Stony Brook University

Also known as SUNY Stony Brook

310 Administration Building, Stony Brook, NY

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Stony Brook University is a public research university with its primary campus located on Long Island's North Shore in New York. Stony Brook University also comprises the Stony Brook University Medical Center, Health Sciences Center, Long Island State Veterans Home, the Stony Brook Manhattan campus, Stony Brook Southampton campus on Long Island's East End, a Research and Development Park and several business incubators.  Additionally, Stony Brook University co-manages the Brookhaven National Laboratory.

A National Merit Institution, Stony Brook University ranks in the "top 100 best national universities" according to U.S. News and World Report. Stony Brook is a recipient of the National Science Foundation's recognition award for its integration of research and education. Students at Stony Brook have access to the cutting-edge facilities of the Brookhaven National Laboratory and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. The school's undergraduate research and creative projects get very high marks.

Stony Brook has 70 academic departments, and offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and 75 minors. It also offers more than 100 master's programs, 40 doctoral programs and more than 30 graduate certificate programs.

The Stony Brook faculty and alumni are highly acclaimed, and include more than 80 Guggenheim Fellows, more than 50 Fulbright Fellows, numerous Sloan Foundation Fellows, as well as several Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners, among others. Stony Brook Faculty members have been instrumental in creating more than 1,500 inventions and 450 patents.


Stony Brook University was founded in 1957 as a teacher preparation college that focused on mathematics and sciences. The original campus was in Oyster Bay, Long Island. Philanthropist Ward Melville donated land near the village of Stony Brook, and the university moved to a new campus there in 1962. Now part of the State of University of New York system, the school has developed and grown significantly, realizing its goal to become one of the finest institutions of higher learning in the U.S.

The Stony Brook campus was host to many big-name musical performers during the rock and roll movement of the 1960s.


The academic calendar for Stony Brook University follows the semester format, with fall and spring semesters and flexible summer sessions. There is also an accelerated winter session that allows students to earn three credits in three weeks.

Colleges and Schools

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Business
  • College of Engineering and Applied Sciences
  • The Graduate School
  • Honors College
  • School of Dental Medicine
  • School of Health Technology and Management
  • School of Journalism
  • School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences
  • School of Medicine
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Professional Development
  • School of Social Welfare

Centers of Excellence

  • The Centers for Molecular Medicine and Biology Learning Laboratories
  • The Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care, and Bioethics
  • The Center for Teaching Learning and Technology
  • The Charles B. Wang Center
  • The Humanities Institute at Stony Brook
  • The Marine Sciences Research Center
  • Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center
  • The Simons Center for Geometry and Physics
  • Staller Center for the Arts

Student Life

There are more than 250 student clubs and organization at Stony Brook University, and the Division of Student Life fosters campus involvement and civic engagement. The many programs, activities and groups available provide academic, social, recreational, cultural and leadership development. There are more than 30 fraternities and sororities available at Stony Brook.

Student services at Stony Brook include child-care, commute services, disability support, an interfaith center, ombudsman's office, veteran affairs, and more.

Campus housing is available, with more than 30 residence halls and apartment-style buildings. A wide range of dining options is available, as well as on-campus fitness and recreation.


The school color for Stony Brook University is red. After many different mascots through the years, in the early 1990s, the school's mascot became the sea wolf - a mythical sea creature said to bring good luck to all who might see it. Since 1994, the varsity teams have been known as the Stony Brook Seawolves. "Wolfie" is the fuzzy and friendly mascot who promotes the Seawolves at most Stony Brook athletics events.


The Stony Brook "Seawolves" athletic teams compete in 20 intercollegiate men and women's sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field 

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Satellite Campuses

In addition to its Main Campus in the village of Stony Brook, the university has satellite campuses at:

  • Stony Brook Southampton
  • Stony Brook Manhattan

Community Life

The primary campus for Stony Brook University is located in the village of Stony Brook, New York. This residential community is 65 miles east of New York City with proximity to the Atlantic Ocean and the Long Island Sound. It is easy to reach by car, rail, ferry or air.

Set among more than 1,000 acres of woodland, the Main Campus at Stony Brook is very scenic and includes a nature preserve. It offers a six-mile bike path that encircles the campus. Nearby harbors of the North Shore of Long Island are easily accessible by bicycle. 

There are plenty of arts, culture and entertainment in this charming area, including the Stony Brook Film Festival, many theatrical, musical and dance performances, a university art gallery, craft center, and more.

Admission Requirements & Details

The information regarding admissions below may give you an idea of the candidates Stony Brook University accepts. The details may include admissions application requirements and recommendations, as well as any college or dual credits that may be transferred.

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Student Enrollment

Total enrollment at Stony Brook University is around 25,000 students. The enrollment breakdown by academic level is 11% enrolling as graduate students and 67% as undergraduate students.


Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $13,500. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. There is also a $50 application fee for students applying to the school. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Tuition estimates per year:
    • In-State Tuition: $6,500-$7,800
    • Nonresident Student Tuition: $22,000-$25,860
  • Charges for part-time students are:
    • State Residents: $270-$320 per credit unit
    • Nonresidents: $900-$1,100 per credit unit

Financial Aid Details

The financial aid table below details the types of financial aid, along with the percent of students receiving aid, and on average the amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid76%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships66%$8,840
Receiving Student Loans46%$6,279

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To help support students, Stony Brook University may provide student services including:

  • Distance learning
  • Remedial instructional courses
  • Career path counseling
  • Employing students to lower education costs
  • Assisting students to find work
  • Day care

Graduation Rates

SUNY Stony Brook has an overall graduation rate which is around 66%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years45%
Graduating in 5 Years18%
Graduating in 6 Years3%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

Campus: Stony Brook University

  • Clinical Psychology (Ph.D.) Program
  • Dental Anesthesiology Program
  • Dietetics Program
  • Endodontics Program
  • Medical Dosimetry Program
  • Medical (M.D.) Program (more info)
  • Nurse Midwifery Education Program (more info)
  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program (more info)
  • Nursing (MSN, DSN) Program (more info)
  • Occupational Therapy (OT) Program (more info)
  • Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics Program
  • Pediatric Dentistry Program
  • Periodontics Program
  • Graduate Level Public Health (Outside School of Public Health) Program (more info)
  • Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program

Campus: SUNY Stony Brook Southampton

  • Occupational Therapy (OT) Program
    • * Accredited by the American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (since 2014)

Intercollegiate Athletics

Stony Brook University is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports belonging to the NCAA Division I-AA classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Baseball (America East)
  • Basketball (America East)
  • Track and Field (America East)
  • Football (Colonial Athletic Association)
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)


Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences



English Language and Literature

Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

Foreign Languages and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions


Interdisciplinary Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics

Natural Resources and Conservation

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Physical Sciences


Public Administration and Social Services

Social Sciences

Visual and Performing Arts

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