Stony Brook University Reviews
Stony Brook University is am amazing, diverse university located on the north shore of Long Island, NY. I began my academic there is the fall of 2010. The professors are knowledgeable and well versed in their fields. The school is also very affordable. The campus is beautiful and there are tons of extracurricular activities available to students both at the graduate and undergraduate level.
Stony Brook University is hidden gem. There are so many opportunities to really advance yourself academically, professionally, and intellectually. The campus environment is not the most social, especially on weekends, but there are so many people of so may different backgrounds that one can easily overcome the problem. The class sizes are pretty big at first but as you dive into your major they get smaller allowing for a more personalized connection with your professor. There are many opportunities to work in the hospital or conduct research in a lab. There are even programs that will help you present your research at conferences!
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 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.
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.
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!
One of the best universities to prepare you for the rigorous workload of the graduate schools.
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.
It's very diverse and large, but has an excellent online MA program.
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.