Stony Brook University – The State University of New York (SUNY)

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The State University of New York at Stony Brook is more commonly known as Stony Brook, Stony Brook University or SBU. It is a public research institution located in Suffolk County, in Long Island, New York. As part of the SUNY system, Stony Brook is commonly cited by higher education publications as the premier public university in the state. Stony Brook also operates small campuses in Southampton and Manhattan.

Stony Brook is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), which represents elite research universities across North America. The school’s research activity continues to expand, as it is developing a Research & Development Park next to its campus. Stony Brook also co-manages the Brookhaven National Laboratory and operates the Stony Brook University Medical Center. This extensive research activity has helped to solidify Stony Brook’s status as one of the highest ranked universities in the world.

Originally established in 1957 as State University College on Long Island, the school adopted its current name and location in 1962. Today, the school enrolls more than 24,000 students. The 1,400-acre campus is home to over 9,000 students, making it the largest student resident population in the SUNY system. The school also makes up about 4% of the eastern Long Island economy, with a regional economic impact of more than $4.5 billion.

Stony Brook’s athletic mascot is the Seawolf. The Seawolves athletic teams participate in NCAA Division 1, competing in the Colonial Athletic Association and the America East Conference.

The university offers a large selection of undergraduate and graduate degree programs in various fields of study. While the institution offers its courses in variety of online formats, it does not offer a large selection of online degree programs. The majority of its degrees must be completed through campus attendance.

General Information

Admission Office

118 Administration Building

Stony Brook, NY 11794-1901

(631) 632-6868

(800) 872-7869

Fax: (631) 632-9898

Contact: Judith Burke-Berhannan

Dean of Admissions
Main Address

Stony Brook, NY 11794

(631) 689-6000

Total undergrads: 15,924

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 2,894

Degree-seeking undergrads: 15,596

Graduate enrollment: 7,440


Suburban setting

Large town (10,000 – 49,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:
First Professional

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $40

Online application fee: $40
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 43%

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2007-2008 2008-2009 2009-2010 2010-2011 % change 2009-’11
Tuition and fees $5,758 $6,120 $6,488 $6,580 +1.42%
Books and Supplies $900 $900 $900 $900 0.00%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $8,870 $9,132 $9,590 $10,142 +5.76%
Other $1,792 $1,792 $1,792 $1,868 +4.24%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $9,486 $11,220 $11,288 $11,752 +4.11%
Other $1,792 $1,792 $1,792 $1,868 +4.24%
Total Expenses 2007-2008 2008-2009 2009-2010 2010-2011 % change 2009-’11
In-state On Campus $17,320 $17,944 $18,770 $19,490 +3.84%
In-state Off Campus $17,936 $20,032 $20,468 $21,100 +3.09%
In-state with Family $6,658 $7,020 $7,388 $7,480 +1.25%
Average Graduate School Tuition & Fees
In-state Tuition $8,370
In-state Student Fees $993
Out-of-state Tuition $13,780
Out-of-state Student Fees $993

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 2,272 79%
Grant or scholarship aid 1,961 68% $10,906,377 $5,562
• Federal grants 863 30% $4,185,672 $4,850
• Pell grants 861 30% $3,474,146 $4,035
• Other federal grants 682 24% $711,526 $1,043
State/local government grant or scholarships 1,416 49% $4,370,970 $3,087
Institutional scholarships or grants 857 30% $2,349,735 $2,742
Student loan aid 1,345 47% $7,193,540 $5,348
• Federal student loans 1,337 47% $6,388,260 $4,778
• Other student loans 92 3% $805,280 $8,753

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Grand Total of All Programs 3493 1684 516 254
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 44 6
African-american/black Studies 9
Asian Studies/civilization 14
European Studies/civilization 2
Women’s Studies 19 6
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 434 35 70 4
Animal Genetics 11
Animal Physiology 2
Biochemistry 93
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other 12
Biology/biological Sciences, General 288 5
Ecology 6 1
Ecology, Evolution, Systematics and Population Biology, Other 3
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography 28 16 10
Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology 9
Molecular Biology 1 19
Neuroscience 1 8
Pharmacology 25 5
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 310 169 18
Business Administration and Management, General 310 95
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other 25
Finance, General 1
Human Resources Management/personnel Administration, General 49 17
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 31
Journalism 31
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 96 96 14 16
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other 15
Computer and Information Sciences, General 78 96 14
Information Science/studies 18 1
Education 103 149
Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision 119
Elementary and Middle School Administration/principalship 4
English/language Arts Teacher Education 6
Foreign Language Teacher Education 17
Mathematics Teacher Education 10
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 26
Science Teacher Education/general Science Teacher Education 33
Social Studies Teacher Education 16
Spanish Language Teacher Education 5
Teaching English As A Second or Foreign Language/esl Language Instructor 16
Engineering 169 106 27
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering 26 17 7
Chemical Engineering 14
Computer Engineering, General 16 5
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 49 37 11
Engineering, General 22
Materials Engineering 17 6
Mechanical Engineering 42 30 3
English Language and Literature/letters 112 13 4 9
Creative Writing 4
English Language and Literature, General 112 9 4
English Language and Literature/letters, Other 6
Writing, General 3
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 78 15 11
Comparative Literature 2 5 3
French Language and Literature 5
German Language and Literature 1
Italian Language and Literature 24
Linguistics 22 2
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other 6
Spanish Language and Literature 24 4 6
Health Services/allied Health/health Sciences, General 658 276 243 52
Clinical Laboratory Science/medical Technology/technologist 28
Dentistry 39
Endodontics/endodontology 4
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other 398 1
Health/health Care Administration/management 33 21
Maternal/child Health and Neonatal Nurse/nursing 30 5 6
Medicine 111
Occupational Therapy/therapist 32
oral/maxillofacial Surgery 1
orthodontics/orthodontology 6
Periodontics/periodontology 5
Physical Therapy/therapist 67
Physician Assistant 51
Psychiatric/mental Health Nurse/nursing 24 8 6
Public Health, General 17
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing, Other 89 12 3
Registered Nursing/registered Nurse 203
Respiratory Care Therapy/therapist 29
History 118 9 6
History, General 118 9 6
Human Services, General 42 222 3
Public Administration 37
Social Work 42 185 3
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 12 366
Humanities/humanistic Studies 12
Liberal Arts and Sciences/liberal Studies 366
Mathematics and Statistics 159 64 21
Applied Mathematics, General 124 46 16
Mathematics, General 35 18 5
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, General 60 84
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, Other 60 84
Natural Resources and Conservation 28
Natural Resources/conservation, General 28
Physical Sciences 84 38 42
Astronomy 3
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General 3
Chemistry, General 39 13 14
Chemistry, Other 3
Geology/earth Science, General 11 6 6
Physical Sciences, Other 12
Physics, General 13 19 22
Psychology 463 30 22
Clinical Psychology 8
Experimental Psychology 3
Physiological Psychology/psychobiology 5
Psychology, General 463 30
Social Psychology 6
Social Sciences 501 20 16
Anthropology 45 8 4
Economics, General 137 1 4
Political Science and Government, General 143 2 6
Social Sciences, General 4
Social Sciences, Other 3
Sociology 172 6 2
Visual and Performing Arts 94 38 37
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 12 9 7
Art/art Studies, General 17 2
Drama and Dramatics/theatre Arts, General 42 5
Music Performance, General 13 28
Music, General 23 9 2
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

African-American Studies B
American Studies B
European Studies B
Women’s Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Music – General B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biochemistry B
Biology B
Marine/Aquatic Biology B
Pharmacology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Business Administration/Management B

Communications & Journalism

Journalism B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Science B
Information Sciences/Systems B


Biomedical Engineering B
Computer Hardware Engineering B
Electrical/Communications Engineering B
Engineering – General B
Mechanical Engineering B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Foreign Language & Literature

Comparative Literature B
French B
German B
Italian B
Linguistics B
Russian B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Clinical Laboratory Science B
Cytotechnology B
Nursing (RN) B
Respiratory Therapy B


History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Humanities B


Applied Mathematics B
Mathematics – General B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Studies B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences

Astronomy B
Chemistry B
Geology B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Social Work B

Social Sciences

Anthropology B
Economics B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Stony Brook University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number:(631) 632-6000
Type of School:4-year, Public
Address:310 Administration Building, Stony Brook, NY 11794
Campus Housing:Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population:25,734
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):66%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:17 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:Yes
Distance Learning Students*:21,958 (85% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered:Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition:$8,999
Out-of-state Tuition:$26,239
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:76%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$9,723

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

Stony Brook University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Stony Brook University.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Architecture and Related Services1
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies252
Biological and Biomedical Sciences26510
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services317
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs111
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services3211
English Language and Literature/Letters3121
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics643
Health Professions and Related Programs155162
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities11
Mathematics and Statistics222
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies1412
Natural Resources and Conservation11
Philosophy and Religious Studies1211
Physical Sciences2733
Public Administration and Social Service Professions121
Social Sciences554
Visual and Performing Arts1463
Grand total43778444

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Online Programs & Distance Learning

See the distance education degree programs that are offered at Stony Brook University.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services11
Health Professions and Related Programs910
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities1
Grand total14113

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Stony Brook University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
Books and supplies$900

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid2,15676%
Grant or scholarship aid1,94268%$9,723
Student loan aid1,21543%$6,640

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid9,55457%$8,273
Federal student loans6,98341%$6,259

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Stony Brook University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Stony Brook University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2017

Number of applicants34,99916,89918,100
Percent admitted100%41%41%
Percent admitted who enrolled8%9%7%

Admissions Considerations

Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Stony Brook University Enrollment, Fall 2017

Total Enrollment25,734
Undergraduate enrollment17,026
Graduate enrollment8,708

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Stony Brook University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Didactic Program in Dietetics
  • Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education
    • Nurse Midwifery (MIDWF) - Basic certificate and graduate nurse-midwifery education programs for registered nurses
  • American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation
    • Dental Anesthesiology
    • Endodontics
    • Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology (OMR)
    • Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics
    • Pediatric Dentistry
    • Periodontics
  • American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
    • Occupational Therapy (OT) - Professional Programs (School of Health Technology and Management, L2-HSC)
    • Occupational Therapy (OTM) - Programs leading to a Master's Degree
    • Occupational Therapy (OT) - Professional Programs
    • Occupational Therapy (OTM) - Programs leading to a Master's Degree
    • Occupational Therapy (OTM) - Programs leading to a Master's Degree
  • American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
    • Physical Therapy (PT) - Professional programs for the physical therapist
  • American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
    • Clinical Psychology (CLPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
  • Council on Education for Public Health
    • Public Health Programs (PHPG) - Graduate level program offered outside a school of public health
  • Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
    • Medical Dosimetry (MD) - Programs for medical dosimetrists
  • Liaison Committee on Medical Education
    • Medicine (MED) - Programs leading to the M.D. degree
  • New York State Board of Regents, State Education Department, Office of the Professions (Nursing Education)
    • RN Baccalaureate Degree Programs

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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