transferred to Stony Brook from being an Art major to
a Health Science major- needless to say, I am right
brained as supposed to left, and I am new to
the sciences.I am also a commuter student, which makes a
big difference in my experience.
I could say
that after going here for a year that Stony Brook
was definitely a swift kick into right- brained action. The
school itself definitely has its good points. Let me break
Ill start with the negatives first to get
them out of the way:
-The food is very overpriced.
-The academic grading system is very unforgiving. If you
get a bad grade, it stays on your transcript, even
if you re-take the class. High demand classes like Human
Anatomy are filled with 300 students and you cannot retake
it if you p/nc it or fail it the first
-for those like me who prefer a smaller
school but cant afford to go to a private college,
SBU is like a city, and it can be frustrating
as a commute.
-Being a commuter sucks. There is hardly
any parking within a 1/2 mile radius to even get
to class, so the easiest way is to park a
mile away in the commuter lot and take the bus.
However, this is frustrating too, because sometimes the busses lag
and you get to class late. I have to get
to school 20 minutes earlier than my actual commute to
be on time.
-the classes are HUUUGE, like 300 students,
for the D.E.C. requirements and intro classes for majors (especially
the science and math majors.
-Because of that and that
the grading ruberic is so harsh, many students experience burnout
during the semester, even with a normal course-load. Unless you
are someone who lives in his dorm (like all of
the international students that blow everyone else away with self
-The school lacks a soul. Maybe its because it
is constantly under construction with new projects, maybe it is
because it is a math/science school. But there is no
charm. Mostly bland metal cylinders and right angles and
big cement weird buildings that lack aesthetic value. The newer
buildings are getting nicer, though.
-You have to work
hard to feel like youre getting somewhere with this school.
-everyhting constantly feels like an obstacle. LOTS of RED
-the school is very culturally diverse (with NYC/international kids),
so there tends to be a NYC-feel: disconnected and anonymous,
but theres still this sort of indifferent community among students.
Unfortunately, the friendliness form of community seems to be unity
-Campus is always kept pristine,
minus all the construction.
-They are really trying to make
this school more attractive year after year.
school is diverse, so you get a lot of different
cultures (basically its open minded and close minded at the
same time... there are the diverse NYC'ers and then the
-The education you're going to get will be
from very accomplished people with doctorates and awards in research.
-The success rates of students who do well are
generally pretty high. I know some people who have gotten
into Universities such as CMU and are now making 80k
salaries less than a year out of school.
you are an in-state student, I would say that you
are getting your moneys worth. Minus all of the annoying
things about SBU, if you put yourself out there and
try to enjoy what the school is trying to achieve
as far as peer happiness, you can get through it.
-If you are smart, you have people around you
who are going to challenge you academically.
see, you have to kind of be a certain type
to REALLY enjoy SBU. Otherwise, its a game of academic
survival, and you really have to put your heart into
whatever your're studying to feel accomplished at the end of
Good luck to whoever goes here.