Top 35 best value
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ratio ~Stony Brook University
Top 1% in the
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At a Glance
Stony Brook University was established in 1957 as a college for the preparation of secondary school teachers of mathematics and science. The first campus was located in Oyster Bay, Long Island, on the grounds of a former Gold Coast estate. In 1962, a new campus was built near the historic village of Stony Brook on land donated by local philanthropist Ward Melville. Part of the State University of New York system, the University has grown tremendously and is now recognized as one of the nation’s important centers of learning and scholarship — carrying out the mandate given by the State Board of Regents in 1960 to become a university that would “stand with the finest in the country.” The University campus lies about 60 miles east of Manhattan and 60 miles west of Montauk Point. It is only a short distance to the Atlantic beaches of the south shore and the vineyards of the East End. Situated on 1,039 acres on the north shore of Long Island, Stony Brook University is a four-season climate, tempered by proximity to the Atlantic Ocean and Long Island Sound
Stony Brook's tuition makes it one of the most affordable top-ranked schools in the world. See the numbers
The Office of Student Financial Aid Services provides information about available federal and state programs that provide grants, loans, and work-study to assist eligible students in pursuing their academic goals and also info about student employment opportunities not based on financial need.
- 55% of full-time enrolled freshmen receive need-based aid; average amount $8,768
- 41% of full-time enrolled freshmen receive merit-based aid; average amount $3,314
- 50% of full-time enrolled freshmen receive self-help aid; average amount $5,200
More than 24,500 students are enrolled at Stony Brook during fall terms and more than 28,000 students enroll over the course of an entire calendar year. The Office of Institutional Research, Planning & Effectiveness maintains official statistics for the University, including enrollment history.
- For freshmen entering in Fall 2013: 89% returned for second year
- For freshmen entering in Fall 2008: 68% graduated within six years; 2% still enrolled after six years
- Nearly 95% of our recent graduates are either employed or enrolled in graduate or professional school.
The Stony Brook Alumni Association represents more than 160,000 alumni nationwide and abroad. Established in 1965, the Association works to increase communication, encourage involvement, and expand services for alumni, while we build support for Stony Brook University. For more info, See Alumni & Degrees Granted.
Stony Brook graduates rank among the highest in the nation when it comes to earnings potential, according to the PayScale College Salary Report.See the numbers
Some Stony Brook Alumni success stories:
- Craig Allen '79, chief meteorologist CBS "This Morning" and WCBS Newsradio 88
- David Bernard '87, '88, director, Park Avenue Chamber Symphony
- Al Bello '89, chief sports photographer, Getty Images
- Suzy Benzinger '80, film and theater costume designer
- Mark Bridges '83, film costume designer, winner of the 2012 Academy Award for best achievement in costume design for the film The Artist
- Vito Cannavo '75, attorney, U.S. District Court
- Patricia S. Cowings '70, pyschophysiological research, NASA's Ames Research Center; 1st American woman astronaut
- Barry Cozier '71, attorney and former Associate Justice, Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York
- Theodore G. Eppenstein '68, lecturer on arbitration, argued landmark McMahon case before the U.S. Supreme Court
- Robert L. Gallucci '67, dean of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University
- Steven K. Galson '78, former Acting U.S. Surgeon General
- Robert Geary '68, senior executive vice president of business affairs at Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group
- David Hillel Gelernter '82, professor, computer science, Yale University and author of Drawing Life: Surviving the Unabomber
- Richard Gelfond '76, CEO, IMAX Corporation
- Christine Goerke '94, performer, Metropolitan Opera Company, and winner of a 1999 and 2003 Grammy Award
- Dario Gonzalez '79, medical director of New York’s Urban Search and Rescue Team, 9/11 World Trade Center tragedy
- John Hennessey '77, president, Stanford University
- Scott Higham '82, investigative journalist for The Washington Post and winner of the 2002 Pulitzer Prize
- Russell T. Lewis '69, former CEO and president, The New York Times
- Hal Lieberman '75, former president of production for Universal Pictures
- Steven Mackey '80, professor and chair of the Department of Music, Princeton University, and winner of a 2012 Grammy Award
- Isadore Margulis '73, sculptor
- Matthew A. Moskowitz '95, editor/producer at CNN
- Joe Nathan '97, closer for Texas Rangers baseball team
- Jon Oringer '96, founder and CEO, Shutterstock
- Sandy Pearlman '66, music produceer, manager, poet, songwriter, best known for his work with the band Blue Oyster Cult
- Carolyn Porco '74, leader of the imaging team for the Cassini mission to Saturn
- V. Ramanathan '73, distinguished professor of atmospheric and climate sciences, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
- Jef Raskin '64, started the Macintosh project for Apple Computer in the late 1970s
- John Reiner '78, syndicated cartoonist, "Laugh Parade," "Howard Huge," "The Lockhorns"
- Tamara Schnurr '96, former flight surgeon for the U.S. Navy Blue Angels
- Marilyn Simons '74, '84, president of The Simons Foundation
- Concetta M. Tomaino '76, pioneer in music therapy for victims of brain trauma or degenerative neurological diseases
Stony Brook's Faculty is Responsible for:
- 98% of tenured/tenure-track faculty hold doctoral degrees or highest degrees in their fields.
- Stony Brook's faculty is responsible for more than 2,100 inventions and more than 600 U.S. patents.
- Stony Brook's Faculty mentor on average 10% of the 300 Intel Science Talent Search competition finalists and semifinalists each year, making Stony Brook a major incubator of Intel talent in the country.
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Applications: 34,110; Accepted: 13,981; Enrolled: 2,800
Academic Profile for Students Entering:
- GPA: mid-50% range 90-96
- SAT: mid-50% range for Math: 600-720; Critical Reading: 540-660; Writing: 540-660
- ACT: mid-50% range 26-31
- For freshmen entering in Fall 2013: 89% returned for second year
- For freshmen entering in Fall 2008: 68% graduated within six years; 2% still enrolled after six years
Nearly 90% of our recent graduates are either employed or enrolled in graduate or professional school.
The return on investment of a Stony Brook University education is more than $1 million over 30 years, according to PayScale.com.
Stony Brook Athletics supports 20 Division I varsity intercollegiate athletic programs that compete at the highest level within the NCAA, and in world-class facilities such as the 8,300-seat Kenneth P.LaValle Stadium and a sports complex housing our new 4,000-seat Stony Brook Arena, opening in Fall 2014. Learn more
- Our 30 residence halls and 23 apartment-style buildings house 9,842 residents (8,748 undergraduate and 1,094 graduate students)
- Included are two new residence halls that incorporate eco-friendly materials and energy-efficient features.
- All residence halls and apartments offer wireless Internet access Each quad has computing and fitness centers and all rooms have high-speed Internet and cable TV
- Approximately 85% of freshmen live on campus
- Room & Board: $12,890 (varies according to meal plan)
Stony Brook Southampton, on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, is home to the Southampton Arts MFA programs and summer workshops, the waterfront research and teaching facilities of the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, including the new Marine Sciences Center, and the undergraduate residential Semester by the Sea programs in marine sciences and the arts. Learn more
The Incheon Global Campus (IGC), located in the Incheon Free Economic Zone (IFEZ), was developed by the Korean government with an investment of USD 1 billion. Its establishment was intended to leverage the national education system and to nurture leaders in diverse fields by recruiting prestigious global universities to the campus.
The State University of New York (SUNY) and SUNY Stony Brook were among the many global higher education institutions who agreed to join this global education hub project. They initially established SUNY Korea at the Incheon Global Campus through the combined effort and investment of the Korean and U.S. governments. SUNY is also the first American university to offer degree programs in Korea and has attracted massive public attention since its establishment in March 2012. Learn more
Schools & Colleges
The University is divided into 12 schools and colleges: the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business, the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the Graduate School, the School of Journalism, the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, the School of Professional Development, and the five health sciences schools: Dental Medicine, Health Technology and Management, Medicine, Nursing and Social Welfare.
The College of Arts and Sciences offers degree programs in fine arts and humanities, in biological and physical sciences, in mathematics and in social and behavioral sciences. In addition to departmental majors, special interdisciplinary majors using the resources of two or more departments are offered, as well as programs leading to provisional certification in secondary education. Learn more
The College of Business provides comprehensive education and research for the business, public and nonprofit sectors. Our MBA, MS and undergraduate programs are taught by faculty from around the world who have met rigorous standards for research productivity and teaching effectiveness. Students participate in vibrant learning communities where they gain the knowledge, skills and insights necessary to manage complex organizations. Dedicated faculty have both academic and business experience, and teach not only the broad principles of accounting, management, finance and marketing, but also the more intangible aspects of leadership, communications and business strategy. The College of Business offers flexible full- and part-time programs, with day, evening, Saturday and online courses available. Learn more
The College of Engineering and Applied Sciences offers a wide range of programs that provide students with opportunities to find work in industry or proceed to graduate study in a variety of fields. Seven ABET-accredited programs give the student latitude to plan a course of study within traditional engineering disciplines or in new interdisciplinary fields. Learn more
The Graduate School offers advanced degree programs in many fields leading to the master's and doctoral degrees. Stony Brook's advanced graduate programs are internationally recognized and consistently receive exceptionally high ratings from external evaluation agencies and scholarly studies. Learn more
Stony Brook Medicine, our health science and medical enterprise, includes:
Also included in our medical programs and facilities are Stony Brook Hospital, various other major centers and institutes, programs, clinics and community-based healthcare settings, and the Long Island State Veterans Home.
The School of Journalism is the first and only undergraduate school of journalism in New York State’s public university system. Students prepare to succeed in an evolving multimedia future, working out of the school's state-of-the-art newsroom. All students take courses in print, broadcast and online journalism and have the opportunity to participate in internships on Long Island and in New York City. Learn more
The School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) is SUNY's designated school for marine and atmospheric research, education and public service. SoMAS is one of the leading coastal oceanography institutions in the world. The School is also the focus for the study of atmospheric sciences and meteorology and includes the Institute for Terrestrial and Planetary Atmospheres; Institute for Ocean Conservation Science; Institute for Particle-Related Environmental Processes; Living Marine Resources Institute; Waste Reduction and Management Institute; and Long Island Groundwater Research Institute. Learn more
The School of Professional Development provides part-time graduate education for working adults. Its diverse offerings include teacher training, human resource management, and the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies. SPD is also the largest provider of professional education certification for school administrators in New York State. Learn more
The Office of the Provost carries responsibility for the academic mission of the west
campus, providing direct supervision for all academic units, support services and
operations, and coordinating all academic programs. The Deans and Directors of the
Colleges, Schools, Libraries, Centers and Institutes, other than those in the Health
Science Center, report to the Provost. The Provost acts on behalf of the President
in the absence of the President. The Provost works closely with the Dean of the Medical
School/Vice President of the Health Sciences Center and the Vice President for Research
in academic and research issues that concern the University as a whole.
Visit the Office of the Provost
Every first-year student enters Stony Brook as a member of one of six Undergraduate Colleges organized around themes of general interest to students. Learn more
At Stony Brook there are 68 Majors and 82 Minors to choose from.
The most popular majors/minors include are Undergraduate Majors: Biology, Psychology, Health Science, Business Management, Computer Science, Biochemistry, Economics, Mechanical Engineering, Applied Mathematics and Statistics, and Mathematics.Full List of Majors/Minors
Stony Brook has been one of only 94 institutions in the country to be designated a "Very High Research University" by the Carnegie Foundation. Our faculty have been responsible for more than 2,100 inventions and 600 U.S. patents. With more than 70 academic departments, Stony Brook is among the top 40 institutions funded by the National Science Foundation, and expenditures on organized research, from external and internal sponsors, are at nearly $170 million.
The University co-manages Brookhaven National Laboratory, joining an elite group of universities — including Princeton, Stanford, the University of California, and the University of Chicago — that run federal laboratories. Learn more
Researchers at our new Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center (AERTC) will develop new technologies to produce clean energy, enhance production from renewable sources and find better ways to distribute and store energy with minimal impact on local ecosystems. Learn more
Anchoring our new 246-acre Research and Development Park is the Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology (CEWIT), a test bed for emerging wireless technologies. Learn more
Renowned paleoanthropologists and faculty members Richard and Meave Leakey established the Turkana Basin Institute in northern Kenya for research. Learn more
Stony Brook faculty are among the top in their fields. Our commitment to both research and excellence has led to many groundbreaking discoveries:
- Identification and cataloging of 328 distant galaxies
- 3D imaging software for 3D colonoscopy
- The link between smoking and emphysema
- MRI technology that won the Nobel Prize for Medicine
- Development of the drug ReoPro® for cardiac angioplasties
- Thermoplastic spray paint made from old plastic bottles
- An ultrasound method to speed up healing of bone fractures
- A new species of mouse lemur Microcebus mittermeieri
- Creation of the smallest electronic switch
- The first commercially successful bar code reader
- The cause of Lyme disease
- Parthenogenesis (virgin birth) in a female hammerhead shark
- The golden bamboo lemur, Hapalemur aureus
- Homo floresiensis, a hobbit-like 17,000-year-old hominid
- The most primitive fossil bird, linking birds to dinosaurs
- Beelzebufo ampinga, a 10-pound ancient frog in Madagascar
The Office of Institutional Research, Planning & Effectiveness (IRPE) collects, analyzes, organizes and communicates data and information to provide a valid, consistent and accurate understanding of how Stony Brook University is advancing its mission. We also serve as the central repository for official university statistics and institutional effectiveness efforts. Learn more
Stony Brook University generates more than $4.6 billion annually in regional economic impact, accounting for nearly 4 percent of all economic activity in Nassau and Suffolk counties. Our influence is felt in economic development, education, medical care, nursing home care and research. As Long Island’s largest single-site employer, the University has more than 14,000 full-and part-time employees. Indirect employment on Long Island brings the total to nearly 60,000.
Stony Brook is the only public university in the state with three Centers for Advanced Technology — one in sensor systems, one in biotechnology and one in integrated electric energy systems.
The Calverton Business Incubator promotes industries such as agriculture/vitaculture, aquaculture, and environmental technologies that are the lifeblood of Long Island’s East End. Learn more
The Long Island High Technology Incubator graduate companies report gross revenues of more than $100 million. Learn more
The CEWIT Incubator, located in the Research and Development Park on the campus of Stony Brook University, is space that is home to companies within the CEWIT building. CEWIT provides an integrated suite of services designed to fit the needs of diverse incubator companies. Learn more
The AERTC Incubator, located in the Research and Development Park, is space that is home to a few companies within the AERTC building. The Advanced Energy Center (AERTC) is a true partnership of academic institutions, research institutions, energy providers and industrial corporations. Learn more
The Small Business Development Center brings together the resources of the University, the private sector and government at all levels to assist entrepreneurs, business and industry in the solution of their problems, leading to increased productivity and profitability. Learn more
Strategic Partnership for Industrial Resurgence (SPIR) has worked with 410 companies, and conducted more than 2,270 projects, creating more than 2,200 internship opportunities for our students. Our industrial partners estimate that this has resulted in approximately 11,808 jobs being created or retained. Learn more
Frank Melville Jr. Memorial Library, the main library building on the West Campus, houses collections serving the fine arts, humanities, music, social sciences, engineering, biology, and geosciences. Special areas in the Melville Library provide ready access to current periodicals, government documents and legal materials, maps and microforms. Other facilities of note are a Music Library and Audio Center, a variety of individualized study carrels, and a student lounge. The Department of Special Collections houses Senator Jacob K. Javits' collection of public papers and memorabilia — one of the nation’s leading archives of 20th-century congressional papers — the William Butler Yeats Microfilmed Manuscripts Collection, and the University Archives. The branch libraries, including the Chemistry, Marine and Atmospheric Science, Science and Engineering and Mathematics/Physics/Astronomy libraries, are located in departmental buildings. The Health Sciences Library is located on the East Campus.
Centers and Institutes
- Cancer Center
- Center for Biotechnology
- Center for Infectious Diseases
- Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care, and Bioethics
- Centers for Molecular Medicine
- Center for Structural Biology
- Center for Infectious Diseases
- Cody Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities
- Institute of Chemical Biology & Drug Discovery
- Laufer Center for Physical and Quantitative Biology
- The SCAN Center (Social, Cognitive, and Affective Neuroscience)
- Center for Thermal Spray Research
- Garcia Center for Polymers at Engineered Interfaces
- Laufer Center for Physical and Quantitative Biology
- The Institute for STEM Education (I-STEM)
- m2M: Center for Mesoscale Transport Properties
- NYS Center for Advanced Technology in Sensor Systems and Diagnostic Tools
- Simons Center for Geometry and Physics
- C.N. Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics
- Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center
- Center for Behavioral Finance
- Center for Corporate Education and Training
- Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology
- Leadership and Creativity Research Lab in the College of Business
- Small Business Development Center
- Strategic Partnership for Industrial Resurgence (SPIR)
Centers for Excellence
The Centers for Molecular Medicine and Biology Learning Laboratories is a model for integrating undergraduate education and research as students and faculty pursue new knowledge and discoveries in biomedicine. Learn more
The Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care and Bioethics, a university-wide program devoted to investigating and teaching the three thematic components reflected in its name. Learn more
The Charles B. Wang Center hosts dynamic Asian and American cultural events and houses Asian eateries Jasmine and J Club. Learn more
The Humanities Institute at Stony Brook focuses on new modes of interdisciplinary research within the humanities and social sciences and builds bridges between the human sciences and the medical, technical and natural sciences, reaching out to the local community through public lectures and film series. Learn more
The Long Island State Veterans Home is a 350-bed facility on campus providing high-quality
health care services for US veterans and their families.
The Marine Sciences Research Center was ranked first in coastal oceanography and eighth overall by the National Research Council for PhD programs in oceanography. Learn more.
The University manages the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center, where painters Jackson Pollock, leader of the Abstract Expressionist movement, and Lee Krasner lived and worked. Learn more
The Simons Center for Geometry and Physics was started in 2007 by a gift from the James and Marilyn Simons Foundation. The Center's mission is to develop the interaction of geometry in the broadest sense with theoretical physics. The Stony Brook tradition is exemplified by the joint ITP-Math seminars initiated by Jim Simons and Frank Yang in the 1970s; these stimulated interest worldwide in the mathematics of gauge theories. Learn more
Stony Brook Medicine, our health science and medical enterprise, includes the schools of Medicine, Dental Medicine, Nursing, Health Technology and Management and Social Welfare as well as the Hospital, our major centers and institutes, programs, clinics and community-based healthcare settings, and the Long Island State Veterans Home.
Stony Brook Medicine serves as Suffolk County’s only Level 1 Trauma Center and provides the county's only Stem Cell Transplantation and Hematologic Malignancy Program, Burn Unit, Kidney Transplantation Program, Level IV Regional Perinatal Center, comprehensive psychiatric emergency program, multidisciplinary autism center, and regional resource center for emergency management.
Stony Brook Medicine's Trauma Center ranks in the top 4 percent nationwide, according to the report “Survival Measurement and Reporting Trial for Trauma” by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
Stony Brook Medicine was the first on Long Island and in New York City to acquire the da Vinci® S HD Surgical System – the most advanced robot-assisted surgical system of its kind — and just one of 43 medical centers nationwide with a robotics system to assist with complex electrophysiology procedures.
Stony Brook Children's Hospital is building on the foundation of Stony Brook Medicine's excellence, offering the most advanced pediatric specialty care in the region, along with research that gives families access to groundbreaking clinical trials and programs that attract some of the best and brightest doctors. Learn more
The Heart Institute has the most experienced open-heart surgical program in Suffolk County and offers minimally invasive techniques for bypass surgery and valve replacement. Learn more
The Cerebrovascular and Stroke Center offers the most advanced technology to treat cerebrovascular disease and world-class expertise in neurointervention and neurovascular care. Learn more
The Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis Center was the first of its kind in the nation. Learn more.
The Christopher Pendergast ALS Center is one of just 34 in the nation to be designated an ALS Center of Excellence by the ALS Association. Learn more
A Medical and Research Translation (MART) building, dedicated to imaging, neurosciences, cancer care and research, is scheduled for completion in 2016. Learn more
Faculty Awards & Honors
Stony Brook has some of the brightest minds in the world. Take a look at some of our brilliant Faulty Members' awards and honors:
- Nobel Prize in Economics
- Nobel Prize in Physics
- Nobel Prize in Medicine
- Nobel Peace Prize
- Pulitzer Prize
- Crafoord Prize
- Fields Medal
- Abel Prize
- Wolf Prize
- National Medal of Science
- National Medal of Technology and Innovation
- Indianapolis Prize
- Benjamin Franklin Medal
- National Book Critics Circle Award
- Grammy Award
- Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite de la France
- Chevalier de l’Ordre National de Madagascar
- Obie Award
- Howard Hughes Medical Institute Award
- Humboldt Research Award for Senior U.S. Scientists
- Principe de Asturias Prize
- Fellows of the Royal Society
- MacArthur Foundation Fellows
- National Academy of Engineering Members
- National Academy of Sciences Members
- National Inventors Hall of Fame
- American Academy of Arts and Sciences Members
- American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellows
- American Philosophical Society
- Guggenheim Fellows
- Fulbright Fellows
- Sloan Foundation Fellows
- Rockefeller Foundation Fellows
- Institute of Medicine Members
- NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Award
- NASA Distinguished Service Medal
- Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics
- Balzan Prize in Mathematics
Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD is fifth President of Stony Brook University. He received his MD (1980) from Harvard Medical School. After completing his internship and residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, he did postdoctoral work in immunology at Washington University, St. Louis, and was appointed to the faculty in the Division of Infectious Diseases of Washington University Medical School, one of the nation’s most highly ranked Schools of Medicine. In 2003, he was named Director of the Midwest Regional Center for Excellence for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases Research and Vice Chancellor for Research in 2006. Dr. Stanley is a distinguished medical researcher and has published extensively.More Info
Shirley Strum Kenny was the first woman and humanist to serve as President of Stony Brook University. After a distinguished career as a literary scholar, teacher, and academic administrator, she came to Stony Brook as its fourth president in 1994. She strengthened the core academic and research operations of the University, fostered close links with business and industry, and established new working relationships with the Long Island community. Kenny launched and chaired the Boyer Commission on Educating Undergraduates in the Research University with funding from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Prior to her tenure at Stony Brook, Kenny was President of Queens College from 1985 to 1994.
In 1980, John H. Marburger III became the third president of Stony Brook University, a position he held until 1994 when he became University Professor of Physics and Electrical Engineering. Marburger's presidency coincided with the opening of University Medical Center and the development of the biological sciences as a major strength of the university. During the 1980s, federally sponsored scientific research at Stony Brook grew to exceed that of any other public university in the Northeast. In 1998, he became director of Brookhaven National Laboratory and president of Brookhaven Science Associates. He also served President George W. Bush as science advisor and director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy.
Acting President from 1979-1980.
Acting President from 1978-1979
In 1965, John S. Toll, a Princeton-trained physicist and former professor and chairman of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Maryland, became the second president of Stony Brook University. By the time he left, the school of 1,800 students had been built to one of 17,000 students and, in addition to arts and sciences and engineering, he added schools of public affairs, medicine, dentistry, nursing, allied health professions, basic health sciences and social work. Toll recruited elite researchers and scholars, including Nobel Prize recipient CN Yang, to develop competitive academic departments. For his contributions to the University, Toll was listed among “100 Who Shaped the Century” by Newsday.
Karl D. Hartzell was a one-year appointment at Stony Brook as Acting Chief Administrative Officer and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
From 1961-1962 Thoms H. Hamilton was the Acting Administrative Head, and subsequently SUNY Provost Harry W. Porter, Acting Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and Hamilton's representative.
John Francis Lee, the former chairman of the Mechanical Engineering Department at North Carolina State, was appointed as the University's first president on January 1, 1961. His mandate from SUNY was to convert the Long Island Center from a science and engineering college to a full-scale university, complete with liberal arts and sciences programs and a graduate school. On June 25, 1961, the University's first commencement ceremony awarded 25 Bachelor of Science degrees at the Coe Estate In Oyster Bay. Lee served as the University's president until November 9, 1961. Stony Brook: State University of New York, The College History Series]
Leonard K. Olson was named dean of the State University College on Long Island on February 14, 1957. His administrative duties included managing the Oyster Bay campus and overseeing the planning of the Stony Brook campus. Olson traveled throughout the United States recruiting top faculty as he intended "this college to set a high standard of academic excellence." The fourteen professors President Olson appointed had formerly held positions at the University of Oxford, Columbia University, Yale University and the University of Chicago. [Stony Brook: State University of New York, The College History Series]