Why Diversity Matters
Diversity can be somewhat of 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.
Ranked #273 in the nation, Stony Brook University is considered extremely diverse.
High Ethnic Diversity
Many college students value the opportunity to meet and learn from different ethnic and racial groups, which is more possible at a diverse school such as this one.
Stony Brook University is ranked #244 in ethnic diversity nationwide which is far above average.
Explore Ethnic Diversity at SUNY Stony Brook
If the data is present, the chart will also show SUNY Stony Brook faculty diversity.
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 male to female student ratio is far higher than the national average of about 40:60 with a student body that is equally balanced.
This university is ranked at #612 in male to female diversity nationwide. The undergraduate population is comprised of 8,956 males and 7,524 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 faculty, as well as students.
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 89.1% 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 #971.
Dive Into Nationwide Geographic Diversity
The undergraduate student body is split among 31 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 4,149 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?
Traditionally, undergraduate students range in age from 18 to 22. At Stony Brook University, 47.3% of students are in the age 18 to 22 bracket, compared to the national average of 60%. We rank SUNY Stony Brook #693 in the nation for student age diversity.
Review Age Diversity at SUNY Stony Brook
Analyze the age distribution of SUNY Stony Brook undergraduates with the following bar chart.
Questions About Diversity
- How is SUNY Stony Brook doing at attracting and supporting students from all income levels?
Even a school with high racial, ethnic and geographic diversity may not be diverse when it comes to the financial backgrounds of their students. To get a better idea of how SUNY Stony Brook is supporting low-income students check 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.