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If you want to know more about Stony Brook University, such as what majors does it offer, how diverse it is, how well it ranks, and more, this is your one-stop resource. Want to know more about a specific stat? Just click on its tile, and you'll go to a page that goes more in-depth on that subject. You can also use the links below to go directly to any section on this page.

How Well Is Stony Brook University Ranked?

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2020 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Stony Brook University was awarded 173 badges in the 2020 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is applied mathematics.

Overall Quality

SUNY Stony Brook is ranked #198 out of 1,727 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2020 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation. This is an improvement over the previous year, when SUNY Stony Brook held the #201 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

SUNY Stony Brook is also ranked #22 out of 132 schools in New York.

See all of the rankings for Stony Brook University.

Is It Hard to Get Into SUNY Stony Brook?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Stony Brook University is a competitive 42%, so make sure you take your application seriously when putting it together. Even leaving out a minor detail could be a reason to move you to the rejection pile.

Average Test Scores

About 77% of students accepted to SUNY Stony Brook submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 590 and 680. Math scores were between 620 and 730.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Stony Brook University  ( 590 to 680 )

SAT Math Scores for Stony Brook University  ( 620 to 730 )
SUNY Stony Brook received ACT scores from 38% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 26 and 31.

ACT Composite Scores for Stony Brook University  ( 26 to 31 )

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Stony Brook University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

With a student to faculty ratio of 18 to 1, Stony Brook University is about average in this regard as the nationwide rate is 15 to 1. While this does not translate directly to class size, it's a good indicator of how much time professors will have to spend with their students on a one-on-one basis.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Stony Brook University is 61%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  61 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Stony Brook University

Freshmen Retention Rate

Stony Brook University has a freshmen retention rate of 90%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  90 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At SUNY Stony Brook the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 47%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  47 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Stony Brook University.

Excellent Overall Diversity at SUNY Stony Brook

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 17,364 undergraduates at SUNY Stony Brook with 16,212 being full-time and 1,152 being part-time.

SUNY Stony Brook Diversity Score

For each college and university, College Factual calculates an overall diversity score that takes four factors into account: gender, ethnicity, age, and home location of the student. Then, the schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest.

With an overall score of 89.21 out of 100, SUNY Stony Brook is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  89.21 out of 100
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How Much Does Stony Brook University Cost?

The overall average net price of SUNY Stony Brook is $13,770. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for SUNY Stony Brook

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$9,331 $11,516 $16,916 $20,369 $20,727

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of SUNY Stony Brook, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At SUNY Stony Brook, approximately 43% of students took out student loans averaging $6,404 a year. That adds up to $25,616 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at SUNY Stony Brook is 2.7%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do SUNY Stony Brook Graduates Make?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from SUNY Stony Brook make around $57,600 per year during the early years of their employment. This is good news for future SUNY Stony Brook graduates since it is 41% more than the average college graduate's salary of $40,800 per year.


See which majors at Stony Brook University make the most money.

Location of Stony Brook University

Stony Brook University is a public institution located in Stony Brook, New York. The suburban atmosphere of Stony Brook makes it a great place for students who want the amenities of city life without actually living in the middle of a constant hustle and bustle.

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Location of Stony Brook University

Contact details for SUNY Stony Brook are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 310 Administration Building, Stony Brook, NY 11794
Phone: 631-632-6000

Stony Brook University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 88 majors graduated from Stony Brook University. Of these students, 5,028 received undergraduate degrees and 2,546 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Health Sciences & Services 462 $32,400
General Psychology 457 $32,600
Business Administration & Management 436 $41,000
Applied Mathematics 379 $38,800
General Biology 375 $23,800
Economics 324 $36,700
Computer Information Systems 266 $71,300
Nursing 246 $82,600
Sociology 175 $31,300
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 152 $26,200

Learn more about the majors offered at Stony Brook University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at SUNY Stony Brook

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2017-2018, 4,466 students took at least one online class at Stony Brook University. This is a decrease from the 4,672 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 4,466 1,309
2016-2017 4,672 1,966
2015-2016 3,776 2,006
2014-2015 3,231 1,869
2013-2014 2,829 1,794

Learn more about online learning at Stony Brook University.

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