Stony Brook University Reviews - Bachelor's in Psychology
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.
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!)
The school is great! Mostly a commuter school so if you are looking for that on campus activities there are not a lot to choose from. It you want challenge with the sciences, especially pre-med this is a great choice to go do, The med school is right across the street and there are opportunities to take advanced classes at a undergraduate level.
My years at Stony Brook were some of the best times of my life. I stayed in a dorm, so my review is particularly aimed at non-commuter students. My best piece of advice for students is to try and get involved with campus organizations or activities early. There is no hand-holding and you will need to make an effort to find your niche and a good group of friends. This is what is often the cause of student dissatisfaction as SBU can be very lonely and isolating without these connections. The vast majority of students leave on Fridays to go home for the weekends, so if you will be staying on weekends, try to get to know other students who will do the same. In terms of academics, the coursework (particularly in psychology) is rigorous and challenging. This is not a school where you can get away with a little bit of studying. This means that you are getting a quality education, but also that you will need to find a way that you can be organized. This is probably also why this is not a party school. Upon graduating I found that SBU's great reputation helped me find a job quickly and was instrumental in being accepted into graduate and doctoral programs.