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    Students Respond to Princeton Review Ranking

    From being ranked by U.S. News and World Report, for the sixth time no less, as one of the top 100 National Universities in the U.S. and among the top 50 public national universities to being recognized as one of the leading research institutions in the U.S., Stony Brook University has had its share of accolades. So it came as a surprise to many in this community that Stony Brook University has had some bad press this past summer. Recently, Princeton Review came out with its annual college rankings in its 2008 edition of “Best 366 Colleges” which lists SBU in top spots; for all the wrong reasons. The rankings, which were based on 120,000 student surveys on 80 questions, has placed Stony Brook in the #1 spot for least happy students, among other things. It has also placed SBU on such lists for class discussions rare, long lines and red tape, and professors get low marks. This has sparked much debate on campus on whether SBU should have been placed on these lists at all. One student said upon hearing the news, “That’s terrible! I love Stony Brook! I’m actually pretty happy with the campus and the classes.” She did concede however, that “the administration has given me problems with tuition and financial aid.” Other students agree. Sophomore Fabio Lima said, “I think the report is crazy. We have tons of interesting, fun things to do on campus like the Gym Class Heroes concert, intramural sports, the thousands of clubs, and the hundreds of places to eat on campus.” He goes on to say that coming to SBU was the best decision of his life. Senior Warda Zaman, however, wasn’t too sure about Stony Brook. “Personally, I started SBU and I was ready to transfer right away.” She continued by saying, “I started getting involved in the campus community?and I decided to stay.” Many students, although initially surprised with the rankings, seem to understand. Zaman believes there are issues that still need to be worked out. “I think our campus has a lot to work on. Yes, the campus body is humongous, but they need to work on better accessibility when the students are in need of guidance and make the campus more happening to keep the students who are here over the weekends away from depression.” Another student, who wishes to remain anonymous, agrees. “I love Stony Brook, but the administration does need to start making an effort to reach the students.”

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