Why Diversity Matters
Diversity can be somewhat of a buzzword among both college admissions officers and students. What does it mean to you?
Broadly speaking, diversity is the word we use to describe a mixture of people and ideas, and the traditions, belief cultures and systems that come with them.
So, what are we striving for when we want to see more diversity in college?
Students who state that diversity in college is important to them are looking for institutions to offer a variety of curricular and non-curricular opportunities to learn from and learn with people of different ethnicities, races, ages, abilities, sexual identities, classes, and religions.
The university years provide a unique opportunity for students to have direct exposure to other cultures and backgrounds. Students should look for a college administration that is not only promoting diversity institutionally, but also fostering an atmosphere where students can exchange differing ideas and perspectives in positive and meaningful ways.
Educate Yourself on Diversity at SUNY Stony Brook, Including how This School Compares to Others in the Nation.
This School has Superb Diversity Overall
We combine elements of ethnic, geographic, age and gender diversity to create a total diversity grade for every school.
Quite diverse across all factors, Stony Brook University is ranked #250 nationwide.
High Ethnic Diversity
Many college students value the opportunity to meet and learn from different ethnic and racial groups, which is more likely to happen at a diverse school such as this one.
Stony Brook University is ranked #222 in ethnic diversity nationwide with a student body composition that is far above the national average.
Explore Ethnic Diversity at SUNY Stony Brook
If available, the chart below explores ethnic diversity among the undergraduate students at SUNY Stony Brook.
SUNY Stony Brook boasts excellent ethnic diversity.
The ethnic diversity of the faculty is above average.
Good Balance of Male and Female Students
If you feel more comfortable on a campus with a nice mix of males and females, this may be the school for you.
At Stony Brook University, the disparity between men and women on campus is far lower than the national average. The undergraduate student body at SUNY Stony Brook is equally balanced.
This university is ranked at #479 in male to female diversity nationwide. The undergraduate population is comprised of 9,148 males and 7,878 females.
Explore Male/Female Diversity at SUNY Stony Brook
If available, the chart below includes the male to female percentage among SUNY Stony Brook's undergraduate students.
The male to female ratio at SUNY Stony Brook is excellent.
If available, the chart below includes the male to female percentage among SUNY Stony Brook's faculty.
The ratio of male to female faculty at SUNY Stony Brook is excellent.
Representation from U.S. States is About Average
Are you seeking a college that recruits students from all across the U.S., or would you prefer a local college that mostly pulls students from within your home state?
To come up with the geographic diversity for each school, we looked at where every student lived before they were admitted.
About 89.0% of the students attending Stony Brook University come from within New York. This puts SUNY Stony Brook's level of geographic diversity about the same as the national average and gives it a national geographic diversity ranking of #949.
Dive Into Nationwide Geographic Diversity
The undergraduate student body is split among 30 states (may include Washington D.C.), as shown in the chart below.
Presence of International Students at SUNY Stony Brook
There is a relatively large community of about 4,430 international students at Stony Brook University representing at least 47 countries. For more complete information, see the SUNY Stony Brook International Student Page.
How Old is Everyone at This School?
Would you prefer a school where the student body represents a blend of different ages and generations, or would you opt for a school where most students are the same age as you?
The "traditional" college student is thought to be between the ages of 18-21. At Stony Brook University, 47.0% of students are in the age 18 to 21 bracket, compared to the national average of 60%. We rank SUNY Stony Brook #1,233 in the nation for student age diversity.
Review Age Diversity at SUNY Stony Brook
The chart below displays the age range of the student body at SUNY Stony Brook.
Questions About Diversity
- How is SUNY Stony Brook doing at attracting and supporting students from all income levels?
Schools with otherwise excellent ethnic and location diversity still may not be diverse when it comes to other factors, such as financial backgrounds. Get a better idea of how SUNY Stony Brook supports low-income students by visiting the Financial Aid Page.
- How important is diversity to SUNY Stony Brook?
What are you looking for when it comes to college diversity? Contact the school to see what type of support groups and clubs are available to stimulate diverse perspectives.