The fountain in the center of the six-acre Academic Mall is a focal point for social activity. Surrounding the fountain are lawns, shrubs, gardens, trees, and a brook that cascades down steps leading to the campus's main entrance. A nature preserve, bicycle paths, park benches, an apple orchard, and a duck pond are interspersed among the spacious plazas, modern laboratories and classroom buildings, and a performing arts center.
At the center of West Campus stands the Frank Melville Jr. Memorial Library, which holds more than two million bound volumes and some three million in microformat. Around the library are the major academic buildings for the Colleges of Arts and Sciences and Engineering and Applied Sciences, the Van De Graaff nuclear accelerator, the Administration Building, Jacob K. Javits Lecture Center, Computer Science Building, Educational Communications Center, Computing Center, the Stony Brook Union, Indoor Sports Complex, and other service buildings. The Museum of Long Island Natural Sciences, located in the Earth and Space Sciences Building, displays dioramas of Long Island's natural landscape and special temporary exhibits.
The Student Activities Center (SAC) features several multipurpose spaces, as well as areas for study and assembly. The center provides a focal point for the extracurricular activities that are an important part of life on campus. The SAC also includes a student lounge with gaming tables, two large multi-purpose rooms, a Wellness Center, and an art gallery.
Stony Brook's Staller Center for the Arts provides superb performing arts facilities, where artists of international stature appear. The Staller Center also houses the Departments of Theatre Arts, Music, and Art. A broad plaza connects the Melville Library, Stony Brook Union, and the Staller Center.
The Charles B. Wang Center, celebrating Asian and American cultures, is dedicated to presenting the public with a multifaceted, intellectually sound, and humane understanding of Asian and Asian American cultures, and their relationship to other cultures. The Wang Center houses the Asian eatery, Jasmine, and serves as a conference facility and presenting venue for events of cultural, professional, and intellectual caliber.
Encircling the academic buildings are six residential quadrangles. The quads are made up of three to five residential colleges, each housing approximately 220 students. A majority of the student body, and about 90 percent of the freshman class lives on campus. The quads are the basic social units for this on-campus population, providing residence halls, study and social space, and dining facilities. The University has constructed nine additional residences known as West Apartments, which house approximately 1,200 upper-division undergraduates. The Chapin Apartments, comprised of one-, two-, three-, and four-bedroom apartments, provide accommodations to graduate students, families, and domestic partnerships. Chapin is located near the Stony Brook University Medical Center. The Schomburg Apartments offer one- and four-bedroom apartments and are available only to graduate students and domestic partnerships.
Located in single-story buildings on South Campus are the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, the School of Dental Medicine, and the Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Department.
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