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Stony Brook University Data & Information Overview

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 dig deeper into a particular stat? Just click on its tile and you'll be taked to a more in-depth page on the figure. In addition, you can use the links below to quickly jump to any section on this page.

How Well Is Stony Brook University Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

Stony Brook University was awarded 140 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is clinical/medical laboratory science.

Overall Quality

SUNY Stony Brook is ranked #222 out of 1,715 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation.

SUNY Stony Brook is also ranked #23 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

If you're applying to Stony Brook University you'll face some tough competition, since the school's acceptance rate is only 42%. Definitely don't wait until the last minute to submit your application, since applying early may be in your favor.

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 )

Learn more about Stony Brook University admissions.

Stony Brook University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Stony Brook University is about average at 18 to 1. This ratio is often used to gauge how many students might be in an average class and how much time professors will have to spend with their students on an individual level. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at Stony Brook University is 63%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  63 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 17,522 undergraduates at SUNY Stony Brook with 16,341 being full-time and 1,181 being part-time.

SUNY Stony Brook Diversity Score

College Factual computes an overall diversity score for each college and university that takes gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and age into account. Schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest, and those that cater to just one or two student groups are ranked the lowest.

With an overall score of 94.34 out of 100, SUNY Stony Brook is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  94.34 out of 100
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How Much Does Stony Brook University Cost?

The overall average net price of SUNY Stony Brook is $14,893. 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 +
$10,382 $12,479 $17,243 $19,820 $21,896

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

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At SUNY Stony Brook, approximately 42% of students took out student loans averaging $6,384 a year. That adds up to $25,536 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?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from SUNY Stony Brook make about $57,600 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. That's great news for SUNY Stony Brook students since it is 45% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 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 situated in Stony Brook, New York. Stony Brook is a good match for students who enjoy the safety and convenience of the suburbs.

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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 86 majors graduated from Stony Brook University. Of these students, 4,945 received undergraduate degrees and 3,188 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
Business Administration & Management 457 $41,000
General Psychology 444 $32,600
General Biology 423 $23,800
Health Sciences & Services 406 $32,400
Applied Mathematics 385 $38,800
Economics 292 $36,700
Computer Information Systems 272 $71,300
Nursing 224 $82,600
Mechanical Engineering 131 $58,500
Political Science & Government 125 $26,900

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 learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

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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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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