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2 out of 5
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Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2016

My school took education very seriously and offered some of the best classes out there. The work was rigorous and very challenging. However, due to the lack of faculty support and student academic support for classes, it was very much a figure it out yourself or self-study type of environment. The diversity in Stony Brook was very lacking, however they have been making strides in the last few years. Overall, getting a biology degree did open a lot of career doors for me but nothing outside of what getting a normal college degree would do. I loved the school but it may not be the best at preparing students for a career in the real world, networking or even gaining skills apart from those that are regularly gained by undergraduates.

5 out of 5
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Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2016

The School of Professional Development at Stony Brook University was fantastic. I completed all of my studies online from the convenience of home. I was able to take classes that were interesting and appropriate to my field of study. The professors were great. The classes allowed me to work at my own pace. It was a great experience.

5 out of 5
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Degree: Linguistics
Graduation Year: 2012

Stony Brook was amazing; I got an awesome education there. Class sizes began really large, however once you hone into more in-depth, upper-division classes, they become smaller and more personal. The professors are very knowledgeable and always tried to help. I went for a Linguistics major, while also studying TESOL education. I had a minor in English. Now in my graduate school, I can say that I've already learned most of what's being taught there at Stony Brook. Both the Linguistics and Education programs were amazing. As were my English classes. Don't be fooled by people saying Stony Brook is a "science school:" it's so much more!

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3 out of 5
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Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2015

One of the best universities to prepare you for the rigorous workload of the graduate schools.

4 out of 5
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Degree: Literature, Other
Graduation Year: 2014

I thought that the education that I received was excellent as well as the services that I received as a student (health services, career services, etc.). It is, however, a very big school, and you have to seek individualized attention if you need it.

4 out of 5
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Degree: Higher Education/Higher Education Administration
Graduation Year: 2015

It's very diverse and large, but has an excellent online MA program.

5 out of 5
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Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2010

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.

5 out of 5
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Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2011

Stony Brook is an excellent blend of the big college social experience with the medium college academic experience.

5 out of 5
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Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2011

Stony Brook is an excellent blend of the big college social experience with the medium college academic experience.

4 out of 5
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Degree: Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
Graduation Year: 2014

SBU is a great place for grad students who want teaching experience-in my department, I was given a variety of courses to,teach, grad students work both as TAs and as professor. Other oopportunities are also given to students as they advance.

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