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Stony Brook University Data & Information Overview

446 awards Ranking Badges
Fair Price Value for Your Money
48% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is Stony Brook University Ranked?

#253 Best Colleges in Nation
#18 Best Colleges in NY
Educational Administration Highest Ranked Major
Quality Badge

2024 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 446 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is educational administration.

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Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2024 analysis, SUNY Stony Brook is ranked #253 out of 2,217 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation.

Out of the 142 colleges in New York, SUNY Stony Brook is ranked at #18.

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Is It Hard to Get Into SUNY Stony Brook?

48% Acceptance Rate
58% Of Accepted Are Women
37% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

Stony Brook University has an acceptance rate of 48%, 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 37% 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 630 and 710. Math scores were between 670 and 770.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Stony Brook University  ( 630 to 710 )

SAT Math Scores for Stony Brook University  ( 670 to 770 )
SUNY Stony Brook received ACT scores from 6% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 29 and 33.

ACT Composite Scores for Stony Brook University  ( 29 to 33 )

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Stony Brook University Faculty

19 to 1 Student to Faculty
63% Full Time Teachers

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 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

89% Freshmen Retention
59% On-Time Graduation Rate

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

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at SUNY Stony Brook for first-time, full-time students is 59%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  59 out of 100

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Stony Brook University Undergraduate Student Diversity

16,586 Full-Time Undergraduates
53.4% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
50.5% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 18,010 undergraduates at SUNY Stony Brook with 16,586 being full-time and 1,424 being part-time.

How Much Does Stony Brook University Cost?

$16,119 Net Price
37% Take Out Loans
$24,924 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of SUNY Stony Brook is $16,119. 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 +
$11,863 $14,163 $19,344 $21,214 $23,730

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 37% of students took out student loans averaging $6,231 a year. That adds up to $24,924 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at SUNY Stony Brook is 2.0%. 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?

$66,678 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
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 $66,678 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is good news for future SUNY Stony Brook graduates since it is 57% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


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Location of Stony Brook University

New York State
16,586 Full-Time Undergraduates
Suburb Campus Setting
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

89 Majors With Completions
5,169 Undergraduate Degrees
2,743 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 89 majors graduated from Stony Brook University. Of these students, 5,169 received undergraduate degrees and 2,743 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 549 $29,078
General Biology 493 $24,862
Health Sciences & Services 442 $33,206
Business Administration & Management 425 $40,745
Applied Mathematics 420 $41,626
Economics 318 $44,546
Computer Science 272 NA
Nursing 263 $84,511
Sociology 150 $30,405
Political Science & Government 137 $32,965

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

66% Take At Least One Class Online
12% Take All Classes Online

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 2020-2021, 17,593 students took at least one online class at Stony Brook University. This is a decrease from the 24,029 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 17,593 3,072
2019-2020 24,029 12,571
2018-2019 5,769 1,444
2017-2018 4,466 1,309
2016-2017 4,672 1,966

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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