Stony Brook University.

Stony Brook University

Stony Brook, NY4 year degree
Out-of-state tuition
Acceptance rate

About Stony Brook University

The State University of New York at Stony Brook (SUNY at Stony Brook), more commonly known as Stony Brook University (SBU), is a public research university in Stony Brook, New York. It is one of four university centers of the State University of New York system. Consisting of 213 buildings over 1,454 acres of land in Suffolk County, it is the largest public university in the state of New York by area.The institution was founded 63 years ago in 1957 in Oyster Bay as State University College on Long Island, and 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 $7.23 billion in increased output, and research expenditures have surpassed the $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 Fields Medalists among American universities. Stony Brook's intercollegiate athletic teams have competed in Division I of the NCAA since 1999 as the Seawolves. Stony Brook teams compete as members of the America East Conference, the Colonial Athletic Association, and the Missouri Valley Conference.


  • Offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees
  • 17,215 students
  • 0.31 faculty staff per student
  • Campus housing available

Notable programs at Stony Brook University

Most popular degree

The most popular degrees are Biology, Molecular Biology, Ecology, Pharmacology, Neuroscience, Cognitive Science, Accounting, and Marketing.

Acceptance Rates

Acceptance Rate in 2017
Avg SAT Scores in 2017

14,899 students out of 35,313 applicants were accepted into Stony Brook University. They had an average SAT score of 1322. 77% of people submitted their SAT score along with their applications while 38% chose to submit their ACT score.

Tuition and costs

Out-of-state undergraduate tuition (2017)
In-state undergraduate tuition (2017)

In 2017, the out-of-state cost of tuition at Stony Brook University was $26,767, while for in-state students it was $9,257. After taking into account financial aid, the costs of books and supplies, room and board, and general living expenses, the average cost for out-of-state students was $32,836.

The average financial aid at Stony Brook University is $10,145. After factoring this in, out-of-state students pay $16,622 for undergraduate tuition on average.

Financial aid available at Stony Brook University

Family Income Level

Average Discount

Of undergrads receive grants
Of undergrads receive federal loans

57% of undergraduate students at Stony Brook University received grants or loans in 2017.

The average award discount is the ratio between the average grant or scholarship value, and the cost, which is the sum of out-of-state tuition, room, board, book, supplies, and other living expenses.

Average student living expenses at Stony Brook University

Room & board
Books & supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Stony Brook University was of $13,446 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $900.

Diversity at Stony Brook University

Ethnic Mix, 2017

Student Gender Mix, 2017