Stony Brook University


Stony Brook University is a public school, which belongs to the State University of New York (SUNY) system. This university has enrolled more than 16,300 undergraduates in total, offering classes on campus and over the Internet. Moreover, about 33.2% classes of Stony Brook have fewer than 20 students.

The university was founded in 1957 and has grown fast ever since. It offers multiple study programs to students with diverse teaching approaches. Stony Brook is a typical suburban university, located on the North Shore of Lang Island in the New York City, covering an area of 1,454 acres.

Stony Brook University offers degrees in bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate’s programs. The vast majority of its students are enrolled as undergraduates pursuing a four-year bachelor’s degree. It should be noted that students can also choose classes for minors or double majors, and many other study options, including combined degree programs, are available as well.

The mission of Stony Brook University is:

To provide comprehensive undergraduate, graduate, and professional education of the highest quality; to carry out research and intellectual endeavors of the highest international standards that advance knowledge and have immediate or long-range practical significance; to provide leadership for economic growth, technology, and culture for neighboring communities and the wider geographic region; to provide state-of-the-art innovative health care, while serving as a resource to a regional health care network and to the traditionally underserved; to fulfill these objectives while celebrating diversity and positioning the University in the global community.


Stony Brook has been a member of Middle States Commission on Higher Education since 1957. Many schools of the university have also received academic accreditations from National Accrediting Agency.


Stony Brook University comprises three colleges and eight schools:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Business
  • College of Engineering and Applied Sciences
  • 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

The most popular majors and course of study for students are as follows:

  1. Psychology
  2. Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences
  3. Business Administration and Management
  4. Biology/Biological Sciences
  5. Political Science and Government

Based on the data given by U.S News Rankings, Stony Brook ranks 45th in the undergraduate education category, and 111th among domestic universities in the United States. Globally, according to the information provided by QS World University Rankings, it is ranked 194th worldwide.

Stony Brook is also well known for its several research centers and institutions. Advanced research centers include the Marine Science Research Center, which has won much reputation in this field. The university also co-manages Brookhaven National Laboratory, the New York Center for Computational Sciences and some other study centers with a couple of universities.


Applicants for the university are required to possess high school diplomas. General Educational Development (GED) is equally effective. It also requires applicants to take standardized tests like SAT or ACT. At the same time, the university also requires a general college-preparatory program. Among all non-academic factors, a successful work experience or volunteer work experience usually gives the applicant an advantage.


The tuitions and fees for year 2011-2012 is USD 6,820. Students spend USD 1,368 for life expanses on average and USD 10,714 for accommodation.

The university offers two kinds of scholarship to its students based on the students’ qualifications. One is called Need-based Scholarships, while the other is called Non-need-based Scholarships. The former one usually provides students with a scholarship worthy USD 7,273-7,842, while the latter one offers students USD 3,729-3,797.

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