Stony Brook University

Stony Brook University

State University of New York at Stony Brook, commonly known as Stony Brook University or SB, is a public research university located in Stony Brook, New York, United States. The university was founded in 1957. SB was one of ten national universities awarded a National Science Foundation recognition award in 1998 for its integration of research and education. It offers a wide variety of degrees and programs in diverse areas of study through the following academic divisions:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Business
  • College of Engineering and Applied Sciences
  • School of Dental Medicine
  • School of Health Technology and Management
  • School of Journalism
  • School of Marine & Atmospheric Sciences
  • School of Medicine
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Professional Development
  • School of Social Welfare

Stony Brook's official mascot is Wolfie the Seawolf. Their sports teams are nicknamed the Seawolves.

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Contacting Stony Brook

Stony Brook University
Stony Brook , NY 11794
General Phone: (631) 632-6000

Stony Brook Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts1,534American studies, Asian studies, European studies, African-American studies, women's studies, linguistics, comparative literature, German language, French language, ...
Science609biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, anatomy, anatomical sciences, bacteriology, animal physiology, animal genetics, pharmacology, ...
Medicine602neuroscience, dentistry, endodontology, oral surgery, orthodontology, periodontics, medicine, public health, health professions ...
Therapy and Counseling497psychology, clinical psychology, experimental psychology, psychobiology, social psychology, physical therapy
Business and Management486business management, finance, human resources, business and related services
Education and Teaching328educational supervision, elementary/middle school admin, English teaching, foreign language teaching, math teaching, physical education teaching, science teaching, social studies teaching, Spanish teaching, ...
Nursing and Emergency Medicine290registered nursing, neonatal nursing, mental health nursing, various nursing
Family and Social Work285public administration, social work
Engineering259engineering, biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, electrical engineering, materials engineering, mechanical engineering
Computer Science and Engineering254computer and info science, information science, computer support, computer engineering
Mathematics210mathematics, applied mathematics
Medical Support and Technology86respiratory care tech, physician assistant, cytotechnologist, clinical lab tech
Music61music, music performance
Religion and Philosophy59philosophy, religion
Medical Administration43health care administration
Drama and Performing Arts32drama
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy26occupational therapy
Fine Arts24art history and criticism
Art Studies24art studies
Conservation and Resource Management14conservation

Number of programs and degrees for Stony Brook in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree3,17156
Master's degree1,71654
Doctor's degree40839
Post-master's certificate28720
First-professional degree1472

Stony Brook Student Body

In 2007-2008, Stony Brook had a total enrollment of 23,347 students (21,409 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 55%
Women 45%
Full-Time 100%
Part-Time 0%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 65%
Graduate 33%
First Professional 2%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 41%
Black 7%
Hispanic 7%
Asian 16%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 18%
(Foreign Students) 11%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 22%
20-21 24%
22-24 21%
25-29 16%
30-34 7%
35-39 4%
40-49 4%
50-64 2%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New York86%
(International Students)6%
New Jersey2%

Stony Brook Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 89 %

Stony Brook Room and Board (2007)

Stony Brook offers campus housing for 9,209 of its 21,409 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Stony Brook, New York for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other New York Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Stony Brook Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal520610
SAT Math570660
SAT Writing510610
ACT Verbal2126
ACT Math2429
ACT Composite2428

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencerecommended
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT96%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT18%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Stony Brook Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 5,810
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 12,070
Room and board $ 9,132
Room charge $ 5,804
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,328
Books and supplies $ 900
Other expenses $ 1,792

Financial Aid:
Stony Brook participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 283800)

Stony Brook Faculty

Stony Brook has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track16364
Non-tenured and not on tenure track321277

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year16$179,2505$143,177
Associate professorcalendar year12$121,08512$113,587
Assistant professorcalendar year17$86,80623$84,234
Instructorcalendar year2*2*
Lecturercalendar year4$52,9002*
All faculty totalcalendar year51$120,23344$96,990

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year246$127,00661$120,146
Associate professoracademic year124$93,03972$89,587
Assistant professoracademic year106$72,76857$70,558
Lectureracademic year59$58,27166$47,177
All faculty totalacademic year535$100,807256$81,698

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Stony Brook Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Big South Conference
Basketball America East
Baseball America East
Track America East

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports7387160

Stony Brook Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business, Management, Marketing & Related Support Services, Other
Finance, General
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Engineering, General
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Information Science/Studies

Conservation And Resource Management
Natural Resources/Conservation, General

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision
Elementary and Middle School Administration/Principalship
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Foreign Language Teacher Education
Mathematics Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Social Studies Teacher Education
Spanish Language Teacher Education
Teaching English as Second/Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor

Biomedical/Medical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering, General
Materials Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

Family And Social Work
Public Administration
Social Work

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation

Liberal Arts
African-American/Black Studies
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Asian Studies/Civilization
Comparative Literature
Creative Writing
Economics, General
English Composition
English Language and Literature, General
English Language and Literature/Letters, Other
European Studies/Civilization
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
Italian Language and Literature
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
Social Sciences, General
Social Sciences, Other
Spanish Language and Literature
Women's Studies

Applied Mathematics
Mathematics, General


Medical Administration
Health/Health Care Administration/Management

Medical Support And Technology
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
Physician Assistant
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist

Dentistry (DDS, DMD)
Endodontics/Endodontology (Cert, MS, PhD)
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
Medicine (MD)
Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery (Cert, MS, PhD)
Orthodontics/Orthodontology (Cert, MS, PhD)
Periodontics/Periodontology (Cert, MS, PhD)
Public Health, General (MPH, DPH)

Music Performance, General
Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Maternal/Child Health and Neonatal Nurse/Nursing
Nursing, Other
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)
Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse/Nursing

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Occupational Therapy/Therapist

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Animal Genetics
Animal Physiology
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Cell/Cellular Biology and Anatomical Sciences, Other
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography
Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology
Molecular Biology
Physical Sciences, Other
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Clinical Psychology
Experimental Psychology
Physical Therapy/Therapist
Physiological Psychology/Psychobiology
Psychology, General
Social Psychology

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