#34, overall score 63.67/100

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 game, 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 for 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, Gloria & Mark Snyder Hillel Center

ACADEMICS Score: 15/30

  • Score: 15/30
  • Acceptance rate: 41%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 17:1
  • Jewish Studies major: Minor
  • Israel Studies major: No


  • In-state tuition: $9,026
  • Out-of-state tuition: $26,266
  • Room & board costs: $12,790
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $39,616


  • Location: Stony Brook, N.Y.
  • Region: Mid-Atlantic
  • Public/Private: Public
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 16,831
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 1,700
  • Jewish population share: 10%
  • Student origin: 93% in-state / 7% out-of-state
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Seawolves
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Panic, Smash

ISRAEL Score: 11.33/20

  • Score: 11.33/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 30
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: No
  • Israel-related clubs: IAC Mishelanu, The David Project
  • BDS resolution: Never introduced

JEWISH LIFE Score: 27.33/40

  • Score: 27.33/40
  • Hillel: Gloria & Mark Snyder Hillel Center
  • Chabad: Chabad @ Stony Brook
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Meor: No
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi
  • Jewish sororities: None
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2016: 0
  • 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 Hillel club: One of our unique signature programs is our Kesher Refuah medical mission to Israel for students in Health Sciences graduate programs. 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, centrally-located dining facility and is glatt kosher under the supervision of the Vaad Harabonim of Queens. Some kosher food is also available in other dining buildings.
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