Stony Brook University

by TBS Staff

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  • Stony Brook’s tuition and fees are almost 15% lower than the national average for public colleges.
  • Out–of–state students who are enrolled in fully online graduate programs pay discounted online tuition rates totalling more than 40% savings.
  • The college enjoys a stellar reputation for high–quality educational programming, including Stony Brook online courses delivered to students around the world.


Founded in 1957, Stony Brook University enrolls 26,200 students and occupies 1,039 acres on Long Island’s North Shore. Part of the State University of New York system, the school administers programs through 12 schools and colleges, offering 200 undergraduate programs, more than 100 master’s degrees, and 40 doctoral programs.

The top undergraduate majors at Stony Brook include biology, psychology, business management, health sciences, and computer science. Stony Brook offers a limited number of online bachelor’s degrees and about 10 online master’s degrees in healthcare, most of them in nursing.

Stony Brook University Statistics

Public/Private Public
Student–to–Faculty Ratio 18–to–1
Full–Time Freshman Retention Rate 89.7%
Graduation Rate 62.7%
Required Standardized Test(s) SAT, ACT, GRE
Accreditation Middle States Commission for Higher Education
Student Population 26,250
Date Founded 1957
Colors Stony Brook red, midnight navy, and Stony Brook grey

Stony Brook University’s Accreditation, Tuition, and Admissions Info

Accreditation and Approvals

Stony Brook University is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).


Program Level Cost
In–State Undergraduate On–Campus $6,870
Out–of–State Undergraduate On–Campus $24,540
In–State Graduate On–Campus $11,090
Out–of–State Graduate On–Campus $22,650
Out–of–State Online Undergraduate $343
Out–of–State Online Graduate $555


Stony Brook University’s admission requirements vary by program. Undergraduate applicants must submit SAT or ACT scores and should have taken a set of college preparatory courses.

Graduate applicants must submit official transcripts and meet each program’s individual admission criteria, which often include a minimum 3.0 GPA and GRE scores.

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Online Degrees Offered

Stony Brook offers 23 online degrees and certificate programs. It offers one online bachelor’s program — a BS in nursing — and eight master’s degrees in nursing with specializations in nursing education, nursing leadership, and neonatal nursing. The school also offers online master’s degrees in physician assistant, higher education management, liberal studies, and human resource management.

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