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Batavia, IL

#1 Feb 2, 2010
My daughter is interested in the nursing program at the college. She has been accepted already. Before we fly in from the midwest to visit the campus, can you tell me how the campus life is out there, as well at the surrounding area. I only hear good things from the college, but they are trying to sell their school. Any inside info would be appreciated, and I'm not only looking for the bad, tell me good also.


Mount Arlington, NJ

#2 Apr 13, 2010
I understand your concern for the "campus life", but why would this really be a factor? Being in a nursing program is a very challenging and time-consuming process-- your daughter should be spending most of her time focusing on her studies! That said, I've heard some very good things first-hand about the nursing program, and the Stony Brook hospital is a very busy facility.
I can only speak for what I see around the hospital (where the nursing program is housed), but I often see bake sales/community events sponsored by the nursing program, so I'm guess they have a decently-knit community. I have no idea how much the students "cut loose" during their free time. But being in graduate school isn't like undergrad-- it's more of a job than an experience, so the whole "campus life" aspect is pretty much a non-concern to those who are really interested in it.

The surrounding area is also quite nice with lots of accessible shopping, and several relatively-affordable apartment complexes as well.
SB Res

Huntington Station, NY

#3 Apr 15, 2010
We have lived in Stony Brook for 33 years now, raised 5 kids here. The University is in a wonderful, family oriented community. It is a very beautiful area, with beaches, shops, duck ponds, historic buildings, and only 1.5 hours from NY City by train. If she comes here, she may fall in love with the area.
it used to be good

Botsford, CT

#4 May 2, 2010
The University has become a "who cares?" zone. Most faculty members (not all) are out for him/her self and the integrity of research/education be damned. The new President has a huge job ahead of him and that is to undo the 14-15 years of bad leadership that came before him. SB was never fancy but it used to be good. Why Albany let a fine University go down the tubes, I will never understand.

Southold, NY

#5 May 8, 2010
New President is in over his head. Bad decision, no decision, no presence combine to make this obvious. Powerful leadership is needed post SSK. Medical Center and School of Medicine victims of ineptitude.

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