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First off I should say that Stony BrookSuper BrilliantPolitical Science
First off I should say that Stony Brook has some really good academic programs, and not just in the sciences, which it is best known for. The Political Science program, for example, is among the best in the country. There are a lot of professors who are only here for the research, but I've also had just as many professors who genuinely care about what they teach and their students. Word of mouth is key when choosing a professor. Stony is a state school, and it's been suffering from budget cuts, which means that a lot of classes taht should be offered aren't being offered, and that makes it difficult to take your first choice classes or sometimes, for students to graduate on time.

Socially is where this school lacks the most. In a vast see of 20,000+ undergrad/grad students, there are certainly some great people. But all too many people are self-absorbed, antisocial, and unfriendly. There are also many commuter students, who really are only here to go to class, with few of them getting involved in anything else on campus. The way the campus is spread out, with residential quads far from each other, the fact that people leave on weekends, and large classes (especially introductory-level courses) all contribute to making it difficult to meet people, especially if you're coming to Stony without knowing many people here already. If you're looking for parties, there's not too many, but at the same time, it seems that a lot of people are either the type that looks for parties anyway (and finds them off campus or in the city on weekends), or are just absorbed in their studying all day. Very little middle ground.

There are a lot of things to do in campus, though, if you go out and look for things to get involved with, and that's usually one of the best ways to meet people and make friends.The administration is awful, the food is what you'd expect from a college campus, and there's not much to do immediately off campus. It really helps to have a car on campus, to be able to drive to Port Jefferson or other nearby towns, or even avoid the train and get into the city.

2nd Year Male -- Class 2006
Education Quality: A, Individual Value: F
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Stony Brook helped me by introducing me toEconomics
Stony Brook helped me by introducing me to the real world---if you want something you have to rely on yourself, so go out and get it. Seriously though, it's a school where you have to put the time and effort in to make it an enjoyable experience. You have to go out and make friends (they don't just come to you) you have to work outside fo class (you don't just get knowledge).

Overall I had a great experience and a great 4 years. I double majored, played D-1 Sports for a nationally ranked team, worked at the mall, made the dean's list, and still managed to have parties at my house off campus consisting of over 300 people. (Oh yeah, I also dated a cool/hot chick who is now a model in NYC).

Is it the best place in the world, no, but you can make it a great time if you try. I have a great job now, making good money and am loving life. I knew what I was getting into, with it being a little bit of a commuter school and adjunct professors and larger classes, but I had a philosophy to deal with everything. Guess what, if you sit your butt in the front row of the classroom, it's just as if you are taking classes with 15 people. If you go to teachers hours, they will help you. If you take the time to meet your professors and network with them, they can and will help you. If you read yoru texts book, you will learn teh same material (same text books as my friends at yale)

Working world- better known for technology and health; however it's a 60 year old school, not 200 years old...the alulmni base will continue to grow, especially around NYC, more and more student are ending up in Financial related positions in and around the city, and the academic requirements continue to improve year after year.It's your life and your school. Make the best out of it. If you don't, you have no one to blame, but yourself and will continue to be a complainer for the rest of your life.

Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
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I read several reviews and while a fewQuite BrightGeography and Geosciences
I read several reviews and while a few are obviously over dramatic, they seemed pretty accurate. I transferred in to Stony Brook from another SUNY school upstate and graduated in 2005. I would agree that compared to other colleges the social life is pretty bad. The dorms are also in need of some renovation, but that is the case with most colleges that cost less than 40K per semester. Buses are frustrating at times. HOWEVER, the education I got at Stony Brook was excellent and I found the professors to be very open and helpful. Just like all universities, if you make the effort to talk to your professor after class or at office hours they learn who you are and it is very easy to build a relationship with them. There are plenty of extra-curricular activities, but they are more "collegiate" in nature as opposed to all day drinking festivals. I would agree that social life and living conditions should get a C/C-. But education is really up there - A/A-. If you want to party at college, do what I did and go to an upstate SUNY school for a year or two then transfer to Stony Brook to actually learn something that will help you get a job and succeed in your career.
1st Year Male -- Class 2005
Faculty Accessibility: A, Scholastic Success: F
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