Stony Brook University Reviews

  • 32 Reviews
  • Stony Brook (NY)
  • Annual Tuition: $27,295
93% of 32 students said this degree improved their career prospects
94% of 32 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Uchenna Ozuzu
  • Reviewed: 12/24/2019
  • Degree: Biology
  • Graduation Year: 2016
"Stony Brook is a great university for the sciences. It will propel a student's love for the sciences even more with the many resources offered to students in different majors. A lot of research and volunteer opportunities to explore at Stony Brook, therefore I highly recommend this university for students."
  • Reviewed: 12/13/2019
  • Degree: Psychology
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"Stony brook has a wide variety of opportunities for psychology majors. There is a large department that ranges from professors specializing in areas of cognitive psychology to women's psychology. As an undergraduate there are opportunities to participate and assist in a professor's research experiments both as a participant or an assistant. However, if you would like to assist in research I suggest applying early and talking to as many professors as possible, as there is a lot of competition for these positions. There is a large variety in the topics of the lectures and the professors are all approachable. Overall I would recommend this school if you are intending to major in psychology."
Phillip Virgile
  • Reviewed: 8/10/2019
  • Degree: Electrical Engineering
  • Graduation Year: 2019
"I would say that overall, the program is well worth the money, especially if the student lives locally. The student would save a lot of money by choosing this school over going away, if this concerns them. There a many great professors who care about getting the best from there students. I would recommend this school to anyone."
  • Reviewed: 8/1/2019
  • Degree: Psychology
  • Graduation Year: 2019
"Stony Brook University is amazing and provides an incredible opportunity for personal growth and the excellent, bright education we all think of when thinking of this prestigious university. Stony Brook University provides an incredible amount of services and opportunities to its students and faculty. Its affiliations with the hospitals, the veteran's home, and the community altogether allow for even more opportunity and a chance at a once in a lifetime experience for individuals. I would highly recommend the university."
Cait Z
  • Reviewed: 5/29/2019
  • Degree: Liberal Studies
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"The professors in the Spanish department are unlike any others on campus. They are passionate about their work and their teaching. They stay late, they answer emails after hours, and are always willing to listen to their students about literally anything. They will discuss politics, current events, other classes. They are fair and they are genuinely happy and proud of all of their students. Even if it's not your major, consider taking a Spanish course at Stony Brook."
Chereen James
  • Reviewed: 5/29/2019
  • Degree: Liberal Studies
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"I met the most encouraging and my lifelong friends at Stony Brook University. There is a sense of unity among students despite our diversity. In fact, our diversity led to great experiences and a better understanding of other cultures. It was there I ate Jollof rice from West Africa, there I first tried sushi from Japan, and there I was able to share my Caribbean culture with my new friends. Stony Brook University poses an academic challenge to its students and each degree requires the same degree of dedication. Dont let those Easy A classes fool you. Even acting class required much work and a lengthy paper. It was at Stony Brook University that I learned to speak, read and write Spanish. An achievement that benefits me in the workplace. Daily, I translate and communicate with Spanish-speaking clients who are surprised at my accomplishment. There were moments of difficulty at Stony Brook University, but the encouragement from my friends and family helped in overcoming those challenges. I am proud to be a graduate of this institution."
Raquel Rose
  • Reviewed: 10/12/2018
  • Degree: Psychology
  • Graduation Year: 2013
"Stony Brook university, while a good university for particular disciplines, does not hold your hand. The curriculum around the sciences is pretty great and having the attached medical school means that you'll have a plethora of fantastic experiences. However, not as much care is taken towards the humanities, academic advisement or financial aid processes."
Melissa Pena
  • Reviewed: 9/29/2018
  • Degree: Psychology
  • Graduation Year: 2011
"Stony Brook University was a wonderful place to obtain my undergraduate degree. I majored in Psychology and Sociology, with a minor in Child and Family Studies. Many of my classes overlapped, due to the similarity in nature of the subjects. I can attest to wonderful educators and great advisors. I attended Stony Brook, through their Educational Opportunity Program, and it was the best thing that has ever happened in my educational life! Some of the beginner classes at Stony Brook can be as large as 500 students, but once you get to higher level classes, that number tends to decrease. The student life is excellent; make sure to join a club (or 5!)"
  • Reviewed: 9/27/2018
  • Degree: Biology
  • Graduation Year: 2018
"Honestly, I'm not sure how this University is getting so many favorable reviews. And this is a review of the University as a whole and not my department which was pretty good to me, and my adviser was amazing. The University itself cares nothing for it's graduate students. The healthcare provided is sub-par and I know some students that have accumulated thousands of dollars worth of debt for necessary medical procedures. The university charges graduates students who already struggle to make ends meet almost $1000 of 'student fees' per semester for services that they do not even use and then also refuses to provide receipts that the fees are actually going to what they say they are going towards. On top of that, graduate students have met with the administration to discuss these fees as many of us have issues affording both the fees and necessities like food when they are due, and the administration was uncaring and unresponsive. The administration is terrible; unresponsive and unhelpful and they often cause more problems than they solve. Overall getting an education here was a harrowing experience and if you are accepted to a graduate program elsewhere I would consider taking that offer instead."
  • Reviewed: 5/23/2018
  • Degree: Cultural Studies
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"I absolutely loved my department, as a transfer student I wasn't initially sure of what major I wanted to choose but it became evident taking courses within the department that being apart of the WST department was the way to go. Given my curriculum almost all of my classes at Stony Brook were challenging and not easy. My department was tight knit and small so I got a lot of individualized attention in my program. And their are a variety of clubs and events held weekly that pertained to my interest. The administration at the school and school itself could focus more on supporting the Humanities however, I felt that this school is known heavily for Math & Science but overall I think most of the programs at Stony Brook are well regarded and academically rigorous. Stony Brook's Women Studies Department has prepared me for future graduate work in Social Work. I especially liked that I could take so many classes in different departments that were cross listed and the career services were top notch! The campus is lovely, the gym is high tech and fairly new, but the school is heavily commuter. You will be forced to park far from campus when you first become a student. Some students even bike or walk to campus. I lived out on Long Island and also commuted from the city via train while going to Stony Brook. I was even able to take a class out at the Manhattan Campus before they decided to close that campus down (missed opportunity in my opinion). Housing is unaffordable on Long Island and expect to be paying a lot more near Stony Brook's Campus, their are housing shortages both on and off campus and getting housing on campus is extremely competitive. So always have a back up! I lived mid-island so I didn't have as much of a problem. Dining is horrendous, Stony Brook went through three vendors in my time going to the school, and their always seems to be a dissatisfaction with dining on campus. Besides University at Buffalo, if you want a well funded, public, highly regarded school come to Stony Brook, the extra funding has definitely helped to solidify my experience at this school (I transferred from a underfunded school in the midwest). I felt that I was in a supportive environment but felt that CAPS at the student health services could of been more accessible and accomodating to students with mental health issues. The school could focus less on the administration side of things (their is a admin bloat on campus and the Stony Brook Union was one buiding that suffered the consequences of that) and not be so focused on corporate philanthropy work and the Stony Brook Foundation. Their have been rumors circulating forever that Stony Brook is going private (Once was supposed to be the Berkeley of the East). I would not recommended this school for both a undergraduate/graduate degree however, and I do have to admit their were several points where I wasn't going to return or transfer to another school again because of how dissatisfied I was with the actual school itself. If you want a traditional campus environment you may not get it at Stony Brook. But for those coming from NYC, this school is very accessible by train, car and the bus that used to drop off people on campus. And is very much more accessible then other SUNY institutions Upstate. If you are coming from out of state as a undergraduate, expect to not be able to establish In State Residency here while attending, I fought this issue back and forth with administration and was not given In State (even though Suffolk Community College down the road did) even given my long history and record being a New York State Resident. That being said tuition is more affordable at most SUNY institutions even if it is out of state. Stony Brook is known so much for science and math disciplines that they often get students from other more elite private institutions, That being said you can't really go wrong at Stony Brook, just know what your getting yourself into before coming here!"