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 2 76 0 78
History 68 0 5 4 77
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 56 0 9 8 73
Information Science 70 0 0 0 70
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 60 0 0 8 68
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 3 54 8 65
Fine & Studio Arts 45 0 13 4 62
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 18 43 0 61
Other Engineering 0 0 52 4 56
Civil Engineering 50 0 2 0 52
Finance & Financial Management 0 5 46 0 51
Journalism 44 0 2 0 46
Chemical Engineering 37 0 8 0 45
Dentistry 0 0 0 45 45
Materials Engineering 0 0 21 21 42
Accounting 0 0 39 0 39
Anthropology 32 0 5 1 38
Romance Languages 30 0 6 1 37
Public Health 0 2 35 0 37
Philosophy 23 1 6 3 33
Marketing 0 0 32 0 32
Other Business, Management & Marketing 0 0 31 0 31
Public Policy 0 0 31 0 31
General Engineering 30 0 0 0 30
Ethnic Studies 14 9 7 0 30
Medical Illustration & Informatics 0 1 27 1 29
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 28 0 0 0 28
Geological & Earth Sciences 10 6 6 6 28
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 0 4 23 0 27
Natural Resources Conservation 25 0 0 0 25
Teaching English or French 0 0 24 0 24
Writing Studies 0 0 23 0 23
Marine Science 0 0 13 10 23
Pharmacology & Toxicology 14 0 0 8 22
Drama & Theater Arts 20 0 1 0 21
Environmental Design 19 0 0 0 19
Area Studies 18 0 0 0 18
Biological & Biomedical Sciences (Other) 0 0 12 0 12
Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology 11 0 0 0 11
Sustainability Science 10 0 0 0 10
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 0 0 0 9 9
Advanced Dentistry & Oral Sciences 0 8 0 1 9
Natural Resource Management 0 0 9 0 9
Cognitive Science 0 3 0 5 8
Astronomy & Astrophysics 7 0 0 0 7
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 0 7 0 7
Biological & Physical Science 6 0 0 0 6
Other Physical Science 6 0 0 0 6
Child Development & Psychology 0 0 0 6 6
Other Psychology 0 6 0 0 6
English Literature (Other) 0 5 0 0 5
Genetics 0 0 0 3 3
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 0 0 0 3 3
Literature 0 3 0 0 3
Germanic Languages 3 0 0 0 3
Computational Science 0 3 0 0 3
Public Relations & Advertising 0 2 0 0 2
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 0 2 2
Other Computer & Information Sciences 0 1 0 0 1
Operations Research 0 1 0 0 1
Religious Studies 1 0 0 0 1
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 0 0 0 0 0
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 0 0 0 0 0
Multilingual Education 0 0 0 0 0
Medical Science 0 0 0 0 0
International Studies 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 4,945 298 2,550 638 8,431

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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