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Undergrad Profile

Ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, Stony Brook University is the smart choice for your higher education.

A degree from Stony Brook—an institution with award-winning faculty, accomplished students, rigorous and innovative academic programs, significant research opportunities, and a proven track record of successful alumni—opens doors to countless career possibilities.

A member of the elite Association of American Universities, Stony Brook offers more than 200 majors, minors, and combined-degree programs for undergraduates; Long Island’s premier academic medical center; and first-rate opportunities for undergraduate research, including at nearby Brookhaven National Laboratory, which Stony Brook co-manages. Stony Brook was one of only 10 universities given a recognition award by the National Science Foundation for integrating research and education at the undergraduate level.

Stony Brook’s faculty have received international and national recognition for their achievements. Nobel Laureates, Guggenheim Fellows, Pulitzer Prize winners, and MacArthur grant recipients teach on our campus, making it a magnet for outstanding students.

Our diverse campus attracts more than 25,000 students from nearly all 50 states and more than 100 countries. But Stony Brook is a large university with a small-college feel. As a freshman, you will belong to one of six Undergraduate Colleges organized around students’ interests. Each Undergraduate College has only 450 students and offers academic and residential advising to help you schedule classes, choose a major, and adjust to college life. You will also have the opportunity to take one-credit themed classes in small group settings and attend informal gatherings with your professors and fellow students. Stony Brook’s combined-degree programs for undergraduates include secondary teacher preparation programs and bachelor’s/M.P.H. programs, a fast-track M.B.A. program, and bachelor’s/M.D. and bachelor’s/D.D.S. combined-degree programs.

Our School of Journalism offers a major in journalism and a state-of-the-art newsroom. Students in the biomedical engineering major combine their interests in biology, chemistry, computer programming, engineering, and math. Student clubs and academic advising support students heading toward careers in engineering, law, medicine, and a range of health professions.

Students in our School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences conduct research on the R/V Seawolf at our waterfront Marine Sciences Center in Stony Brook Southampton, and in Jamaica, at Discovery Bay Lab. In fact, Stony Brook University offers many unique semester, academic year, and winter and summer study abroad programs in 20 different countries on four continents with more than 80 partner universities. Our diverse and prestigious programs allow students to experience a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and gain cross-cultural experience around the globe, including in Madagascar, led by renowned scholar, MacArthur Fellow, and Indianapolis Prize–winner Patricia Wright, and in Stony Brook’s Turkana Basin Institute in Kenya, established in cooperation with renowned anthropologists Richard, Meave, and Louise Leakey.

Each spring the University pays tribute to students’ accomplishments in all the arts and sciences with a day of exhibition and performance. Stony Brook has more than 300 clubs and organizations for students and offers an extensive intramural program. Students, faculty, and staff race boats made with only cardboard, duct tape, and paint in the annual Roth Pond Regatta. Other Stony Brook traditions include Homecoming and Strawberry Fest. Our Student Activities Center features an international food court, student lounges, an art gallery, and a Wellness Center for exercise classes and workshops. Across campus, the Sports Complex includes courts for basketball and squash, a running track, a dance studio, and weight rooms. Next door the new 85,000-sq. ft., three-floor Walter J. Hawrys Campus Recreation Center houses a three-court gymnasium, multipurpose indoor arena, fitness studios, and workout space devoted entirely to the health and well-being of Stony Brook students, faculty, and staff. Each residential quad also has its own fully equipped fitness center open 24/7. And the Division I Seawolves compete in an 8,300-seat stadium as well as a new arena opened fall 2014.

Our graduates are in high demand in the workplace: nearly 350 corporate organizations recruit on campus each year. Stony Brook University’s 1,040-acre campus is located on Long Island’s North Shore, 60 miles east of New York City and close to beaches and woodlands. Our proximity to New York City and a railroad station right on campus make it easy for students to take advantage of all that Manhattan has to offer. Visit us and discover what led Kiplinger’s to rank Stony Brook as one of the 30 best values in public colleges.



Campus Profile
• 1,040 acres
• 60 miles east of NYC
• 10 miles of bike paths
• 4-season climate
• 3 miles from the beach
• 1 railroad stop on campus

Student Profile
• 90-96 high school average
• 620–710 SAT Math scores
• 560–650 SAT Critical Reading scores
• 26–30 ACT scores
• 41% admitted
• 2,770 full-time freshmen
• 16,003 full-time undergrads  
• 25,000 total number of students
• 57%/43% males/females
• 27% out-of-state/international students  

Most Popular Majors
• Applied Math and Statistics
• Biology
• Business Management
• Computer Science
• Economics
• English
• Health Science        
• Political Science  
• Psychology    
• Sociology  
Honors Programs for Academically Talented Students
• University Scholars
• Honors College
• Women in Science and Engineering (WISE)
• Engineering Scholars for Medicine
• Scholars for Medicine
• Scholars for Dental Medicine

2015–2016 Estimated Yearly Costs* for Full-Time Undergraduates
• New York State resident: $6,470
• Out-of-state resident: $21,550
• Fees: $2,388
• Room and board: $11,956

*All charges are subject to change without notice. Costs may vary, depending on the meal plan and housing selected.

Application Deadlines
Fall: January 15
Spring: November 1
Stony Brook accepts both the SUNY Application and the Common Application.
College Board/SAT code: 2548
CT code: 2952

A great value
Stony Brook has been named to Kiplinger’s list of 30 Best College Values in the Mid-Atlantic region, ranking fourth in the public colleges and universities category.

High placement rate
90% of recent Stony Brook University bachelor’s degree recipients are currently employed or enrolled in graduate or professional school.

Return on investment estimates the return on investment of a Stony Brook degree at more than $1 million.

Undergraduate honors
Students in our Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities program received Goldwater, Fulbright, Churchill, and Gates Cambridge scholarships—the nation’s highest awards to undergraduates.