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Stony Brook named one of 'America's Ugliest College Campuses'

Stony Brook University, founded in 1957, is a

Stony Brook University, founded in 1957, is a public research university in Stony Brook on the North Shore of Long Island, and ranked in the top 100 public universities by the U.S. News & World Report, with about 25,000 students enrolled. (July 26, 2012) Credit: Brittany Wait editors won’t have to sit around wondering if their invitations to Stony Brook University events were lost in the mail.

The website of Travel and Leisure magazine included Stony Brook in a slideshow of 13 schools highlighting “America's Ugliest College Campuses.”

The list, released last month, also included a description of each school. Here’s the recap on Stony Brook:

“Applications to Stony Brook University will likely quadruple in the event of a nuclear winter; the 1960s bunker-like buildings create an unparalleled sense of Cold War safety. In 1980, two futuristic buildings were added in an attempt to introduce some visual lightness. The result? You really need to see for yourself. The octagonal hospital, for instance, appears to be receiving an IV from the Health Sciences Center.”

The story noted that many of the least-attractive campuses date to the post-World War II era. Stony Brook was founded in 1957.

“We became suburbanized, and the campuses became suburbanized,” Richard Wilson, professor and chair of the University of Virginia’s department of architectural history, told

The story cited the Princeton Review, college resource guide, and “other forums where students hotly debate all aspects of campus life” in its research.

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