The first universities were founded in Europe, in the Middle Ages, by students who wished to form communities in which they could live and learn together. The modern university continues this tradition. Faculty, students, and staff together have one central goal: learning together in a community.
The Stony Brook Campus
Close to 35,000 people work and study at Stony Brook, making it larger than the capital cities of several states. Like many small cities, Stony Brook is not only a community in itself; it is a community of communities. Most people who work and study here belong to more than one of the University’s many communities.
Students at Stony Brook belong to academic communities, co-curricular communities, and social communities, and many of our communities encompass all three aspects of university life. All undergraduates are required to complete an academic major, which is itself a community, but many majors have clubs to provide further opportunities for students to connect with other students who have similar interests.
An undergraduate student, for example, may be a member of a sports team or one of our many social clubs, be a member of a Living Learning Center, and have an academic major. Stony Brook has launched a variety of efforts to build a strong sense of community within the University. The capstone is a comprehensive system of Undergraduate Colleges organized around themes of general interest to incoming undergraduates. This college system has transformed the way in which students experience the University. The Colleges provide the core for an array of opportunities for students to live, laugh, and learn together.