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Went to SB and was on a varsity team.Super BrilliantHistory/Histories (art history/etc.)
Went to SB and was on a varsity team. Here's the honest truth:

BIGGEST PLUSSES: big campus, great reputation, great price, great selection of majors.
BIGGEST MINUSES: need more off campus housing that is in proximity; need more late night social life; need kids to stay on campus for wkds; need more school spirit; need to do more campus recruiting and career guidance. They need to start building tradition and having school events that kids care about.

AVERAGE: most facilities are average. The food was better than most public universities. Dorms adequate, improving. All this talk about class size is understandable at a U with 25k kids, however, i NEVER had a class with more than 80 students.The most important achievement to report over the last 10 years is how much better the campus looks- and also- how much money has been pumped into athletics and how much better its done for the U. Also important are all the new facilities that have been built recently.

4th Year Male -- Class 2002
Useful Schoolwork: A+, University Resource Use/ spending: D
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Not so bright
This school is really tough, there grading policy sucks.
2nd Year Male -- Class 2013
Campus Aesthetics: A+, Education Quality: F
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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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