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Stony Brook Admissions Information

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Located on Long Island’s North Shore, Stony Brook University, part of the State University of New York system, was founded in 1957 as a college to prepare secondary school teachers in mathematics and science. Since then, the university has become a renowned research institution ranked in the top 50 public universities nationwide and offers more than 60 majors and 75 minors to its students. In fact, Stony Brook has a collaborative program with the Brookhaven National Laboratory, making the university only one of a handful of colleges with formal ties with a national laboratory. Due to Stony Brook’s strong focus on research, many undergraduate students gain the opportunity to pursue original projects aligned with their academic interests and to interact with highly acclaimed faculty in their respective fields.

In addition, the 1000 acre campus is situated 60 miles east of Manhattan and west of Montauk Point, providing students with a wide array of academic and social opportunities. In addition to off-campus attractions, students participate in a number of activities on campus and in the surrounding community from the Harry Potter and Paintball Clubs to Alternative Spring Breaks and Habitat for Humanity.



Basic Info

Main Address: 100 Nicolls Rd
Stony Brook, NY 11794
Phone Number: (631) 689-6000  
Website: www.stonybrook.edu  


Type of school: Public, Four-year  
Type of school: Coed  
Setting: Suburban setting, Large town; Residential campus  
Athletics: Division I, Club, Intercollegiate, Intramural, Scholarship  
Degrees offered: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral  
Size of undergraduate student body: 16,342  
Percent out-of-state: 13%  
Percent international: 7%  
Female to Male ratio: 44:56  

Academic Life

Student to Professor ratio: 19:1  
Most popular majors: Health Professions
Social Sciences
Special study programs: Cross-Registration
Distance Learning
Double Major
Dual Enrollment of High School Students
Honors Program
Independent Study
New York Semester
ROTC, Air Force
ROTC, Army
Student-Designed Major
Study Abroad
Teacher Certification
Visiting/Exchange Student Program
Washington Semester

Campus Life

Housing options:
Coed Housing
Apartments For Single Students
Wellness housing (alcohol/drug/smoke-free)
Apartments For Married Students
Special Housing For Disabled Students
Campus ministries
Concert band
Marching band
Musical theater
Pep band
Student newspaper
Television station
Choral groups
Film society
Literary magazine
Music ensembles
Radio station
Student government
Symphony orchestra

Fun Facts

  • Ranked in the top 1 percent of all universities in the world by the London Times Higher Education World University Rankings
  • Ranked eighth among public universities with students going on to elite graduate programs by the Wall Street Journal
  • Ranked in the top 25 of the 100 best values in public colleges and universities by Kiplinger
  • One of only 10 universities nationwide recognized by the National Science Foundation for combining research with undergraduate education

Admissions Information

With an acceptance rate of 41%, Stony Brook University is considered a selective university. While there are no cutoffs for admission, the average high school GPA of incoming freshman is 3.6 on a 4-point scale. According to the school's admissions website, the Admissions Committee seeks to enroll an intellectually curious and diverse class each year. The most important criterion for admission is an applicant's academic rigor (including GPA and standardized test scores). In addition, special consideration is given to students who exhibit potential in leadership, volunteer work and special talents or interests, as evidenced by the information provided in the personal statement and supplemental essays.

Admissions address: 118 Administration Building
Stony Brook, NY 11794-1901
Phone number: (631) 632-6868  
Fax number: (631) 632-9898  
Admissions Website: http://www.stonybrook.edu/sb/admissions.shtml  
Email: enroll@stonybrook.edu  
Contact Person: Judith Burke-Berhannan, Dean of Admissions  
Number of first-year applications received: 27,822  
Percent of applicants admitted: 41%  

Application Information

Regular application deadline: Rolling Admissions  
Early decision/action deadline: December 1 (Priority admission)  
Accepts the Common Application? Yes  
Admission requirements: Essay
Standardized test scores
School report (with transcript)
Mid-year report
Final report

Application Information

Standardized test scores required? Required: SAT Reasoning Test or ACT with writing
Recommended: SAT II Subject Tests
Policy regarding SAT score-use: Highest section scores across test dates  
Middle 50% Scores



% Who Submitted Scores
SAT Critical Reading
SAT Math
SAT Writing
ACT Composite

College Board code: 2548  
ACT code: 2952  
Learn more about other Top New York schools:
Binghamton   Colgate   Syracuse  

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