Southhampton Campus of Stony Brook University Plans to Close

EducationColleges and UniversitiesStony Brook UniversitySamuel StanleyWPIXLong Island University

Imagine being halfway through college to be told next semester you and your classmates are no longer welcome.

It's happening at the Southampton campus of Stony Brook University.

"We really had the rugged pulled out from under us," student Caroline Dwyer told PIX News.

Dwyer and her friends are now rallying to try and save their school.

The University plans to shut down pretty much the entire Southampton campus.

Even though enrollment for the Fall semester is up and additional dormitories are in the process of being built.

The move is seen as a ncost cutting measure, blamed on a reduction in state financing.

University President Dr. Samuel Stanley who told students this week the campus will be closed, was not available for comment today.

Many students don't know what to do come Fall.

"Right now at a stand point of reevaluating my life as a major stand point I was here specifically for sustainable business," said Deone Casimir, who added there aren't many other schools that offer the major.

Kyle Yeun who is studying marine vertebrae biology now will have to go 40 miles west at the Stony Brook campus even though the ocean is a stones throw from the Southampton campus.

"The beaches over here are one of the top ten and it makes it a lot easier to study now we further away from the beach it makes difficult," said Yeun.

State lawmakers are vowing to keep the school open, especially after getting tens of millions of dollars in state funding to purchase the 81-acre facility 4 years ago from Long Island University and getting millions more to renovate it.

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