Stony Brook University

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#80, overall score 53.58/100

Fun Fact:

Stony Brook is one of the few universities to co-run a federal laboratory. Seven Nobel Prizes have been awarded to researchers from Brookhaven National Laboratory, which was also where “Tennis For Two,” which some consider the world’s first video games, was created in 1958.

Why should Jewish students attend Stony Brook? “Stony Brook is an elite public research university that provides an outstanding education at a very affordable price, particularly for New York residents. There is a very strong Jewish community on campus that is open and inclusive with an active pro-Israel segment, social justice and community service opportunities, interfaith programming, and programs for graduate and professional students. The Gloria and Mark Snyder Hillel Center is staffed by five full time and two part time professionals including a Jewish Agency Israel Fellow and is located in the center of campus. Regular religious services, glatt kosher food, rabbinic services, and an eruv are all important features of Jewish life on campus. We welcome you to visit us.” - Rabbi Joseph S. Topek, director, Hillel Foundation for Jewish Life


  • Location: Stony Brook, N.Y.
  • Region: Mid-Atlantic
  • Campus type: Suburb
  • Public/Private: Public
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 17,026
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 1,700
  • Jewish population share: 10%
  • Student origin: 94% in-state / 6% out-of-state
  • Student newspaper: The Statesman
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Seawolves
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Panic / Smash

COST & AID Score: 5/15

  • Score: 5/15
  • In-state tuition: $9,257
  • Out-of-state tuition: $26,297
  • Room & board costs: $13,454
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $10,199
  • Average loan debt: $26,219
  • Starting median salary: $54,300

ACADEMICS Score: 6.67/20

  • Score: 6.67/20
  • Acceptance rate: 42%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 18:1
  • Median SAT range: 1210-1410
  • Jewish Studies program: Yes
  • Jewish Studies major: Minor
  • Hebrew major: No

ISRAEL Score: 12.33/20

  • Score: 12.33/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 30
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: No
  • Israel Studies center: [No]
  • Israel-related clubs: The David Project, IAC Mishelanu
  • BDS vote in last four years: Never introduced

SAFETY Score: 6.33/11

  • Score: 6.33/11
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2017: 1
  • Campus crime rate: 2.18/1,000 students (medium low)
  • City crime rate: 2.18/1,000 people (low)
  • LGBT center: Yeses

JEWISH LIFE Score: 23.25/34

  • Score: 23.25/34
  • Hillel: Stony Brook Hillel
  • Chabad: Chabad House at Stony Brook University
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Jewish fraternities: ΣAM
  • Jewish sororities: SDT
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? Yes
  • Active Hillel clubs: 6
  • Hillel Friday night services: 2
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 65
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 8 (2 Orthodox, 5 Conservative, 1 Reform)
  • Eruv: Yes
  • Most unique/noteworthy club: One of the unique signature programs is our Kesher Refuah medical mission to Israel for students in graduate programs in the Health Sciences. The program immerses them in the Israeli health care system for two weeks each summer.
  • Where do Jewish students come from? All over the country.
  • Kosher food details: Kosher dining at Stony Brook is in a newly constructed dining facility and is glatt kosher under the supervision of the Vaad Harabonim of Queens. It is centrally located and some kosher food is also available in other dining buildings.

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