Stony Brook University

Stony Brook, New York

#98 National Colleges

44.15% Admission Rate
Somewhat Selective

17,767 Undergraduates Enrolled

  • Public
  • Doctoral Universities: Very High Research Activity
  • Four-year, full-time, more selective, higher transfer-in
  • Four-year, large, highly residential

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Stony Brook University (SBU), officially the State University of New York at Stony Brook, is a public research university in Stony Brook, Long Island, in the metropolitan area of New York City. Along with the University at Buffalo, it is one of the State University of New York system's two flagship institutions.

Consisting of 213 buildings over 1,454 acres (5.9 km2) of land in Suffolk County, it is the largest public university (by area) in the state of New York.

Opened 65 years ago in 1957 in Oyster Bay as the State University College on Long Island, the institution moved to Stony Brook in 1962. In 2001, Stony Brook was elected to the Association of American Universities, a selective group of major research universities in North America. It is also a member of the larger Universities Research Association. It is classified among "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity".Stony Brook University, in partnership with Battelle, manages Brookhaven National Laboratory, a national laboratory of the United States Department of Energy. The university acquired land for a Research & Development Park adjacent to its main campus in 2004, and has four business incubators across the region. The University's impact on the Long Island economy amounts to US$7.23 billion in increased output, and research expenditures have surpassed the US$230 million mark annually. Stony Brook is the largest single-site employer on Long Island; 26,814 students are enrolled at the university, which has over 15,000 employees and over 2,700 faculty.

Stony Brook has been affiliated with five Fields Medalists, putting it in a tie for the seventh-most among American universities.

Stony Brook's intercollegiate athletic teams have competed in Division I of the NCAA since 1999 as the Seawolves. Stony Brook will join the Colonial Athletic Association on July 1, 2022 after competing as a member of the America East Conference since 2001.

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Stony Brook, New York

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Suburb: Large (outside principal city, in urbanized area with population of 250,000 or more)

Mid East (DE, DC, MD, NJ, NY, PA)


Predominant Degree Awarded
Predominantly bachelor's-degree granting

Highest Degree Awarded
Graduate degree

Most Popular Fields

Field % Students
Health Professions And Related Programs 15.9%
Biological And Biomedical Sciences 13.3%
Engineering 10.2%
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services 10.0%
Psychology 9.2%
Social Sciences 8.3%
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services 7.7%
Mathematics And Statistics 7.4%
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 4.9%
Physical Sciences 2.8%
English Language And Literature/Letters 1.9%
Visual And Performing Arts 1.6%
Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics 1.4%
History 1.4%
Public Administration And Social Service Professions 1.3%
Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs 1.0%
Natural Resources And Conservation 0.5%
Architecture And Related Services 0.4%
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, And Group Studies 0.4%
Philosophy And Religious Studies 0.3%


In State Tuition

Out of State Tuition

Percentage Students Receiving Aid

Average Net Cost After Aid


SAT Scores

1337 Composite Average
Percentile 75% 50% 25%
Math 750 695 640
Verbal 690 640 590

ACT Scores

29 Cumulative Average
Percentile 75% 50% 25%
Math 32 29 26
English 33 29 24