In just five decades, Stony Brook University has established itself as one of America’s most dynamic public universities.

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings places us among the top 1 percent of all the universities in the world. Nobel laureates, Guggenheim fellows, and MacArthur grant winners teach on our campus, making it a magnet for outstanding students. A member of the elite Association of American Universities, Stony Brook is one of the 61 best research institutions in North America.

The University offers more than 200 majors, minors, and combined-degree programs for undergraduates, 140 graduate programs, and has 24,103 students.

Basic details

  • Region: Northeast
  • Location: Stony Brook, New York
  • Campus setting: Suburban
  • Type of institution: Public

Admissions information and areas of study offered

  • Percentage of students admitted: 40%
  • Average ACT score: 27
  • Average SAT range: 1660-1970
  • Test optional? No
  • Common Application accepted? Yes
  • Areas of study offered include: Accounting/Finance;  Agriculture;  Anthropology;  Archaeology;  Area Studies;  Art History;  Arts;  Astronomy;  Biology;  Biomedical Engineering;  Business;  Chemistry;  Communications;  Computer Science;  Creative Writing;  Dance;  Design;  Drama/Theatre Arts;  Economics;  Education;  Ethnic/Cultural Studies;  Engineering;  English;  Environmental Sciences;  Film/Cinema Studies;  Gender Studies;  Genetics;  Geography;  Geology;  History;  Humanities;  Information Sciences/Systems;  International Relations;  Journalism;  Languages;  Liberal Arts;  Linguistics;  Literature;  Management;  Marketing;  Mathematics;  Medical Sciences;  Meteorology;  Music;  Neuroscience;  Nursing;  Nutrition;  Oceanography;  Pharmacology;  Philosophy;  Physics;  Physiology;  Psychology;  Public Health;  Public Policy;  Public Relations/Affairs;  Social Work;  Sociology;  Theology/Religion
  • Full list of majors available:


  • International students are eligible for: Need-based aid; Merit-based scholarship
  • Estimated yearly cost (including tuition, board, room and student fees): $36,000


  • Athletic association for the majority of sports: NCAA - Division I
  • Varsity sports: Men's American Football; Men's Athletics / Track and Field; Women's Athletics / Track and Field; Men's Baseball; Women's Softball; Men's Basketball; Women's Basketball; Men's Cross Country; Women's Cross Country; Men's Football / Soccer; Women's Football / Soccer; Men's Swimming and Diving; Women's Swimming and Diving; Men's Tennis; Women's Tennis; Men's Volleyball; Women's Volleyball

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