Stony Brook University Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, and More

Stony Brook University
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Stony Brook University has somewhat competitive admissions, with around 40 percent of applicants accepted. Students will generally need grades and test scores above average to be considered for admission to the school. Along with an application, interested students will need to submit SAT or ACT scores, a letter of recommendation, a written personal statement, and official high school transcripts. For more information, and to find out how and when to apply, be sure to visit Stony Brook's website.

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Admissions Data (2016)

  • Stony Brook University Acceptance Rate: 41%
  • GPA, SAT and ACT graph for Stony Brook
  • Test Scores: 25th / 75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 550 / 660
    • SAT Math: 600 / 710
    • SAT Writing: - / -
    • ACT Composite: 26 / 31
    • ACT English: 24 / 31
    • ACT Math: 26 / 32
    • ACT Writing: - / -

Stony Brook University Description

Founded in 1957, Stony Brook University has quickly made a name for itself among the top research universities in the country. Because of the university's strengths in research and instruction, it was awarded membership in the Association of American Universities in 2001. The 1,100-acre campus sits on Long Island's north shore about 60 miles from New York City. Stony Brook University offers undergraduates 119 majors and minors for students to choose from, and the biological and health sciences are particularly strong. The Stony Brook Seawolves (What's a Seawolf?) compete in the America East Conference.

Enrollment (2015)

  • Total Enrollment: 25,734 (17,026 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 54% Male / 46% Female
  • 93% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $8,999 (in-state); $26,239 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $900 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $12,882
  • Other Expenses: $1,868
  • Total Cost: $24,649 (in-state); $41,889 (out-of-state)

Stony Brook University Financial Aid (2015 - 16)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 76%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 68%
    • Loans: 43%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $9,723
    • Loans: $6,640

Academic Programs

  • Most Popular Majors: Applied Mathematics, Biochemistry, Biology, Business Administration, Computer Science, Economics, English, Health Professions, History, Nursing, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology
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Transfer, Graduation and Retention Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 89%
  • Transfer Out Rate: 19%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 52%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 72%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Track and Field, Football, Soccer, Tennis, Baseball, Basketball, Lacrosse
  • Women's Sports: Basketball, Soccer, Softball, Cross Country, Track and Field, Lacrosse, Volleyball

Data Source

National Center for Educational Statistics

Stony Brook and the Common Application

Stony Brook University uses the Common Application.