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Stony Brook University

Stony Brook, NYwww.stonybrook.edu
Stony Brook University is part of the sprawling State University of New York (SUNY, pronounced "soo-nee") system. Founded in 1957, its campus is situated on more than 1,000 acres on the North Shore of Long Island. It also has a satellite campus in Manhattan, about 60 miles to the west. Stony Brook has roughly 26,000 students, of which about 17,000 are undergraduates. It has a substantial commuter population, although 83% of freshmen live on campus. On the academic front, students can take their pick of over 200 academic programs. The most popular majors include biology, psychology, business management, health science, and computer science. Students tend to be successful: Stony Brook's graduation rate of 72% is about 8% above other schools with similar demographics, according to MONEY's analysis. PayScale data shows that alumni earn an average salary of $57,000 in their first three years after graduation, which is about 9% more than their peers from other colleges. Stony Brook's mascot is the seawolf. The mythical creature is not only purported to bring good luck, but also stars in a famous cheer. When someone asks, "What's a Seawolf?" students yell their response: "I'm a Seawolf!" Try it at your next SBU game -- and don't forget to wear red.
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$26,600
% of students who get any grants
57%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$15,300
Average price for low-income students
$9,330
admissions
Acceptance rate
42%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1310/29
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
17,215
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
85%
% of need met
67%
% of students who get merit* grants
10%
Average merit grant
$5,378
student success
Graduation rate
72%
Average time to a degree
4.3 years
Average student debt
$18,960
Average salary within 3 years
$57,000
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
51%
key deadlines
Early decision application
N/A
Regular application
Jan 15

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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