Stony Brook University

Stony Brook University Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is Stony Brook University Ranked?

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2022 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 385 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is linguistics and computer science.

Overall Quality

SUNY Stony Brook landed the #289 spot in College Factual's 2022 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 2,576 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation.

SUNY Stony Brook also holds the #35 spot on the Best Colleges in New York ranking.

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Is It Hard to Get Into SUNY Stony Brook?

Acceptance Rate

Stony Brook University has an acceptance rate of 42%, which means the school is serious about who it admits. Take your time in putting together a strong application that highlights why you are a good fit for SUNY Stony Brook.

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

At Stony Brook University, the student to faculty ratio is 19 to 1. Compared to the national average of 15 to 1, this is somewhat high. This could mean that class sizes may be larger than they are at other colleges or universities or that professors may be required to teach more classes.

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 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 89%. 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  89 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.

Stony Brook University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 17,909 undergraduates at SUNY Stony Brook with 16,697 being full-time and 1,212 being part-time.

How Much Does Stony Brook University Cost?

The overall average net price of SUNY Stony Brook is $15,160. 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 +
$10,683 $12,993 $18,186 $19,703 $22,454

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

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. 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?

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. 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 located 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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Contact details for SUNY Stony Brook are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 310 Administration Building, Stony Brook, NY 11794-0701
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, 4,814 received undergraduate degrees and 2,314 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
General Psychology 497 $32,600
Health Sciences & Services 459 $32,400
General Biology 449 $23,800
Business Administration & Management 437 $41,000
Applied Mathematics 415 $38,800
Economics 311 $36,700
Nursing 224 $82,600
Political Science & Government 140 $26,900
Sociology 135 $31,300
Mechanical Engineering 135 $58,500

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 is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2018-2019, 5,769 students took at least one online class at Stony Brook University. This is an increase from the 4,466 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2018-2019 5,769 1,444
2017-2018 4,466 1,309
2016-2017 4,672 1,966
2015-2016 3,776 2,006
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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