Stony Brook University Reviews
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.
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!)
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.
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!
For prospective students wanting an MBA from Stony Brook, know this: 2 of my favorite professors said they dumb down the material so the disproportionate amount of foreign students can understand them. And yes, it is as bad as it sounds. One is retiring, one is leaving. Just make sure to look into other schools offering a similar degree and don't settle on a degree that doesnt teach you much, and leaves you in debt.
Stony Brook University is a very beautiful campus. During the fall and spring you are able to experience leaves changing, fountains running, and flowers blooming. The campus is well taken care of. The campus is well diverse and you are able to see that by walking through campus. The campus rec is new and completely up to date. You are able to take free classes like yoga, kick boxing, and cycling. I highly recommend taking advantage rec the center. It is equipted with basketball courts, racket ball courts, track, and workout equipment. Classes are all fairly close to each other and easy to get to. Some classes my be very small and intimate. However, some classes can be very large and up to about three hundred students. Teachers are willing to work with you if you are willing to put in the effort and extra time. Stony Brook has dorm, suite, and apartment living. You are not able to live in the apartments until your junior and senior year and must hold a 3.0 overall gpa. More brand new dorms are being built every year. There are however, still old dorms that you may be placed in. There are not many off campus houses so if you are looking to live off campus you should look a few months in advance. Overall, I was very pleased with my experience at Stony Brook and what the university had to offer.
Stony Brook University offered a beautiful campus, lots of diverse food options, and the dorms were quite nice. Stony Brook is one of the highest ranked public universities for a reason; they are affordable and have a great STEM track. I double majored in political science and women and gender studies; I am now pursuing my Master's in Social Work at NYU with a focus in policy and advocacy. I would say that Stony Brook really prepared me for my education at NYU as I know much more than my colleagues in many areas of policy and advocacy. In regards to dorming, unfortunately they do house you with your major most times and as a "social sciences" major, I was placed in one of the older dorms which could have been updated. The one pro was that my assignment allowed me to transfer to a single room with no roommates. If you are on a STEM track, you are assigned nicer, updated dorm rooms.
Stony Brook University is a unique and rapidly growing research institution. It is for the go getters and the hard workers because nothing is handed to you, but all the resources are right at your finger tips if you reach. I have loved the community even through it is not your typical undergraduate college experience, but I see all my classmates being extremely successful in all their respective fields.
Attending Stony Brook University was an amazing experience. Coming from a very traditional family and adverse to living on campus, they finally agreed, and it was one of the best opportunities I have had throughout my life. It is one of the more recognized colleges in the SUNY system as a prestigious and excellent school. The exposure and experience I gained from there is what I use in my everyday life. And with the strong foundation built at Stony Brook University, there are many career paths and opportunities for my future and for the rest of my life.
Stony Brook University was a great experience. They have a range of programs that are particularly programmed to help the student prepare for an exciting career in any field. With the many programs, students at Stony Brook are encouraged to attend network events, where they can find tons of opportunities for summer internships, and full-time positions post graduation.