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I would never recommend anyone to attend thisQuite BrightPreMed and Medical
I would never recommend anyone to attend this university for pre-med. The science department is horrendous, and you are pretty much teaching yourself EVERYTHING. If you do not have a VERY strong background in science, you will not do well. The ONLY way to survive is to form study groups early on or to get outside tutoring, as the tutoring center is booked the first week of school, all the way through to the end of the semester. The T.A's that monitor the labs are very unhelpful and expect you to know everything, which is impossible to know something you've never done before. The amount of busywork they give you takes away from the actual time that could be spent studying, and it's very counter-productive to your grades. There is an online assessment called ALEKS that's due every week, it's the biggest waste of time and sometimes it takes upwards of 6 hrs just to finish. The homework is pilled on you back to back to the point you aren't doing homework for comprehension purposes, you're doing it just to meet a deadline. If they got rid of all the busywork and allowed you time to study, the course wouldn't be so hard. The first day of chem. class we were assigned 4 assignments that took most of the class 17 hrs to do, bare in mind none of us had the textbook just yet (that was fun, scrambling for the book). The average for most of the exams are a "D" but they curve the exams so much that a "D" can become a "B" and they do this so it won't look so bad that the professor has 250 out of 300 students failing their exams. The review for the exam consists of the professor reading the slides he read the previous class that are full of errors and incorrect answers, so be very careful when studying from the slides, because they most often have inaccurate information on them. Oh and each class has a sub-class called recitation. for example, i registered for calc. and chem. ONLY and I have a total of 6 classes and I get homework from 5 of them that's graded and averaged in with my chem. and math grade. So chem. actually comes with 4 classes that cannot be broken up -_-, because you have to take the lab with chem. and math comes with an additional class. I have never been to such a poorly organized institution in my life. This school has made me feel inadequate and incompetent at times and I have to step back and remind myself that I've obtained a four year degree within two years and managed to graduate with honors. So it's not me, its's this school. It'does not set you up for success at all. I'm not sure about the other majors, but please do yourself a favor and look into another school for pre-med. You will save yourself time, money, and mental fatigue. TRUST ME.
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The infamous Stony Brook University.Super BrilliantPublic Health
The infamous Stony Brook University... where to begin...
First, I'll list the 'pros'. Please keep in mind the campus may have changed a lot since I graduated (2010).

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.

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The program properly prepared us for our boards and provided a wide range of clinical experience.
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