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Stony Brook University is a public research institution founded in 1957, one of 64 schools in the State University of New York (SUNY) system. Stony Brook has designated Campus Life Time every Wednesday, during which students engage in non-academic activities.

Key Facts


  • #58 in National Universities according to US News & World Report 2024
  • #26  in Top Public Schools
  • #69 in Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs

Year founded

  • 1957

School type

  • Public, coed, no religious affiliation

Latest undergraduate enrollment

  • 17,999

Latest graduate enrollment

  • 8,609

Student-faculty ratio

  • 19:1

Freshman acceptance rate

  • 48%

Average SAT/ ACT for freshman entry

  • SAT between 1300 and 1480 / ACT 29-33

Average GPA for freshman entry

  • 3.8

International student population

  • 9.9%

Employment/ job placement rate

  • 94% 

Median starting salary of alumni

  • $54,400 

Popular majors

  • Biology, Psychology, Business Management, Health Science, Computer Science, Applied Mathematics and Statistics, Economics, Biochemistry, Mathematics and Mechanical Engineering


  • $28,476
About the university

Different colleges/ schools within the university include College of Arts and Sciences: College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Renaissance School of Medicine, School of Dental Medicine, School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, School of Nursing, School of Professional Development, School of Social Welfare.

  • Stony Brook has over 350 clubs and student organizations
  • Over 200 majors available at undergraduate level
  • Over 150 graduate programs
  • Famous alumni include Atefeh Riazi, Chief Information Technology and Assistant Secretary-General for the United Nations; Patricia S. Cowlings, astronaut, aerospace psychophysiologist, first African-American woman astronaut to be trained by NASA 
Kings alumni at Stony Brook University, SUNY

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