Stony Brook University
Stony Brook University - Comments and Student Experiences|
Being a State school, Stony Brook is relatively affordable. It may get expensive if you stay on campus and once those mandatory student fees begin to accrue, but you can say that about any school. Tuition-wise, Stony Brook is affordable. In addition to be affordable, Stony Brook is a reputable school. The school is regarded highly in Research, and it continues to grow in prestige/ranking among the other top colleges. Stony Brook also has a decent-looking campus, which is large and has a lot of trees, even a duck pond in one of the quads. The campus has come a long way aesthetically; from an old bare campus without even a running track, to a school with a lot of new buildings and a beautiful new running track.
Now for the downsides...
First, let's speak academically. Stony Brook has some good professors who you can reach out to and some bad ones, like anywhere else. Unfortunately, many of the major professors do their best to "weed students out". Since many students want to enter medical school, professors in departments such as Chemistry try to make their exams as tricky as possible, which isn't their job. Their job is to teach students not 'weed them out'.
Now the campus: You would think a large campus is a good thing, unfortunately it isn't. You can have classes very far from each other, far from your dorm, and walking to it can be time consuming... at a major University, you need all the time you can get.
The student population is too large and the school is getting much too crowded. This makes the parking situation a headache. Most commuters have to park at South P. lot and wait for a bus to take you to the campus, it can get so crowded that you'll have to wait for several buses before finally getting on. The population is getting very crowded with mostly foreign exchange students from Asia who barely speak English and the concentration of these students is increasing each year.
As for the social life... Or lack thereof... Well, most students would agree Stony Brook is dead. The students have absolutely no school spirit... Many of the students are from Queens (if not Long Island) and they go home every single weekend like a bunch of homesick children. No one is friendly, and everyone walks around like they don't want to be bothered. Most social groups consist of cliques, such as "Fraternities and Sororities" and people of the same "Ethnic group" meaning all Indians somehow know each other and quickly become friends, all Asians, latinos, ducks, geese, etc... and they are extremely secluded.
While there are a lot of student clubs out there, it is hard to find out about things and the school does a bad job promoting events.
The area outside of Stony Brook is not too exciting either. Port Jefferson can be a little fun, and of course NYC if you don't mind commuting a few hours.
Well, these are the pros and cons of Stony Brook, of course experiences may vary.
Now for my personal experience, I came to Stony Brook as a premed and intending to pursue a double major in Health Science and Psychology. Naturally, I had doubts about being a doctor, and after one semester, I had to admit to myself that chemistry made me miserable. Chemistry makes a lot of students miserable at Stony Brook. It might be because of the teaching style (500 student lecture hall), the subject itself, or the lazy students themselves (typical college students who don't attend class because they are hungover from late night drinking). Health Science is the most popular major at Stony Brook, but it is also known as the bullsh** major. This is because the major is VERY open-ended. You can pretty much take whatever you want until senior year as long as you throw in 4 science classes (which can be any biology, chem, physics, GEOLOGY, ASTRONOMY, yes.. as long as they are natural sciences it is OK...)
I changed my major to Studio Art and lets just say, the art department gets VERY little funding. Not all the courses listed in the bulletin are offered and the major just can't compare to art departments of other universities. Most of the art majors are students like me, who changed their majors too late and are graduating Stony Brook only to go to other colleges to get another degree. Luckily, I realized this dead end in time and have transferred out after 2 years.
For the student clubs, I found that a majority was very ..racial. Everybody is in racial cliques. You have white, black, and asian sororities and fraternities. Clubs and organizations are segregrated by race. Diversity is a joke.The reputation your college holds is very important when you go out in the working world. I never got as many callbacks for employers until I put my new college (FIT) on my resume. Stony Brook is good for the sciences. If you want business, you're better off at Baruch. If you want engineering, you're better off at Binghamton, RPI, RIT, or Polytech.
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